The info you've all been waiting for...OCTOBER 22 DAY TO STOP POLICE BRUTALITY!!!!!!!
It's finally here, so damnit, you had all better flyer your asses off and get everyone you know out there.
What: October 22 March to Stop Police Brutality, as well as speakers and a potluck before hand
Who: All members of the community are encouraged to participate
When: October 22, 2003. Potluck and speakers start at 4:00pm, march takes off at 5:00pm
Where: South Park Blocks (across from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)
Why: To voice the public's opposition to a growing trend of police brutality and excessive use of force
On October 22, 2003, a diverse group of individuals will join together in the streets of Portland to say not here, not now, not ever! We will be rising up to let every police officer everywhere know that we have had enough! We will state, loud and clear, that the phrase 'To serve and protect,' doesn't mean a damn thing so long as it's worn behind a badge of deception, hatred, and brutality! I want to see this violent power trip end every day of my life, not just October 22, but this is a good chance for the community to get out there en mass, and say it loud and clear so that no officer can say they didn't hear us.
We are asking for individuals to come out for this event. There will be a potluck, speakers, and a march through downtown Portland. Feel free to bring food for the potluck, signs, and anyone you know. It is also asked that you wear all black as a symbol of solidarity and mourning, but this is up to each person individually. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come. No matter what your race, gender, socio-economic background, age, or religion, we are all open targets for violent police misconduct. People who associate themselves with minority groups are especially encouraged to attend, because we recognize the threat of police profiling is aimed most commonly at racial minorities, sexual minorities, transgendered and gender variant individuals, and young adults.
The streets are no longer safe. There is a gang of 1000+ running rampant on the streets of Portland, armed to the teeth with guns, "less than lethal" weapons, and harmful, sometimes deadly chemical agents. The police are supposed to foster a sense of security in their communities, but how secure do you really feel? How safe are any of us when we have no way to fight back against armed officers who are given complete power over our freedom and our lives? How safe is the community when their actions will go unpunished and often rewarded despite obvious judgement flaws? Don't forget that these 'slight flaws in judgement' have led to countless severe, even permanent injuries and multiple deaths! This is our chance to say STOP POLICE BRUTALITY!
The potluck and speakers will be in the South Park Blocks (across from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall) starting at 4:00pm, and the march will start at 5:00pm on Weds, Oct. 22. Everyone is welcome to attend.
For more general info, check out the October 22 Coalition's website, http://www.october22.org
What is the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality all about?
(Taken directly from the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality website.) "In city after city across the U.S., thousands of people will hold demonstrations, rallies, marches, forums, workshops, concerts, art shows, organizing meetings, and more, to reach out to and involve millions more. We will use the pictures, stories and statistics from the Stolen Lives Project to let people know of the horrors and outrages which are being kept from their sight, and call on them to be a part of fighting back to stop this national epidemic. We will WEAR BLACK! to symbolize our mourning for those whose lives have been stolen from us, and speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves.
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Laws continue to strip away civil liberties and protection against COINTELPRO-type government eavesdropping, searches, seizures, evidence fabrication, frame-ups, and ambushes. People are being held in jail indefinitely on secret evidence and denied access to lawyers or a chance to contest their imprisonment. Police, the FBI, CIA, INS/BICE and other law enforcement agencies, the same institutions that have brutalized and even murdered people, are being given expanded powers over us.
All of history teaches us that, as Frederick Douglas said, "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.... The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." "
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