This week on episode #65 of the ACAB Radio Las Vegas podcast, your intrepid hosts, Joey “J-Lyfer” Lankowski and Kelly “Special-K” Patterson, were joined by local activists Munguwakike Tenisha (in studio) and Soldadera Sanchez (via phone) from the radical Las Vegas collective known as “Organize The State Out.“
Among the many subjects discussed (including Dia de los Muertos), we touched on the effects of police terrorism within communities and neighborhoods, the importance of community organizing and education to counteract and eventually move beyond those issues, the need for solidarity and self-support networks, and the dangers of relying on politicians or the police to keep you safe. It was a pretty wide-ranging discussion about the ways in which government(s) and the police, in particular, act in corrupt ways to benefit themselves and purposely work to undermine communities in order to eliminate anything that might compete with or challenge those selfish interests.
Also touched upon was, the importance of educating members of our communities to understand that governmental entities and structures often are detrimental to the welfare of those they seek to control and dominate because that is, in fact, their main intention not what benefits the people in those communities. This is, of course, especially true within poor neighborhoods and those inhabited by People Of Color (POC), other minorities, and various marginalized groups. Another very important aspect of that education is helping people to understand that the few beneficial services that the government does (begrudgingly) provide are more often than not something that a well organized community could actually provide for themselves.
Within these topics, we also discussed personal, real-world examples, both individual and group based, of our own involvement in opposing interference in our lives and communities by the government and police, as well as the dangers that have often accompanied that. I would very much encourage you to listen to the conversation via the video below and think about getting involved yourself, either within Las Vegas or wherever you live. Obviously, we couldn’t cover every subject or be as in depth as would be necessary on the ones we did touch on, due to time constraints. However, you can always get together in the real world and work out the details with other like-minded people in your own neighborhoods and communities.
For more information and to get involved with community organizing and associated events, contact “Organize the State Out” #OTSO via email at [email protected] – That same email address can also be used for PayPal donations. Donations for future community actions are always needed and solidarity efforts are very much welcomed.
Note: If you have videos, stories, upcoming events/protests, or personal interactions with the police (and/or “justice” system) that you would like to share, send them to us and we will do everything we can to bring it to the attention of the world. Also, if you (or an organization you are involved with) have a topic you feel would make for a good show send us an email, through this site and/or the ACAB Radio Facebook page indicating your interest in being a guest on the podcast.
In addition, you can visit the Nevada Cop Block resources section for information and links to the rights of citizens when dealing with police, during which you should always be filming.
Local activists Munguwakike Tenisha (in studio) and Soldadera Sanchez (via phone) from the radical collective known as “Organize The State Out” discuss police terrorism, community organizing, the need for solidarity, and the dangers of relying on politicians or the police to keep you safe on the ACAB Radio Las Vegas Podcast episode #65.
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.
Connect with Kelly at these social networks; Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.