This Saturday in Austin, TX our friends active with the Peaceful Streets Project are hosting a free, day-long summit with the end-goal of police accountability and self-empowerment.
If you’re within driving distance I strongly encourage you to come out and learn, connect and collaborate. Who knows – you might just be inspired to hold a similar event in your area!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
10am – 4pm (complimentary breakfast at 9am)
Mexitas Mexican Food
1107 N I H 35 (& E.12th)
– on the Facebook event
– or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Related post from CopBlock.org:
Peaceful Streets Project Aims to End Institutionalized Violence in Austin, TX (June 26th, 2012)
From the event description:
Come join the Peaceful Streets Project for a day of discussion and activities about police accountability! Empower yourself and our communities. Learn about your rights, institutionalized violence, and our rich histories of resistance struggle.
Featuring activist legends, civil rights lawyers and scholars, victims sharing their stories, training on knowing your rights in police encounters, workshop on using audio/video technology to hold police accountable, and more
Free cameras distributed to trained local activists so they may hold police accountable.
Meals, refreshments and childcare will be provided!
~Please join us for a full day of events that will inspire and remind us of both our history and of what the Constitution says about our civil rights to empower us to hold police accountable for violations of those rights.
Local community activists such as Antonio Buehler, John Bush, Debbie Russell and others who are intimately familiar with local police practices will speak. We also plan to have civil rights attorneys present to speak to us and answer questions.
~There will be a segment focused on giving a voice to those who have been victims of police brutality and abuse. We will hear from families who have lost their loved ones to this systematic epidemic of violence to remind and inspire us to protect our neighborhoods and streets.
~We will hear about new apps, websites/technology, ways to safely record and the legality of the act of recording police from members of the Occupy movement who have perfected state of the art techniques for filming police.
~We will have smaller breakout sessions regarding your constitutional rights in dealing with police; safety skills w/ police; and using technology to film and upload video footage onto the internet and link to our YouTube page so that we can help videos go viral.
~At the end of the summit, we will place handheld cameras into the hands of 100 people who are committed to filming in their neighborhoods to hold the police accountable, making our streets safer, and, of course–peaceful.
~If you or anyone you know has been a victim of police brutality, please contact us if you want to include this story in our project.
This is the beginning ……hope to see you there!!
A special THANK YOU to our sponsors and collaborators, especially Mexitas who stepped up when others would not!