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.
Detroit was great! (Just how often do you hear that statement?) The meetup at Woodward Health Solutions brought together a number of area activists who left better-connected and hopefully, inspired to continue, grow, and make more-effective their own efforts. That’s my primary purpose of The Cop Block Tour so it was a pleasure to be a part of.
The folks most-active with Dearborn Cop Block and Metro Detroit Cop Block were present and they solicited others to get-involved, including efforts on the ground such as Copblocking revenue-generating road blocks (aka DUI checkpoints), help administering the respective pages, educating others, and stepping forward in other areas where there’s interest. A lot of stickers, flyers, and other handouts were left with these folks to help make their outreach efforts a bit easier. There also seemed to be interest to replicate the Porc411 – a network used to quickly share information with others via a recording/email/texts – which has been duplicated already in central Texas via the Lone Star Liberty Bell and in central Arizona via The Phoenix 411. Communication is key to organization and effective timely, response, so I’m looking forward to seeing this component created and utilized, especially as metro Detroit is so expansive.
Also present were some awesome ladies involved people with Michigan Peace and Liberty Coalition, who currently have get-togethers twice per month to discuss peaceful parenting, the non-aggression principle, unschooling and more – all of which is definitely conducive to the facilitating of a better reality. It was great to have them and their thoughts included in the mix and I look forward to staying abreast of and learning from their efforts.
Others present focus mainly on marijuana-related policy, tending to advocate that, as the use or possession of a plant doesn’t harm someone else, no one should be ransomed or caged for engaging in such actions, nor be mandated to seek the permission of a third party to use such items.
Such a perspective is becoming more common, especially as more individuals are recognizing that “getting busted” for having a plant that some strangers deem “illicit” doesn’t make that person bad, instead it only demonstrates just how flawed is the legislation conflated to be law.
Others present are activity with a community called Fireweed University, which currently has about 30 people living in 10 reclaimed houses, and are engaged in efforts to create a self-sustaining community. This is Detroit. There’s lots of abandoned property, thanks to the massive market distortions caused by the intervention by a group of people who call themselves “government.” The efforts of those active with Fireweed University are bottom-up, and have involved things like growing food, having farm animals, and generally, just having a positive impact in their area. They also are listed on couchsurfing.org and wwoof.org To be clear, this community looks not to outside claimed authority to operate but tends to foster a system aligned with reality – where individuals are responsible for their actions. I think if we all took a page from them that’d be a step in the right direction. After all, as Herbert Spencer noted, we have the right to ignore the state.
Related: Detroit: Rust to Riches via LewRockwell.com
And unlike other meetups – where I may be the only person present who’s spent time in the ‘shire, there were many who’d not just visited for PorcFest but who’d lived there. As my good bud Kurt noted, “I live in New Hampshire I just spend 50 weeks a year in Michigan!” Many noted their intention to caravan out for the event, happening the third week of June, where they’d join over 1,000 other liberty-oriented people. Why? To help translate potential into reality. To literally vote with ones feet to move to a place where ‘liberty in our lifetime’ is more feasible than Detroit or other places known by concentrating our efforts and basically just being good neighbors.
Prior to the meetup I stopped by the Threat Management Center (TMC) facility and learned more about their operations. Last year a post here at CopBlock.org – Frustrated, Detroit Residents Compete with Police – that touched-on TMC’s efforts. I reached-out to them at the recommendation of a friend who knew I was heading to Detroit, and I was very gracious that my inquiry to stop was granted.
After I arrived and was given a tour of their training facility, I spoke at length with founder Dale Brown, then captured an interview with about the structure of TMC and the guiding principles for those involved. Once I’m off the road, that content will be edited and shared via YouTube.com/CopBlock. For now, that raw footage, as with all other collected, is housed at YouTube.com/CopBlockRaw.
Clearly Brown has built a good thing – the emphasis on proactively addressing the causes of situations that may lessen the quality of life is effective, and a stark contrast from the motivators operated on by police employees today. As Brown told me, only when accountability matches responsibility, do things jive. Chances are, if you’re familiar with Cop Block you recognize that accountability is always lacking from the current structuring of policing. Fortunately, as the efforts of Brown and his colleagues has shown, safe, prosperous communities can and do take hold when the proper incentives are present.
It’s clear they provide a high-quality service as evident by their paid clientele, which then allows them to help those who too have a need, but are without the financial resources. Honestly, I wish I could spend more time getting first-hand exposure to the ideas and tactics utilized by Brown and his team but I had to roll out of town the next day for the Toledo stop on the tour.
Some Detroit-related content captured back in 2009 when on the road with Motorhome Diaries: