Join us this every Tuesday at Mesa Public Library, Dobson Ranch Library from 6-8 PM to learn how you can get involved. Be a part of the conversation to discuss how we can disrupt and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
We need your help to hold the Phoenix Police Department accountable to the community they serve. This is especially crucial in an era in which Trump’s “law & order” rhetoric and efforts to further militarize local police forces threaten our safety. Please consider attending one of the CPTI listening sessions to offer input and feedback.
In 2015 the Phoenix City Manager formed the Community & Police Trust Initiative (CPTI) to review police-community relations which affect all residents. The initiative was composed of 17 community members hand selected by the City Manager who determined nine recommendations to enhance the Phoenix Police Department’s relationship with those they serve. This was done with very little transparency and without input from the community at-large. Even these “in-house” recommendations have amounted to little more than lip service, as almost none of them have been implemented and in the last 6 months alone we’ve seen the Phoenix PD kill Francisco Valdez, tear-gas non-violent protesters, and more.
Now is the opportunity to offer feedback on the proposed recommendations as well as input on others that should be considered. Join us in making it clear that we will not tolerate a police force which is unaccountable to its community!
These 12 meetings will be held on the following dates/times/locations:
There are many ways to deal with trauma, anger, frustration, fear, pain, or rage. Writing, story telling, poetry, spoken word, hip-hop, and visual art are some of them. Sharing those works of art is another.
Justice That Works with The Grand (more people and orgs being included) are helping to make space for people who want to share their artwork that is either about the circumstances that led up to, occured at, or are reflections of the State Sanctioned Police Violence in Phoenix on August 22, 2017.
It will also be a good time to talk about any of your thought, feelings, or experiences about things like what happened in Charlottesville, the pardon of Arpio, the recent determination about DACA, or the hurican in Texas.
This will also be a space for those who do not wish to share, but would appreciate seeing and/or hearing others processing through what has and continues to happen to our People.
Signups will remain open so that people may come and go as they please and we will do our best to ensure that as many people want to get on stage will have the opportunity to do so. There will be a sign up sheet, but you will be able to sign up until the open mic has come to an end.
Free & All Ages
All are welcome to attend, and since it was not only adults who were harmed by what the Phoenix Police did, we believe the event should be accessible to people of all ages. However, it is very likely that some of the subject matter and/or the language may be abrasive or vulgar because of the events this open mic is a response to. So, if there are some things that you would prefer your children not be exposed to, please exercise caution when chosing to bring them.