Posts Tagged ‘cop watch’

Insurgent Theatre’s newest play, ACAB is about a cop struggling with the possibility that he’s a bastard.

 

Written by Ben Turk.
Directed by Kate Pleuss.
Performed by Ben Turk.
Booking first tour now!

Ben will be travelling with ACAB and a documentary / workshop about the Lucasville Uprising by his friend D Jones called The Shadow of Lucasville. If you’d like to host these projects in your town, PLEASE contact Ben at insurgent.ben@gmail.com. The first tour is going out east for Gabfestry, and then to Denver for the North American Anarchist Black Cross Conference, but we hope to bring both the film and the play to as many places as possible in the future.

August 10th at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 7pm

sober, all ages

donations will be collected for the touring theater company

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Mo Karn of the Wingnut has been subpoenaed, a few weeks ago, and is being forced to go to court on Monday Feb. 25th as a witness (against their will) in a civil case stemming from the RPD documents recently linked to from this website.
Mo is not clear on what they are or are not allowed to talk about in regards to this matter, sorry for the lack of details. The numerous papers that have been served to Mo over the past few months have included various injunctions which make it incredibly difficult to determine where Mo’s right to free speech remains around these issues.
Earlier in this ordeal the cops had tried to force Mo to attend a deposition and answer many questions about things not even related to any RPD documents. This looks like it might be the same situation.
Mo has legal representation, and will give an update whenever they get out of court.

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We will also be having a How To Copwatch Training on Thursday April 4th at 7pm, and we highly recommend that folks do the Know Your Rights Training as a prerequisite.

Mark your calendars for Thursday March 7th at 7pm for a Know Your Rights (When Dealing with the Police) training at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective.

2005 Barton Avenue RVA
sober, all ages

www.wingnutrva.org for info on accessibility, bus routes, consent, etc.

Please spread widely.

More details closer to the date.

This week Style Weekly published an article about the ongoing dispute and legal battle between Mo Karn/Nathan Cox/Wingnut/Copwatch/Copblock

http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/watching-the-detectives/Content?oid=1792605

 

The Southern Barton Heights branch of the Richmond Copwatch Federation  will be facilitating a workshop at the Richmond Zine Fest this Saturday (October 16th) at 12 noon on Copwatch as an idea.

The Richmond Zine Fest is at the Gay Community Center of Richmond attached to DIversity Thrift on Sherwood Avenue. It will be from 11-5 on Saturday October 16th. http://www.richmondzinefest.org

Richmond has not had (to our knowledge) an official copwatch group before.

The workshop will allow a space for questions, explanations, creativity, and discussion about what copwatch is and what copwatch could be.

Anyone interested in the idea of copwatch is welcome to come, we would be specifically excited to find people who want to start a branch of copwatch in their own neighborhood in Richmond.

Copwatch Mission Statement:

Richmond Copwatch is a non-heirarchical network of groups dedicated to ending police abuse.  We believe that monitoring and recording police interactions with community members is a vital first step towards ensuring accountability and protecting ourselves and our communities. We are committed to anti-authoritarian principles and seek to transform the nature of the police and explore alternative methods of community conflict resolution.

Richmond Copwatch’s Goals:

1) Reduce police violence by directly observing the police on the street, (more…)

Many of you who live in Southern Barton Heights may have seen some of the Wingnuts and other folks in the neighborhood out watching the cops on a pretty regular basis.  For those of you who we haven’t yet had the opportunity to talk with about what we’re doing, here’s a little bit of information about copwatch in general and Southern Barton Heights Cop Watch in specific.  If you’d like to get involved, do so!  Or if you have questions about how to get involved or what you can do to help, email us or stop by the Wingnut.

What is copwatch?
Copwatch is a decentralized network of autonomous organizations spread all over the country.  The purpose of a copwatch group is to monitor and document police activity, with the intention of helping to prevent police misconduct and police brutality.

Southern Barton Heights Copwatch is still in its formative stages, but we do our best to be a highly visible, monitoring presence to as much police activity in our area as we can.  We use such tactics as video taping, camera phones, and note taking to document police activity.

Who can do copwatch?
Anyone can do copwatch!  Any time you see the police stopping someone or interacting with members of our community, grab a camera, video camera, pen and paper, and document what you see.  Try to grab a friend or another person to watch the cops with you, it’s safer.
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