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West Coast Days of Action April 8-9: From the Bay to the Sound- No More Police Killings!

Organize protests and autonomous actions in your own city!

From the Bay to the Sound: No More Police Killings!
Oscar Grant, Aaron Campbell, & all the others: We Won't Forget!
Freedom for Joel Dow and Holly Works!

Early on New Year's morning, 2009, BART police in Oakland, California, shot and killed Oscar Grant as he lay unarmed on a subway platform. Only after community members rioted did the cop get charged with the shooting.

EPD Officer Winkle Falsely Arrests and Injures Young Woman, Wed night March 31, 2010

 

On Wednesday night, March 31, 2010, Officer Justin Winkle of the Eureka Police Department [EPD], once again, went too far and hurt someone.

 

Winkle was one of the cops who killed Martin Cotton II in August of 2007- beat him to death. The other night, he abused a 20 year old woman who was happily skipping down the street. He stopped her and said that he was looking for a woman in particular (a “suspect”). He demanded ID, and when the woman gave him her name, he called it in. The EPD voice on the other end of the police radio informed Winkle that she was not the one- not the person the police were looking for. Nevertheless, Winkle continued to detain the young woman. She told him that she had done nothing wrong and wanted to leave, that there is no law against skipping, and she knew that she had a right to continue on her way.

 

Rushed From Haiti, Then JAILED in U.S. for Lacking Visas

March 31, 2010   
By Nina Bernstein, NY Times

More than two months after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, at least 30 survivors who were waved onto planes by Marines in the chaotic aftermath are prisoners of the United States immigration system, locked up since their arrival in detention centers in Florida.

In Haiti, some were pulled from the rubble, their legal advocates say. Some lost parents, siblings or children. Many were seeking food, safety or medical care at the Port-au-Prince airport when terrifying aftershocks prompted hasty evacuations by military transports, with no time for immigration processing. None have criminal histories.

Victory for Watchdog in Del Norte County, by Lenda Beck 2010

April 2, 2010
Howdy from Del Norte county,,,Just wanted to tell all the watchdog folks out there there we won the first of 25 + Lawsuits in Del Norte County yesterday. We went to the federal court in San Francisco and it was amazing. We are not done yet. We settled with the city  but not the county.  Claypool told their attorney he will go to court with this even if he forefeits his Attorney's fees ..The attorney for Del Norte had the Del Norte urd well versed. He was a very rude man..
 
Did very well in the monetary part and the best part is that policies are going to be changing because of this suit. The Del Norte Attorney for City stated [confirmed] this.
 
Monumental... Del Norte County lost all evidence concerning the Brian Strom Case. We should have taken this farther but with the economy the way it is, we did very well in sending a message that this must stop. We only setteled with the city, we still have the county to deal with..
 

Family Members Needed for Study About Cop Related Deaths

This message was sent out on March 31,2010 from Project Censored at contact@mediafreedominternational.org

Family Members Needed for Study on Law Enforcement Related Deaths

The Investigative Sociology project at Sonoma State University (SSU) and Media Freedom Foundation are conducting a study on the commonalities of law enforcement related deaths in the United States.

 

We are seeking to  conduct telephone interviews with individuals in families of people who have died in a law enforcement related incident within the past twenty years.

 

Students from the spring 2010 SSU Investigative Sociology class will be conducting confidential one-hour interviews with family members in April. The purpose of the study is to evaluate support programs for families who have experienced such a tragedy, and the lowering of the overall number of law enforcement related deaths.   SSU professors supervising the study include: Peter Phillips, Sociology Department, Tryon Woods and Diana Grant in the Criminal Justice Department.  

Feeling for the Edge of your Imagination: finding ways not to call the police, by Caroline 2010

“So I continue… seeking to make, or to create, revolutionary connections between the full identity of my love, of what hurts me, or fills me with nausea, and the way things are: what we are forced to learn… trained to ignore”
- June Jordan

Feeling for the Edge of your Imagination: finding ways not to call the police http://imaginealternatives.tumblr.com/

Dear friends, family, acquaintances and people with whom I share house party dance floors and supermarket lines,

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