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Denouncing Police Unions: A Letter to AFL-CIO

Please check out the letter (read below) from the UAW Local 2865 calling on the AFL-CIO to "end their affiliation with the International Union of Police Associations"  Also, read a well-done article about it.
We need more of these kinds of statements, and spread throughout organized labor and other sectors of society.



We, UAW Local 2865, call on the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) to end their affiliation with the International Union of Police Associations. It is our position that this organization is inimical to both the interests of labor broadly, and Black workers in particular. Historically and contemporarily, police unions serve the interests of police forces as an arm of the state, and not the interests of police as laborers. Instead, their “unionization” allows police to masquerade as members of the working-class and obfuscates their role in enforcing racism, capitalism, colonialism, and the oppression of the working-class. We ask that the AFL-CIO recognize this history and take steps to serve the interests of its Black workers and community members.



The AFL-CIO’s official mission is “to fulfill the yearning of the human spirit for liberty, justice and community; to advance individual and associational freedom; [and] to vanquish oppression, privation, and cruelty in all their forms.” This, we argue, is the calling of a union to be a force for advancing the lives of workers. Within this framework, police unions fail to meet the criteria of a union or a valid part of the labor movement.


While it is true that police are workers, and thus hypothetically subject to the same kinds of exploitation as other laborers, they are also the militarized, coercive arm of the state. It is the job of the police to protect capital and, consequently, maintain class society. How can there ever be solidarity between law enforcement and the working class when elites call upon police and their organizations to quell mass resistance to poverty and inequality? The police force exists solely to uphold the status quo. Their material survival depends on it, and they hold a vested interest in the preservation and expansion of the most deplorable practices of the state.

Sat, Jan 24: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Training

Do you know what to do if you're stopped by the police?

Are you tired of your rights being violated?

This workshop focuses on what to do when you are stopped "on the street", in a vehicle, or anywhere you might interact with some type of police. We will talk about what your rights are, how cops try to trick you out of them, and practical ways to assert your rights. We want to share strategies and empowering education on how to survive police encounters.

Tommy McClain was Murdered by Eureka Police: AUDIO

This is from a January 20, 2015 KMUD radio newscast.  It is about the Community Shooting Review Board, a public relations stunt, a sham, created by the Eureka Police Chief after his officers killed Tommy McClain in cold blood.  Please LISTEN!!

"Community Shooting Review Board" is a SHAM

"Richie" Richard Fredrick Tis’mil Estrada was Killed by California Highway Patrol

Family, friends and supportive community members will be gathering for a candlelight vigil on Jan. 17, 2015, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Willow Creek Early Bird Market located at 40640 Highway 299 in Willow Creek.

Richie was a resident of Hoopa California and was a member of the Hoopa Tribe. He had just turned 17 on Dec. 9. Richie was tragically taken from us on Dec. 18 at approximately 2 a.m. in Willow Creek, Calif., in an altercation with the California Highway Patrol.

Richie was born to his very proud parents Carlos and Leanne Estrada, along with his womb-mate twin sister, Carleana Michele Keduesche Estrada in Upland, Calif., San Bernardino County. Richie and Carlie were welcomed by their older sister, Celina, 12 years, and 6-year-old brother Carlos Jr.

Richie was a graduate of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Child Development Program and Trinity Valley kindergarten class of 2002. At Trinity Valley, he was the 8th grade class of 2012 valedictorian. Richie was currently a Junior at Hoopa Valley High School.

Justice for Tommy McClain! "Community Shooting Review Board" Is A Sham

"Community Shooting Review Board" Is Another Ploy To Cover Up
Eureka Police Killing of Tommy McClain


Eureka, CA:  After Eureka Police shot and killed 22 year-old Tommy McClain in cold blood in his front yard on September 17, 2014, Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills created a “Community Shooting Review Board.” This Board is the Eureka Chief's public relations attempt to pacify public outrage, subvert any real community oversight and participation, and perpetuate the farce of independent investigation and transparency. 

Ferguson Speaks: A Communique from Ferguson [VIDEO, Nov 2014]

Also find this video where it was first put online, November 15, 2014: http://vimeo.com/111938224

Sunday, October 12, 2014: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Workshop


Know Your Rights Training

How To Handle Encounters With Cops

Sunday, October 12, 2014

All Ages
Lunch and snacks!
Hosted by Redwood Curtain CopWatch

@ the BIRDHOUSE, 1763 H St., Arcata, 95521
Call Redwood Curtain CopWatch for more info:

This is what happens when you call the cops [VIDEO]

[Past Event] Saturday, June 14th 2014: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Workshop

This workshop focuses on what to do when you are pulled over "on the street", in a vehicle...anywhere you encounter some type of police.  We will talk about what your rights are, how cops try to trick you out of them, and practical ways to assert your rights.   Empowering education on how to survive police encounters.

Wed. Feb 26th: Bringing Justice Into Criminal Justice

The Prison System As We Know It


& What You Can Do About It

Guest Speakers:

LAURA MAGNANI, a nationally known expert on solitary confinement,
of American Friends Service Committee

KEVAN INSKO of FCLCA, a nonpartisan, statewide public interest lobby founded by Quakers

Arcata Presbyterian Church, 11th and G St., Arcata

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