UNITED AGAINST POLICE VIOLENCE "EVERYWHERE"
United Against Police Violence is an ad-hoc committee of community groups who are organizing a demonstration in response to the upcoming international conference of police executives in June 2006.
The police conference aims to bringing together high-level policing officials to discuss social control in "times of crisis." High-ranking RCMP officials and city police executives from across Canada will discuss and share strategies with police executives from Paris, New Orleans, Seattle, and other cities who have recently been accused of systemic police violence.
The International Conference for Police and Peace Officer Executives will take place in Vancouver, B.C Canada from June 14-16, 2006.
The conference theme is "Finding Solutions: Growing Your Career in a Time of Crisis."
Why are we opposing this?
Police Chiefs and officers all have a long history of human rights abuses including racist brutality around the world. The recent riots in Paris are an example of the slow progress made by the police force. We are told that the police are there to protect us, but they are destroying and dividing our community in the name of serving the peace. We live in a society governed by laws; no one should be above the law. This includes the Police. Police violence is predominantly directed against Aboriginal people, people of color and women. Police encourage a racist, homophobic, sexist, imperialist, society by supporting the Capitalist system. By not challenging the Capitalist system, they allow the on-going practice of systemic oppression to continue.
And it is this oppressive society that has led to the murder and disappearance of countless women.
• Police violence against women has created conditions where women are not properly protected from violent abuse.
• Police violence through the act of strip searching is sexual assault.
• Police violence in the form of racial profiling specifically targets communities of colour, aboriginal people, refugees and immigrants to police aggression.
• Police violence directed at poor people leaves many scared and vulnerable and prevents them from accessing health services such as medical clinics and homeless shelters.
• Police violence in the form of bureaucratic inaccessibility and a culture of complicity make for the pursuit of justice against police violence impossible.
• Police violence is used internationally to protect Canadian capital interests abroad such as in countries currently occupied by Canadian forces including Haiti and Afghanistan.
• Police violence in the form of complacency allows the ongoing violence against gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people.
• Police violence and the threat of violence dissuades otherwise peaceful protest.
These forms of police violence and all others too numerous to mention must be stopped immediately.
What are we calling for?
We are calling for a broad range of actions to counter this three day Police Conference. Some actions may include: high-school walk-outs, street theatre, direct action, national convergence, solidarity actions. We encourage people to plan and create their own actions. We also encourage co-operation between organizing groups.
United Against Police Violence is planning a massive protest on the opening night of the International Conference of Police Executives. The Premier of BC, Gordon Campbell, Mayor of Vancouver, Sam Sullivan and The Vancouver Police Department will be having a Cocktail Party with Chief Jaime Graham and police chiefs from around the world. This is our chance to voice our concerns during this "Time of Chaos."
Join us on Wednesday June 14, 2006 at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia Side) at 6:00 pm for this protest.
We are therefore united against police violence and we demand the end to the destruction of our communities: This is our call out please forward widely
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