PRINCIPLES OF UNITY Mass Action Against Police Brutality is:
I) Open to all victims of police brutality, their families and allies in communities of color, immigrant communities, unions, student groups, women's rights groups, churches, LGBT folks, and all defenders of democratic rights who want to fight for the prosecution of the police and institutionalized racism. To fight for the prosecution of the police in national cases like Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ayana Stanley-Jones to local cases like Burrell Ramsey - White, Denis Reynoso, and all other cases of police brutality. From criminal acts by municipal, state, and federal police to housing, transit, campus, and private police, and all other forms and agencies of police.
II) A campaign that will agitate, educate, investigate, mobilize, and organize with an orientation to the communities most affected to bring maximum public and political pressure to bear on the government to enforce the law and prosecute and convict police who are guilty of brutality.
III) A campaign that will use methods of mass action to achieve its goals; methods such as protests, picket lines, mass meetings, door-to-door campaigns, press conferences, speak-outs, etc., that draw the broadest numbers of people into political action around our demands. We will use methods that promote the development of confidence, organizational capacity, and political understanding of the community.
IV) A campaign for the prosecution of the police. We demand the prosecution of the police in the case of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ayana Stanley-Jones and Burrell Ramsey - White, Denis Reynoso, and the jailing of those who are guilty of these and other savage acts of abuse. We also demand the opening of all past cases of police brutality, abuse, and murder; and the prosecution and punishment of police who are guilty. Further we demand an end to the harassment and intimidation of victims and witnesses of police brutality as well as full financial compensation for victims and their families. This campaign will not be used to organize or promote FBI investigations, federal mediation, federal receivership, civilian review boards, body cameras, more minority police, racial sensitivity training, or other methods like these as a ways to defend the community against police brutality. These methods are not designed to prosecute the police, but rather to "restore public confidence" in the police. They are used to defuse demands for prosecuting police brutality and minimize punishment for guilty cops. However, we recognize that honest opponents of police brutality who support the demand for prosecution can have honest differences of opinion on the above questions. These fighters are free to participate in the campaign with the understanding that these Principles of Unity MUST be abided by.
V) Members, former members, or people training or working to become members of any police organization are excluded from participation in the campaign. People who are working or have worked as prosecutors, probation officers or in similar capacities for the courts system are also excluded from participation in the campaign. Police informants and past informants are excluded from participation in the campaign.
Join a weekend summit of panels and workshops evaluating the past two years of struggle against the epidemic of police brutality. Hear from families of victims of police brutality and organizers from Boston to Ferguson, and beyond. Discuss next steps in deepening the fight. Learn how you can get involved in the movement.
SUMMIT SCHEDULE & Workshop/Session Descriptions:
DAY 1, Friday April 21, 2017
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Askwith Hall
13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138
6-8pm OPENING SESSION
The Collective Trauma of Police Brutality: Seeking Justice and Recovery
Moderated by Mass Action Against Police Brutality
What immediate measures can be taken to bring an end to this serious social problem, considering the new presidential administration? Surviving families, community organizers and educators come together to reflect on the ongoing crisis of police violence on civilians, particularly youth and communities of color. Panel will discuss state of police brutality fight, the killings, the police commissioners/culture, police presence, the DA’s, the DOJ, the Presidential Administration, update on national and local cases, national and local demands, the fight to reopen the cases, indictments & conviction.
DAY 2, April 22, 2017
Shelburne Community Center
2730 Washington St, Roxbury, MA 02119
9:30-11am WORKSHOP I
Coalition for Conviction: Strategy and Tactics in the Fight for Justice
Workshop will discuss the campaign for conviction of officer Ray Tensing in the murder trial of Sam Dubose. BLM Cincy, the main organizer of the protest movement against police brutality will also explain why it is not part of the BLM Network.
11:15 - 12:45pm WORKSHOP II
The Murder of Darren Seals & the Truth About Ferguson
Darren Seals, one of the central organizers of the protests in Ferguson following the police killing of Mike Brown, Jr., was found shot to death in his car. Seals was a beloved figures of the Ferguson protests, he bemoaned what he called the hijacking of the movement, and expressed his views publicly. Workshop will discuss the legacy of Darren Seals and the hijacking of the Ferguson Rebellion.
1:45-4:30pm CLOSING SESSION
The Case for Cover-Up
Moderated by Mass Action Against Police Brutality
Panel will discuss state of police brutality fight, the killings, the police commissioners/culture, police presence, the DA’s, the DOJ, the Presidential Administration, update on national and local cases, national and local demands, the fight to reopen the cases, indictments & conviction.
Donation Request for Summit-
We are asking all supporters of Mass Action and of the Summit to contribute to our $2,000 Summit organizing fund, to help us cover the expense of organizing this historic event.
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