All out to full City Council! TUESDAY JAN 22, NO TO THE SUPERCOP!‏

MOBILIZE TO CITY HALL TUESDAY!  URGE THE FULL COUNCIL TO REJECT SUPERCOP WILLIAM BRATTON!

Last week we succeeded in debunking the myth that Bratton could work in Oakland. 

JOIN US TO KEEP HIM OUT OF OUR CITY!

TUESDAY JANUARY 22, 5:30 pm (roll through anytime you can!  7pm is not too late to arrive.)

Oakland City Hall

OUR DEMANDS: Remove Supercop William Bratton from the Wasserman contract or reject the contract altogether.  Bratton is too toxic for Oakland!

Sign up here and fill out a speaker card if you want to voice your opinion at the meeting.  We will provide talking points to support you.

In the wake of Tuesday night’s  Oakland City Council Pubic Safety Committee meeting, during which nearly a hundred residents spoke against the a proposed contract with controversial police consultant William Bratton, STIC and other community organizations continue to debunk the myth surrounding the so-called supercop. With members of the Council wondering if his reputation is too toxic for Oakland, scrutiny has focused on Bratton’s zero tolerance police policies—including gang injunctions, stop and frisk, curfews, and quality of life ordinances—causing Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordon to publicly distance himself from those measures. Speaking earlier this week on consulting the OPD, Bratton himself defended stop and frisk saying, “I’m sorry, but any police department in America that tries to function without some form of ‘stop-and-frisk,’ or whatever terminology they use, is doomed to failure. It’s that simple.”  

Resolute in their opposition to Bratton consulting with the OPD, community organizations and concerned residents vow to return to City Hall for the full City Council meeting on Tuesday, when the controversial contract will be back for a vote.

The fierce opposition to Bratton expressed at the Public Safety Committee suggests that Bratton is a greater liability than an asset, as he may be unable to garner enough community support to fulfill the work indicated in the Wasserman contract.  If Jordon says hey won’t pursue zero tolerance policing, then he shouldn’t pursue Bratton.  The two come hand in hand.

While Robert Wasserman of Strategic Policy Partnership insists that Bratton’s strengths lie in his ability to work well with communities, Bratton’s track record tells another story.  Through his implementation of the Secure Communities Initiative in Los Angeles, rather than securing community buy-in, Bratton unleashed the full force of zero-tolerance policing, displacing residents, driving up complaints of harassment and brutality, and alienating residents from the police force.  According to the Los Angeles Times, Bratton stated, “Is there some displacement? But what’s wrong with that in some respects? …If there is displacement, all well and good.” (Sounds like former City Attorney John Russo, the original stalwart for Oakland’s gang injunctions, right?!)  Additionally, reports indicate that while aggressive policing and substantial resources for policing strategies were applied to the community under the Safer Cities Initiative, the social services promised through the Initiative never really came.  Similar tensions were generated among immigrant communities when the LAPD brutalized protestors during a May First protest in MacArthur Park in 2007.
Furthermore, if Jordon want to put his money where his mouth is on zero-tolerance, then he needs to recommend to the Council and the City Attorney that Oakland abandon its two temporary gang injunctions, reject the advice of zero tolerance proponents, and invest in community-based solutions.

STOP the SUPERCOP! ALL OUT TO CITY HALL!

This Tuesday the Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee will decide whether to offer the infamous William Bratton and his consulting firm a $250,000 contract to consult with the OPD. 

Bratton’s “zero tolerance” policing strategies–which include gang injunctions, stop and frisk, gang databases and “quality of life” ordinances–have had a destructive impact on communities of color in cities across the US and the world.  Oakland has already sent a crystal clear message against Bratton’s gang injunctions that forced both former police chief, Anthony Batts, and former City Attorney, John Russo, out of office and out of town.

Stop the Injunctions Coalition asks you–our allies, friends and neighbors–to join us one more time to convince City Council to say “NO” to Bratton and his destructive policies, and “YES” to community based solutions that keep Oakland safe and strong!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15TH @ 5:30PM
Oakland City Hall – 14th & Broadway

Sign up here and fill out a speaker card if you want to voice your opinion at the meeting.  We will provide talking points to support you!

ALL Out to City Hall: Tuesday October 25th

Last week on on October 4th, we successfully blocked City Council from expanding gang injunctions to Deep East and West Oakland and from hastily imposing youth curfews and anti-loitering laws. City Council has moved this suppression policing package to the Public Safety Committee, which will meet on Tuesday, October 25th. It’s up to us to stop them.  

Time and time again, we show up to City Hall & show City Council what real people power in Oakland is. Each time we mobilize we get even stronger. We are so close to a victory that will no doubt seriously shift power in our city, so that we can build the city we want & need.

Please come out to the Public Safety Committee meeting & tell council:

We cannot police our way out of poverty!

Our Oakland, Our Solutions!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25TH

5:30PM

OAKLAND CITY HALL – 14TH & BROADWAY

Family of Carlos Nava and Community Leaders Speak Out Against Injunctions

An array of family, youth and cultural workers, organizers and local leaders came together yesterday in Oakland to share our grief around the violence in our communities, to stand in solidarity with families who’ve lost their loved ones, and to continue to fight against injunctions and for self-determination.  We continue to stand strong in the struggle for safer streets through sustainable means, rather than letting sadness and fear lead to more policing and systemic violence.

Check out this video from the press to hear what people are saying…

Fact check: Be sure to note that the news anchor is *incorrect* when she says that there are two injunctions in place in Oakland, in the North and in West Oakland.  There is *no* injunction in place in West Oakland!

If you are a part of an organization, please sign on to this letter reminding City Council-members of their decision on May 17th to not enact any further gang injunctions. If you are a community member interested in plugging into the work, please email us at stoptheinjunction@gmail.com.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Fight against the threat of new injunctions!

In the wake of the shooting death of 3 year old Carlos Nava, City Council-members have begun the call for more injunctions. Overlooking the fact that many of those that organized the vigil for Carlos & his family have also been vigorously organizing against the gang injunctions for months now, Larry Reid was quoted on KTVU advocating for a new injunction (http://www.ktvu.com/news/28830897/detail.html).

As many of us know, and as Kazu from the Peace Development Fund clearly states, “There’s a difference between just preventing violence and creating peace through justice”.


As we continue to build strength and power amongst community members and organizations we are asking that you help us to realize our demand of accountability from city government and increased decision-making power for all Oakland residents.

If you are a part of an organization, please sign on to this letter reminding City Council-members of their decision on May 17th to not enact any further gang injunctions. If you are a community member interested in plugging into the work, please email us at stoptheinjunction@gmail.com.

PACK CITY HALL! Urge the City Council to De-Fund Gang Injunctions in Oakland and Support Our Communities

We’ll likely be going on the agenda at 7pm.  Stop the Injunction Coalition folks and lots of community supporters will be there from 5pm on.  Come on out, sign a speaker card and step up to the mic to tell the City of Oakland why we are against gang injunctions!

14th and Broadway, Downtown Oakland.  CITY HALL

On May 17th, City Council will receive informational reports from the City Attorney’s Office & the Oakland Police Department. Afterward, they will vote on whether or not to defund the gang injunctions.

WE NEED EVERYONE TO CONTACT THEIR COUNCIL MEMBERS. WE NEED EVERYONE TO COME OUT.

Click here to tell your council members to stop the injunctions:https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=208970569133592#!

This is a chance to stop the injunctions in their tracks and start building the safe & healthy communities we want to see. We MUST hold ourselves and our elected officials accountable by voicing our demands throughout this week and at City Hall on May 17th.

Our Oakland, Our Solutions! Tell City Council to STOP THE INJUNCTIONS!!!

On May 17th, City Council will be voting on whether or not to defund the injunctions. We MUST take action BEFORE the vote if we want to be heard & actually stop the injunctions.

CALL/EMAIL CITY COUNCIL!!!
Urge them to vote “NO” on the injunction!

Find your district here: http://gismaps.oaklandnet.com/councils/

SUGGESTED SCRIPT:
“Hi, my name is ___, and I live in your district. I’m calling to ask you to vote against the gang injunctions. With a $58 million deficit, Oakland cannot afford, does not need and does not want injunctions. Please do not let Russo’s destructive legacy continue to drain our city. Now’s the time to build our city’s legacy by creating sustainable, thriving, truly safe communities. I urge you to listen, & defund the gang injunctions. Thank you.”

*******EVERYONE: CALL/EMAIL KAPLAN & YOUR REP!!!*******

Kaplan: 238-7008, atlarge@oaklandnet.com
–At Large; North (Brunner), Fruitvale (De La Fuente), and Deep East (Reid): call KAPLAN

Kernighan: 238-7002, pkernighan@oaklandnet.com
— East and Grand Lake, San Antonio

Schaaf: 238-7004, lschaaf@oaklandnet.com
–Laurel, Diamond, Montclair, Foothill
*Schaaf town hall: 5/14, 11-1:30 @2700 Coolidge

Supporter to Thank:
Nadel: 238-7003, nnadel@oaklandnet.com
–West, Downtown, Lake Merritt

*******DON’T STOP NOW! HIT ‘EM UP ON FACEBOOK TOO!!!*******

Kaplan: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1289057777
Kernighan: https://www.facebook.com/patkernighan
Schaff: https://www.facebook.com/libbyschaaf
Nadel: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Nadel/132692236766543

THANKS & SEE YOU ON MAY 17TH!

HELP US PACK CITY HALL & STOP THE INJUNCTIONS!!!