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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.

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Click here to support Copwatch Cameras for Standing Rock by We Copwatch
A Native led Copwatch group has formed at Standing Rock. We need Cameras. Fast!

PLEASE donate and share, get this circulating. CopWatch has hit Standing Rock and we need to help fund them. If you’re upset (which you should be) by what is going on in Standing Rock, but you are unsure on how to contribute or help, do what you can from home, if you can’t physically be there, send money. Look up fundraisers who haven’t hit their goal yet, they need money and resources, especially now that temperatures are dropping fast. 

I’ve compiled this list of resources to help trans people like myself. Even if you’re not trans and/or can’t use any of this, please reblog for the sake of others. Thanks!

Update: I would like to apologize for my use of the asterisk in the original version of this post; it has been removed from this version. I will also be making an updated list with more resources soon, so please keep an eye out and reblog that once I post it. Thank you for spreading this so much!

Passing
The Tumblr Transgender Clothes Exchange
How to Take Measurements
Reflectore Voice Pitch Tracker

Masculinizing
The FTM’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Looking Like a Hot Dude
The Male Fashion Fit Guide
AK’s Guide to Suits (this is a drawing guide, but contains useful info)
Throat Exercise to Deepen Voice
Big Brother Binder Repository & Re-Disbursement Program
In a Bind Binder Donations
Underworks Pullover Binders
Discreet STP Device
The Do’s and Don’ts of Chest Binding

Feminizing
Women’s Clothing Terminology
Tucking How-to Guide
Realistic Breast Form Tutorial
The Breast Form Store
Mastectomy Bras with Built In Flap for Breast Forms
How to Contour and Highlight Using Makeup

How to Apply Eyeliner with a Spoon

How to Apply Foundation
How to Apply Blush
How to Apply Eyeshadow

Emergency
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
IMAlive Online Crisis Network

Transgender Housing Network

Legal
National Center for Transgender Equality
Transgender Law Center
Change your Name for Free - Civil Indigent Status (Tumblr post)
Copwatch Infographic Guide

Medical
Transgender Surgeons in the U.S.
Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
FTM Hormone Guide
FTM Surgery Guide
MTF Hormone Guide
MTF Surgery Guide

Mcalc Gender Neutral Menstruation Calculator

Mental + Support
Online Gender Therapy (can also issue letters of recommendation)
Emotional Baggage Check
TransSpace Reddit

School + Education
Trans Student Equality Resources
Study Abroad for GLBT Students
Applying to College as a Non-Binary Trans Person

Additional Resources
Susan’s Place Transgender Resources and Forums
Laura’s Playground Transgender Resources

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A California-based group has distributed and trained some Ferguson residents on how to use body cameras to record police.

Copwatch raised more than $6,000 to purchase 110 of the small devices to give to residents over the weekend, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/1uswQXx).

The organization joined Ferguson-based activists the Canfield Watchmen to meet with about two dozen residents near the site where Michael Brown was fatally shot last month by a Ferguson police officer.
David Whitt, a spokesman for the Canfield Watchmen, said that the body cameras offer people the ability to “challenge the police narrative.”
Ferguson’s police chief, Thomas Jackson, said residents are entitled to wear and use the small cameras. He also said the department’s officers have been told not to interfere with that right.
“And really, many members of the public have already been (taking videos of police) with cameras in their phones,” Jackson said.
Two companies last month donated 50 body cameras to the Ferguson Police Department. Last week, St. Louis County police began issuing cameras to officers, with the goal of equipping all patrol officers as soon as possible.
Jacob Crawford, a We Copwatch staff member, led Saturday’s training session with a presentation on a person’s rights during police interactions. Crawford, 36, works as an investigator for a San Francisco law firm and has traveled to U.S. cities where there have been protests over police shootings.
“Police are allowed to walk up to anyone they like and ask questions,” he said. “Police like consent. They can use your consent in court against you.”
He advised against consenting to a search, but cautioned that physically interfering with one would not stop it and could lead to an arrest.
Some in the Crawford’s audience interrupted him and called some of his instructions unrealistic.
“But, sir, in a real scenario, it doesn’t always happen like that,” said Ermon Trotter Jr., 46, a minister from Florissant. “If a black man starts to ask why he’s being detained, a cop will scream, ‘Shut up!’”
Crawford acknowledged some of his advice wouldn’t fit every police encounter.
“Sometimes the best thing to do is just stay calm,” he said.
To which Whitt added, “And turn on your camera.”

“Kill them! Kill them!”

CopWatch In China: “Violent Government Thugs” Beaten To Death By Angry Crowds After They Killed A Man Documenting Their Brutality - WeAreChange.org

At least 4 Chengguan, the most hated police-inspectors in China, were beaten to death by angry people in Cangnan County of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province (located in the industrial southeast), after they killed a man with a hammer. The police-inspectors hit the man with a hammer until he started to vomit blood, because he was trying to take pictures of their violence towards a woman, a street vendor. The man was rushed to hospital, but died on the way.

Thousands of angry people took to the streets, surrounded the police-inspectors in their van, attacked them with stones, bats, and beat them to death. People were shouting that the police-inspectors be killed on the spot for what they did: “Kill them! Kill them!”

More pics & info onsite
H/t: @StreetLevelUprising, Lawrence Kansas

Artist Seeking Silence 

This Friday, December 19th, a pro NYPD Rally is planned at City Hall. We are calling for a silent vigil at Thank you NYPD Rally in honor and memory of the lives lost to police brutality.

It is important that we remain silent during this action. They expect us to be “angry, loud and irrational.” We need to let them know that we feel something much deeper than just frustration. Let our silence be the loudest sound they hear.

Please wear all black and bring signs or posters with images of people who have lost their lives at the hands of police brutality and racial discrimination. 

For up-to-date information on the vigil, please follow this page

The New York Civil Liberties Union today unveiled the “Stop and Frisk Watch” app that allows New Yorkers to monitor police activity and report NYPD officers who conduct unlawful stop-and-frisk encounters and other police misconduct.

“Stop and Frisk Watch is about empowering individuals and community groups to confront abusive, discriminatory policing,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. “The NYPD’s own data shows that the overwhelming majority of people subjected to stop-and-frisk are black or Latino, and innocent of any wrongdoing. At a time when the Bloomberg administration vigorously defends the status quo, our app will allow people to go beyond the data to document how each unjustified stop further corrodes trust between communities and law enforcement.”

In February the NYPD released stop-and-frisk statistics to the City Council that revealed the highest number of stops ever recorded in one year. Out of 684,330 stop-and-frisk stops, 87% percent of those stopped in 2011 were black or Latino, and nine out of ten persons stopped were not arrested, nor did they receive summonses.

An NYCLU analysis showed that black and Latino males between the ages of 14 and 24 accounted for 41.6 percent of stops in 2011, though they make up only 4.7 percent of the city’s population. The number of stops of young black men exceeded the city’s entire population of young black men.

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Watched Cops Are Polite Cops

This summer, after a civil suit challenged the New York City Police Department’s notorious program of patting down “suspicious” residents, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of the Federal District Court in Manhattan imposed an experiment in which cops in precincts with the highest reported rates of stop-and-frisk activity would be required to wear video cameras for a year.

This is a really good idea.

Small cameras such as the AXON Flex from Taser International can attach to an officer’s sunglasses, hat, or uniform. Earlier this year, a 12-month study by Cambridge University researchers revealed that when the city of Rialto, California, required its cops to wear cameras, the number of complaints filed against officers fell by 88 percent and the use of force by officers dropped by almost 60 percent. Watched cops are polite cops.

In addition, research suggests that Judge Scheindlin has made the right call; requiring officers to wear video cameras will help protect citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure.

For example, a 2004 study in Criminology and Public Policy by criminologists Stephen Mastrofski from George Mason University and Jonathan Gould from American University evaluated direct observations of police searches in a medium-sized American city. They conservatively estimated that nearly one-third of police searches were performed unconstitutionally and almost none of those unconstitutional searches came to the attention of the courts.

Jay Stanley, a policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), calls police-worn video cameras “a win/win for both the public and the police.” Win/win because video recordings help shield officers from false accusations of abuse as well as protecting the public against police misconduct.

In order to make sure that both the public and police realize the greatest benefits from body-cams, however, a number of policies need to be implemented.

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