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Santa Cruz Copwatch, These Streets are Watching

Santa Cruz Copwatch is a community based organization comprised of students, professionals, activists, community leaders, and others that seeks to provide police oversight by observing police activity, aiding people in airing their concerns and grievances with the police, and reporting their findings to the community. Copwatchers observe and record but do not interfere with police activity. Independent citizen police review and oversight is vital in all communities, but is especially important in Santa Cruz with the recent elimination of funding for the personnel of the Citizens' Police Review Commission.

Please join Santa Cruz Copwatch for a special screening of These Streets are Watching on Wednesday, April 7, from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Resource Center for Nonviolence.
Santa Cruz Copwatch is a community based organization comprised of students, professionals, activists, community leaders, and others that seeks to provide police oversight by observing police activity, aiding people in airing their concerns and grievances with the police, and reporting our findings to the community. Copwatchers observe and record but do not interfere with police activity. Independent citizen police review and oversight is vital in all communities, but is especially important in Santa Cruz with the recent elimination of funding for the personnel of the Citizens' Police Review Commission* (footnote at bottom for exact figures from the city).

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These Streets are Watching
Wednesday, April 7, 2004
7pm-9pm
Free!
Resource Center for Nonviolence
515 Broadway
Santa Cruz, CA
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The meeting will include a rare free public showing of These Streets are Watching followed by discussion. This video takes a fresh look at police accountability through the eyes of three cities; Denver, Cincinnati, and Berkeley. Independent filmmaker, Jacob Crawford, weaves three cities' responses to police brutality into a single tale of community empowerment and direct action.

What people are saying about These Streets are Watching: These Streets are Watching is a poignant and powerful tool for learning about what goes on in the streets of America, what our rights are, and how we as people have the power to reclaim justice for our communities.
~Julia Butterfly Hill

These Streets are Watching is vivid proof that the power of media --- with all its influence, savvy, and spotlighting --- can still be in the hands of the people and used as a non-violent weapon against state oppression.
~Weyland Southon
Co-Founder & Host of KPFA's
Hard Knock Radio & 7 Generations


This film presents some of the missing evidence on issues of police brutality and accountability. It also prepares the viewer to consider their response, in advance, should they find themselves on the barrel end of a police gun.
~Nell Myhand
TODOS Institute


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Santa Cruz Copwatch
santacruzcopwatch.org/
(831) 621-1726
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* To see the exact budget changes I am referring to look at:
Budget Reductions
on page 1 about 10 lines down and also:
City Manager Budget
on page 4 the elmination of an Administrative Assistant and Citizens' Police Review Board Coordinator starting January 2003).
 
 


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