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Posted in California, civil liberties, class war, cold, criminalizing, discrimination, Eureka, CA, homeless, houseless, human rights, illegality of sleeping ban, immigration, incarceration, Martin Cotton, mental illness, murder, northern california, organize, police brutality, poor people, rights, social justice, Uncategorized, updates, tagged 2013, Channel three, Eureka California, KIEM, media, National Day of Action Against Police Brutality, Northern california, Oct 22 on October 27, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Posted in California, civil liberties, class war, criminalizing, discrimination, human rights, incarceration, mental illness, northern california, organize, poor people, social justice, updates, tagged California Department of Corrections, Calipatria, debriefing policy, demonstration in Sacramento, five demands, flier, gang validation, grace period, human rights, inhumane conditions, international solidarity, long term isolation, peaceful protest, Pelican Bay State Prison, prisoner hunger strike, SHU, solitary confinement, Todd Ashker, torture, windowless cell, yearly phone call on September 29, 2011| Leave a Comment »
SIGN PETITION IN SUPPORT OF FIVE HUMAN RIGHTS DEMANDS!
Internationally Recognized Torture:
SHU prisoners are locked in windowless cells with a perforated steel door & concrete walls for at least 22hrs every day.
In July, 6,600 prisoners in 13 prisons across CA joined in solidarity with Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHU) to draw attention to 5 core demands.
However, the CDCR has not addressed the most important 5 core demands. So, the hunger strike is on again!
Five Core Demands:
1. End Administrative Abuse & Group Punishment
2. Abolish the Debriefing Policy and Modify Gang Status Criteria
3. End Long-Term Solitary Confinement
4. Provide Adequate Food
5. Expand and Provide Constructive Programming and Privileges
Vigils Being Held in Bay Area, CA
Sep. 29th: 14th & Broadway, OAK
Oct. 6th: UN Plaza, SF
Oct 13th: 24th & Mission, SF
Oct. 20th: Fruitvale BART, OAK
October 5th: Demonstration in Sacramento
12pm to 2pm
1515 S St.
More info call: 415-238-1801
Contact your elected officials!
–Governor Jerry Brown @ (916) 445-2841
–Secretary of CDCR Matthew Cate @ (916) 323-6001
Posted in California, civil liberties, class war, criminalizing, discrimination, Eureka Rescue Mission, Eureka, CA, homeless, houseless, human rights, incarceration, interview, landless, Martin Cotton, mental health, mental illness, murder, northern california, organize, poor people, press releases, protest, rights, social justice, updates, tagged Adam Laird, baton strikes, beat to death, civil rights victory, civil rights violations, Dael Galipo, Eureka CA, Eureka Police Department, fatal beating, Gary Whitmer, Humboldt County Correctional Facility, indybay, interview, Justin Winkle, Martin Cotton, Oscar Grant Committee, police brutality, police murder, police mureder, press conference, Redwood Curtain CopWatch, Siehna Cotton et al v City of Eureka, verdict, Vicki Sarmiento, video, wrongful death on September 27, 2011| Leave a Comment »
Martin Cotton Family Awarded Over $4.5 Million in Trial Against Eureka Police (VIDEO included)
Solidarity from people in and near Oakland throughout the trial – some being folks in the IWW, the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee, the SDS and MDS – has been so important.
Having read yesterday’s article from the Eureka Times-Standard, I want to make something clear. Contrary to how the local Humboldt mainstream media would like to misconstrue reality, the Eureka cops, through their brutal punches and slamming of Martin’s head on the concrete, then throwing him in a cell without medical help, killed Martin. The cops caused his painful death and used their hands to do it. And the jury got a grave understanding of that, and decided on a “wrongful death” verdict.
This federal jury decision in the Cotton case is a victory and gift for the people. I hope that people who live outside, live on the streets in and around Eureka can breathe easier; feel proud for the marching, protesting and speaking out about Martin’s death; and also feel some vindication because the brazen intimidation and violence that the cops inflict on people living on the streets has been officially recognized.
Thank You, Martin “Fred” Cotton.
We will continue to work together for DIGNITY for all lives.
Long Live Martin Cotton! Long Live Troy Davis!
Long Live the Strength of the People and Power of the Truth! ~Verbena
Below is a great summary.
Martin Cotton Family Awarded Over $4.5 Million in Trial Against Eureka Police, Interview: Video
by dave id Friday Sep 23rd, 2011
On August 9th, 2007, Eureka police officers Justin Winkle, Gary Whitmer, Adam Laird, and five others were involved in beating an unarmed Martin Cotton II to death. Eureka police pummeled Martin Cotton’s body and head in broad daylight, using pepper spray repeatedly. Martin Cotton was then sent to jail without being offered medical treatment. He died in jail within about an hour. A federal civil rights lawsuit in Oakland was filed to seek justice for Martin on behalf of his young daughter. The case, Siehna Cotton et al v. City of Eureka, included the testimony of police readily admitting they beat Martin Cotton all over his body and did not seek medical assistance for him afterward. The police however denied that they hit Martin Cotton in the head, most likely because blows to the head were determined to be the cause of death.
At about 1pm on September 23rd, the verdict was announced for the two-week trial. A seven-person jury found unanimously in favor of the plaintiffs, big time. Siehna Cotton was awarded $1,250,000 for the pain Martin Cotton suffered at the hands of Eureka police and $2,750,000 for wrongful death damages. Additionally, Marty Cotton Sr. was awarded $500,000, which required plaintiffs to meet the highest burden of proof in a civil trial, that is that the murder of Martin Cotton “shocked the conscience.” A rare award of punitive damages against the three officers required a finding of “malice, oppression, or reckless disregard” to the decedent’s or plaintiffs’ rights, for which the jury assessed $30,000 from officer Winkle, $30,000 from officer Laird, and $15,000 from officer Whitmer, who arrived at the scene late but joined in on the beating.
Crucial to the verdict was the testimony of two witnesses who bravely reported that they had indeed seen at least officer Winkle striking Martin Cotton’s skull. Painful video of Martin Cotton dying in jail was presented during the trial which obviously effected jurors, four of whom wore black in solidarity with the family today as the verdict was read.
In the video below, Cotton family attorney Vicki Sarmiento and Verbena Lea of Redwood Curtain CopWatch speak about the verdict re-establishing Martin Cotton’s humanity and the shockwaves they hope the decision will send through the ranks of police who may consider committing such atrocities in the future.
[Pictured above: Verbena Lea of Redwood Curtain CopWatch and Cotton family attorney Vicki Sarmiento]
Quote from MDS, SDS, and Oscar Grant Committee:
“This victory uplifts our spirits and gives us strength to step up the struggle against police violence, brutality, murder and other forms of state repression that occur on a regular basis. One victory , many battles
still to be fought”
Video-Taped Interview from after the Verdict
Also, the below links are to video from the Sept. 21st press conference held in front of the Federal Building in Oakland:
Posted in California, civil liberties, class war, criminalizing, discrimination, Eureka Rescue Mission, Eureka, CA, homeless, houseless, human rights, incarceration, landless, Martin Cotton, mental health, mental illness, murder, northern california, organize, police brutality, poor people, press releases, protest, social justice, updates, tagged Adam Laird, beat to death, Bryan Hall, civil rights, correctional officer, Eureka CA, Eureka Police Department, Eureka Rescue Mission, fatal beating, federal trial, Gary Whitmer, homeless, houseless, Humboldt County, Humboldt County Correctional Facility, Humboldt County Sheriff's Department, jury trial, Justin Winkle, Martin Cotton, Mental Health, Oakland CA, Oscar Grant Committee, police brutality, police cover-up, police murder, police violence, rally, rideshare on September 18, 2011| Leave a Comment »
TRIAL BEGAN SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 at 8:30am
[RALLY at 7:30am on 12th, first day of trial]
Trial Wed (9/14), Thurs (9/15), Friday (9/16), Wed (9/21)
Must have U.S. ID or Passport to go in
Please join Redwood Curtain CopWatch in attending the trial. We are organizing with groups in the Bay Area also. If you are interested in going to Oakland for any part of the trial, please get in contact: email@example.com 707.633.4493
More on Martin’s death here.
TO DOWNLOAD ABOVE FLIER: http://redwoodcurtaincopwatch.net/files/Flier_CottonTrial.jpg
*JURY TRIAL in FEDERAL COURT in OAKLAND*
begins Monday, Sept 12th 8:30am
1301 Clay St. 4th floor, Courtroom #1
U.S. District Court- Northern District
PLEASE JOIN SEPT 12 RALLY OUTSIDE COURT 7:30AM
Be PRESENT at the trial:
Mon 9/12 Wed 9/14 Thurs 9/15 Fri 9/16 Wed 9/21
Dignity for ALL… Justice for Martin Cotton!
Redwood Curtain CopWatch: 707.633.4493 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oscar Grant Committee: 510.655.5764
Posted in California, civil liberties, class war, criminalizing, discrimination, Eureka Rescue Mission, Eureka, CA, homeless, houseless, human rights, incarceration, Martin Cotton, mental health, mental illness, murder, northern california, organize, police brutality, poor people, protest, rights, social justice, updates, tagged beat to death, corruption, Cotton Day, cover up, demonstration, dignity for all, Eureka Police, fuck the police, homeless, houseless, Humboldt County Correctional Facility, Humboldt County Sheriff, left to die, Martin Cotton, memorial, mental health crisis, open mic, police brutality, police murder, police violence, protest, rally, Redwood Curtain CopWatch, refused medical attention, survival on August 8, 2011| Leave a Comment »
Martin F. Cotton II was BEAT TO DEATH by Eureka Police and Humboldt Sheriff’s on August 9th, 2007.
Please join us Tuesday August 9th, 2011 in Remembrance of Martin Cotton and in Resistance to the injustice system that took his life.
Martin Cotton won’t be forgotten! Stop Police Brutality
in front of the Courthouse in Eureka
and Walk to the Boardwalk
for peaceful REMEMBRANCE of Martin
We have plenty of signs, some from past demonstrations and a bunch from folks in the Bay area- sent in support of Justice for Martin Cotton!
Then, later on…
—6:00pm “Tell It Like It Is!” Open Mic: Survival Stories about Police Violence
at Synapsis 47 W 3rd Street, Eureka
light dinner and refreshments
music, poetry, spoken word, any way you want to express your experience, or just be there!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUT ON COTTON DAY or organize in the near future for public presence at the civil rights trial set to begin in September against the City of Eureka and County of Humboldt, please contact Redwood Curtain CopWatch. 707.633.4493 email@example.com
Click the link below to hear a song for Martin Cotton by Two Smooth Stones.
Every year, people gather in Eureka on August 9th to protest the violence of the police, coverups of truth, abusive acts against houseless people, and the insane and cruel behavior of the state toward those of us experiencing emotional or mental crises. Martin Cotton’s death requires us to examine all of these inhumanities.
We also gather to remember Martin (or Freddy, as he is also known by many), to honor and support his family, and to share and connect in a good way with other survivors of police brutality and intimidation. Martin’s brutal death was witnessed by many houseless people, causing them great trauma and fear. Speaking out against the violence UNITES and EMPOWERS us. We are learning to defend each other and share healing and strength- so many of us, hurt and frightened.
We insist on dignified and compassionate treatment of ALL people.
If you can help with food, signs, candles, or ideas, please get in contact. Participate in this protest of police violence, help create a space of honoring and peace for Martin’s spirit and his family, and tell it like it is at the open mic!
Posted in California, civil liberties, class war, healthcare, homeless, houseless, human rights, immigration, incarceration, landless, mental health, mental illness, poor people, protest, rights, Sisters of the Road, social justice, veterans, tagged abolitionist movement, activism, Anna Reeves Jarvis, Appalacian communities, child care, Civil War, commercialism, consumer culture, economic justice, education, exploited holiday, Florists' Review, government assistance, health care, healthcare, higher minimum wage, job training, Julia Ward Howe, Million Mother March, mother's day, Mothers' Works Days, nuclear test site, paid parental leave, peace, poverty, Ruth Rosen, social justice, unemployed, veterans, violence, war, West Virginia, women's political engagement on May 9, 2011| Leave a Comment »
Mothers’ Day is celebrated in the United States the second Sunday of May, and throughout the world on various dates. But in them all, this day in which reverence from the heart is rendered to the mother, is at the same time pretext for a cloying sentimentality that commerce foments to sell saccharin cards, odorless carnations, and expensive trinkets to increase profits.
We forget the origins of this relatively modern holiday. Mother’s Day was started after the U.S. Civil War as a protest to the carnage of that war by women who had lost their sons to war. Such was the beginning of an annual Mothers’ Day proposed by a mother. Let us render with a full heart our homage to our mothers and the mothers of everyone and let us not fall into facile sentimentality but dedicate ourselves to preventing the suffering of all mothers (and their children): poverty, hunger, abandonment, lack of shelter, lack of education, violence, war.
Rafael Jesús González
Here is the original Mother’s Day Proclamation from 1870, followed by a a reminder of what the original intent of Mother’s Day was from ‘A history of Mother’s Day’ by a UC Davis historian.
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of fears! Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says “Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.
In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.
Julia Ward Howe
Mother’s Day for Peace
– by Ruth Rosen
Honor Mother with Rallies in the Streets.
The holiday began in activism; it needs rescuing from commercialism and platitudes.
Every year, people snipe at the shallow commercialism of Mother’s Day. But to ignore your mother on this holy holiday is unthinkable. And if you are a mother, you’re supposed to be devastated if your ingrates fail to honor you at least one day of the year.
Mother’s Day wasn’t always like this… because Mother’s Day began as a holiday that commemorated women’s public activism, not as a celebration of a mother’s devotion to her family.
The story begins in 1858 when a community activist named Anna Reeves Jarvis organized Mothers’ Works Days in West Virginia. Her immediate goal was to improve sanitation in Appalachian communities. During the Civil War, Jarvis pried women from their families to care for the wounded on both sides. Afterward she convened meetings to persuade men to lay aside their hostilities.
In 1872, Julia Ward Howe, author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, proposed an annual Mother’s Day for Peace. Committed to abolishing war, Howe wrote: “Our husbands shall not come to us reeking with carnage.. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs”.
For the next 30 years, Americans celebrated Mothers’ Day for Peace on June 2.
Many middle-class women in the 19th century believed that they bore a special responsibility as actual or potential mothers to care for the casualties of society and to turn America into a more civilized nation. They played a leading role in the abolitionist movement to end slavery. In the following decades, they launched successful campaigns against lynching and consumer fraud and battled for improved working conditions for women and protection for children, public health services and social welfare assistance to the poor. To the activists, the connection between motherhood and the fight for social and economic justice seemed self-evident.
In 1913, Congress declared the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day. By then, the growing consumer culture had successfully redefined women as consumers for their families. Politicians and businessmen eagerly embraced the idea of celebrating the private sacrifices made by individual mothers. As the Florists’ Review, the industry’s trade journal, bluntly put it, ” This was a holiday that could be exploited.”… Since then, Mother’s Day has ballooned into a billion-dollar industry.
Americans may revere the idea of motherhood and love their own mothers, but not all mothers. Poor, unemployed mothers may enjoy flowers, but they also need child care, job training, health care, a higher minimum wage and paid parental leave. Working mothers may enjoy breakfast in bed, but they also need the kind of governmental assistance provided by every other industrialized society.
With a little imagination, we could restore Mother’s Day as a holiday that celebrates women’s political engagement in society. During the 1980’s, some peace groups gathered at nuclear test sites on Mother’s Day to protest the arms race. Today, our greatest threat is not from missiles but from our indifference toward human welfare and the health of our planet.
Imagine, if you can, an annual Million Mother March in the nation’s capital. Imagine a Mother’s Day filled with voices demanding social and economic justice and a sustainable future,….public activism does not preclude private expressions of love and gratitude. (Nor does it prevent people from expressing their appreciation all year round.)
Ruth Rosen is a professor of history at UC Davis.
El Día de madres se celebra en los Estados Unidos el segundo domingo de mayo, y por el mundo entero en distintas fechas. Pero en todas, este día en el cual se le rinde veneración de corazón a la madre es a la vez pretexto para un sentimentalismo empalagoso que el comercio fomenta para vender tarjetas sacarinas, claveles sin aroma, y chucherías caras para aumentar las ganancias.
Olvidamos el origen de esta fiesta relativamente moderna. El Día de Madres empezó después de la guerra civil de los Estados Unidos como protesta a la mortandad en esa guerra por las mujeres que habían perdido a sus hijos a la guerra. Tal fue el principio del Día de Madres anual propuesto por una madre. Brindemos de todo corazón nuestros homenajes a todas nuestras madres y las madres de todos y no caigamos en el sentimentalismo fácil sino dediquémonos a evitar el sufrimiento de toda madre (y sus hij@s): la pobreza, el hambre, el abandono, el desamparo, falta de educación, violencia, la guerra.
Rafael Jesús González
Aquí la proclamación de 1870:
¡Levantémonos, entonces, mujeres de este día! ¡Levantémonos todas las mujeres que tengamos corazones, sea nuestro bautismo de agua o de temores! Digamos firmemente: “No permitiremos que las grandes cuestiones sean decididas por agencias que no vienen al caso. Nuestros esposos no vendrán hediendo a carnicería a nosotras por caricias y aplauso. No se nos quitarán a nuestros hijos para que desaprendan todo lo que les hemos podido enseñar de la caridad, la piedad y la paciencia.
Nosotras las mujeres de un país seremos demasiadas tiernas de las de otro país para permitir que nuestros hijos sean entrenados a dañar a los suyos. Del pecho de la Tierra devastada una voz se alzará con la nuestra. Dice, “¡Desarmad, desarmad! La espada del homicidio no es la balanza de la justicia.”
La sangre no limpia nuestra deshonra ni la violencia indica posesión. Como los hombres han a menudo abandonado el arado y el yunque a la citación de la guerra, que las mujeres ahora dejen todo lo que se pueda dejar del hogar para un gran y fervoroso día de deliberación. Que se encuentren primero, como mujeres, para llorar y conmemorar a los muertos.
Que entonces solemnemente se aconsejen unas con la otras de modo que la gran familia humana pueda vivir en paz, cada quien llevando a su propio tiempo la empresa sagrada, no la de César, sino la de Dios.
En el nombre de la mujer y de la humanidad, fervorosamente pido que un congreso general de mujeres sin limites de nacionalidad sea designado y convocado en algún lugar determinado más conveniente y en el más cercano periodo consistente con sus objetivos, promover la alianza de las distintas nacionalidades, la resolución amigable de cuestiones internacionales, los grandes y generales intereses de la paz.
Julia Ward Howe
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Hello, Icaristas and friends!
We’ve got another unofficial teeny-tiny Northcoast Icarus newsletter here for you.
HSU Mental Health and Wellness Extravaganza
We’ll be tabling at the HSU Mental Health and Wellness Extravaganza on Wednesday, May 4, from 11:00 to 2:00 on the HSU Quad. We’ll have space to sit down and work on making mad maps, with examples and materials provided. Come hang out with us, and enjoy the rest of the Wellness Extravaganza as well.
This Month’s Meetings
They’ll be on the 14th and 28th at 4:00 p.m. in the little back room at Has Beans. Come join us for discussion and support, and bring your mad friends. Is there a particular discussion topic you’d like? Please let us know!
Fliers and Outreach
We have some new fliers now, including quarter-page handbills. Want to help put them up or hand them out? See the attached PDFs, or we’d be happy to give you printed copies.
END THE WAR ON THE POOR
DO WE REALLY HAVE A CHOICE?!
Won’t U Read the Signs?!
December 21, HOMELESS MEMORIAL DAY/NIGHT
FOOD NOT BOMBS , EUREKAEvery Sunday at Clarke Plaza, Old Town (3rd and E). Yummy vegetarian food about 3:00pm.
We Need Some SAFE GROUNDSee this youtube video from the 32 night Safe Sleep Space we set up in the Eureka City Hall parking lot.
Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville
...the law in its majestic equality forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. --Anatole France
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