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April 23rd, 2013 — Berkeley, Berkeley PD, Events, Mental Illness, Police State, Public Records Act, Racism, Rights
We demand that BPD allow the release of the Coroner’s report and the police report of what happened to Kayla (Xavier) Moore on the night of February 12-13.
Berkeley City Council
Tuesday, April 30th
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Rally at 6:00pm and speak out at 7:00pm
- BPD has asked the Coroner to delay release of the autopsy for up to 8 months.
- BPD has not released any information about their investigation but the officers involved have all been returned to their job.
- The District Attorney is not even investigating this incident for possible criminal conduct because, “ It wasn’t an officer involved shooting”.
We Hold the Mayor, The City Manager and the City Council responsible for what happened. The city leadership has allowed police to function without accountability and mental health services to be provided by aggressive cops.
For more information contact Berkeley Copwatch at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 14th, 2013 — Berkeley, Berkeley PD, Events, Excessive Force, In Memoriam, Mental Illness, Police Violence and Killings, Racism, Rights
Berkeley Police may have taken her body, but her spirit lives on!
Celebrate the Life of
Kayla (Xavier) Moore
4-17-71 to 2-13-13
On what would have been Kayla Moore’s 42nd birthday, we invite all justice (and fun) loving people to join us for a remembrance and get-to-know you event in celebration of her life. You see, we are also forging a movement to demand justice for Kayla Moore. Since the night of February 12, 2013 when police claimed to be responding to a call about a “disturbance” on the 5th Floor of the Gaia Building in downtown Berkeley, the BPD has provided almost no information about what happened that night. What we know is that the officers involved have all been returned to work. However, BPD Chief Meehan maintains that he can’t release info until the investigation is over. According to the Coroner’s office, the BPD has asked that a “hold” be placed on the release of the autopsy report. They say it could take 6-8 months to release. What kind of cover up is BPD trying to pull?
Wednesday April 17th 2013 5:00pm
Meet at 2116 Allston Way (near Shattuck Ave.)
We will deliver a PRA to the Berkeley Police at
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Wy
Endorsed by Coalition for a Safe Berkeley. For info check Berkeley Copwatch at
(510) 548-0425 or email@example.com
March 20th, 2013 — Events
Come join Berkeley Copwatch on Saturday, April 13th from 12pm – 3pm and learn what to do when you’re stopped by the police, how to safely document police, and details on current People’s Investigations into recent cases of misconduct by the Berkeley Police Department.
Join us for the training, and get prepared to document police!
Training will take place at the Grassroots House, 2022 Blake Street, Berkeley
Walking distance between Downtown Berkeley and Ashby BART stops
Free, Everyone Welcome, Wheelchair Accessible
March 17th, 2013 — Events, Oakland PD
Berkeley Copwatch Democratic Education Series
March 18, 2013: Federalization of Police: Update on the Battle to Control OPD
Oakland based civil rights attorney James Chanin will discuss the federalization of Oakland police and the recent movement to hire William Bratton, the champion of “Stop and Frisk” policing. With over 40 years in the struggle for police accountability, from the establishment of the Berkeley Police Review Commission to the Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA) that guides Oakland’s police, James Chanin is a leading voice in the fight to stop police abuse.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
March 18 at 6pm
2022 Blake Street (in Berkeley)
March 2nd, 2013 — Events
From their website:
Against Hired Guns is not interested in defining the character of public outcry, but we also want to support concrete wins. Because of this, we will be facilitating a public meeting on Friday, March 8th at Uptown Studios (1738 Telegraph Ave in Oakland) from 6-8pm to support sustained and strategic campaigns against policing in our communities. We hope that a myriad of people and organizations concerned with keeping our communities safe from the harms of policing will be there.
February 7th, 2013 — Events
Mondays: 5:30pm – 7pm at 2022 Blake Street/Weekly Shifts TBA
Every semester, DeCal: Copwatch, hosted by UC Berkeley DeCal Program and Berkeley Copwatch, invites activists, organizers, academics, lawyers, resisters, rebels, concerned civilians, and family members from communities of struggle across the Bay Area to join us on Monday evenings for facilitated conversations on policing and safety—past conversations have included friends from the Oscar Grant Committee, Stop the Gang Injunctions, Coalition for a Safer San Francisco, Boalt Law School, and many others. This Spring, join us as we address issues that include the OPD and Federalization, Community Control Initiatives, Sit/Lie and Stop and Frisk, militarization and racism, and the ongoing battles for justice by families impacted by police violence, including the Justice for Alan Blueford campaign.
Our facilitators this Spring are Jay Scherf and Andrea Prichett. Here is this Spring’s Course Description:
Through a combination of class presentations by leading activists in the alternative justice movement and direct field monitoring of police on duty, students will experience first hand the complex issues faced by residents caught between high crime in their neighborhoods and the dangers that racial profiling, civil and human rights abuses bring to the community. Students will be trained in basic criminal procedure, power analysis, and techniques for observing police activity. In addition, students will examine the history and origins of police, resistance movements, and community based alternatives to the justice system as we know it.
Write to us at BerkeleyCopwatch@yahoo.com for a syllabus, and join us at the Grassroots House on Mondays at 5:30pm for thoughtful conversations that engage struggles going on now. Learn how to safely monitor police, submit a Public Records Act Request, and get signed up for a shift—doing case work, direct monitoring street patrols, tabling with other copwatchers at local events. See you there!
November 23rd, 2012 — Events, Oscar Grant
IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND, PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING ONLINE
May 6th, 2012 — Events, Rights
Do you know your rights? Want to join us in the streets and at Occupy protests?
Copwatch Orientation on Saturday, May 12th 11:00am to 1:00pm
2022 Blake Street (just below Shattuck in Berkeley–walking distance from Ashby and downtown Berkeley BART).
-What does COPWATCH do, anyway?
-What are my legal rights if I’m stopped by the police?
-What should I know if I’m going to watch the police?
What can we do about police misconduct?
All your questions answered and more!
And, after the training, if interested, you can sign up to join us on direct monitoring neighborhood patrol shifts.
For more information, call Berkeley Copwatch at (510) 548-0425. Everyone welcome!
April 30th, 2012 — Events, Occupy
International Worker’s Day and Immigrants’ Rights Day. Occupy Los Angeles has called for a General Strike on May 1st, an action which Occupy Oakland has endorsed.
More information here.
Tentative schedule here.
Posters and flyers here and here.
6AM: Occupy the Golden Gate bridge
Meet at 19th & Telegraph to occupy the Golden Gate Bridge. Buses will be available. More info here and here.
9AM – NOON: 3-4 morning actions, Some events here.
NOON – 1PM: Everyone Converge on Downtown
1PM – 3PM: Themed Actions & Marches Around Downtown
3PM: March for Dignity and Resistance
All are encouraged to join the march starting at Fruitvale BART station at 3pm.
More info here and here and here.
6PM – 7PM: Reconvergence downtown to coincide with the march arrival
Please go to:
February 11th, 2012 — Events, Occupy, Rights
Occupy Legal, the National Lawyers Guild, the Anti-Repression Committee, Copwatch, and the Bay Area Committee to Stop Political Repression present a day of community education at The Holdout.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
12 Noon – 6 PM
The Holdout: 2313 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA
Join us for a series of workshops and skill shares designed to help empower our movement and community to take the law into our own hands. Topics will include: know your rights when dealing with the police, documenting/observing police brutality and misconduct, street law, know your rights for building occupiers, investigation techniques for community based accountability efforts, and defend our communities against police repression and surveillance.
Lawyers and legal workers will be available from 1 – 5 PM (and after workshops and panels) to share legal information. Literature, Know Your Rights info., and other resources on a variety of topics will also be made available.
Food will be provided throughout the day.
Schedule of Workshops and Panels
12-1pm: Know Your Rights When Dealing With the Police
This know your rights workshop covers interacting with the police, searches, warrants, and the court/arraignment process. We use roleplays and real life scenarios to empower activists to assert their rights in protest situations, how to do this effectively but safely, and to demystify the legal process.
Hosted by: Occupy Legal and the Occupy Oakland Anti-Repression Committee
1-2pm: Squatting Rights and Strategy with Steve DiCaprio
2-4pm: Investigation Techniques for Community Based Accountability Efforts
This workshop will be presented by Diana Christensen and will focus on how to structure and conduct credible civilian-initiated investigations of police misconduct. Guidelines for conducting and recording interviews, securing physical evidence, or gathering other information and using it in service of accountability will be presented. Diana Christensen is a former investigator with the Oakland Police Review Board, but also provides trainings on how to conduct trainings at the workplace.
Hosted by: Copwatch Berkeley
4-5pm: Building a Movement that Can Defend Itself
This workshop will look at the political process of building a movement that is able to defend itself against repression. We will discuss how various parts of the state: the FBI, police, courts, grand juries, and the press, collaborate to try to split our movements, isolate us from our best support (each other and our allies), and how they use our own words and weaknesses to terrorize and imprison us. We will look at examples of strong political defense combined with strong legal defense, such as the San Francisco 8 case, the case of the 23 people subpoenaed to a federal grand jury in the Midwest, and the frame-up of Carlos Montes in Los Angeles. We will emphasize that our ability to politically defend ourselves against repression is central to building our movements.
Hosted by: CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), the San Francisco National Lawyers Guild, and The Committee Against Political Repression
5-6pm: Know Your Rights For Building Occupations and Foreclosure/Eviction Defense
This panel and discussion will focus on our rights around political housing actions. Discussion will be centered on building (re)occupations, foreclosures, and eviction defense. Lawyers, legal workers, and activists will present on what rights we do (and do not) have when engaging in these types of actions and the basics of housing law, foreclosure issues, and how these laws can affect the kind of political action we take. The bulk of this workshop will be a guided discussion where housing and occupation activists can share their experiences and knowledge.
Hosted by: TBA