Unfortunately, that’s not actually true for those of us in Las Vegas (or any other part of Nevada), but the Police Accountability Tour will be kicking off during the 2nd Annual Peaceful Streets Project Police Accountability Summit in Austin, Tx., which runs from August 15th -20th. If one of their stops is in fact in a city near you, then you should do yourself (and your community) a favor and be there.
That first stop in Austin will be amazing in and of itself. Among the confirmed speakers are: Radley Balko, writer for the Huffington Post and author of the new book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Force, Carlos Miller of PhotographyIsNotACrime.com, LeWayne Kelly, B. Dolan who will perform “Film the Police,” Tatiana Moroz who will perform a song written for the Peaceful Streets Project, Antonio Buehler and John Bush co-founders of Peaceful Streets Project, Bill Scott whose son Erik was murdered by the police here in Las Vegas, writer Will Grigg, and of course Pete Eyre co-founder of Cop Block.
Topping all of that off, the keynote speaker for the summit will be Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party and long time police accountability activist. In an attempt to aid African-American victims of police brutality and racial prejudice, Seale and the Black Panthers pioneered the practice of cop watch, often times carrying rifles. As part of his speech, Seale will talk about how the camera is a more powerful weapon against police abuse than a rifle is.
From there, Pete and Jacob Crawford of We Copwatch have a stop in new York City, after which they are actually heading to South Africa for their next stop to show that police accountability isn’t just an issue for one country, but is an international priority. Then there are stops in Oakland, Denver, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, and New Orleans. You can see below for more details about the tour directly from the Cop Block tour info page, including ways that you can contribute to it.
The Police Accountability Tour: These Streets Are Watching
From mid-August until December a tour will happen to maximize police accountability by facilitating connections and collaboration among those who know that badges don’t grant extra rights, and through skill sharing and the capturing and dissemination of relevant content.
This tour will help further connect individuals involved with Cop Block, Cop Watch, and Peaceful Streets groups as well as all police-watching groups and people around the world, so we can together have a bigger impact free from institutionalized violence [RELATED: http://CopBlock.org/Groups]
Help the Tour Have a BIGGER Impact!
using Bitcoin: 1Hy8xL2ey3GwFLTEd3NTS76A3bWMnQ2dRP
with your debit or credit card: WePay.com/donate/PATour2013
or getgear: CopBlock.org/Store
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Aug 15-20
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK – Aug 21-25
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – Aug 26-Oct 10
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – Oct 11-19
DENVER, COLORADO – Oct 20-26
DETROIT, MICHIGAN – Oct 27-Nov 01
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Nov 02-10
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Nov 11-17
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – Nov 18-24
Jacob Crawford – WeCopwatch.org
Pete Eyre – CopBlock.org/Pete-Eyre
Let us know your ideas and suggestions: [email protected]
Kelly is a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, who’s been very active in local grassroots activism, as well as on a national level during his extensive travels. He’s also the founder/main contributor of Nevada Cop Block, served as editor/contributor at CopBlock.org and designed the Official Cop Block Press Passes.
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