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…)