Civilian Oversight Bill Introduced


Download BB208 here. On Friday, December 4, 2014, the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression and its allies crowded into the gallery at the Board of Alders to witness the introduction of BB208--Civilian Oversight of the Police. This legislation is the result of several Read more

Enough Is Enough: We Demand Quality Policing Now


Enough Is Enough: We Demand Quality Policing Now (download as pdf) Today American justice has failed yet again. Our legal system has denied justice to the family of Eric Garner less than forty-eight hours after President Barack Obama met with African-American activists calling for an Read more

Darren Wilson and the Status Quo


By Jamala Rogers (Reprinted from the St. Louis American) In the 100-plus days since Mike Brown was gunned down by Darren Wilson, we have seen incredible incompetence and intractable racist behavior by the white power structure in the St. Louis metropolitan region. Every week since August 9 there Read more

Quality Policing Initiative


Quality Policing Initiative (Click Here To Download As PDF) The killings of Mike Brown, Kajieme Powell, Vonderrit Myers and others are not the result of abnormal incidents resulting in accidents, nor do these killings reflect "one bad apple" police officer. It is a manifestation of a system Read more

OBS Tshirts & Hoodies


People keep asking, "How can I get an OBS T-shirt?" So we launched a campaign with Teespring. Click the photos to place your Read more

Next Revolution Fellowship Program

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Next Revolution Fellowship Program

In the wake of Mike Brown’s murder, we have seen a number of young collectives and individuals emerge: Millennial Activists, Lost/Found Voices, Black Souljahs, Freedom Fighters, etc. And though these groups have been open to hearing and at times working with established organizations, they have also expressed an interest in maintaining their autonomy. And rightfully so, this is the same thing we saw with the founding of SNCC in 1960 in response to the encouragement of Ella Baker.

Next Revolution Fellowship Program proposes that established organizations like OBS rethink the way that we are engaging with young people. Rather than trying to lead them, we need to give them the tools they need to shape their own contribution to the movement, however they see fit.

Parameters:

1.     By joining the program, fellows agree to go through a 5-week long organization building module, to be supervised by a Youth Director.

2.     Each week of the program covers crucial knowledge on how to build an organization, develop programs and campaigns, and create coalitions using Black Liberation framework.

3.     Each fellow will schedule twice weekly sessions with a mental health counselor for the duration of the program. We’ve all been through a lot these past few weeks and we have to care ourselves if we hope to transform our communities.

4.     Each fellow will complete weekly benchmarks.

5.     After each successfully completed week, each fellow will receive a $200 stipend.

6.     At the end of program, each fellow gets $1000 to startup an organization or project.

7.     To get the startup, each fellow must meet each weekly benchmark. If all benchmarks are not successfully met during the program, they must be met within 30 days of program end date, without living stipend.

8.     This program is limited to 15 fellows per session.

At the end of this program, fellows will be fully equipped to take their skillsets back into their communities and start to organize for the change that they want to see. The hope is that during the program, fellows will become familiar with each other’s ideological leanings so that at the end of the program, some may decide to work together, pool their resources, and create organizations with their peers in the cohort.

Click Here to Apply (hyperlink: http://goo.gl/forms/h1NmnnhGcI)

Time To Act: Ferguson, Everywhere

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Quality Policing Initiative

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Quality Policing Initiative

(Click Here To Download As PDF)

The killings of Mike Brown, Kajieme Powell, Vonderrit Myers and others are not the result of abnormal incidents resulting in accidents, nor do these killings reflect “one bad apple” police officer. It is a manifestation of a system of policing that is unaccountable, out of control and acts from its worst impulses of racism and aggression. It sees black and brown citizens as individual targets and whole communities as collective threats. The existing situation means that too frequently there will be random and unlawful executions of individual targets, and police forces will have negative and even predatory relationships with the communities that they are supposed to be serving and protecting, instead of killing and harassing.

 

As a result of the current system of policing we have been stripped of our citizenship and robbed of our Constitutional and Human Rights by the very people we pay and empower to protect these rights. This is intolerable, but there is a solution that maintains our best values and creates the proper relationship between policing authorities and the people who vote them into office and pay for their protection. That solution is the Quality Policing Initiative.

 

We want a Quality Policing Initiative that is based on the concept that police are hired to defend the personal safety and the Civil, Constitutional and Human Rights of every person they serve and protect first and foremost. Read more

Civilian Oversight Bill Introduced

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IMG_0413Download BB208 here.

On Friday, December 4, 2014, the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression and its allies crowded into the gallery at the Board of Alders to witness the introduction of BB208–Civilian Oversight of the Police. This legislation is the result of several years of research and collaborative discussions.

“This bill’s strength and viability will lie with The  People,” said CAPCR Co-Chair and OBS member Jamala Rogers. “It is intentionally designed for checks and balances to minimize abuse of power  through the Board of Alderpeople, the people’s representatives as well as directly from the community.”

Rogers goes on to point out that the first years of the oversight board will be critical to its long-term success.

“Not only will we need the right people on the board, we will need accountability from all parties involved–the Mayor’s Office, the Alderpeople, the Police Dept and The People.

OBS has been involved in police repression work for over three decades and is committed to working with its allies to ensure that the civilian oversight board is INDEPENDENT and EFFECTIVE. We didn’t come this far to have the process or outcome co-opted or corrupted.

 

No Apologies

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ST. LOUIS CITY AFRICAN AMERICAN POLICE OFFICERS SUPPORT THE RAMS PLAYERS ACTIONSThe Statements of the St. Louis Police Officers Association does not represent the opinion of a majority of African American Officers.

General Counsel, Attorney Gloria McCollum, on behalf of THE ETHICAL SOCIETY OF POLICE- St. Louis, STATES:

“THE ETHICAL SOCIETY OF POLICE, is the primary voice of African
American Police Officers in St. Louis City, and as such it COMPLETELY SUPPORTS THE ACTIONS OF THE ST. LOUIS RAMS FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN WHICH THEY SHOWED SUPPORT FOR THE FAMILY OF MICHAEL BROWN BY ENTERING THE STADIUM WITH THEIR HANDS UP.

We think that their actions were commendable and that they should not be ridiculed, disciplined or punished for taking a stand on this very important issue which is of great concern around the world and especially in the community where these players work.

THE STATEMENTS OF THE ST. LOUIS POLICE OFFICERS
ASSOCIATION DO NOT REFLECT THE OPINIONS OF THE MAJORITY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN POLICE OFFICERS IN THE DEPARTMENT BECAUSE THERE ARE NO AFRICAN AMERICAN OFFICERS ON THEIR GOVERNING BOARD AND THEY HAVE A MINIMAL AMOUNT OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MEMBERS.

The Ethical Society of Police has been the primary bridge between African American community and the police department for many years. The Ethical Society will use its best efforts to continue to work with the community leaders and the Department of Justice to address issues that affect our community such as racial profiling, police brutality and disparities in hiring and disciplining practices of African American Officers.

GLORIA J. MCCOLLUM, General Counsel for the Ethical Society of Police, – St. Louis, Misouri

An Event: Anti Racist Solidarity

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What Does Anti-Racist Solidarity by White Folks Look Like?

The Anti-racism Collective of the Justice Institute is a local group of white people whose mission is to challenge racism in all of its forms. The indictment of Officer Wilson for killing Mike Brown would have been insufficient to achieve justice. Nonetheless an indictment could have been a powerful first step towards justice and peace in our community, demonstrating some equal treatment under the law.

We know that many of our neighbors are weary of unrest, but there can be no true peace in absence of justice. As Martin Luther King said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

The slaying of African-Americans by agents of authority forms a link in the ongoing chain of racial oppression. How can we thrive in a community that permits such behavior?

The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” We still have a long way to go before we can speak of justice in Ferguson and in the wider St. Louis Region. We cannot achieve it without struggle in our communities and within ourselves.

If you are a white person interested in standing in solidarity with the Ferguson movement by dismantling white supremacy, please join us to discuss how we can most effectively attempt solidarity as our region seeks justice.

 

Open Meeting

What Does Anti-Racist Solidarity by White Folks Look Like?

Greater St. Mark Family Church

9950 Glen Owen (at Chambers) 63136

Sunday, December 14, 3:30 to 5:30 pm

 

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