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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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On August 9, 2007, Martin Frederick Cotton II was brutally beat to death– and refused medical treatment -by Eureka Police and Humboldt County Sheriff “Correctional Officers” (in the jail).

Since September of 2008, there has been a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by Martin Cotton’s baby daughter (through a legal guardian) and by his father, Martin F. Cotton.

 

There is a trial scheduled in the Federal Court in Oakland in front of Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong and a jury WHICH WAS JUST POSTPONED (Dec 15, 2010). There will be at least ten cops exposed and on trial for killing Martin.

Please begin organizing where you live to be there and make sure that it is known what these cops have done, what violence this system inflicts, and we want it to be understood- We will not tolerate intimidation, beatings, and murder by the police!!

 

Redwood Curtain CopWatch will be organizing people to travel to the Bay area to be present at the trial.  If you are in the Bay Area (or anywhere somewhat close), please organize support and presence in your area.   And if you can help folks from Humboldt get there, contact Redwood Curtain CopWatch.

 

http://redwoodcurtaincopwatch.net/node/632

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