The People of the Community of Tempe have taken to the streets to protest the unjust killing of Dalvin Hollins by an officer of the Tempe Police Department, Edward Ouimette, on July 27, 2016. Scheduled as a peaceful and an informative space, in full exercise of the First Amendment Right to Free Speech in Public Spaces, the People have gathered to ensure, that neither is what happened to Dalvin Hollins forgotten or continues to go unanswered, nor, the type of ruthless abuse of power by the police, those who have sworn to protect us and uphold the law, is allowed to persist.
The responsibility of the Police, do not include and should never include being judge, jury, and executioner. However, when the police continue to kill people, especially Black and Brown Human Beings at will, with impunity, then that is precisely the list of responsibilities the institution of law enforcement has usurped from the People. Murder is wrong no matter who the responsible party is and that includes when police officers are responsible for murder.
Tempe Against Police Violence, a local anti-police-brutality grassroots organizing body of people have are/have presenting a list of demands:
We in the Tempe community demand justice for Dalvin Hollins
We in the Tempe community demand that Officer Lieutenant Edward Ouimette be fired and removed from the police force immediately, not to be hired by another precinct. He is not fit to ‘protect and serve’ our community or any other as an officer of the law.
We in the Tempe community demand all evidence, including but not limited to statements, interviews, audio, and video footage relating to the killing of Dalvin Hollins be made accessible for review by the community and the family of Dalvin Hollins.
We in the Tempe community demand an accountable police institution that has community oversight with enforceable punitive powers, implicit bias training, and a revision to Police training that extracts racial profiling as a component.
We in the Tempe community demand a formal and public apology be made to the family of Dalvin Hollins for the wrongful killing of Dalvin Hollins.
This morning Got Green held a press conference in front of the King County Juvenile, notorious for destroying the lives of young people of color, fighting for rights and opportunities for our community’s youth. The press conference was focused in particular on green internships and gaps in access to sustainable living alternatives for our urban youth.
Speaking and Performing at the press conference this morning were:
Carlynn Newhouse, Youth Speaks Poet
Rashad Johnson, Poet / Performer
Mo!, Got Green, Program Organizer for the Young Leaders in the Green Economy project
Lylianna Allala, Environmental Professionals of Color (EPOC)
Lisa Chen, Executive Director of Food Empowerment Education Sustainability (FEEST)
Mike O’Brien Seattle City Council Member
Green jobs and internships are vitally important to our society because the world we want to live in will not simply materialize, rather, we must live our lives in such a way as to bring it about and, green jobs and internships are one part of that process. Furthermore, because green internships are socially responsible and engaging, providing them for our urban youth will not only provide sustainable and rewarding alternatives to less desirable activities and outcomes, it will also instruct our youth about how to construct and consume responsibly, and how to utilize and maintain community relationships to build the future we desire while providing the resources and services our city and its people need today.
The Youth are engaged, knowledgeable and making moves to ensure their own futures. And at least some of our elected officials are actively engaged in making resources available for our youth to participate in green internships and thus, benefiting the broader community.
GotGreen? Released a Press Release this morning prior to the press conference:
This group of strong, dedicated, passionate, intelligent and driven women who have been engaged in the climate justice movement have come together to share their experiences as Women and as Activists.
The audience loved them!
Answering difficult questions and sharing their personal stories of growing up fused with depictions of dealing with stereotypes, racism, sexism and self-doubt, they connected with people in a way that is often hard to achieve. Many people thanked them over and over for having the courage to speak out about the things that they too have also felt, but not had the space or felt safe enough to express their truth.
They were also able to pull together many of the organizations active in the climate justice movement into a unified initiative to expose the truth of so many of our movements for justice, that is, they are being led by women; and that women of color from front-line communities need and should be at the forefront of the movement.
It was a beautiful event and I hear that there is much more to come.
Today Divest UW, a student organization that is concerned with the University of Washington’s investment in fossil fuel, hosted a rally in Red Square before attending the Board of Regents meeting to address their concerns directly.
This has been on going process for more than two years now and while there have been some concessions, the students feel as though they are not being heard or respected. In fact, as they say, they were told that they would be on the agenda for the Board of Regents meeting today, but this was not the case. So, they held a rally and got many other students hyped about our planet and the mis-management of our resources. Then with fifty or sixty fellow students and community members, they occupied the meeting and presented two beautifully crafted speeches.
The first speech addressed the moral and ethical concerns of the usage of fossil fuels to both the United States and to other countries, focusing on the social injustices that result. The second speech drew acute attention to how the Board of Regents has disregarded the Divest UW campaign and what the expectations are for the future. The demand, stated in the form of a request was that by January the board is to discuss and call to vote in February of 2015, to divest from the university’s stocks in coal. Hence the name of the rally “NO COAL IS THE GOAL”.
Today, Divest UW had the support of the Socialist Alternative, Rising Tide, and even former Mayor Mike McGinn who all spoke at the rally. It is inspiring to see so many dedicated and peaceful people coming together to fight for a cause that is worthy and to stand in solidarity. Climate Change is an issue that bridges all classes and cultures and it does not discriminate. However, those that deny climate change, and in fact, many other social and environmental justices issues attempt to drive a wedge between people with cleverly crafted rhetoric. Yet, the people are beginning to see through it not only because the rhetoric is failing, but also because the people are beginning to experience the consequences of our actions in their own diverse lives. This is why people from such varied backgrounds are standing in solidarity on the issue of climate change and why it was so inspiring to see this happen today.
You should have seen the look on the Board of Regents faces as the members of Divest UW were presenting their speeches. Half of it seemed as though they were shocked that students at the University of Washington who also care about the environment and came in with the support of so many students and community members, could write and speak so eloquently. It looked as though the message may have reached at least a few of them and if so, hopefully enough of them to tip the scales in favor of Divest UW.
One thing is for certain, and I am sure the the Board of Regents and the University of Washington now understand, Divest UW is not going anywhere and will continue to fight for a university divested of fossil fuel that they can be proud of.