Lucy dragged herself out of her bed. She’d gotten off of work & promptly flopped onto her bunk, sleeping until now. It was a bit dark, but she remembered an errand she’d been asked to run for the bakery. Hopefully she would be okay for a few minutes.
Statement from Chantal Godin - Victim of Police Brutality at #ACT07
Below is a statement from Chantal Godin - the female demonstrator who was singled out, assaulted, cuffed and ticketed at our demonstration this last Sunday. We are putting this statement up here in solidarity with Chantal and to remind everyone that this campaign is critical of police and the role of policing and that we will ALWAYS support demonstrators who face police violence.
I was the women assaulted and handcuffed by the two Niagara police officers at the closing day demo at Marineland. There seems to be a lot of confusion seeing how only the end of the incident was captured on film. Basically, after ushering people to come into the park, people began to flood the dolphin show at which time we decided to go back and encourage more people to jump the gates. In the process of jumping back over the fence, I felt someone grab hold of me and push me down. Not knowing who was assaulting me, I swung my arm to free myself from this person. Once I saw it was the female police officer, I became extremely upset with the amount of unnecessary force she used, and began shouting at her telling her not to touch me, and asking her why she’s going after me while there were over a hundred protesters actually in the park protesting the show. I believe this is where my frustration escalated and the cursing came in. The “macho” stereotypical male cop then intervened, by randomly manhandling me, and pushing me backwards (which as you can see I deflected and pushed back), after which he smirked and walked away before returning to cuff my hands. I don’t feel such force was necessary, and I will not stand for that shit. Just because I am young, and just because I am a women does not give any police officer the right to treat me with such disrespect. They were extremely aggressive with me up until he whispered to her “you’re being filmed,” and after that her entire demeanor changed and she eventually released me (after bringing me to her cruiser at the front of the park) with a fine of 65$ for trespassing. I will be fighting this fine and I will most definitely be taking action. I felt violated and completely singled out. I do not regret this, as I feel my actions were necessary in the face of such injustice at Marineland. I believe the arrest was only to intimidate, or make some futile example and I was the scapegoat. Either way, this asshole of a cop will be dealt with, that I can promise. Thank you for the support as it has uplifted me a great deal and I hope this energy and passion is sustained and that we have this much strength for the opening day demo ! (Hopefully the place has been shut down by then)
Admin M: Alright, so K-Chan made a really good explanation for this and I just wanted to share it so you all know what was going on:
“One, they were REALLY pressed on time to try to get the results out. Two, I heard that his audition was AMAZING! And three, Caspy didn’t know that he had to sing it at the original key, and before they can ask him to re-do the lines he was already in bed.”
…And I think Easter has been about the resonance of that simple statement; and that when I stop, when I go into contemplation and meditation, when I breathe again and do the sacred action of plopping and hanging my head and being done with my own agenda, I hear that, ‘You don’t have that kind of time,’ you have time only to cultivate presence and authenticity and service, praying against all odds to get your sense of humor back.
We want to inform you of funding available thru the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP). We have an opportunity to receive funding of up to $240,000 for Midtown Phillips. However, we need your input as to how that money should be spent. A great deal of effort has been made to make your input as easy and convenient as possible. Please take a moment to visit this online Survey link below at:
Your input is very important and key to the allocation process. Once we complete the Survey Phase of this program, we can then proceed to implement the various funding programs, based upon the Survey data. This is a large amount of NRP Funding made available to this Neighborhood that can really make a significant impact and difference in Midtown Phillips.
Thank you again for your attention and participation in this Survey.
Kahn has asked for something quite specific. Knowing that Greene, Hornstein, Champion and Thissen have not been supportive of the bill, she has asked that we get as many people as possible to e-mail these legislators as QUICKLY as possible. They need to be asked by as many people as possible to support these bills. She said that it can be words as simple as, “Please support SF 953 and HF 1358. Voting against this bill is voting against DFL (or Democratic) principles. We shouldn’t be giving to the well-off at the expense of the poor.” Any e-mail can include the following, if you choose.
a. I am a resident taxpayer in your district and/or my neighborhood is affected by this bill. b. I live in the [ ] neighborhood of Minneapolis. c. My neighborhood has always looked upon this as a State program, not a City program, and has followed the rules and the mandates of the State NRP Statute. d. The successes of NRP have been because the State allowed this to be run separately from the City’s typical processes and my neighborhood wants to be able to finish the program under that model. e. The funds will be leveraged by the neighborhoods to invest in needed housing, safety, and economic development projects,
providing long term support to the City’s property tax base.
Please e-mail or call the following members of the Minneapolis Delegation. They have either voted against the bill in their committee or not committed to voting for it. R.T. has been directing residents to contact them to vote against the bill providing some misleading information. (With receipt of enough e-mails supporting the bills, these legislators will either vote with us or, at the least, not act against us.)
If you know any constituents of the legislators listed above, please ask for their help in e-mailing their legislator. This may be our last chance to communicate with these legislators prior to the vote. Other DFL legislators may take their lead from the Mpls. Delegation, so this is important. If you need more information, please go to the COIN (Citizens Organized for Improved Neighborhoods) website or feel free to call me. Cheers;DeWayne
Midtown Phillips is in the process of surveying residents about the NRP plan and related funding. Please take a few minutes to go to the link below and take their survey.
Midtown Phillips Residents:
Our focus for this summer has been to connect residents and create opportunities for fun and visiting in Midtown. We really enjoyed putting on the First Annual Midtown Festival on Saturday, July 23rd at Stewart Park and we hope that several of you have had successful Block meetings this summer. One of the objectives of connecting our neighbors here in Midtown has been to get feedback to plan the implementation of the Phase II of the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. If you have not had the opportunity to complete the Midtown Survey about how we should plan to use our funding, please go to the link and fill it out. It is available in English, Spanish and Somali. http://midtownphillips.wikispaces.com/NRP+Phase+II+Focus+Questionaire+for+Midtown Please watch for announcements about the NRP Phase II plan. There will be more opportunity for feedback at our regular monthly meetings and a Fall event in October. Sincerely, The MPNAI Board & Events Task Force Members