Culture of Resistance: Your Rights, Copwatch, and Alternatives to Police

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According to the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, a person of color was killed every 36 hours by police, security, or vigilantes in the first half of 2012. The police state violence is felt every day when another child is shot, another I.C.E. roadblock goes up, another mass arrest and brutalization of activists hits youtube, when another cop is given a medal for enforcing the racist and classist laws.

We know the police suck. FTP. So then, what to do? Compiled here are links that discuss just that… how to fight back with a diversity of tactics and what a cop-less world will look like.  

Community, Justice & Solidarity (Zine) - Communities of color across the US have historically been victims of police violence in various ways. This pamphlet offers analysis of police violence in our neighborhoods, proposes steps towards building alternatives to policing, and includes legal resources. 

A World Without Cops (Zine) - A simple, plain-language zine that uses concrete examples from Oakland 2009-2012 to help envision what a world without cops (and without capitalism) could look like. Uses examples from the Occupy movement and beyond to paint a picture of a communal, non-authoritarian world. Large, simple text and lots of pictures. Uses real life experiences rather than theory and ideology to describe anarchist ideas. Intended for people who have never heard of or thought about anarchist ideas before.

COPWATCH (Flyer) - printable 1-sheet with a sense of humor

Richmond Copwatch (Zine) - Included in this info-packed zine are the Copwatch Mission Statement and Objectives, Know Your Rights Information, Information about FOIA, Alternatives to Calling the Police, Talk to Neighbors not Police ideas, and more!

Fuck The Police (Pamphlet) - Short tri-fold of bullet-point reasons why that phrase is on everyone’s lips. Alan Bleuford, Treyvon Martin, Lovelle Mixon, Kenneth Harding, Oscar Grant, Kimani Gray… these are not isolated incidences. The police brutalize, terrorize, incarcerate poor people, people of color, drug deals, sex workers, undocumented people, people that speak out against this economic and social order. The police exist to protect capitalism and the rich. They don’t give a fuck about you. Fuck the police. Revolt!

Alternatives to Police (Zine) - Rose City Copwatch of Portland, Oregon put this forty-page piece together to provide real alternatives to dealing with the police state institutions. Chapters discuss rape crisis centers, sanctuary cities, restorative justice programs, gang truces, and tons of info on points of entry to help.

Know Your Rights ACLU (Pamphlet) - English language pamphlet for printing

Conozca Sus Derechos ACLU (Pamplet)- en español

Know Your Rights! (Flyer) - for distribution and posting

COPWATCH: These Streets Are Watching (VIDEO Documentary 53:22) - Video on police accountability in three communities; Denver, Cincinnati and Berkeley.The video documents incidents of possible police brutality. Independent filmmaker, Jacob Crawford, weaves three cities responses to police brutality into a single tale of community empowerment and direct action. The film conveys basic legal concepts that can provide practical help to groups and individuals seeking an understanding of their rights when dealing with police. The film is divided into sections that explain citizen’s basic rights, tactics for documenting police activity and ideas for further action and organizing.

Don’t Talk To Police (VIDEO Lecture 48:40) - A law school professor and former criminal defense attorney tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police.