We Watch Back: How to Build a Culture of Copwatch
Part 1: Saturday June 16, 2:40 PM to 4:00 PM – Commons 331
Part 2: Saturday June 16, 4:30 PM to 5:50 PM – Commons 331
Categories: ICE & Immigration Enforcement, Street Policing, Skills and Strategy
Philadelphia Student Union
Providence Youth Student Movement
In communities of color and schools throughout the country, we are seeing an escalation of violent assaults against low-income people of color by the police. The burden of proof is on the victim, and the dynamics of power between police, their supporters and victims are far from even. This lack of accountability creates conditions for these assaults to continue. However, there is a long history of using documentation of police violence as a mechanism to build power amongst those who are directly impacted by the presence of police. Copwatch is not only about observing police activity, it also cultivates a spirit of active resistance on the community level. In this workshop, participants will learn the principles and tactics of Copwatch and engage in discussion about how to develop different site and issue-specific models to deter police harassment/assault of our people.