Posts Tagged ‘copwatch’

Prison Activists Spread Radical Critique Through Theatre

 

RICHMOND, VA
Fri Aug 9, 7PM
Shadow of Lucasville
Sat Aug 10, 7PM
Know Your Enemy

both shows at:
The Wingnut
2005 Barton Ave.

 

Radical DIY theatre group Insurgent Theatre is touring the country with a play about police and a documentary film about a prison uprising. The film and play will be showing in Richmond on August 9th at 10th. The play, entitled Know Your Enemy juxtaposes dramatic unraveling of a troubled officer with a radical interactive lecture about prisons, history, and resistance. The film, entitled Shadow of Lucasville revisits the 1993 prison uprising at a maximum security prison in the Southern Ohio town of Lucasville. The film will be followed by conversation with death-sentenced survivors of the uprising, who will be calling in from the Ohio State Penitentiary, Ohio’s supermax prison.

 

Part of the money raised by this tour will go to support RedBird Prison Abolition, RedBird Books to Prisoners and The Lucasville Amnesty Campaign.

EVENT DETAILS

 

Venue: The Wingnut Anarchist Collective

Date: August

Time: 7pm

Local contact: wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Price: suggested donation $5-20, no one will be turned away for lack of funds

Contact Insurgent: Ben Turk 614-704-4699 insurgent.ben@gmail.com

InsurgentTheatre.org, LucasvilleAmnesty.org, RedBirdPrisonAbolition.org

 

 

 

MORE ABOUT KNOW YOUR ENEMY

 

A Theatrical Examination of Police and Prison in America.

 

Written by Ben Turk, Directed by Kate Pleuss, Performed by Ben Turk – 90 minutes

insurgenttheatre.org
What does it mean to be a compassionate, dedicated, humane police officer in the country with the world’s highest incarceration rate and a continuing tradition of racial injustice? Know Your Enemy examines the role of police using stripped down interactive theatre, critical understanding of history and the power of silent refusal. Know your history. Know your rights. Know your enemy.

Promo image: http://insurgenttheatre.org/acab/bencop_smile.jpg

 

 

MORE ABOUT THE SHADOW OF LUCASVILLE

 

Follow-up to the award winning documentary film, The Great Incarcerator, part 1: Dark Little Secret

 

Directed by D Jones – 75 minutes

https://www.facebook.com/TheShadowOfLucasvilleMovie
The Shadow of Lucasville revisits the 1993 uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, one of the longest in U.S. history, while exploring the fight for human rights and media exposure through inmate uprisings in response to mass incarceration and dehumanization supported by the prison industrial complex. After the film, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Jason Robb and Keith Lamar, prisoners who were unjusty sentenced to death following the uprising and have spent the last 20 years in solitary confinement appealing their convictions and resisting supermax confinement will be calling to answer questions from the audience.

 

Promo image: http://insurgenttheatre.org/acab/shadow.jpg

MORE ABOUT INSURGENT THEATRE

Insurgent Theatre strives to connect performing arts with radical struggles, to make theatre that is relevant, engaging, challenging and useful for those who confront the US police state and global capitalist empire. We’ve been making original theatre since 2003 and also frequently touring the country since 2008 with pointedly political original works like Ulysses’ Crewmen and In the Belly.

http://insurgenttheatre.org

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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Huge thanks to everyone involved in the organizing and participating of the March Against Monsanto in Richmond, VA today. All of us Wingnuts had a great time.

Extra love to the bike marshalls, legal observers, and copwatchers! And super extra love to the person who was arrested, the person who got hit by a cop car while on their bike, and the person shoved by a cop.

We took the street, there were a ton of us, and this is just the beggining.

Looking forward to seeing the connections drawn between the food justice movement and many other pressing issues around various oppressions, and having all of this energy move forward into more and more positive things!

Huge thanks to David Martin of Martin images for coming out and filming the march. If you have a way to support David Martin, please do, he really does a great job of supporting a variety of protests and movements that the mainstream media doesn’t do anything close to justice with.

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is hosting a full-on SIGN MAKING PARTY for the March Against Monsanto on thursday (May 23rd) evening at 4pm-8pm. We will have some supplies but please try bringing your own signage and supplies if possible. This is also a non-GMO potluck and we encourage people to even bring local produce if they know anyone who would want to buy/trade them. Learn your locals, get active and come visit us at The Wingnut for various other workshops and events around richmond. Thank you all. Be safe. It’s hot out there.

 

Event Page link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/355658477877810/?fref=ts

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http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/richmond-recovers-police-data-flash-drive/article_638f9228-b1c1-11e2-820c-001a4bcf6878.html

The Richmond Police have reportedly received the missing Police Department flash drive from a 3rd party (neither Mo Karnage of the Wingnut nor Nathan Cox of Copblock).  See link above for full news report.

The flash drive was reportedly found on the ground near a trashcan. The cop Martin Harrison who’s flash drive it was had testified in court that he never took the flash drive from police headquarters- yet said there were no reported intruders during the few days when the flash drive went missing. And yet the flash drive was found outside.

Thanks to Tom Roberts and Andrew Bodoh- the attorney’s representing in this case. www.robertslaw.org to find out more about them and make a donation to their legal fund.

The Richmond Police Department, like most police departments, routinely breaks the law, behaves in racist ways, and engages in acts of brutality against the public.

In the past week we have seen or heard of 3 incidents of police brutality. Anyone with video footage of police brutality is highly encouraged to email us a copy or a link at wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Anyone who wants tips on how to copwatch or on your rights when dealing with the police is also encouraged to get in touch. The Wingnut Anarchist Collective started Richmond Copwatch about 3 years ago. We no longer have a formal Copwatch organization (though if you are interested let us know), but we still have the capacity to host workshops, come to you and your organization with a workshop, and of course to observe and record the police in Richmond and every where we go.

Here is a link to a story about an incident that occurred in Gilpin Court, a nearby neighborhood: http://www.nbc12.com/story/21997791/richmond-community-claims-excessive-police-force-during-arrest

We have also heard that a man in Southern Barton Heights was beaten up by the police this week, and some of us were a witness to a man getting tazed at Harrison and Grace St. on Saturday night.

If you have video or pictures of the police tazing, beating, harassing, stop and frisking, etc. please send it to us! The more people who watch and record the police on a regular basis the less bullshit they can get away with. These are our neighborhoods, let’s take them back from the biggest most violent gang in Richmond- the Police Department.

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The Wingnut Anarchist Collective and SPARC (Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change) are co-hosting a How to Copwatch Training on April 4th at 7pm at the Wingnut (2005 Barton Avenue)

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…Anyone with an interest in monitoring the police and holding them accountable for their actions is welcome to come. Bring yourself, your friends, and lots of ideas!

Have you ever felt like your rights were violated by the police? Have you ever seen bad behavior from the police? Want to find ways to build stronger communities that are protected from the police? Learn How to Copwatch!

All Ages, Sober, Free

It is better if you have gone through the Know Your Rights Training first, but even if you haven’t please come out to learn how best to observe and record the police!