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Days Of Action Against Police Brutality, Oct 22-23 2013 EUREKA

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Below is a reportback from Skye, a participant this year.  Verbena, of Redwood Curtain CopWatch, wrote the following 3 paragraphs only to fill in what Skye was not present for.

Sending love & comfort & solidarity to young Andy Lopez‘ spirit and his family & community.  13 year old Andy was killed by Santa Rosa deputies on Oct 22.Image

from Verbena
On the night of Oct 22, 2013, while some protestors slept at Cesar Chavez park, a couple of us went, from midnight to 3am, to the Humboldt County Jail for “Welcome Out”!  ImageWe sat in a car right near where people exit the jail, with a bin of warm socks and clothes, tobacco, and a sign on the windshield to welcome people out on the cold, blustery night.  It is such a worthwhile and necessary activity; should be a regular thing. We encountered about 7 people who needed something warm, the use of a phone, maybe a cigarette, a friendly face and listening ears.

The next morning, October 23rd, people gathered for breakfast at Clarke Plaza, open to everyone who was hungry or wanting coffee or tea.  One of Chris Burgess’ brother’s came by; this being the 7th anniversary of his brother’s death.  Even those of us who never met Christopher during his short life, will always remember him.

After some music, some tears, and gathering up our signs, we marched and biked to Eureka Police Department where murder and cruelty are common practice.  And where violent creeps, like Terence Liles, Rodrigo Reyna-Sanchez, Murl Harpham, and Justin Winkle, reside.  We are not afraid to call that out. Then we moved on (happily) to the neighborhoods of Eureka, where we talked with folks, and people remember Christopher and show spirited agreement- from their cars, houses, and yards- with the messages in our chants and banners: STOP POLICE BRUTALITY, LILES IS A KILLER, BEING A YOUTH IS NOT A CRIME, R.I.P. ZACHARY COOK (DEC 23 1989-JAN 4 2007) KILLED BY EPD’S LILES, CHANGE IS POSSIBLE,  WE REMEMBER CHRIS BURGESS. With dignity and strength, and care for each other, we decry and defy the intimidation of the police state.  ~Verbena

from Skye 10-25-13
For the past eighteen years, cities across the United States have rallied on October 22nd to show solidarity against police brutality. I am learning that occurrences of police brutality are much more numerous and severe in the United States than they are back home in Canada. A sad truth that is only deepened through the discovery that such violence often leads to death. This sharp reality felt all too often in the communities of the most northern part of California where police brutality ranges from daily intimidation to outright murder, tasering to decades of confined isolation.

Typically a one day event, the March is extended to two days in Eureka to honour the memory of Christopher Burgess, a 16 year old who was shot by a Eureka police officer on October 23rd, 2006. The supporters met at noon on the 22nd to share in discussion, food, and sign making. Despite the cloudy skies and serious purpose, spirits were high with the anticipation to flex our vocal cords and work our legs during the march. The call went out to begin and we each picked up a sign and gathered outside the park on the street.

Marching along an unplanned route, the group walked past the high school as the students were being released for the day. ImageMany showed their support to the idea of removing police from schools. An understandable reaction from students who are finding their schools resembling prisons more and more – security check points, undercover police, random locker searches, metal detectors. I hope we realize soon that treating people like criminals does not help in any way, especially when they are not. After a quick break the group continued to march through the city, waving signs, yelling chants, and throwing up peace signs to passing traffic.

Much to the group’s gratitude, the police encounters passed by without incident. Many people showed their support for our protest with honks from their vehicles as they drove by. The drivers who found themselves in a hurry were not too pleased with our presence on the street, even though we always left room for them to pass around. An understandable reaction to the injustice of having one’s life run by a clock – we wished them free time in response to their show of frustration. As the time to march came to a close, we stopped at another park to set up for the evening’s events.

An abundant feast was gifted to the sore footed group to nourish their bodies and hearts after the day’s walk. And while we ate, entertainment of the highest calibre was shared for our pure enjoyment. As night fell the community came a little closer together through the sharing of gifts and the exciting of our taste buds and ear drums. The live music provided reflection and introspection, as well as laughter and participation. Deeper connections were made as we were given space to share stories, jokes, and hugs. Through the coming together over a common surface problem, we are given practice to dive deeper into a shared community experience.Image

 After dark fell, a humid, foggy candlelight vigil took the remaining group back to the day’s starting point for an overnight park camp out. This is where my path diverged – to return the next day in the late afternoon with one of my gifts – fresh cucumber mango guacamole and baked yam fries. Posted on a busy street corner with signs and free food for whomever was hungry, the group honored the fallen victims by sharing their stories with passerby’s. Another year to gather and remember those whose lives continue to be afflicted by the brutality of violence from those we give our trust to be protectors.

I am grateful for the opportunity to show support to a community bringing awareness to an important shadow of our culture – the disconnection that allows one person to take another’s life and to perpetuate violence of the most disgraceful sort. The pervasive and obvious favoritism, elitism, and corruption infecting the enforcement agencies of this area have left me stunned and humbled. I honor and acknowledge the challenges faced by a population of people who are dealing with such a horrible treatment on a regular basis. No being deserves oppression at any level – be it physical, psychological, or spiritual. To commit such acts of violence require a disconnection from one’s heart so vast that the whisper of consciousness seems to have disappeared entirely.

Somewhere inside, buried deeper in some, the spark of light resides and awaits its chance to be heard and felt. This light exists in all of us. A hell inside creates the horrors of our lives. The love inside creates heaven on Earth. In this dawning age of truth, justice, and integrity we are each asked to step into our highest expression and to take responsibility for the actions we take and words we speak. Are you looking at a badge, uniform, or costume – or are you looking into someone’s eyes and seeing them standing there – as scared as you are – as full of beautiful creative potential as you are? The resolution and healing processes being born through the new consciousness of humanity will seek not the false, demeaning, and inadequate deterrence and ‘punishment’ oriented solutions, but ones focusing on root causes, emotional healing, and collective community restoration. Sickness and health in a community is shared by all.

photos from Rogue Planet News and radmul.blogspot.com

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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

—1:00pm RALLY

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  copwatchrwc@riseup.net

Click the link below to hear a song for Martin Cotton by Two Smooth Stones. 

Cotton Day Song

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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!

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Richardson Grove Action Now invites all to a rally on Monday, February 21st, to stop the highway expansion through Richardson Grove State Park.

Expose CalTrans’ lies and misinformation campaign!

Monday’s rally will begin at NOON in the Garberville Town Square.

Bring anything you want to express yourself!

Resist Invasion!

For more info contact Richardson Grove Action Now, call
(707) 602-7551 or email rgroveactionnow@gmail.com.

Fliers and Handbills will be available Friday Feb 18, 2011!

Richardson Grove Action Now literature exposing CalTrans LIES and misinformation coming soon!

Richardson Grove Action Now pamphlet: http://www.box.net/shared/6xyyml02vu

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Spread the word!  February 14th Action!!!

The Feds are seriously looking to cut $100 Billion from the already limited housing-related programs!  Close to one million Section 8, public housing, homeless, elderly, and disabled people could lose their housing!

In solidarity with actions taking place in 25 other cities throughout the U.S., Rally and March in San Francisco this Valentine’s Day!

Monday, Feb 14th is the NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO SAVE CRITICAL HUD PROGRAMS led by the National Alliance of HUD Tenants

Join us in stopping the budget cuts to Housing Vouchers, Section 8 PBRA (Project Based Rental Assistance), Homeless Assistance Grants, and other housing related budget items!

!Unase con nosotros para ponerle un alto a los recortes del presupuesto a los Vales de Vivienda, Seccion 8 PBRA, Subvencion de asistencia para personas sin hogar, y otros articulos relacionados al presupuesto de Vivienda!

Monday February 14th

@ 2pm

Rally at San Francisco Civic Center

March to the Federal Building!

 

Lunes 14 de Febrero

a las 2pm

Donde: Centro Civico de San Francisco

iVamos a marchar al Edificio Federal!

Here is a link to the facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198056183539430

For FLIERS to this action: http://wraphome.org/pages/downloads/Valentine%27s%20Day%20Flyer.pdf

For a FACT SHEET on the housing cuts: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3341

Groups involved in organizing this day of action in San Francisco:

WRAP (Western Regional Advocacy Project), SF Coalition on Homelessness, SF Housing Rights Committee, Causa Justa: Just Cause, Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), Homes Not Jails, AIDS Housing Alliance/SF, Council of Community Housing Organizations, and many other housing rights groups.

Please get the word out!

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Bicycle to Save Richardson Grove

Monday, Feb 7th

Group Bicycle Ride to Mass Rally at CalTrans in Eureka!

Bike riders meet at 9:30am at the Arcata Plaza

Start ride to Eureka at 10am sharp!

RALLY at Wabash and Union in Eureka at NOON.

For more info, call Stella at (707) 602-7551

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Mass RALLY at CalTrans in Eureka

NO Highway Expansion THROUGH RICHARDSON GROVE!

Protect the forest and our future.  Resist Invasion.

 

Monday, Feb 7th  NOON

 

CalTrans District 1 Headquarters

1656 Union St. (Union and Wabash)

Eureka

 

Bring anything you want to express yourself!

For info or to get more involved contact Richardson Grove Action Now:  (707) 602-7551,  rgroveactionnow@gmail.com

READ the pamphlet from Richardson Grove Action Now: http://www.box.net/shared/6xyyml02vu

 

Here are links to Fliers to download and post:

Flier with tank

Flier with forest root web

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Sunday Feb 6th, the day before the rally…

If you’re in Southern Humboldt, go to the Garberville Town Square at noon for Bob Marley’s birthday celebration and a craft-making event in preparation for Monday’s mass rally at Cal Trans District 1 Headquarters. Organize rideshares and rally spectacles!

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