Date(s) - Sunday, April 25
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
The recent murders of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis, Adam Toledo in Chicago, and Ma’Khia Bryant in Ohio demonstrate that the American police state is as brutal as ever. Its brutality is evident much closer to home as well, as shown by the recent murders of Krys Ruiz in Lompoc and Angelo Quinto in Antioch.
Megan Hockaday, Bryan Carreno Brian Tacadena, Cameron Ely, and too many more have also been taken from us by police violence in our own backyard. What’s more, the perpetrators of these despicable killings are rarely held accountable for their actions, and although George Floyd’s murderer, Derek Chauvin, has been made a sacrificial lamb, we affirm that we will not stop fighting until Black and Brown people stop dying. As abolitionist Mariame Kaba’s says, shoulder to shoulder, “We do this ‘til we free us”.
Join a coalition of community organizations at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse this Sunday, April 25, to mourn those taken from us far too soon and to call for an end to rampant police and state violence at the local, regional, and national levels. Together we affirm that the police do not stand in opposition to the violence we experience. They are violence.
Starting at 1:00 pm, this action will feature a “Say Their Names” community altar, provide a collective space for mourning, and amplify urgent calls to action and available resources, with music by DJ TStone and art-making for kids. We aim to create a space for the sharing of grief, and also of joy.
Masks are required, even for folks who are vaccinated. Any cops, fascists, or other disruptors who show up will be asked to leave in order to foster a safe healing environment. Please reach out to El Centro at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Never forget that love means defending the people you love by any means necessary. In this context, love looks like abolishing the current culture and institution of policing as we know it in order for collective liberation, restoration and healing to take place. We keep us safe.
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