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Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Fight state violence: Phoenix Copwatch training April 2.

"Abolish the police"
International Day Against Police Brutality
AZ State Capitol / March 15, 2011



PHOENIX COPWATCH TRAINING – 4/2/11


WHEN:
Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
1PM-5

WHERE:

The Firehouse 1015 N. 1st St. in Phoenix (just north of Roosevelt)


Are you interested in joining Phoenix Copwatch? If so, now is the time to join. We patrol the streets to monitor police activity, organize events against police brutality, and educate the public about their rights during police encounters. Anyone (besides law enforcement) can join. All you have to do is attend one of our trainings. If you have any questions, please call 602-337-7188, or email phoenix_copwatch@yahoo.com.


Copwatch Principles


· The struggle against police brutality is a struggle against racism

We believe that police brutality is widespread in our communities and that much of it is directly related to the long history of white supremacy in this country. Therefore, we consider the struggle against police brutality to be a struggle against racism.

· Copwatch opposes all forms of oppression

Copwatch is opposed to all forms of oppression even though we are organized to focus on the fight against police abuse. We believe the police mistreat people based on real or perceived ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability.

· The goal of Copwatch is to observe and record the police

We monitor police activity when they interrogate people on the streets, and we offer assistance to victims of police abuse when we can.

· Copwatch does not provoke confrontations with the police.

We do support the principle of self-defense against police attacks.

· Copwatch is an independent organization

We don't work with any law enforcement agencies, government agencies, or political parties.

For more information about Phoenix Copwatch, visit www.phoenixcopwatch.org

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