Peace be with you

From our good friend Verbana.

love eternal


Saturday March 29, 2008

1:30pm – 5:30pm

hosted by Redwood Curtain CopWatch

at the P.A.R.C. Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community

Old Town Eureka
320 2nd Street, between D and E, upstairs

Do you know what to do if you’re stopped by the police? Do your children? Are you tired of your rights being violated? Do you know why it’s important to assert your rights, even if you’ve done nothing wrong?

This workshop focuses on the law “on the street” — what your rights are and how cops try to trick you out of them. We want to share strategies to ‘survive’ police encounters. Also, we’ll talk about being an effective observer, watching the police.

SATURDAY March 29th:

*All Ages Welcome
*Snacks, Coffee, Juice

For more info call: 707-633-4493

Know Your Rights pamphlets and pocket cards are available for free, all the time, at the PARC!!

“In the United States, far too many people are imprisoned, and far too many of the prisoners are low-income people of color. ….It’s particularly important to know your rights at this time, because the behavior of law enforcement toward the public has become increasingly militant and militarized. Law enforcement officers often rationalize their actions as necessary tactics in the wars on drugs or terrorism.

Predictably, as these campaigns progress, the primary casualties are people of color, people who are poor, and people who are activists. ….[Recent] changes in the law signal that the political climate is more accepting of ugly policing practices such as infiltration or manipulative interrogation practices. That’s why it’s critical to learn how to use the law to protect yourself- before you or the people you care about end up in jail.” [or worse] -from book “Beat the Heat” by activist attorney Katya Komisaruk [bracketed comment by Verbena]

In 1976, 250,000 people behind bars in the U.S.- the highest prison population ever. By 2005, prison populations in the U.S. swelled to over 2 million people. -info from Critical Resistance, “seek[ing] to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex. …challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe…”



  1. Anonymous Says:

    You mean Queen-For-Life Kim “Verbena” Starr is actually inviting PEOPLE into the People Center? What a miracle! Will we all have to take a blood oath against Babylon to enter?

  2. transient Says:

    I think that “Know Your Rights” is a somewhat misleading title, and i am confident that the fact that we people have no rights in the eyes of law enforcement will be addressed at the meeting, but it is still worth mentioning that the cops can and will beat to death anyone that THEY feel deserves it, innocent or not, and the cops will not be held accountable.

    I suggest that we stop using the slogan “Know Your Rights” and get right down to the nitty gritty of “How to Handle Encounters with the Police and Other Armed Criminals,” or HHEPOAC for short. All too often a well-meaning person with an intact sense of right-and-wrong gets caught up in the prison-for-profit system because of a naive belief that cops have the well-being of the community foremost in mind.

    This being said, I still think that we need to have COURAGE to at least OBSERVE what the pigs are doing, and not be deterred just because they tell us to to pay attention. Also, i believe that it is valuable to share our cop-watching experiences with each other so that we all have a better of idea what to expect in encounters with the police and have some thought-out strategies for how best to get the results we want.

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