Whose Justice?: Demands, Questions & Contradictions in Confronting Police Violence

Whose Justice?image by Emory Douglas
Demands, Questions, and Contradictions in Confronting Police Violence

Following the murders of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, John T. Williams, Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas, Idriss Stelley and countless others at the hand of police, ICE and state-supported vigilantes, our movements are faced with a number of questions about the nature of policing today, how to stop these murders, and what kinds of demands support families and communities targeted by state violence and provide true safety for our communities.

Sunday, June 10th, 4pm
Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia St.,  San Francisco, CA
This space is wheelchair accessible
$5-$10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

The movement response is wrought with contradictions that are important to unpack and discuss. George Zimmerman was a Neighborhood Watch captain in Stanford, Florida, directly funded by the Federal Dept. of Homeland Security.  The FBI's "Office of Civil Rights" has gotten involved in the case, while at the same time targeting Arab, Muslim and anti-war activists. The District Attorney called on to prosecute Mehserle in the Oscar Grant case prides himself as being a "Panther hunter", after years of targeting and locking up people from the Black Liberation Movement and Black communities.
Panelists, including Rachel Herzing from Critical Resistance, Kali Akuno (via skype) from the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and others TBA, will discuss questions such as:

        • What can we draw from the contradictions and lessons learned by the work over the last few years?  
        • Does the demand to lock up the murderer result in justice and safety for the communities targeted and impacted by the violence?
        • How do we disrupt the logic of Neighborhood Watch, the Border Patrol and "Community Policing"?  
        • How does the focus on a particular demand undermine the possibility of other demands coming fore and being won?  
        • How can we challenge the naturalization of policing and state violence and what opportunities does this open up for our campaign work and for ideological formation?
We will open the evening and discussion with one or two invited spoken word artists

Co-sponsored by: Critical Resistance and the Center for Political Education