Greetings friends! Here’s what we’ve been up to:
On Tuesday (11/15) the Coalition held our monthly general meeting. This month we focused on our fight to Abolish Social Media Surveillance. We were so pleased to be joined by community members and organizers from across the movement landscape eager to fight back against the LAPD’s practice of monitoring social media posts. After introductions, Hamid walked us through the Information Sharing Environment (Stalker State) and the LAPD’s Architecture of Surveillance. Then, Coalition member Peter introduced the group to the LAPD’s Records Management System (RMS), which stores this information and connects it to multiple different databases. We then reviewed what we knew about the fight so far, and split up into smaller groups to develop strategies around Outreach , Popular Education Development, and Research. If you’re interested in joining this fight, email us at [email protected].
During Friday’s (11/18) Resident Organizing Committee meeting at LA CAN, General Dogon discussed a sweep that is scheduled for Monday and discussed strategies to fight back. The violent sweep’s justification relies on the recent expansion of municipal code 41.18, which allows for sweeps within 500 ft of a school. General Dogon identified the school situated across the street from LA CAN, Para Los Ninos, as the location that likely catalyzed this sweep.
After that Steve reviewed the recent election results, and discussed why paying attention to elections is important.
To plug in with any of the work groups listed above, or for more information about the Stop
LAPD Spying Coalition, email us at [email protected].