Update from the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
As much as LAPD attempts to subvert and undermine the community, the power of the people can never be stopped. On Wednesday Aug 23rd, with less than 20 hours notice the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and partners were able to mobilize critical mass at each of the 4 locations where LAPD was holding its community meetings on Drone use ON THE SAME EVENING. In a vast city like LA the four community meetings were held in Westwood, San Pedro, Van Nuys, and Atwater Village near Los Feliz. The community responded with full force and LAPD got to hear an overwhelming rejection of their proposed Drone program.
What’s even more insidious and clear evidence of institutionalized racism is the fact that none of the community meetings were held in communities like South Central LA or Boyle Heights or other locations that have historically been a target of LAPD violence and brutality. Communities where LAPD “Ghetto Birds” aka Helicopters have harassed, intimidated and targeted people with total impunity. The Coalition has sent a letter to the Mayor demanding an investigation into this blatant disregard of hundreds of thousands of Angelenos.
The fight continues and we need everyone’s participation. Please take immediate action and share:
- Send an email as soon as possible to SUAS@LAPD.ONLINE – and tell them… “I am writing to tell you that I am extremely concerned about the use of Drones by the Los Angeles Police Department. I demand that the Los Angeles Police Commission urgently take action and reject the use of Drones under any circumstances by the LAPD.
- Sign the petition, to the Mayor Garcetti, the City Council, and the Police Commission. Sign and share!
- Join us at LA Police Commission meeting on Tuesday August 29th at 9 AM as we keep the pressure on. Let your voice be heard. The meeting will take place at LAPD Headquarters, 100 W. 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. We’ll meet outside at 9AM then go in and let the commissioners know how we feel about the LAPD undermining and subverting the community outreach process, and the proposed pilot program.
Stop LAPD Spying Coalition Our Data Bodies Project Meeting: Join us on Tuesday Sept. 5th at 6:00 PM at LA CAN, 838 E 6th St, LA 90021. X-St Gladys.
Stop LAPD Spying Coalition Community Meeting – FBI Surveillance of Students:Join us on Tuesday Sept. 12th at 6:00 PM at LA CAN, 838 E. 6th St., LA 90021. X-St Gladys.
Stop LAPD Spying Coalition General Meeting: Join Us! Tuesday, Sept. 19th at 6:00 PM at LA CAN, 838 E. 6th St., LA 90021. X-St Gladys.