On September 29th, Rose City Copwatch gave a talk at the Red and Black Cafe on the history of modern police force and the need for a world without cops. Thanks to the folks at Utopia or Bust, the event was recorded and all 50 minutes are available online!
Rose City Copwatch is happy to join in this event presented by The Ad-Hoc Committee to Connect the Dots.
Friday December 3rd, 6-8pm
Food For Thought Cafe (basement of Smith Building, Portland State University)
Join us for an informal discussion with organizers from three different organizations in Portland:
Rose City Copwatch, Oregon Jericho, and Committee to Connect the Dots.
Sponsored by: *Students for Unity, Student Animal Liberation Coalition, Pan American Solidarity Organization*
Rose City Copwatch is pleased to co-sponsor this event presented by Oregon Jericho.
Thursday November 4th, 7-9pm
The Sisters of the Road Café – 133 NW 6th Ave
This event is free, open to the public and disability affirmative!
Local authors Michael Munk and Kristian Williams will discuss the Portland Police Bureau’s history of political repression. Williams will begin the evening with an overview of the cops’ role in society and the relationship between policing and inequality. Munk will then focus on the history of Portland’s “red squad”, from its origin in the 1920s to its present form. A facilitated public discussion will follow
Co-sponsored by: PDX APOC, NW Student Coalition, B Media Collective, Right 2 Survive, Rose City Copwatch, Community Alternatives to the Police (CAP), Portland Central American Solidarity Committee
Rose City Copwatch is excited to sponsor Raize the Walls, a mini-conference on the connections between policing, prisons and political prisoners. Please join us!
Sunday, October 3rd
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Union, Room 296
SW Montgomery & Park
The Ad Hoc Committee to Connect the Dots presents a mini-conference that seeks to nurture a greater understanding of the connections between policing, prisons and political prisoners. As Portland sees an increase in local police violence, it is especially important to consider the broader context of modern state repression, especially as it relates to race and identity. We will place particular importance on the experience of Political Prisoners and necessity of support for those currently incarcerated, with an emphasis on women and GLBTQI identified folks.
Panelists and presenters include:
• Rita “Bo” Brown, an ex-George Jackson Brigade Member and ex-political prisoner. Bo identifies as a working-class, butch dyke and has been active in the prison abolition movement since her release from prison in 1987. After her release she started The Out of Control: Lesbian Committee to Support Women Political Prisoners, which remained active for many years.
• Ed Meade, an ex-George Jackson Brigade member and ex-political prisoner who is currently the editor of Prison Art News and an active member of Seattle Jericho.
• Mark Cook, an ex-George Jackson Brigade member and former political prisoner, who remained in prison for 24 years and was released in 2000. Cook was active in the Black Panther Party from behind bars and continues his work today with Seattle Jericho.
• Caylor Rolling, PDX local prison activist and bad-ass: she struggles against the prison industrial complex while simultaneously embodying enough hope and joy to raise a beautiful little girl.
Funds from this project will go to: The Freedom Archives: freedomarchives.org, 4Struggle Magazine: 4strugglemag.org, and The Anarchist Black Cross War Chest fund: abcf.net.
Raize the Walls is happily sponsored by Rose City Cop Watch, NW Student Coalition, Oregon Jericho, Community Alternatives to the police, Fire Frashour Campaign and more.
Rose City Copwatch will host a talk that looks at the history of the modern police force, how it came to be, where it is today, and why we do not need it. A facilitated question and answer session will conclude the evening.
September 29, 2010
Red and Black Café
400 SE 12th Ave
Near buses #6, 12, 15, 19, 20 and 70
On February 19, 2010 Rose City Copwatch presented the following speech at Everyday People’s rally against police violence.
Hi. My name is Eli and I am a member of Rose City Copwatch. Thank you to everyone who came out today. And thank you to Everyday People for organizing this important event and providing this space to speak.
I want to talk about apples. Bad apples. That stem from a rotten tree.
I also want to take time to remember. I want to remember Jose Mejia, and unarmed Latino man killed by Portland police inside a mental hospital in 2001. I want to remember Kendra James, an unarmed African American Woman slain by police in her car in 2003. I want to remember James Jahar Perez, an unarmed African American man also murdered by police in his car a year later. I want to remember that the cops who murdered these people faced no meaningful repercussions; most continue to wander our streets with guns and badges. I want to remember that the best response the Police and City Government have for these tragedies are endless committees. That they refuse to recognize the grossly disproportionate stops of people of color as racial profiling. That they address such concerns by targeting people of color to join the force to do the exact same brutal job.
I want to remember James Chasse, an unarmed man beaten to death by a gang of cops, including Chris Humphreys. Yes, the same Chris Humphreys who fired a less-lethal shotgun at a young African American girl on the MAX in December. The Portland Police Association thought a paid vacation was too harsh a punishment for him, so hundreds of cops took to the streets under the banner “I am Chris Humphreys.” I want to remember that while some may see Chris Humphreys as one of the baddest apples, Portland’s police see themselves in him.
I want to remember the daily injustices that don’t make the news. Police crouched at the side of the road or at the MAX stop, waiting for the next person who is driving, riding or walking while brown. Police turning our migrant friends and neighbors over to Homeland Security for deportationn. Police pat downs and searches that turn to groping and assault.
And yes, I want to remember Aaron Campbell. To remember those terrifying moments when we are desperate to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Those moments when we deserve real help. I find hope in the times when we call our friends, families and neighbors to resolve conflicts, instead of the cops. I find hope when we come together like this to address real safety concerns in our communities. And I know we are far from having the solutions to many of the crises we face. But we, as everyday people who care for each other, are our only hope for creating these solutions. We have to give up on apples. The tree is deadly.
Rose City Copwatch works to eliminate or radically change police institutions. A primary function of the criminal justice system is to maintain the status quo; we work to promote change that will disrupt this power. We want to reduce police violence, and disrupt the polices ability to enforce race and class lines.
We want to shift public consciousness and demonstrate the possibility of social change. In order to achieve this in a real way, we see the necessity of developing our political analysis in and through dialog with communities outside of our membership. We also recognize the importance of building alliances with groups looking to eliminate or radically change other aspects of the criminal justice system. We work to fulfill these responsibilities of communication, dialog, and alliance building in a principled way.
All of our work is motiveted by a desire to live in a democratic society. In building community power, and shifting power away from the state, we see the potential to positively change the world.