Redwood Curtain CopWatch, based in the north coast of California, is part of a larger movement of self organized CopWatch groups throughout the US. Our local efforts seek to intervene in the drastic rise of the presence, militarization, and violence of the police, and build support networks based on self-determination, caring, and concrete needs.
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The state’s hand of repression can even reach beyond the grave.
Please attend this very important forum sponsored by Freedom Archives & East Side Arts Alliance. We all have to learn the lessons of the state’s never ending compulsion to stop the peoples movements for social justice. A Better World is Possible and the state knows it – we have to believe too and arm ourselves with this important information that our elders in the struggle are sharing at this event. [READ ARTCLES BELOW REFUTING RECENT DIVISIVE CLAIM]
Stop Grand Jury Repression in the Northwest: Take Action
- Call In Day- Wednesday, August 1st
- Thursday, August 2. Come to Seattle
- Plan another event or demonstration in solidarity!
- Please donate!
Please sign the Solidarity Statement: Speak out against FBI raids & Grand Jury repression
Urging all progressive organizations to sign on to this statement.
To add your group’s name to the solidarity statement, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday July 25th, the FBI conducted a series of coordinated raids against activists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. They subpoenaed several people to a special federal grand jury, and seized computers, black clothing and anarchist literature. This comes after similar raids in Seattle in July and earlier raids of squats in Portland.
FBI Tracking Videotapers as Terrorists?
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force has recommended for many years that animal activists who carry out undercover investigations on farms could be prosecuted as domestic terrorists.
At the height of the Occupy Wall Street evictions, it seemed as though some diminutive version of “shock and awe” had stumbled from Baghdad, Iraq, to Oakland, California. American police forces had been “militarized,” many commentators worried, as though the firepower and callous tactics on display were anomalies, surprises bursting upon us from nowhere.
There should have been no surprise. Those flash grenades exploding in Oakland and the sound cannons on New York’s streets simply opened small windows onto a national policing landscape long in the process of militarization -- a bleak domestic no man’s land marked by tanks and drones, robot bomb detectors, grenade launchers, tasers, and most of all, interlinked video surveillance cameras and information databases growing quietly on unobtrusive server farms everywhere.
on the Anniversary of the Bombing of Judi Bari
Join us at Occupy
the anniversary of the
1990 Oakland bombing of
Judi Bari & Darryl Cherney
& attack on Earth First!
a celebration of
and movement solidarity
Thurs, May 24
Oscar Grant Plaza
14th & Broadway, Oakland
Music, Speakers, Performances
Stories from Redwood Summer
Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters
Judi Bari documentary premieres in Humboldt County: Sat & Sun March 10 &11; Tues - Thurs, March 13 - 15Submitted by copwatch on Sun, 03/04/2012 - 11:07pm
Arcata Playhouse: Sat & Sun March 10 & 11
Garberville Theatre, Tues. through Thurs., March 13 through 15.
All shows start at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is a sliding scale donation.
Unsolved 1990 Oakland Car-bombing of Earth First!ers, First Amendment Lawsuit Against FBI and OPD, and Successful Redwood Campaign Inspire Movie
By Darryl Cherney
Legendary Earth First! organizer and car-bomb victim Judi Bari may have passed away in 1997, but just after the 15th anniversary of her death a 93-minute documentary Who Bombed Judi Bari?, produced by her eco-cohort Darryl Cherney, will bring her back to life and have its Humboldt County premieres at the Arcata Playhouse on Saturday and Sunday March 10 and 11; and at the Garberville Theatre, Tuesday through Thursday, March 13 through 15. All shows commence at 7:30 p.m. and admission is a sliding scale donation to the movie’s upcoming festival expenses. *
Directed by Mary Liz Thomson, the movie was created entirely from archival footage including Bari’s inspirational speeches, colorful and daring redwood protests, a musical appearance by Bonnie Raitt, and a tribute to Bari by Jerry Brown.
Time for Supreme Court to Weigh in
on Forced DNA Collection
from the Electric Frontier Foundation
Defending Your Rights in the Digital World
December 29, 2011 By Rebecca Jeschke
Can the government force people who are arrested – but not yet convicted of a crime – to give a DNA sample without a search warrant, or does that violate the Fourth Amendment? One arrestee is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider this important question, and this week EFF urged the court to take the case.
- Sign the national petition to Drop the Charges Against Carlos Montes, Stop the FBI Attack on the Chicano and Immigrant Rights Movement, and Stop FBI Repression of Anti-War Activists NOW!
- Please send us statements from your organization condemning the raid on Carlos Montes' home. E-mail us at email@example.com
You may ask, "What does saving the grove have to do with the police state?"....well....lets start from the beginning... The Interstate Highways were initially implemented by Eisenhower. How did he come up with the idea of these interstate highways? He got his grandiose plan from an army convoy he participated in, and from inspirations he got from Germany's autobahn, which he got to see because he was in the military during WWII. The history of the highways are rooted in militarization. Eisenhower's plan for the highways was even named "The National Defense Highway", this system was designed to move military equipment and personnel with greater efficiency and create a broader reach for the military.
from The Informant: Cops, Courts & Communities in the Bay Area
December 15, 2010 9:29 AM By Ali Winston
Documents recently obtained by The Informant reveal the significant involvement of state and federal law enforcement in monitoring the various Oscar Grant protests in Oakland over the past two years.
According to internal Oakland Police Department documents about the July 8th protests that followed Johannes Mehserle’s involuntary manslaughter conviction, agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, United States Secret Service, and the California Department of Justice were assigned to monitor crowd activities.
Washington D.C. Rejects Secure Communities
Posted by Deport Nation on Sunday, June 13, 2010
Arlington opts out of 'Secure Communities' immigration enforcement program
Posted by TBD Neighborhoods (On the Ground of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) on Sept. 28, 2010
Is it really possible to opt-out of Secure Communities? Part 2
Posted by Deport Nation on Friday, October 1, 2010
VA and CA counties reject ICE plan
Wednesday September 29, 2010 by Mark Rockwell
DC Councilmembers Phil Mendelson and Jim Graham sign a proposal to ban Secure Communities in the nation's capital. Photo: Stokely Baksh
PHOTO AT TOP OF POST: Arlington County Board member Walter Tejada celebrates with activists and community members after the county voted to reject the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program. (Photo: TBD Staff)
This, in addition to the recent MILLION DOLLAR AWARDS FOR THE RODRIQUEZ AND RENDON FAMILIAS for the beating by police at a party for their returned Veterano!
Thursday, Oct. 07, 2010
A federal grand jury today indicted a Fresno police sergeant and three former Fresno police officers, charging them with civil rights violations and obstruction of justice in the assault of a man in their custody in October 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
Indicted were Sgt. Michael Manfredi, 50, and former officers Christopher Coleman, 42, Paul Van Dalen, 44, and Sean Plymale, 41.
Subpoenas, Searches, and FBI visits carried out in cities across the country
By Staff of Fight Back! News| September 24, 2010
Call the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at 202-353-1555 or write an email to: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov.
Demand: Stop the repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists. Immediately return all confiscated materials: computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc. End the grand jury proceedings against anti-war activists.
San Francisco Labor Council Resolution
[Note: The following resolution -- submitted by David Welsh, NALC 214, and Alan Benjamin, OPEIU 3 -- was adopted unanimously by the SFLC Delegates' Meeting on Sept. 27, 2010.]
Condemn FBI Raids on Trade Union, Anti-War and Solidarity Activists
Whereas, early morning Sept. 24 in coordinated raids, FBI agents entered eight homes and offices of trade union and anti-war activists in Minneapolis and Chicago, confiscating crates full of computers, books, documents, notebooks, cell phones, passports, children's drawings, photos of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, videos and personal belongings. The FBI also raided offices of the Twin Cities Anti-war Committee, seizing computers; handed out subpoenas to testify before a federal Grand Jury to 11 activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan; and paid harassment visits to others in Wisconsin, California and North Carolina; and
The following message was sent by United for Peace and Justice (www.unitedforpeace.org),an antiwar coalition. It includes a list of demonstrations planned by local groups in approximately 20 different cities over the next few days in response to last Friday’s FBI raids, described below. The report by the Office of the Inspector General’s, referred to in the third paragraph, is online at http://www.justice.gov/oig/special/s1009r.pdf.
September 24, 2010 Posted By Jason Ditz @ 9:34 am
The FBI is confirming that this morning they began a number of “raids” against the homes of antiwar activists, claiming that they are “seeking evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism.”
So far there do not appear to have been any arrests related to the raids nor, according to FBI spokesman Steve Warfield, are there any expected. He also insisted that there was “no imminent threat” related to the antiwar organization targeted.
Written by Robbie Brown
ATLANTA - That photo of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. riding one of the first desegregated buses in Montgomery, Ala.? He took it. The well-known image of black sanitation workers carrying 'I Am a Man' signs in Memphis? His. He was the only photojournalist to document the entire trial in the murder of Emmett Till, and he was there in Room 306 of the Lorraine Hotel, Dr. King's room, on the night he was assassinated.
But now an unsettling asterisk must be added to the legacy of Ernest C. Withers,
one of the most celebrated photographers of the civil rights era: He was a paid F.B.I. informer. On Sunday, The Commercial Appeal in Memphis published the results of a two-year investigation that showed Mr. Withers, who died in 2007 at age 85, had collaborated closely with two F.B.I. agents in the 1960s to keep tabs on the civil rights movement. It was an astonishing revelation about a former police officer nicknamed the Original Civil Rights Photographer, whose previous claim to fame had been the trust he engendered among high-ranking civil rights leaders, including Dr. King.
June 11, 2010
In his book Friendly Fascism, author Bertram Gross argues that when fascism comes to America it will be “friendly” and lack the overt brutality of the classic varieties of German and Italian fascism.
Richard Nixon once said that average American is like a child in the family.
Nixon was merely expressing the dominant opinion of the ruling elite who consider us contemptible children in need of adult supervision. Hitler, too, considered the German people children in need of adult supervision.
For the elite, a political activist is the worst sort of unruly child, one that directly challenges the authority of the father who represents the state. In order to modify the behavior of a rebellious child the state must instill fear. It must intimidate but — as Gross noted — it must do this with a friendly face. It must uphold the pretense of “democracy.” A frog must be boiled slowly.
“No truly sophisticated proponent of repression would be stupid enough to shatter the facade of democratic institutions,” wrote Murray B. Levin.
Save the Date! May 23 and May 24.
Revolutionary Ecolology - a commemoration and a celebration of revolutionary resistance.
May 23 and 24, 2010: CELEBRATING REVOLUTIONARY RESISTANCE, 20 Yrs After Pipe Bomb Attack on Earth First!ers Judi Bari and Darryl CherneySubmitted by copwatch on Sun, 04/25/2010 - 10:28am
Save the Date! May 23 and May 24.
Revolutionary Ecolology - a commemoration and a celebration of revolutionary resistance.
DOWNLOAD of FBI's File on Mumia Abu-Jamal- Racism Is At the Core of an Unjust System ~message from London
For the first time in the history of Mumia's case, we now have electronic access to his much redacted 900 page FBI file which was all collected several years BEFORE there was any question of a crime or of killing a cop. It is a record of the targeting of Mumia since the time he was 14 years old.
DOWNLOAD HERE (CLICK HERE)
Link (html): http://freemumia.com/mumia_file.zip
Racism is at the core of an unjust system -
do not let an innocent man be executed
MUMIA ABU JAMAL IS INNOCENT - A POLITICAL PRISONER
ABOLISH THE RACIST DEATH PENALTY - FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS NOW
Date & Time: 7 PM - WEDNESDAY 28th APRIL 2010
Venue: KARIBU EDUCATION CENTRE, 7 GRESHAM ROAD, BRIXTON, LONDON SW9 7PH
(Third Right Street From Brixton Tube Station)
Eric Seitz - Leonard Peltier Attorney - Response on Parole Denial
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 15:42:08 -0700 (PDT)
The Bush Administration holdovers on the U.S. Parole Commission today adopted the position of the FBI that anyone who may be implicated in the killings of its agents should never be paroled and should be left to die in prison. Despite judicial determinations that the unrepentant FBI fabricated evidence and presented perjured testimony in Leonard Peltier's prosecution; despite a jury's acquittal on grounds of self-defense of two co-defendants who were found to have engaged in the same conduct of which Mr. Peltier was convicted; despite Mr. Peltier's exemplary record during his incarceration for more than 33 years and his clearly demonstrated eligibility for parole; despite letters and petitions calling for his release submitted by millions of people in this country and around the world including one of the judges who ruled on his earlier appeals; and despite his advanced age and deteriorating health, the Parole Commission today informed Mr. Peltier that his "release on parole would depreciate the seriousness of your offenses and would promote disrespect for the law," and set a reconsideration hearing in July 2024.
Rights Attorneys File Motion Saying AETA Indictment in Violation of First Amendment
On May 21st, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) joined in a defense attorneys’ motion in the U.S. District Court in San Jose to dismiss U.S.A. v. Buddenberg, a federal prosecution of four animal rights activists in California—known as the AETA 4—for alleged conspiracy to commit animal enterprise terrorism.
The four have been charged with conduct that includes First Amendment protected activities such as protesting, chalking the sidewalk, chanting and leafleting.
The motion asks the Court to strike down the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) as unconstitutional.