10/10/2006 Newsletter

Contents:

  • Rally to Protest Dolan Appointment
  • Public Hearing on CRA
  • O22 Protest and Stolen Lives Memorial Ceremony

SUCCESSFUL ACTION DESPITE GETTING THE BIG F*CK-YOU FROM RYBAK--WE NEED YOU TOMORROW!

CUAPB, members of the Community Unity team of the PCRC and others were downtown today for a show of force in our determination to stop the appointment of Tim Dolan as chief of police from going forward.  Members of Dominic Felder's family were on hand in a powerful statement undermining the
Dolan candidacy.

After a rousing rally outside of city hall the crowd marched, chanting into the city council office and presented a letter demanding a meeting with the Executive Committee BEFORE their vote tomorrow morning on the Dolan nomination.  While the rest of the city council members hid behind closed doors, Ralph Remington came out to acknowledge the group and Cam Gordon came out to accept our letter, though he would not give us any reassurance of a meeting tomorrow or any role for the community in the selection process other than coming to the public hearing on October 18th--way too late to do any good.  We let it be known that we will be back in the morning and will not be satisfied unless we meet with the executive committee.

From there, we moved down to the mayor's office.  The crowd jam packed into the outer office, chanting, and demanded a meeting with the mayor.  RT had other plans, however, and in a real "f*ck you" to the community, he hid away while sending "yes man" Sherman Patterson out to deal with us.  He kept running the same line over and over--we should have called for an appointment.  We replied that we pay the mayor and he does need to answer to us.  When we continued to demand an immediate meeting with RT, Patterson went out of the room and then came back with an appointment for October 25th--well after the police chief would be appointed.  What a crock!  We left with the promise that we will be back in the morning.

I know it's late and people have to work but we really need you tomorrow morning, 8:00 a.m. at City Hall. Meet at the Father of the Waters statue (4th Street entrance).  We will be insisting on a meeting with the Executive Committee before their vote tomorrow.  BE THERE!


AND LET'S NOT FORGET THE CRA...

There will be a public hearing on Thursday, October 12th at 1:30 p.m. at City Council chambers, room 317 of City Hall, 350 S. 5th Street, Minneapolis, on the proposed CRA reforms crafted by the CRA Working Group.  Thursday is the day we get to find out if the City Council has the cahoonas to stick with the original proposal by Betsy Hodges requiring the police chief to discipline all sustained CRA cases or if they will take up the truly terrible compromise language, also proposed by Hodges, that lets the chief off the hook.  You won't want to miss those fireworks!


OCTOBER 22 NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER--MARK YOUR CALENDER
October 22nd, the annual National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, is right around the corner and CUAPB is planning to mark the day with two big events.  Mark your calendars and plan to join us.

10/21/06, 8:00 p.m.     
Hennepin County Jail (the new jail)
401 S 4th Avenue, Minneapolis
(Corner 4th Avenue and 5th Street)
 Rally and tour of the criminal "injustice" system followed by downtown cop watch.

10/22/06, 5:30 p.m.
Walker Church
3104 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis
Stolen Lives Memorial Ceremony to remember those who have lost their lives at the hands of local police forces.


Communities United Against Police Brutality
3100 16th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867)


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