Announcing the Peaceful Streets Project in Houston
First action October 22nd, 2012 4 p.m. Market Square Park, Downtown Houston
After years of violence and abuse at the hands of the Houston Police Department the citizens of this city have decided to stand together in a new effort to strengthen community ties and hold the police accountable. We call ourselves the Peaceful Streets Project.
The Peaceful Streets Project is an all-volunteer, grassroots effort uniting Houstonians in ending the institutional violence taking place on our streets. Through community organizing and direct action tactics, the Peaceful Streets Project seeks to support Houston communities in understanding, exercising, and standing up for our rights.
Vision: A society free of state-sponsored institutionalized violence.
Mission: Through community organizing, engaging in non-political and non-violent direct action tactics, and utilizing new technologies, the Peaceful Streets Project seeks to bring about a cultural shift where individuals understand their rights and hold law enforcement officials accountable, and communities protect and serve each other
To fulfill our mission, the Peaceful Streets Project is undertaking the following actions:
1. Ongoing, free training sessions on knowing your rights in police encounters and on recording police activity safely and responsibly.
2. Ongoing ?Police Complaint Department? events in public spaces to enable Houstonians to go on record with their stories of police abuse.
3. Ongoing ?cop watch? actions (peacefully video-witnessing police activity to assist those who may be victims of police misconduct). Peaceful Streets volunteers bearing witness in cop watch actions must adhere to the PSP Cop Watch Code of Conduct.
4. Annual Police Accountability Summit, featuring a free, full day of workshops, speakers, and live testimonies of experiences of police abuse.
5. Continuously building alliances with other community initiatives in Houston to support one another?s work.
6. Supporting similar efforts across the country.
The Peaceful Streets Project developed in the spring of 2012, following the New Year?s Eve arrest of activist Antonio Buehler for videotaping police using excessive force against a woman in Austin, Texas. After seemingly endless stories of violence, rape, and abuse by the Police in Houston, activists decided it was time to bring the PSP to Houston.
Monday October 22nd, 2012 is the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality. ?The National Day of Protest aims to bring forward a powerful, visible, national protest against police brutality and the criminalization of a generation. It aims to give a voice to those most directly under the gun of Police Brutality AND to also reach into all parts of society and encourage others to stand in the fight against police brutality.?
The PSP-Houston will take part in these actions by meeting at 4 p.m. downtown at Market Square Park. We will also hold a Police Abuse Complaints Department outside the Municipal Court house on 1400 Lubbock at 5 p.m. with the Houston Free Thinkers, Occupy Houston and others. Around 7 p.m. we will head out for a community copwatch. Please join us in getting the word out. (https://www.facebook.com/events/373958589350938/)
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