On April 29, 2015, concerned people in Denver joined others around the country in expressing their solidarity with victims of police terror in Baltimore, Ayotzinapa, and elsewhere by marching peacefully through the streets and public parks. Heavily armed police showed up in large numbers to harass and attack the marchers.
When the march reached Civic Center Park, a cop threw down his motorcycle, ran out into the road where the swat team was riding aboard a truck, and pointed back at the non-violent marchers. Several cops then attacked and seized some of the marchers, dragging them out into the street and throwing one man against a bus. They tied up and brutalized these captives, while other cops sprayed pepper spray randomly into the crowd. Several people were hit by the pepper spray, including a 12-year-old child who screamed in pain. All those hit by the spray remained with the march. The cops attacked the crowd repeatedly, seizing more people for no reason, bring the total arrests to 11 persons. Two kidnap victims had to be hospitalized due to injuries inflicted by the police, though they had done nothing wrong and did not even resist these illegal arrests.
Thanks to the Denver Autonomous Media Collective for the two videos below.
A video of the protest concerning John McCain and Lindsey Grahm speech in Denver (4/1/2015).
The video can be found at:
Saturday, August 30, 2014, in Denver.
Please repost far and wide.
Are explosive Bakken crude oil trains coming through your town? / Actions you can take now!
July 6, 2014 marks the one year anniversary of the first major oil train explosion in Canada which took the lives of 47 people. The week of July 6-13, 2014 is an international week of action to mark this anniversary and make sure these folk’s lives were not lost in vain. Your actions should not be limited to this one week as we are dealing with an entrenched oil and rail industry and don’t settle for anything less than the a complete ban on any oil shipped by DOT 111 and DOT 111a cars.
Actions are being posted on www.stopoiltrains.org
When you organize a protest please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have come up with tactics here in Vancouver, Washington to take this from a defensive to an offensive fight against the oil by rail industry. Please consider using these tactics as they are and will be effective. If you begin using this tactics please contact us so we can help document your work. If you need tech support contact us.
Take care, matt landon with Vancouver Action Network vancouveractionnetwork.blogspot.com
Check out this map to see if oil trains are coming through-- http://priceofoil.org/rail-map/
Oil trains are bad because they have blown up at least 8 times in the last year killing innocent railside residents and polluting the environment. As the US and Canada have increased their oil extraction and production--and as resistance to oil pipelines becomes more effective--the use of trains to transport oil has skyrocketed, leaving communities vulnerable to explosions, oil spills, and unmonitored oil train air emissions. We must take action now to stop this trend!
The March For A World Without Police and Zombies by Phillip Reynes
It was a beautiful fall night this past Saturday as people gathered for the third anuual March For A World Without Police. The police presence was oppressively heavy which made me wonder at the judgment of our new lair and chief; oh, excuse me I mean Chief of police, who supposedly is a reformer but to anyone here this night seemed to want to provoke trouble. Chief White has a credibility problem with this community ever since the march in February where he at his press confrence fragrently lied about the arest and the reasons for it at the March. COIMC took over 1,1oo pictures on that march and nothing he said about water balloons full of urine or excrement was true!! That was not a good start for Chief White and this march just serves to show that he thinks dissent can be quelled through intimidation.
Tuesday August 21st
La Alma Park (13th and Mariposa)
Justice for Kevin Ryberg!
End Denver police terror!
Free Amelia Nicol!
Solidarity with those resisting state repression in the Northwest!
On July 31st, metro area police murdered yet another unarmed person. 22 year old Kevin Ryberg was shot multiple times while being held in the back of a Denver police cruiser while it was en route to the District 2 police station in Northeast Denver.
Ryberg is alleged to have assaulted the officer driving the car. Police claim he was able to slip out of his handcuffs and somehow get through a metal and plexiglass security wall that specifically exists to protect a police officer from a passenger attacking them. A second police vehicle came up alongside the car. It is unclear which officer shot the suspect, and how the events transpired.
At least one of the officers involved in the shooting, Randall Krouse, has a history of lying about suspects assaulting officers, not to mention using racially inspired epithets against suspects. According to the Denver Post, “In January 2006, Krouse used a Taser on the neck of a handcuffed drunk, Kenneth Rodriguez, 46, who ended up serving four days in jail after Krouse filed a report falsely accusing the suspect of assaulting another officer. A videotape of the incident showed Krouse asking, "Understando Taser?" before using the Taser while escorting the belligerent but unarmed Rodriguez into a holding cell.”
The dust has barely settled on this most recent shooting, but already it is hard not to think of the various incidents in recent history where Denver area law enforcement have killed unarmed suspects. The names of Alonzo Ashley, Oleg Gidenko, Marvin Booker, and Emily Rice are but a few that most in Denver might be familiar with.
Summer Without Police Violence Vigil & Protest
Saturday, June 30, 2012
12:00pm until 2:00pm
Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center (490 W. Colfax Avenue) and Police Admin Building (1331 Cherokee Street Denver, CO 80202)
Historically, racial profiling and police violence drastically increase over the hot summer months. The month of July commemorates the deaths of Paul Childs, Marvin Booker, Alonzo Ashley, the beatings at Denver Diner, and other incidents at the hands of Denver law enforcement. We are coming together to remember these victims of police violence, to demand accountability, and to put Denver law enforcement on notice. We are letting the City and law enforcement know that we are keeping a close eye on them this summer.
The action will serve to commemorate victims of police violence AND to launch a July campaign that includes Know Your Rights trainings, Community Racial Profiling Clinics, and much more. Take a look here for more information.
This action is being organized by the Race to Justice Coalition, a coalition of groups working on police accountability in Denver. These groups include the American Civil Liberties Union, Colorado Progressive Coalition, National Lawyers Guild, Community Reentry Project, GLBT Center, Colorado Latino Forum, and NAACP.
More about the Race to Justice Coalition
Race to Justice is a broad ACLU of Colorado campaign to address systemic problems with our state’s criminal justice system. Law enforcement practices, sentencing policy, conditions of confinement and recidivism all fall within the scope of this campaign. However, the current events involving Denver’s police and sheriffs have led us to start with addressing the most glaring problems of profiling and excessive force.
Spring Time for Occupy by Phillip Reynes
Yes it was a beautiful day this Saturday. The sky was blue with just a few clouds and the breeze was nice, just right, as I walked to Lincoln Park. It was 10:00 and the march was not scheduled until noon and yet there where already people waiting, waving signs, talking, enjoying the beautiful morning, their spirits where high. Everyone had a smile. I looked around and noted with a smile that chalk was back. Yes, over the winter writing slogans in chalk on the sidewalk had gone away – due to the snow and damp – but it was back and the sidewalks where again covered. A sure sign the spring has arrived.
“Unite Occupy”, “revolution is the only solution”, and “elected officials are traitors and prostitutes” where scratched on the sidewalk along with a host of other slogans. Signs where being made and stacked up in preparation for the days march as people chatted and enjoyed the day and shared in a common purpose.
The Occupy rally and GA of 1-7-12 by Phillip Reynes
It was cold again but even so about 150 to 200 came for the GA at this Saturdays occupy rally. The turn out was good considering the cold and I have to think this means spring will bring much larger turnouts. The crowd was the usual mix of middle class people. Some where bundled up against the cold while with gloves and coats and lots of layers. A broad spectrum was represented from vets to young middle class people.
The mood was serious but at the same time light as people stood around waiting for the GA to start. What should be next? What are Occupies messages going to be as this continues? This is what was on the minds of most of the people there as we all waited.
There where vets from several conflicts present. They all seemed to be wondering similar things and the refrain I heard most was that they felt that they had been used by big business and the 1% to further this minority groups goals over the interests of the American people.
Some vets promoted a march to be taking place soon while other people waved signs decrying one issue or another.
Corporate corruption and the activist conservatives on the supreme court who sold us all out to big business where prominent sentiments.
Occupy Denver's last March of 2011 By Phillip Reynes
It was windy and cold this Saturday as I waited for the Occupy March to get to Skyline Park. The sun moved behind a building depriving me of its anemic warmth as I waited with a few others for the marchers to arrive so the we could then march to the Pavilions Mall on 16th Street. Ron Rosen's street medics as well as some people from the American Indian Movement waited with me as the wind buffeted us all. Talk of Obama's poor environmental record and the Keystone pipeline seemed to be the major topic of conversation amongst those gathered at the park.
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A police lieutenant and one of her minions questioned the AIM organizer briefly about the root as we all stood around.
The marchers arrived at the Park at around 1:30pm and this swelled the ranks of protesters to about 250 or so cod and shivering souls as the march set out down the 16th street mall towards the pavilions shopping center. Drums beet a rhythm and the protesters shouted slogans as we progressed down 16th street in high spirits.
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