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Shifts

Join us on our weekly Copwatching shifts! In June, shifts will be held every Friday:

Friday 6/3, 8 p.m.
Friday 6/10, 8 p.m.
Friday 6/17, 8 p.m.
Friday 6/24, 8 p.m.
Friday 7/1, 8 p.m.

To come on a shift, RSVP to (510) 224-5950 or emailing crivka@sonic.net. We usually meet at the Grassroots House at 2022 Blake Street, Berkeley, near the intersection of Shattuck and Blake.

No experience is required to come along - we'll train you in the essentials of documenting police activity and staying safe in the process. Check out our Facebook event page for more info.

Officer questions driver at DUI Checkpoint, 5/20. Copwatchers witnessed possible racial profiling, as well as clear abuse of policy and procedure that night. Read the press release. Photograph: Paul Kealoha-Blake
Surrounded by family and friends of people killed by police in the Bay, Maria Moore speaks about her sister Kayla and the fight to end police violence. Vigil for James "Nate" Greer, 5/23. Photograph: Andrea Prichett

Copwatch with us at Berkeley's Juneteenth Celebration!

 
Sunday June 19, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Adeline and Fairview

This year’s Juneteenth Celebration looks to be better than ever, and Copwatch will be there too! It's wonderful to enjoy the food, the music and the excitement of Juneteenth while getting to see what the people and groups in West and South Berkeley are up to. Nonprofits, school groups and others come to mingle. We will be tabling with literature and announcements. We try to mobilize for Juneteenth because:

a) Juneteenth is a great holiday that celebrates the end of slavery, and we should all be glad to celebrate a holiday that really means something!

b) The event is a great chance to connect with our immediate geographic community and learn first hand how police issues are being discussed.

c) We take our Copwatching responsibility seriously. We stay till the end of the festival and document how the police treat the community of South Berkeley. Some years, it is okay, and some years the police have acted aggressively towards the community and escalated situations by acting belligerently. We are trying to document and deter that kind of escalation with our presence.

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Urban Shield: Town Hall Meeting

 
Friday June 24, 7 p.m. at the East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street

As described by the Stop Urban Shield coalition, Urban Shield is an annual SWAT team training and weapons expo that brings together local, regional and international police-military units to collaborate on and profit from new forms of surveillance, state repression and state violence.

While we prepare for another season of potential Urban Shield war games, we feel it is a good time to dig in to some of the bigger questions: How are we impacted by Urban Shield and militarization of the police in general? What is the effect on mental health care? Homelessness? With presentations and guest speakers such as Maria Moore, sister of Kayla Moore, we will conjure a vision of a mental health system and a society that centers care and services over punishment and the glorification of the use of force.

Co-sponsored by Stop Urban Shield, Berkeley Copwatch, East Bay Media Center, Coalition for Justice for Kayla Moore.

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Know Your Rights Training

 
Sunday July 10, 11 a.m. at the Grassroots House, 2022 Blake Street

Come out for our July Know Your Rights Training! Get trained on how to deal with the police, safely assert your rights and effectively observe the police in your community.

This is a free event with no RSVP required. Snacks will be included! Bring your bodies and your buddies, as well as questions, concerns, stories and resources. The trainings usually last 2-3 hours.

In the meantime, you can check out the Berkeley Copwatch Know Your Rights Pocket Card. For more info and to invite your friends, visit our Facebook event page.

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Justice for Kayla Moore!

 
By ANDREA PRICHETT

So it has been more than three years since Kayla was killed by Berkeley police. And yes, I believe that she was killed by the police. Perhaps unintentionally, but with an arrogance that should be considered criminal nonetheless: they killed her. Six cops participated in the killing of Kayla Moore. This transgender, African American woman who weighed almost 350 pounds, found herself underneath about 1,200 pounds of agitated police. By the time they got off of her enough to realize that she wasn’t breathing, it had also become clear that none of them would put their mouths to hers to offer CPR and assisted breathing.

So now these cops are going to go on trial in October as part of a civil lawsuit. There is no telling how much of the treatment she received from BPD had to do with her race, her gender identity, her size or her disability. But we know that her life was devalued by those officers to the point where they stopped listening to her. One officer characterized the sound of her last words as “verbiage” that he had learned not to hear.

 
JOIN THE NEXT ORGANIZING MEETING
Meetings held every other Monday at 7 p.m.
Next meeting is June 13, and the following on June 27
2022 Blake Street, Berkeley

Follow and share the Justice 4 Kayla Moore Facebook page.
Sign up for email updates. Email berkeleycopwatch@yahoo.com and ask to join the Justice 4 Kayla Moore mailing list.

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Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition Calls for "Care, Not Cages!"

 
Last fall, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved Sheriff Ahern's plans to construct a "mental health unit" at Santa Rita Jail. The construction is set to cost $61 million, including $54 million from the state plus $7.3 million from the County's general fund. Notably, these numbers account only for construction of the unit; on-going staffing and maintenance costs would have to be funded from an undetermined source.

Organizations and community members have joined together to form the Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition to call upon the Board of Supervisors to re-think their vote, reject the state funds and instead invest the county's $7.3 million in community-based mental health care and alternatives to incarceration.

To learn more, check out the Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition's website, Facebook and petition page#santaritajailfail

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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
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