The People’s Task Force and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty organized a demonstration at the Capitol as a part of the National Day Against Police Violence. This protest was held to honor those who have died by the force of police, such as Michael Brown and Eric Garner. If you haven’t yet, please watch the video from the planning meeting and our interview with Snehal Shingavi on the 11th and 12th here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csaSV... As families decorate Christmas trees in their homes, a group of protesters gathered at the Texas State Capitol Saturday afternoon to decorate the Capitol’s tree with the names of those who have been killed by police and leave gifts that will never be opened. “The protest is a way to channel people’s frustrations and anger into a productive way of demonstrating what we think is wrong with how cops behave and that they’re held completely unaccountable,” said Snehal Shingavi, an organizer of the protest and member of the People’s Task Force and assistant professor at UT Austin. He added, “We are now approaching the number of black men lynched annually during Jim Crow, same number are being killed by police officers. This has to be a call to arms.” The People’s Task Force and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty organized the protest to participate in the National Day Against Police Violence. This event was held in honor of those who died due to police brutality, such as the nationally popular cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the local Larry Jackson Jr. case. Protesters and supporters used the hashtags #shutitdownatx, #justice4jackson and #blacklivesmatter to share photos, videos and comments. Demographics of the activists ranged from babies to high school students, undergraduates to professors and hobbyists to professionals. Filmed / Edited by Jeffry Zavala & Grace Alfar. Music by B. Dolan “Film the Police” An Austin Indymedia Production. http://Austin.Indymedia.org
Snehal Shingavi talks about the state of racism and police brutality in America. He outlines how the government spends money on a police force that works to divide the poor from the rich and further gentrify America. This allows the rich ruling class of society to do what ever they want and get away with it.
Snehal highlights the need to properly protect and serve the population instead of just protecting the rich and their private property. Institutions need to be created to help civilians hold police accountable for the crimes they commit.
Shehal Shingavi also outlines a few organizations worth getting involved with here in Austin:
- The People’s Task Force
- The Peaceful Streets Project
- National Lawyers Guild
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
All of which are working to watch police or implement police accountability measures.
In this video members of the People’s Task Force met up at Resistencia Bookstore to discuss, plan and create strategies for the National Day of Action against Police Violence Protest taking place on 12/13/14. If you haven’t yet, please watch and share the video from the protest on the 13th here: https://youtu.be/DRtOkHw8ep0
As part of the Peaceful Streets Project's 2nd Annual Police Accountability Summit in Austin, Radley Balko talks about his book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces" on August 17, 2013.
When I was in college between 2003 and 2006 I was harassed by fellow students and professors while attending a degree program I was majoring in.The harassment was predicated upon my race and a student protest I was involved in at another school roughly thirteen years prior.I was subtly harassed through a constant litany of insinuation, being subtly ostracized within the program and being purposefully not given all the information necessary to complete assignments fully etc.Other times it was much more blatant.
June 4, 2011 Austin Activists join forces to form a solidarity dance party in the Texas State Capitol Building, exercising their constitutional rights when Agent Harris from the Capitol Police harass and use unreasonable force against Austin Indymedia reporter Jeff Zavala. The Police Agent Black also refused to help a victim of assault.
Facebook event invite: May 28 2011 Adam Kokesh and friends were wrongly assaulted and arrested at the Jefferson Memorial for dancing. They will be back out next weekend and here in Austin we are planning a similar event in solidarity. Come out and dance to make people aware of the recent ruling making it "illegal" to dance at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. and also the brutality of police against peaceful protesters on May 28, 2011.