Redwood Curtain CopWatch, based in the north coast of California, is part of a larger movement of self organized CopWatch groups throughout the US. Our local efforts seek to intervene in the drastic rise of the presence, militarization, and violence of the police, and build support networks based on self-determination, caring, and concrete needs.
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People Killed by Law Enforcement
in U.S. 1990's to 2012 [incomplete list including many unidentified people killed by law enforcement]
Lorenzo Ingram, Sr.
Johnie Kamahi Warren
Walter Williams, Jr.
Terrence L. Cloyd
Conn Wayne Duncan
Jay Allen Johnson
Ernest “Marty” Atencio
Abdiel Burgueno, Jr.
Troy Edward Davis
Glen Alton Haring
Mario Albert Madrigal
Jose Benito Saenz
Harold Shover, Jr.
Billy Charles Hyde
Marvin Glenn Johnson
Othel June Striplin
Joel Mathew Acevedo
Alberto Acosta Jr
Phillip Daniel Aguilar
Jihad Alim Akbar
Frank Filomeno Alejo
Jerriel Da'Shawn Allen
Eddie R. Alvarado
Marco Ernesto Avila
Leroy Barnes Jr
Anton Barrett Sr
Roderick Lee Bertolette
Alan Blueford Jr
Luther Brown Jr
Christopher Arrion Burgess
Mark William Burke
James Louis Carrel
Carlos Casillas Fernandez
Mohammad Usman Chaudhry
Yi Tzu Chen
Avery Cody, Jr
Joe Casto Corrales
Martin F. Cotton II
Maurice Leroy Cox
Pedro Santa Cruz
Manuel Angel Diaz
Qazi Tiensinh Do
Reginald Doucert Jr
Oran Eugene Douglas III
Ernest Duenez, Jr
Noe Escobar Reyes
Eric Daniel Foster
Ralph Peter Gawor
Carol Anne Gotbaum
Cary James Grimé
Terry Grinner Jr
Efrain Lara Gutierrez
Demetre Omar Hall
Kenneth Harding Jr
Vong Yang Her
Carlos Heredia Jr
Angel Farias Hernandez
Jesus Juan Hernandez-Cazares
Anastasio Hernandez Rojas
Charles Blair Hill
Stephen Clancy Hill
Stephen Paul Hirschfield
Joshua Alva Hollander
Jonni Kiyoshi Honda
Joseph Frank Kennedy
Susie Young Kim
Barry Martin Koeningsberg
Albert Mike Leday Jr
Eric Lewis Liebowitz
Reginald Andre Linthicum
Mariano Lopez Fernandez
Pete Carlos Madrid
Carl Maggiorini, Jr.
Dyron Mandell Brewer
Reynaldo Quintero Martinez
Clifford Paul Maxwell
Jose Monteon Jr
Cheri Lyn Moore
Terry Wayne Nash
Ruben Walton Ortega
Albert Ray Owens
Jose Carlos Perez-Hernandez
Roman Gallius Pierson
Woodrow Player III
Alex Roman Quintanilla
William Quiros Jr
Arthur Jarvis Raleigh
Ignacio Rangel Gonzalez
Raul Castillo Razo
James Earl Rivera, Jr.
Michael Robert Rosa
Javier Joseph Rueda
Miguel Sanchez Jr
Michael Lewis Sanders
Byron San Jose
Ernesto Donald Smith
Jaden Edward Soto
OC Deputy Terry Stepp
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I know that this might be difficult for people to understand, but I am urging you not to vote for Prop 34, the Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement for California Act (SAFE California Act). Never would I believe that I would stand in the way of abolishing the death penalty, but as with many propositions, bills, and ballot measures brought to the people in the past, with promising names (i.e. the horrendous and misleading "Victim's Rights Bill", Prop 9 in 2008) or the appearance of good ideas, it is necessary to look deeper- WHO created the bill? WHO is advocating for it? WHO is against it? WHY? Propositions put in petitions and on our ballots are not always as simple or righteous as they sound.
I have been talking some with people who have worked with prisoners and have fought for years against the racist, classist, unjust, and cruel jail and prison system of the U.S.- which has about 2.3 million people captured in its cages, and many more under the constant scrutiny and control of the injustice system (run by some of the worst crooks/criminals on Earth). And this does not account for the U.S. immigration detention centers, holding thousands of captives. So, I sought out some opinions from people I trust, especially after speaking with a local woman who has been doing prisoner support and prison abolition work, and she was not excited about Prop 34. The large majority of people on death row in CA, apparently are not in favor either. That says a lot.
It is my strong opinion, now, that we should not allow Prop 34 to pass. And we should get busy creating a better ballot measure to end the death penalty, which puts funding in a just direction for those so harmed by the injustice system.
Below are four writings from prisoners on Death Row in San Quentin. One of the writers, Kevin Cooper is an outspoken artist, writer, prisoner who was framed (like many black men) years ago for murder and has been fighting to be freed from prison and from death row for many years. I think he raises important questions to examine... WHY were death row inmates never consulted by the proponents of this Act? Who are the proponents?
PLEASE READ the statement from the Campaign to End the Death Penalty as to why it "cannot add its name to the list of organizations endorsing the California SAFE Act." Here is the link:
by Jarvis Jay Masters (on San Quentin's Death Row)
Please DON’T vote in favor of “The SAFE California Act” to end California’s death penalty.
You need to know that your vote for this act would throw away the key for all the innocent men and women on death row and, instead, sentence all prisoners on death row to spend the rest of their lives in prison without the possibility of parole and without effective legal representation.
The way I see it is, behind the scenes, the “Act” has been to cast Jeannie Woodford, former prison guard, former San Quentin warden, former director of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and current director of Death Penalty Focus, an organization striving to abolish the death penalty, to build support for this “Act” from, among others, the prison guards union.
Please DON’T vote in favor of “The SAFE California Act” to end California’s death penalty.
I am not the first to say how deeply troubling it is to see this initiative being advocated for by a woman who presided over state executions without ever offering an OPEN apology.
There is something even more troubling about depending on a flawed prison system and its employees to go ahead and make this decision, when the men and women at risk have never been asked for our two cents about matters that affect our life and death. PLEASE KEEP READING!
We Need a Homeless Bill of Rights, NOT Continued Criminalization [Criminalization Fact Sheet Included]Submitted by copwatch on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 2:06pm
This Crow Won't Fly
The United States has a long history of using mean-spirited and often brutal laws to keep “certain” people out of public spaces and out of public consciousness. Jim Crow laws segregated the South after the Civil War and Sundown Towns forced people to leave town before the sun set. The anti-Okie law of 1930s California forbade poor Dustbowl immigrants from entering the state and Ugly Laws (on the books in Chicago until the 1970s) swept the country and criminalized people with disabilities for allowing themselves to be seen in public.
Today, such laws target mostly homeless people and are commonly called “quality of life” or “nuisance crimes.” They criminalize sleeping, standing, sitting, and even food-sharing. Just like the laws from our past, they deny people their right to exist in local communities.
Framed for Murder?
“California may be about to execute an innocent man.”
That’s the view of five federal judges in a case involving Kevin Cooper, a black man in California who faces lethal injection next year for supposedly murdering a white family. The judges argue compellingly that he was framed by police.
In the Hole
by BILL QUIGLEY Feb 23, 2012
Today US Army Private Bradley Manning is to be formally charged with numerous crimes at Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by members of the Icelandic Parliament, is charged with releasing hundreds of thousands of documents exposing secrets of the US government to the whistleblower website Wikileaks. These documents exposed lies, corruption and crimes by the US and other countries. The Bradley Manning defense team points out accurately that much of what was published by Wikileaks was either not actually secret or should not have been secret.
The Manning prosecution is a tragic miscarriage of justice. US officials are highly embarrassed by what Manning exposed and are shooting the messenger. As Glen Greenwald, the terrific Salon writer, has observed, President Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers for espionage than all other presidents combined.
One of the most outrageous parts of the treatment of Bradley Manning is that the US kept him in illegal and torturous solitary confinement conditions for months at the Quantico Marine base in Virginia. Keeping Manning in solitary confinement sparked challenges from many groups including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the ACLU and the New York Times.
Medical Marijuana Patients on Probation or Parole
As a California medical cannabis patient, in order to be able to medicate while on probation, you should present a copy of your recommendation and print out a copy of People v. Tilehkooh for your probation officer to include in your file.
You can explain to your Probation Officer that this case states that medical marijuana patients who were not convicted of marijuana related charges should be permitted to possess, transport, and cultivate their medicine while on probation. If possible, try to create a written agreement with your Probation Officer.
May 22, 2012: America’s most high-tech intelligence agency is looking to American colleges for the next generation of cyber warriors and it is now designing its own top secret classes to prepare them for training in the dark arts of cyber espionage.
The National Security Agency announced Monday [May 21, 2012] that four universities had been selected for a new academic program designed to teach students skills “associated with specialized cyber operations.”
The NSA is vague on the details of the courses and says on its website the curriculum will only offer the students a “glimpse” of the cyber capabilities sought by the country’s foremost collector of worldwide electronic intelligence data and protector of classified U.S. computer networks.
Officials at the NSA told Reuters that the program, which is an extension of President Barack Obama’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, will focus on the “basic knowledge” of computer systems that would be the foundation of more advanced, secret operations. Any successful students won’t be trained for their real jobs until they actually arrive at the NSA.
Still, students and faculty involved will have to go through background security checks and obtain top secret clearance before cracking open their laptops, the NSA says.
Please Speak Out Against Torture in CA Prisons! Call Jerry Brown in Support of the Hunger Strike's Demands.Submitted by copwatch on Fri, 09/30/2011 - 5:46pm
Contact the Governor.
Tell him you support the prisoner hunger strike, and the prisoners' FIVE DEMANDS!
Tell him to stop the retaliation by the CDC (California Department of Corrections) against the hunger strikers!
Governor Jerry Brown
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
CDCR Bans Lawyers: TAKE ACTION NOW!
Thursday, October 13th, 5-7pm: Vigil to Support the Hunger Strikers! 200 North Spring Street. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (We will be in front of City Hall, 1st and Spring Street on the North Steps). Click here for more info
Thursday, October 13th, 5-7pm: Vigil to Support the Hunger Strikers! On the Corner of University & Fairmount in East San Diego. Click here for more info
California prisoners are on hunger strike again! The hunger strike that started on July 1 of this year in support of 5 demands, has been resumed by thousands of prisoners at Pelican Bay, Calipatria, CCI Tehachapi, Centinela, Corcoran, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, Ironwood State Prison, Salinas Valley State Prison.
The prisoners say that the California Department of Corrections has retaliated against prisoners for participating in the strike and made only nominal policy changes in response to the strike. Prisoners say it is necessary to continue to put pressure on the CDCR to meaningfully change long-term solitary confinement policies and practices. Up to date information can be found at http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/.
All of California now linked up to immigration enforcement network
By Matt O'Brien Contra Costa Times Posted: 02/25/2011
MARTINEZ -- The federal immigration agency has finally linked all California police agencies to reveal immigrants -- legal or not -- arrested for violating laws and subject to deportation.
The action, to be announced Friday morning in Southern California, enables U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to tag arrests and travel to all of the state's county jails to pick up immigrants accused of committing crimes.
In essence, local police, willingly or not, have become an arm of the federal immigration agency.
The fingerprints of everyone arrested by local police are now sent automatically to an electronic database reviewed by ICE, whose agents go to county jails to pick up immigrants thought to be deportable, including illegal immigrants and legal immigrants who may have committed a crime.
A DIRECT CALL FOR A STATEWIDE WORK STRIKE
SUPPORTING THE HUNGER STRIKE
TO ABOLISH SHU POLICIES
(Submitted July 12, 2011) An indefinite hunger strike has kicked off on July first by Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHU) prisoners. They have been joined by prisoners in the Corcoran and Folsom SHUs. Huge amounts of domestic and foreign support have been organized for these prisoners. In order to win this struggle, however, every available resource must be brought into play. We are at a historical juncture in which prisoners can take control over their lives, to have some say in the conditions of their existence, or else continue to be mere pawns acted upon by external forces and watch things get even worse.
Angela Davis on WNYC, The Brian Lehrer Show May 16, 2011
Angela Davis, activist, scholar, and author of Are Prisons Obsolete?, marks the 40th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising with her critique of the "prison-industrial complex."
Angela Davis will be speaking as part of a panel at a May 20th Critical Resistance event called "The World We Want is the World We Need."
January 03, 2011
Kevin Cooper's Legal Team Expresses Disappointment and Vindication; Vows to Continue to Press for Clemency
SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Reacting to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's failure to grant Kevin Cooper's clemency petition during his last day in office, Mr. Cooper's lawyers today expressed disappointment at the out-going governor's lack of action and his decision to forward Mr. Cooper's petition to incoming Governor Jerry Brown. But seeing partial vindication in this act, the team vowed to fight on. "Governor Schwarzenegger dodged this issue in the final hours of his governorship," said Norman Hile, lead attorney for Cooper. "We are disappointed, but there is still time to prevent the execution of an innocent man. Because the State of California is currently enjoined from executions using lethal injection, we will have an opportunity to take our case to incoming Governor Jerry Brown."
In California? Flood the Attorney General phone with messages for Jerry Brown.
Between 8am and 12 noon, and 1pm-4pm.
Phone: (916) 445-9555
Tell Jerry Brown that you don't want S-Comm in your area!!
from the Center for Political Education:
Subpoenas, Searches, and FBI visits carried out in cities across the country
By Staff of Fight Back! News| September 24, 2010
Call the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at 202-353-1555 or write an email to: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov.
Demand: Stop the repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists. Immediately return all confiscated materials: computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc. End the grand jury proceedings against anti-war activists.
Monday, June 14th WHILE a caring community member shared sandwiches with up to 100 hungry people in Redway- on the street- engaging in a responsible and constitutionally protected activity- the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department drove around photographing the people who were eating lunch. This is INTIMIDATION. This is profiling. There is no good reason for it.
People are scared when the Sheriff’s Department behaves this way because the Sheriff targets anyone who lives outside with very few resources. The Sheriff’s Department hunts people down while they are sleeping -out of sight- and Sheriff Deputies attempt to DISAPPEAR people who are, for instance, sitting under a tree for shade.
Landmark Case, California
For Immediate Release: June 17th, 2009
Medical Marijuana Group Gets $139,000 in Attorneys Fees for Landmark Case
Oakland, CA -- The national medical marijuana advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access (ASA) was paid yesterday by the City of Garden Grove $139,000 in attorneys fees for a settlement agreement in a landmark medical marijuana case. The fees awarded to ASA are in addition to more than $100,000 that Garden Grove spent fighting the state's medical marijuana law, likely totaling more than a quarter of a million dollars.
The case City of Garden Grove v. Superior Court involved the wrongful seizure of medical marijuana from Garden Grove patient Felix Kha, and resulted in a landmark decision rejecting the city's argument that state law was preempted by federal law. Instead, California's Fourth Appellate District ruled that, "it is not the job of the local police to enforce the federal drug laws."