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Chalk the Police State (July 18th) – Updated List of Cities

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Chalk the Police State Wherever you Are.

Tomorrow, July 18th, is the Second Annual “Chalk the Police State” day. For the second year, Nevada Cop Block has called for activists across the country to hold chalk protests in their own cities in solidarity with and to draw attention to the victims of police brutality and the lack of accountability for crimes and other forms of corruption within local police departments.

This year in particular is intended to shine a light on the lack of significant changes in regards to such accountability and the blatant examples of police abuses nationwide. In addition, it will serve as a statement that we will not tolerate police violence and murders within our communities and that we are not just going to go away unless some sort of meaningful reforms are instituted and police officers are held responsible for their actions in the same way everyone else would be.

For more on the background and reasons for the “Chalk the Police State” event see here, here, here, here, here, and here. Meanwhile, here is an update of the cities that will be participating this year. At this point, we have pretty solid confirmations from 12 cities with a good potential for at least 16 cities nationwide. BTW, even though it’s obviously very short notice at this point, it’s still not too late to add YOUR city to this list. One of the many advantages of chalk protests is the ease of organizing and carrying them out. Basically, all you really need is a few boxes of chalk, some dedicated friends, and a desire to get the message out that police brutality will not be tolerated in your communities. It’s quick, easy, and cheap enough for even a small group of motivated people to have a visible impact.

List of Cities:

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Las Vegas Flyer for the 2nd Annual “Chalk the Police State” event.

Las Vegas, NV.

Members of Nevada Cop Block will, of course, be chalking that day. No amount of retaliation or intimidation will be stopping us from seeking accountability from the LVMPD. We’ll be going back to the Regional Injustice Center, the original location of the inaugural Chalk the Police State Day.

Olympia, WA.

Seattle, WA.

Kansas City, KS.

Hosted by KCK Cop Block

Portland, OR.

Lafayette, IN.

Phoenix, Az.

  • Downtown Superior Courthouse
  • Friday, July 18 at 11:00am (PDT)
  • 201 W. Jefferson
  • Phoenix, Arizona 85003

Jeffersonville, IN.

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The “Chalk the Police State” flyer for Kansas City, Kansas

 

  • Clark County Court House
  • Friday, July 18 at 6:00pm (CDT)
  • Jeffersonville, Indiana

 

Poughkeepsie, NY.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Madison County, Id.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Fresno, CA.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Philadelphia, PA.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Keene, NH.

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The “Chalk the Police State” flyer for Seattle, Wa.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Cincinnati, OH.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Nashville, TN.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Port St. Joe, FL.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Unconfirmed/Potential Locations:

  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Salt Lake City, Ut.

It’s Not Too Late to Celebrate “Chalk the Police State” Day in Your City!

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It’s tragic when anyone is murdered, even if it isn’t one of the rare occasions when that person is a cop.

We hope that other cities will join us July 18th to make a statement about police brutality and demand accountability when police victimize people in their communities. Police corruption and misconduct is a nation-wide (international actually) problem and it’s only getting worse as time goes by. In addition, in spite the prevailing (and false) rationalizations for that increase in violence against citizens, police work is safer than it has ever been and is becoming safer all the time.

The mistreatment and abuse of you and your neighbors is inexcusable and needs to be stopped. Their record speaks for itself, though. They won’t regulate themselves or even hold the criminals in their midst accountable, after the fact. You need to take a stand and demand an end to the police state and its abuses before it’s too late.

A FaceBook event page has been set up to coordinate all of the different cities planning actions. If you have questions about setting up a chalk protest in your city, potential statements/slogans to write, questions of legality (it’s completely legal), etc. you can post them there. We would also like to have any local event pages link to that page, so we can keep track of who will be participating and allow people in those cities to coordinate with each other. That event page is located here: (National) Second Annual Chalk the Police State with the “Sunset 5″ and in Solidarity with the Victims of Police Brutality, Repression, and Murder. Alternatively, you can also contact NVCopBlock.org’s contact page, if you are not on Facebook or just want to cutout the middle man.

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments’ Pathetic History of “Accountability”

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Join Us For the 2nd Annual “Chalk the Police State” – July 18th

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A year later, not much has changed.

Background

Every day brings with it more and more examples of the increasing militarization of the police and encroachment of the police state onto everyone’s lives. At the same time, accountability for police abuses and governmental crimes is becoming harder to find. This month on the 18th of July, the one year anniversary of the original “Chalk the Police State” event, members of Nevada Cop Block invite everyone nationwide to send a message that we won’t accept this within our communities and demand that accountability.

One year ago on July 18, 2013, three members of the Sunset Activist Collective, who were at that time being threatened with citations claiming that drawing on a sidewalk with washable sidewalk chalk constitutes graffiti, called for a nationwide solidarity rally on the day that was supposed to be our court date. While the city of Las Vegas had enough common sense not to even file those charges, this event (along with a previous “Second Saturday” chalk protest) ultimately led to the arrest of three members of the NVCopBlock and the filing of ridiculous charges of writing graffiti (with chalk marketed, sold, and primarily used to write on sidewalks) and “conspiring” to write graffiti against another two members (AKA the “Sunset 5″) by Steve Wolfson, the county district attorney.

*Note, if you’ve been following along at home, you may have noticed the number of people involved has changed from the original “Sunset 3″ to the current “Sunset 5.” The “Sunset 3″ consisted of the original three individuals that were cited in June of 2013. After the arrests the “Sunset 4″ was used because one of the arrestees was a minor at the time. The “Sunset 5″ consists of the three original members and two additional members that were charged after July 18th’s action last year.*

Of course, those ridiculous charges, which amounted to nothing more than a vindictive attempt to intimidate people who were bringing attention to the murderous record of Las Vegas area police and nonexistent history of accountability for those crimes, were dropped shortly afterwards. In the process, the actions of the bullies within the LVMPD, who had pushed for the charges, backfired in a big way. Realistically, all they accomplished was to draw way more attention to the issues of police brutality we were protesting than those protests had ever actually done. The ridiculously inflated clean up costs that they used to justify those arrests also shined a huge spotlight on the wasteful and unnecessary spending habits of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at a time when they were in the process of begging Las Vegas area residents for more money by way of a county sales tax increase.

A Year Later, What’s Different? (Spoiler: Not Much)

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In spite of those original charges being dropped amid a pretty large uproar, those very real and important issues that we were protesting in the first place remain. The police brutality and outright murders continue and the complete lack of accountability for such have not disappeared or even, on any discernible level, been addressed. If anything, in fact, they’ve only gotten worse.

Over the course of just the last year, there have been numerous egregious examples of misconduct and abuse by Las Vegas area police. In one instance, Sheriff Gillespie refused the recommendation of the department’s use of force board to fire Officer Jacquar Roston, who shot Lawrence Gordon after he mistook his hat for a gun, which would have actually been the first time any LVMPD officer was fired for shooting someone in the entire history of the department. Similarly, Officer Jason Evans shot Antoine Hodges inside a local 7-11 store, in spite of the fact that he was unarmed and backing away from him at the time, after mistaking him for a wanted suspect. In yet another instance, a man attempting to flag passersby down and asking for water was accosted and then eventually killed by BLM agents and a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper after concerned cyclists reported that D’Andre Berghardt Jr. may have been in need of assistance.

The most blatant and telling example of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s absolute refusal to institute any sort of accountability involves Jesus Arevalo, who murdered disabled Gulf War vet Stanley Gibson as he sat unarmed within his car, that had been immobilized by police vehicles. Even though Arevalo was technically the first person to be fired (or in any other way held accountable) for killing someone on duty, regardless of whether the person killed was unarmed and/or completely innocent, he was actually rewarded for his deadly actions that day with a lifetime of disability payments totaling $30,000 a year, based on the stress he felt because people began calling him a murderer after he murdered an innocent, unarmed person (shortly after stating that he wanted to kill someone in order to get payed time off).

It couldn’t be much more obvious that the LVMPD and other Las Vegas area police have no real (or even feigned) interest in holding any of their trigger happy gang members accountable for there actions, no matter how questionable or downright blatant those actions might be.

 Join Us – Wherever You Are

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Chalk the Police State Wherever You Are.

As a result of all those things already mentioned and so much more that there’s hardly room to list it all, Nevada Cop Block will be holding a second annual “Chalk the Police State” celebration (which was actually inspired by Cop Block’s original “Chalk the Police Day” and so technically could be considered a fourth annual event.) at the Regional Injustice Center in Las Vegas. However, since police brutality and the absence of accountability isn’t something that’s limited to Las Vegas, we’re calling for groups (and individuals) across the country to join us in a little summer time arts and crafts display.

Ideally, we would prefer if you chose somewhere symbolic of the police state, such as a courthouse, local government building such as a city hall, or police station to chalk some messages. However, it’s obviously up to you to choose the most appropriate place to do so in your own city. Please join us and help seek justice in a peaceful, public manner against those who have made injustice a part of their job description and have some fun at the same time.

One of the many advantages of chalk protests and reasons we found them to be effective is that they are fairly easy to organize and carry out. Contrary to the claims made for the silly charges from last year, it takes very little “conspiring” to set up such actions. Also, because those participating can each draw multiple messages without too much difficulty, a relatively small group can create a large impact within a small amount of time. Basically, all you need is a few boxes of chalk, some dedicated friends, and a desire to seek accountability for local officials and their hired goons.

Confirmed Cities Thus Far

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Las Vegas Flyer for the 2nd Annual “Chalk the Police State” event.

Currently we have six cities that have already confirmed that they will be participating. As many as six other cities may also be chalking that day, but we don’t have solid confirmations from them yet. The cities that definitely will be “Chalking the Police State” on July 18th are listed below, along with contact information for people in those cities to use in order to coordinate with them:

Las Vegas, NV.

Members of Nevada Cop Block will, of course, be chalking that day. No amount of retaliation or intimidation will be stopping us from seeking accountability from the LVMPD. We’ll be going back to the Regional Injustice Center, the original location of the inaugural Chalk the Police State Day.

Olympia, WA.

Seattle, WA.

Kansas City, KS.

Hosted by KCK Cop Block

Kansas City, MO.

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The “Chalk the Police State” Flyer for Olympia, Wa.

Hosted by MO/KS Cop Block

Portland, OR.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Poughkeepsie, NY.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Celebrate “Chalk the Police State” Day in Your City

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It’s tragic when anyone is murdered, even if it isn’t one of the rare occasions when that person is a cop.

We hope that other cities will join us July 18th to make a statement about police brutality and demand accountability when police victimize people in their communities. Police corruption and misconduct is a nation-wide (international actually) problem and it’s only getting worse as time goes by. In addition, in spite the prevailing (and false) rationalizations for that increase in violence against citizens, police work is safer than it has ever been and is becoming safer all the time.

The mistreatment and abuse of you and your neighbors is inexcusable and needs to be stopped. Their record speaks for itself, though. They won’t regulate themselves or even hold the criminals in their midst accountable, after the fact. You need to take a stand and demand an end to the police state and its abuses before it’s too late.

A FaceBook event page has been set up to coordinate all of the different cities planning actions. If you have questions about setting up a chalk protest in your city, potential statements/slogans to write, questions of legality (it’s completely legal), etc. you can post them there. We would also like to have any local event pages link to that page, so we can keep track of who will be participating and allow people in those cities to coordinate with each other. That event page is located here: (National) Second Annual Chalk the Police State with the “Sunset 5″ and in Solidarity with the Victims of Police Brutality, Repression, and Murder. Alternatively, you can also contact NVCopBlock.org’s contact page, if you are not on Facebook or just want to cutout the middle man.

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments’ Pathetic History of “Accountability”

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Somebody Saw Unpopular Opinions, Somebody Said Something

BigBrother 203x300 Somebody Saw Unpopular Opinions, Somebody Said SomethingThis post was submitted by Sean Gruber a resident of Pahrump, NV, which is just outside of Las Vegas, and someone with a history of activism, as well as a member of local, independent media, via internet radio shows he has co-hosted. It details a visit he received from detectives with the LVMPD shortly after he made some statements on Facebook, essentially stating that he felt the actions of the Las Vegas police played a role in the murders of two cops on June 8th. He also expressed the belief that these murders would be used as premise for intensifying the already heavy handed tactics of local police and asserted  the fact that he had the right to defend himself, if they chose to target him.

He was, of course, visited a couple days later by employees of Metro working through the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, AKA the “Nevada Fusion Center.” During that visit, he was informed that someone had reported his statements online and that was the reason for their investigation. With all of the invocations of  “see something, say something” (which apparently extends to people “walking down the street wearing cammies and boots“) in the wake of the shootings, this isn’t particularly shocking. However, the crazy thing about the First Amendment is that it actually applies to statements that are really unpopular in cities where people are worked up into a frenzy by really emotionally charged events.

To whom it may concern:

Because of my statements last Sunday and Monday – on the killings of two “Metro Officers”- I was targeted for harassment/intimidation by the LVMPD. (Actually it was some sort of “joint task force against domestic terrorism.” But Metro and the usual suspects were central in the bad medicine.) They came looking for me and they were armed and they didn’t care about my constitutionally protected right to free speech. ..Though, when challenged with my Lawyer- they immediately admitted that I “wasn’t charged with a crime.” (God -speed to anyone who if found in the same position- isn’t well enough educated to know to “lawyer up.”)

Now, we all know cops can, and do, in fact lie- in fact the “Supreme Court” has up-held their right to do so. But according to the Detective that my Attorney and I spoke to, the reason for “contact” was because I was reported for something I said on Face Book. (Again the METRO Detective said, to paraphrase “you got close, but that was all protected under the first amendment and you had a right to say it.”)

This wasn’t done by a Statist. (At least the odds are vastly against it.) This wasn’t done by a politician or a cop. This was done to me, by a fellow “patriot”… I could have very easily lost my freedom or my life for simply saying something that was unpopular. The people that would have done it would have been the “police” but the folks that would have started the snow-ball rolling would have been someone you all know and might even consider your friend. Think about this for a minute, please- because I’ve spent the better part of every hour- for a week- contemplating it…

I don’t work for the “state” so I don’t engage in witch hunts, but I’ve got some ideas about how could have done this, do you?

Further, to some of my former FB friends, to paraphrase the late-great Kurt Cobain, “I wish I was like you, easily amused”…

Why did I “flip my lid?” And defend the >philosophical< reason that Metro cops ‘deserve to die?’ (I never said I was going to kill a cop- I reference Metro’s own detective on this. Not that I consider him a credible source.) (I’ve only said I would defend myself- if aggressed against.) Here’s an idea- because I’ve been involved in this war since I was fifteen and I KNEW that LVMPD would use these killings as a reason to escalate their war on American’s rights?

It didn’t even take them forty eight hours…

*sigh*

Did anyone else see the article about “domestic terrorism” on “MSN News” yesterday? I did. The gist of this whole deal is that we with un-popular opinions (I.E. the one’s the founders of this country had) are all “terrorists.” I don’t want to be killed. Hell, until last Tuesday morning maybe it had been a while since I realized how much I still enjoyed life, but I won’t/ I just can’t(!) back down- at this, the moment of truth- even if death it’s self is the consequence. And goodness knows there are people that I love dearly that might prefer it if I did, and who were right there with me when this shit happened- far more so than any of my supposed philosophical allies were…

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every police operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst; the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!” –Aleksandre Soltzhenitsyn-

To Adam Sanacore, to the Chairmen of the State LP, Brett Pujonis, if you couldn’t understand- why I, “flipped my lid” over that LVMPD bereavement Badge Icon, you both put on your FaceBook wall (again I ask you to remember that “local police officers” are the most common violators of Americans Constitutional Rights) I submit to you this; to me that was the equivalent of putting a swastika on your FaceBook account because you were afraid- some Nazi might interpret you as anti- Nazi, or maybe you’d lose an election you were already going to lose- by an even higher margin…

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Already at a neighborhood near you.

I guess the other head trip- (you know besides my friends putting up Swastika’s (MetroBadge’s) on their Fb Walls) put on me this week- I would be very remiss- if I failed to bring up- was this; ‘if I say something and someone misinterprets it and uses it as an explanation/excuse for their violent/ murderous/behavior’ “I’m liable.” Metro… Jesus. God! Help! Us! All!

I was thinking about just shutting up. But I can’t. I just can’t. Maybe I watched ‘Braveheart’ the ‘Outlaw Josey Wales’ ‘The Patriot’ too many times… please remember, everyone I WON’T ever Initiate the use of force…

To those of you that stuck with me… Well- you know who you were. All bests, and if this ever happens to you, I’ll be right there with you! Love and Respect (and I don’t feel even slightly gay for saying so- I love you, because I do!!!) D-M-Sis-Bro-JD-AM-JS-DB-PB-. “NEVER BEGINS it, NO! Never, BUT once engaged, NEVER surrender, Showing the Fangs of RAGE!”

P.s. please just leave me be -LVMPD.

Sean Discusses the Visit on the Non-Partisan Liberty For All Radio Show:

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