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Events

Sun. July 10 - Know Your Rights Training. Learn how to safely and effectively film the police. 11am - 1:30pm @ Grassroots House, 2022 Blake St., Berkeley. See the Facebook Event page.

Sat. July 16: Justice for Kayla Moore Art Party. Celebrate Kayla's life and honor her memory as we organize for the family's court date in October! 11:30am - 4pm @ Grassroots House, 2022 Blake St., Berkeley. See the Facebook Event page.

Friday July 22: July Copwatch Shift. 8pm - 11pm. Meet at Grassroots House, 2022 Blake St., Berkeley. RSVP required. Contact Charlotte at (510) 224-5950 or crivka@sonic.net.

Sun. July 31: SHOUT THEIR NAMES: Town Hall on Gendered State Violence in CA Women's Prisons. California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) is reaching out to Bay Area allies to call further attention to the ongoing crisis occurring at California Institution for Women (CIW). 3pm - 5pm @ East Side Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd., Oakland. See the Facebook Event page.

New t-shirts are in! If you would like one, we're asking for donations on a $10-20 sliding scale. Email us to inquire.
Copwatchers tabling at Berkeley's
Juneteenth celebration, 6/19. Photograph: Stephanie Maurer

Justice 4 Kayla: July 16 Art Party & More


Organizing is underway to prepare for the Moore family’s October court case to hold the City of Berkeley and the Berkeley Police Department accountable for Kayla Moore’s death in 2013.

Want to help out? Come to our art-making party on Saturday, July 16 to create art that honors Kayla’s life. We’ll be making posters, banners, and other outreach materials. There will be a variety of ways to lend a hand; no need to have so-called creative talent. We’ll also have food to share. So drop by between 11:30 am and 4 pm
and invite your friends! Check out the Facebook Event page.

Other ways to get involved:
  • Sign up HERE to receive email updates and event info. 
  • "Like" the Justice 4 Kayla Moore Facebook Page
  • Come to a meeting! We meet every other Monday at 7 pm at the Grassroots House (2022 Blake Street) in Berkeley. Upcoming meetings are: July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22.

Ready, Set, Stop Urban Shield!

 
Thank you to all the folks who came out to last Friday’s Town Hall to learn about how we can work together to Stop Urban Shield and push back against militarization in our communities! The Stop Urban Shield Coalition, the Anti Police-Terror Project and other groups involved deserve a big shout out for putting this powerful, informative and inspiring event together. Thanks also to the East Bay Media Center for providing the space.

During the Town Hall, Copwatch presented on what militarization looks like on the streets of Berkeley. We can’t forget what Urban Shield and militarized training does to our communities. We can’t forget last August when camo-clad cops responded to a burglary
a crime of povertyby shutting down a neighborhood and bringing in a military-grade armored vehicle. We can’t forget December 2014, when BPD treated Black Lives Matter protesters like enemy combatants, firing tear-gas and less-than-lethals into crowds and using mutual aid to bring in a helicopter and armored vehicles from neighboring police departments. And, as Maria Moore’s words at the Town Hall reminded us, we can’t forget Kayla Moore, who was killed by the Berkeley Police in 2013 when what she needed was mental health support. We can’t stand idle while Berkeley prioritizes militarization initiatives like Urban Shield instead of community services.

Throughout the summer, the Stop Urban Shield Coalition will be hosting events to get Bay Area communities geared up to mobilize against Urban Shield's September 9 weapons expo and war games. Stay-up-to-date by liking the Stop Urban Shield Coalition on Facebook and by visiting http://stopurbanshield.org.

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Black Skin Blue Suits: Call for Submissions

 
The following is a call for submissions for the Chicago-based zine Black Skin Blue Suits:

Over the past year and a half, attention to the ways by which Black people and Black life are threatened by systems of policing has increased exponentially, both within the U.S. and internationally. As police brutality touches us up close and from a distance in the form of mass incarceration, stop and frisk, sexual assault, blackout torture sites, negligence and murderous officers and vigilantes, we have seen calls for police reform in the form of such measures as body cameras and tasers. We have also seen a splitting of conscience on the part of some Black police officers, whose allegiances to badge and Blackness seem impossible to reconcile for many of us in the movement. One question among many that we are compelled to ask: what is Black life to a Black cop?

We are seeking writing, art and other types of work that interrogate the roles of Black police officers both presently and historically, especially as we think critically on the broader effects of policing on Black communities. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: personal narratives of interactions with Black police and jail guards, histories of black police unions, security guards, rogue black cops (the “good,” the “bad”), black prison workers, the pitfalls of community policing, etc.

Contributors should self-identify as Black for personal submissions. For histories, interviews, etc, please use your discretion. Email submissions to bsbszine@gmail.com.

Read the first issue of the zine HERE

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Wishlist

 
In order to achieve our goals this year, we need some stuff! We're looking for a new police scanner and a new computer, as well as the funds to help print materials and revamp our website. Or, if you would like to donate some money to our general fund, that would be amazing too! Berkeley Copwatch is an all volunteer organization that is supported by the community. If you have any leads, or would like to donate, please email us.
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Grassroots House
2022 Blake Street
Berkeley, CA  94704
(510) 548-0425
TO SUBMIT TO COPWATCH NEWSLETTER
Please send the exact text of your submission to stephanie.maurer@gmail.com with “CW News [month/year]” in the subject line. Your submission should include a title to be listed in the table of contents. The deadline for submission is 8 p.m. on the 25th of each month. I cannot send attachments, so please include an email address for those, if needed. Please specify if you would like your submission to run multiple times and provide an end date.