this is still several years old, but it reflects some of the freer and more colorful aesthetics I’ve explored. Unlike most the others, there are parts of this composition that I didn’t draw myself, but pulled from free online collections/stock things.
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
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.
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.
Summer Reading/Movies List– This is a list of books (for all ages) and movies/documentaries about police brutality, racism in the US, civil rights leaders, etc. that were all recommended by followers. Resources and lesson plans for teaching students (of all ages) about Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter Movement are included as well.
Women in the Movement – Includes links primarily about the black women who have been some of the most prominent Black Lives Matter activists. Also includes links about some of the black women who are victims of police brutality.
Dear White People – Includes TONS of links explaining racism, police brutality, racial profiling, and the myths of “black on black crime” and the “war on cops”. Also includes police brutality statistics, studies on racial discrimination, former cops speaking out on police violence that they witnessed while on the job. There are also links for white criminals who were not killed by police and various ways white allies can support the movement.
Resources For Activists – Includes links for copwatching (apps included), dealing with police, how to stay safe during protests, websites with police brutality statistics and resources for organizing protests, self-care tips, and more.