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There’s so many different distractions that are keeping people’s attention away from the problem. And it’s done purposely. It’s done on purpose and I constantly say how do you fix a system that’s not broken? It’s working exactly the way it was designed to. It’s working perfectly. It was designed to oppress us. It was designed for us not to be rich. It was designed for us to be in the lower tax bracket so to speak. So when you have people that are desperate, desperate for … when the riots kicked off in Baltimore and they called it looting, and I’m seeing people taking toilet paper, and food, and Pampers, is that looting still? Or is that necessity shit? That’s shit that they need. They don’t have the money, they can’t afford it, so obviously hey, I gotta go get this. My baby need it. But, people look right past it.
—  Kevin Moore
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I have been teaching myself basic typography. It is so exciting, srsly. I redesigned the Copwatch New Haven know your rights posters that I made a long time ago, because now that I know better I know they were fugly.

Full text of the posters is at the old link, although I changed it slightly since then. As before, feel free to use the posters in any way you need to. It’s mostly split from a (even fuglier) Crimethinc poster and edited from there. Contact me if you need better resolution pdfs.

Copwatch review: an intimate yet frustrating look at efforts to film the police
The activism documentary Copwatch begins with a discomforting montage: the death of Eric Garner in New York City, the Baltimore arrest of Freddie Gray, and the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. All three are black men who died in police custody under suspect circumstances, setting off waves of national protests and contributing to an ongoing contentious atmosphere around policing and lethal violence, especially against demonstrably unarmed black citizens. Read more
Cops distort criminal trespass laws to harass copwatchers

When somebody film another unauthorized arrest or another police brutality case, cops always begin to behave even more aggressively!

Cops are only concerned about people with cameras, when they do their dirty deeds!

Remember! Criminal trespass is real only when a property owner complains!

And always remember the names of coward cops, that threaten you!

#Film The Police

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According to the Free Thought Project, Copwatch Patrol Unit member Michael Barber said he saw two undercover officers attempting to arrest a 14-year-old girl around 7 p.m. Thursday on the corner of 140th St. and Hamilton Place in Harlem. The incident was “reportedly over allegations that a child who was with her, who witnesses say appeared to be around 7-years-old, had pushed the button on a police call box." That’s when her fellow New Yorkers stepped in.

CopWatch is a good idea. Huey P. Newton had an even better idea: CopWatch with guns, to defend the community from racist killer cops. 

How many more Eric Garners have to die before we step up and organize for armed self-defense? How many Trayvons, Renisha McBrides, and refugee children at the border murdered by racist vigilantes?

You can say that the law prohibits carrying guns in many cities. Or that liberal gun-control ideology has permeated the working class and oppressed communities. But it is the job of revolutionaries to lead as well as to respond to the masses.

As the saying goes, first comes the struggle, then comes the law. And then, perhaps, if the people are armed with revolutionary ideas AND guns, comes the revolution.

Gaza and Donbass show the way.

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Police Abuse Videos: The New Era of Oversight

When a UC Davis police officer, Lt. John Pike, took out a can of pepper spray and calmly doused a group of passive, nonviolent Occupy protesters sitting on a campus pathway, he should have known that all of the world would witness his horrific act. There were scores of people watching the scene unfold, nearly every one of them with a video camera in his or her pocket smartphone. Within hours of Pike’s attack, the video went viral, uploaded onto websites like YouTube and shared via text messages, emails, tweets and Facebook status updates.

The only good thing about this incident is that everyone could see it. Thanks to technology, we have entered a new era of citizen oversight of the police. The behavior and actions of police officers are increasingly captured on digital cameras and opened up to broad public examination. And the long-term result is likely to be a significant – and welcome – reduction in police misconduct.