10/18/2013 Newsletter

Contents:

  • Minneapolis Mayoral Justice Debate
  • October 22 Activities
  • Global Crackdown on Dissent

UPCOMING EVENTS

Minneapolis Mayoral Candidate Justice Debate

Saturday, October 19
4:00 p.m.
4200 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis
Free and open to the public.

This November, Minneapolis will elect a new mayor.  With a wide field of candidates, it can be difficult to get good information on the candidates and their positions on the issues that matter to you.

This debate will emphasize justice issues and will provide plenty of time for audience members to ask unscreened questions.
 
Come and ask your questions and learn about the candidates for this most important leadership position in Minneapolis government.
            
Sponsored by Committee for Professional Policing, Communities United Against Police Brutality, MN NORML and other organizations.


Twin Cities Actions: October 22 National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality

Tuesday, October 22
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Mobile Know Your Rights Training in downtown Minneapolis during the day.  Meet at 5th Street & Nicollet Avenue at 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm or 3:00pm

6:30 p.m.  Rally and Vigil for Stolen Lives at the 5th Precinct, 3101 Nicollet Avenue S, Minneapolis

October 22 is the 18th annual National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation. Protests are initiated across the country by oppressed people and those working in solidarity with them. Communities United Against Police Brutality has been part of this effort since the beginning, and it's time to make yet another loud demand in 2013!!

During the day, members of CUAPB and other groups will take shifts going downtown and educating the community on their rights when dealing with police. These trainings are designed to inform those most affected by police brutality on how to safely and securely navigate encounters with police, and how to assert your rights and stop the police from criminalizing you;

We will meet at 5th Street and Nicollet Avenue downtown in shifts throughout the day at 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Contact Eric if your are available and interested in participating (cfppmpls@yahoo.com; 612-715-8784).

Then, at 6:30pm, we will hold a rally and vigil for the individuals who lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement in the past year in Minnesota. This rally/vigil will take place at the 5th precinct police station (3101 Nicollet Avenue South). Special attention will be paid to the case of Terrance Franklin, and many of the activists working on his case will be present to talk about the case and how to get involved.


Report Finds Police Worldwide Criminalize Dissent, Assert New Powers in Crackdown on Protests

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/10/report_finds_police_worldwide_criminalize_dissent

Democracy Now is highlighting a major new report by the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations that details a global crackdown on peaceful protests through excessive police force and the criminalization of dissent. The report, "Take Back the Streets: Repression and Criminalization of Protest Around the World," warns of a growing tendency to perceive individuals exercising a fundamental democratic right — the right to protest — as a threat requiring a forceful government response. The case studies detailed in this report show how governments have reacted to peaceful protests in the United States, Israel, Canada, Argentina, Egypt, Hungary, Kenya, South Africa and Britain.

The report’s name comes from a police report filed in June 2010 when hundreds of thousands of Canadians took to the streets of Toronto to nonviolently protest the G-20 summit. A senior Toronto police commander responded to the protests by issuing an order to "take back the streets." Within a span of 36 hours, more than 1,000 people — peaceful protesters, journalists, human rights monitors and downtown residents — were arrested and placed in detention.

The report’s co-editor, Abby Deshman, a lawyer and program director with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union; and Hossam Bahgat, an Egyptian human rights activist and the founder and executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights are featured in their reporting.  We encourage you to check out this report, which makes it abundantly clear why the October 22 National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation is needed.


Communities United Against Police Brutality

We meet every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis. Join us!


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