50% of those murdered by police are people with disabilities and we can reasonable guess that those who survive police terror and brutality are likely to live with some kind of impairment. Join us on Friday, September 8 as we protest police militarization of our communities by saying NO to Urban Shield, a regional effort that further weaponizes police departments to repress and criminalize our communities under the banner of “fighting terrorism” and “expanding emergency services.”
We will be joining hundreds of others at the Stop Urban Shield mobilization at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. The event will be ASL interpreted, have chairs available, and have access volunteers on-site. We would like to have a large disability contingency (50+ people).
Are you available to join us? We will use this facebook event for planning a crip and elder contingent… maybe large posters, maybe a vigil, maybe our own another way of raising visibility of violence against folks with disabilities? After the event, the Stop Urban Shield coalition is hosting a community resource fair at the ampitheater near Lake Merritt one block away. There will be stations that introduce alternatives to calling the police, safety training, emergency response, herbal medicine and more. The stations will also be ASL interpreted and designed to include people with disabilities. There will be (free) food at the fair.
Please join us and invite your folks. We want disabled folks and elders in the streets saying no to police militarization and violence!!
If you can make it, we also suggest you RSVP to the general facebook event so you can follow event updates there as well: https://www.facebook.com/
Hope to see you there.