Note that the videos below are all raw (shot with my HTC Evo 5 via Cop Block’s Bambuser channel, my chest-mounted GoPro, and/or my Canon Vixia HF R10. At the conclusion of The Cop Block Tour I’ll make time to put-together some solid, over-arching videos using content from this stop. In the meantime, if you are so-compelled, you’re welcomed and encouraged to utilize this content and all other content at CopBlock.org.
On Feb. 7th, I woke and as looking forward to having an “off-day” – a day without anything scheduled, so I could upload content, catch-up on emails and messages, write some posts, etc. Then I realized that the Indy stop was to happen that night – not the next night. Seems there was a discrepency between the date listed on the Facebook event and the calendar embedded at CopBlock.org/Tour. So, after speaking with Miah, one of the admins of Indianapolis Cop Block, I decided to go with the former, especially as others who’d RSPVed for the meetup on Facebook had made plans based on the earlier date.
I did this update when driving east:
That night, we had a pretty solid meetup, and it was great to hear of the impact those present have had individually and together (some are involved with inside-politics stuff like the Libertarian Party while others go around that system and are involved with Anonymous activities).
As I do at every meetup, I brought some resources for those present to take to share with others if they’re so-inclined. And as I usually say, “I don’t mind if I go back to my truck with none of these items” but the thing that was different this time around was that’s exactly what happened, thanks to Mike and Serendipity who grabbed lots of resources to distribute to others in Indy. Much love to y’all for doing that – introduction to new ideas is so imperative.
If you’re in the greater Indy area I encourage you to connect with this awesome crew:
Indianapolis Cop Block
It was told to me that Indy CB has is the largest city-specific CB offshoot, in terms of “Likes” on Facebook, and I do believe that true. The group was started by Doug Vories who soon looped-in other doers like Bob Hurt and Miah Akston (from creatingmiah.com), which has made for frequent content generation on the page and outreach to others. What they have going is a great example of someone planting a flag and connecting with other good folks to have an impact. But to my knowledge, all those folks hadn’t-yet met in-person, though that changed thanks to the meetup, which is one of the main reasons I am on the road.
Afterward the meetup, I stayed at the venue to take advantage of the WiF and get some work done. Yet before long, another individual, R.J. – who’d learned of the meetup from a friend – strolled in, and he and I had good conversation for about an hour before parting ways. Things like that really underscore to me the fact that there are more good people in the world, and just how beneficial it is to not remain isolated (as that makes it more likely for fear to find purchase) but to engage with others, which will ultimately prove to whoever partakes, that strong, resilient communities, free from an institution based on violence, are not just preferable but achievable.
I stayed in town that night so I could attend and help document the open carry event that was held outside a domed building downtown. Miah gives an overview about the gathering:
While there I did some outreach to folks wearing badges, being sure to plug the Welcome LEOs page at CopBlock.org. I also captured some interviews with others present, and thanks to the help of those active with Indianapolis Cop Block, most of the few-hundred others present received a “Who Owns You?” card.
Previous to the march around the area, some dude (who noted that he’d been a politician) rounded-up everyone for a photo-op while he shared a message that I found not entirely palatable:
Specifically, the classifying of a person as “illegal” because they voted with their feet, and the support-a-hired-killer-if-they-wear-an-american-flag-on-their-costume rhetoric. As David Alan West makes clear in his 40min short film, one mans terrorist is another’s hero. Here’s a trailer for his 40min short video with that title:
After I left town, I was glad to see that the Indianapolis Cop Block folks churned-out their first Copblocking video from the streets of Indy.