From: Capitol Hill Seattle
Official crowd estimates for events like the annual Seattle MLK Day march are hard to come by but organizers said Monday the 2017 gathering might have been the largest in the 35-year history of the event.
You could also measure the crowd by the CHS video — four and a half minutes to walk from the start of the procession to the SPD contingent bringing up the rear. The marchers passed from Garfield High School to E Union then E Madison and onto the Federal Building downtown.
You can learn more about the history of the event and the day of workshops at Garfield High School that accompany it at mlkseattle.org
By Anti-State STL on 2015/12/16
josh williams 2Josh was transferred today to the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He will be held there for an undetermined amount of time before being transferred to a more long term facility.
Josh has expressed that he would like to receive letters, so please take a moment to drop him a line to help him remember he’s not alone and to help him acclimate to his new surroundings.
If you would like to donate to Josh’s commissary, please write to him and ask him to send you a deposit slip to send checks or money orders, or make an account at Access Corrections to send money electronically.
Write to Josh:
Josh Williams #1292002
2727 Highway K
Bonne Terre, MO 63628
*As always, please remember that all incoming letters are read by prison staff. Never write to anyone in prison about anything illegal or potentially incriminating.
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This research was commissioned by the federal monitoring team to assess community
perceptions of the Seattle police, gauge the prevalence of community interactions with the
police, and understand the nature of those interactions. This is the second survey of its kind
commissioned by the monitoring team, and it follows a similar survey conducted in August 2013
that asked many of the same questions to a similar audience.
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City Poised to Crack Down on Ex-Cops for Hire
By Seattle Weekly Casey Jaywork Thu., Aug 20 2015 at 09:49AM
In Seattle, retired cops can get special permission to keep on carrying their badges with the full force of law. The problem: since they’re not city employees, they’re not subject to regular discipline—they exist in a legal no-man’s-land, like Guantanamo Bay or medical marijuana dispensaries.
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Gangs of the State: Police and the Hierarchy of Violence
Police can only be abolished by a movement which has correctly identified and been equipped with the tools to dismantle the hierarchy of violence.
View on http://www.truth-out.org
The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489.
What went wrong? In the 1970’s SWAT teams were estimated to be used just a few hundred times per year, now we are looking at over 40,000 military style “knock and announce” police raids a year.
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Download the App: Mobile Justice – Missouri
Police street stops and searches of Missourians have increased exponentially – especially in the context of rallies, peaceful protests, and marches against excessive force and racial profiling.
Thousands of innocent people are routinely stopped, searched, harassed, bullied into compliance, and humiliated every year in Missouri. It’s not a crime to walk down the street, to peacefully protest, to march, to rally, or to simply gather with a group of peers on a sidewalk, yet every day innocent black and brown Missourians are turned into suspects for doing just that.
ACLU of Missouri Mobile Justice, modeled after the NYCLU “Stop and Frisk” app and developed by Quadrant 2, is one way to hold Missouri Law Enforcement Agencies accountable for their actions.
If you see something, say something by using ACLU of Missouri Mobile Justice to document the police interactions you see. For more information visit http://www.aclu-mo.org/mobile-justice.
HOW TO USE THE APP
Simply hold down the camera button on the outside of your phone, or open the app and hit the record button at the top of the screen and the application will use your phone’s camera to record both audio and video. To stop recording, simply shake the phone or manually press the ‘click to stop’ button. This video is automatically sent to the ACLU of Missouri as soon as you stop recording.
After each recording you will be prompted to fill out a short incident report. You can bypass the incident report by simply pressing cancel; however, we encourage you to fill it out so we can learn more about what you saw. Required fields in the incident report are marked ‘required.’ If you are unsure of the information asked in the incident report, simply mark ‘unsure’. Finally, press the ‘submit the incident report button’ to send your incident report to the ACLU of Missouri.
This feature allows you to know if people around you are getting stopped by the police. When others in your area use Mobile Justice, you will get a message reporting where the police stop is happening. If the dot is green, it means the ‘witness’ feature is activated. If the dot is red it means the ‘witness’ feature is not activated and you will not receive reports on where police activity is happening. This feature is especially useful for community groups who monitor police activity. Be sure to go to “my settings” to turn on “broadcast my location” in order for the ‘witness’ function to operate.
This function allows you to access the incident report. You can use this function to report a police interaction you saw or experienced, even if you didn’t film it. Be sure to hit the ‘submit’ incident report button so that your responses are sent to the ACLU of Missouri.
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Published on Aug 9, 2014
Demonstrators protest the violence in Gaza during a pro Palestine rally in Seattle. As protestors lined the sidewalks in Westlake Park, a pro Israel supporter walks by, harassing the demonstrators, yelling in peoples faces, screaming obscenities, and racial slurs. After crossing the street and harassing another group of demonstrators, the man tore off his shirt and began walking towards the group with fists clenched.
As someone who wasn’t a part of the demonstration walked by, the pro Israel supporter turned and said something as he passed. The man then turned around as if he was going to swing, but thought better of it. The pro Israel supporter squared off with him, but a Westlake security guard who was watching the interaction pulled out his pepper spray, and sprayed the innocent passerby, grabbed him by the arm and tried to wrestle him to the ground. He was eventually led off into Westlake Center as SPD arrived on the scene. Photos of events before the protest can be seen here… http://thedignityvirus.com/2014/08/09…
Police begin inquiry after guard at Westlake pepper sprays, detains man
Police are looking into an incident at Westlake Center in which a security guard used pepper-spray on a man who he thought might be starting a fight.
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Seattle education activists arrested for trespassing
by Renee Lewis
November 20, 2013 8:18PM ET
Group ‘Africatown’ teaches culturally-based curriculum for black students
Seattle police on Nov. 19 move in before the fourth arrest at Seattle Public Schools’ Horace Mann building, which has been used by community groups for educational enrichment programs.Ken Lambert/AP
Four men were arrested for trespassing at a Seattle school building where their organization taught a culturally-based curriculum for African-American students, police said Wednesday. They were released hours later, vowing to continue their work to close what they call a racial achievement gap in education.
Seattle Public Schools (SPS), which owns the off-campus Horace Mann building, said that it wanted to renovate the facility and called the police because some members of the organization had refused to leave.
The four who were arrested are part of an organization called Africatown, part of a nationwide community development initiative. In Seattle, Africatown says it aims to transform the historically black Central District into a vibrant cultural center. The group says its aim with respect to Horace Mann, which is located in the Central District, was to provide quality education that addresses the history and culture of African-American students who are in public schools.
“We want a correct curriculum. We don’t want this European colonial storytelling,” Omari Tahir-Garrett, a historian who was among those arrested Tuesday at the school, told Al Jazeera. “The problem is it’s a colonial curriculum that doesn’t teach the truth about indigenous peoples, or about how they kidnapped us from Africa and brought us here.”
“It doesn’t work for African-American children,” he said. “Our kids are on the streets, driven from the school system.”
Africatown had provided summer enrichment programs at the Horace Mann school building since the beginning of the summer, using the facility under an agreement with another community organization that leased the building from SPS.
SPS said it had rented the building to the organization, but had decided to renovate it and use it for a planned alternative school program.
“We gave all of the organizations notice six months ahead of time that they needed to vacate … and everyone left by Aug. 1 with the exception of one group of folks, the Africatown group,” Teresa Wippel, a spokeswoman for SPS, told Al Jazeera.
In every SPS lease, Wippel said, there is a clause saying the school system reserves the right to take over the building if needed.
At the request of SPS, police entered the Horace Mann building Tuesday afternoon and arrested the four men from Africatown for criminal trespassing, said Mike Jameson, a spokesman for the Seattle Police Department.
“The people inside were there against the will of the owner. They were asked to leave, but they refused,” Jameson told Al Jazeera.
He added that the department had information that led officers to believe the men inside might be armed, prompting the department to send in its tactical team to make the arrests. No weapons were found, Jameson said.
“They threw the SWAT team at us over nothing. The same mainstream press that blew up the story (about weapons) had to come clean and admit there were none,” Greg Lewis, an Africatown supporter who was inside the building at the time, told Al Jazeera.
Africatown members said that their group is nonviolent, and two of the men who were arrested at the building Tuesday said they were running a small radio station from the building and making posters there when the police arrived.
“We were making signs that say, ‘Decolonize Apartheid Curriculum’ when all of a sudden we heard loud banging. I opened the window and see five policemen pointing guns in my face,” Tahir said.
More4Mann, a group of activists who support Africatown, said that the police presence to extract the four men could be called “excessive,” and that police officers were “knocking down doors with rams and climbing in through roof top hatches.”
Lewis said the officers did not have a search warrant or probable cause. Jameson said they did not need a warrant because the owner of the building, SPS, had called the police to remove the men.
Lewis and Tahir said they are looking for another building because the one SPS offered as a replacement is not in the same area and is more expensive.
Tahir said it is important that they succeed in their mission.
“Schools need to stop teaching lies to black children; they don’t feel good about going to school and are pushed into the school-to-prison pipeline,” Tahir said. “How can you tell black children that Jefferson and Washington are their heroes?” he said, adding that Washington was a slave-owner. Washington had owned 318 slaves, which he released in his will when he died.
Tahir said his organization believes the curriculum should be career-based, so graduates can find jobs in a tough economy – instead of having to depend on what he called the “equal-opportunity employment” of dealing drugs on the streets.
“You can lose money and get it back, but time you’ll never get back,” he said. “And these kids are running out of time.”
SOURCE: Al Jazeera