Workgroup: Small Groups May 12, 2011


First Thoughts:
  • potluck or get together to talk about cops as a problem.
  • letting people know that there are other ways to handle problems in lieu of calling the cops.
  • convincing neighbors that cops are problematic.
  • within household, education about the harm that police bring.
  • idea for testimonial zine of peoples' experiences with cops and jail.
             --->PROJECT! callout for stories about cops to later be disseminated.
  • set of guidelines for cop interactions and reasons not to interact with cops.
             --->PROJECT! one or two publications: reasons why cops are harmful and how to deal with situations without cops.
  • posting fucked up experiences with police up to a space over the internet.
  • trying to understand how police violence is going over in our community/ gauging where people are at in their feelings about cops.
  • worry posed that this small group's discussion is repeating work other groups are focused on; desire to hone in on very specific anti-cop projects (i.e. literally getting cops out of santa cruz)
SUGGESTION! everyone bring in 3 ideas to put on an anti-cop flyer to be posted everywhere around town.
  • list of things to do when faced with cop contact.
  • questions cops about where they're taking people, etc.
  • create a culture of resistance: stand up to police, let them know they aren't welcome nor appreciated.
  • interjecting in police interactions
  • helping other people find strength to speak with courage to police.
  • holding cops accountable: making cop profiles.
               --->PROJECT! flyers with cops' faces, badge numbers; listing complaints and experiences with them.
               --->PROJECT! some sort of database online that logs cops and what they've been up to. (worry about it not being visible enough)
  • lot of worry about legal repercussions.
  • response that every time we talk about "anti-cop" stuff, we're obviously putting ourselves in trouble, so...
  • weekly newsletter or report.
  • mentioning of sharing a particular bad cop experience on the radio.
  • addressing younger people... going to schools and programs in which cops are doing "we're heroes" presentations, and doing counter-talks about why cops are dangerous and need to be opposed.


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