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Resistance to Police Murder in Evansville

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From Where the River Frowns:

PDF of handbill from the vigil:  Thoughts on the Murder of Ricky Ard
More background here.
August 29, 2017:

Evansville residents gathered tonight outside the Winfield K. Denton Federal Building to hold a vigil for Ricky Ard who was murdered earlier today by police.

Approximately sixty people attended the spontaneous vigil, which was organized by word of mouth and social media. Although no centralized group took responsibility for organizing the event, the group appeared unified in their message that Ard’s murder was unjustified.

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Poster at the vigil reads “Rest In Power Ricky Ard 8.29.2017” (Photo: Where the River Frowns)

Attendees lit candles, wrote messages in chalk on the sidewalk, talked about their experiences with police brutality, and exchanged contact information throughout the night.

Those who knew Ard shared stories about him. A woman who said she had known Ard her whole life said that he was a good neighbor and a kind man who often helped out elderly people in their neighborhood. She also said that he was physically disabled and suffered from some kind of mental illness.

Another Evansville resident who recently retired from the military shared his experiences as an Iraq War veteran. He said that his “rules of engagement” during active combat in Iraq were more restrictive than those followed by the Evansville Police Department and that, had he been confronted by a man swinging a baseball bat in Iraq, he would have been expected to use non-lethal means of disarming him.

One woman demanded that police release body camera footage of the shooting and led the group in chanting “show me the body cam!”

Those present at the vigil discussed meeting up tomorrow, Wednesday, August 30, at 11 a.m. outside the federal building for a rally in protest of Ricky Ard’s murder.

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Sidewalk chalk outside the federal building reads “Bat vs 2 Guns = Excessive Force” (Photo: Where the River Frowns).

Sidewalk chalk outside the federal building calls attention to police murders across the U.S. this year (Photo: Where the River Frowns)

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Poster taped to a light post outside the federal building reads “Show me the body cam” (Photo: Where the River Frowns)

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Poster taped to a post outside the federal building reads “E is NOT for everyone. RIP Ricky Ard” (Photo: Where the River Frowns)
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Community Picnic to Take Back People’s Park!

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When: Sunday, June 18th at 4pm

This week, Bloomington Police began to occupy People’s Park, heightening policing and surveillance, harassing community members into leaving the park, and preventing food sharing and basic habitation of the park. This recent increase in police intimidation is part of a larger effort to drive poor people out of public spaces so that commerce can continue without interruption. Meanwhile, new luxury condos are built across the street. The social cleansing process enacted by the BPD aims to eradicate homeless people through constant intimidation, without addressing the root causes of homelessness in Bloomington.

For more than 50 years, People’s Park has been a vital space for political action, historical memory, and struggle in Bloomington. Shortly after the KKK firebombed a black social center, The Black Market, located on the park’s land in 1968, People’s Park was founded as a space of leisure and refuge open to all people, not just to the rich and white. Given this history, we must all do our part to ensure that People’s Park remains available to everyone.

Let’s celebrate the history of People’s Park and our ongoing diversity. Let’s stand together, eat together, and enjoy music together! We won’t allow the police to harass and arrest the most vulnerable members of the Bloomington community. Now’s our time to make sure that People’s Park lives up to its name — a place for everyone, for all people.

Come one, come all: workers, students, people without homes, non-human animal companions! Bring your game faces and your appetites.

Rumored events:
Community Potluck
Arts & Crafts (folks should feel inclined to bring lots of chalk)

Bring a dish/drink/food supplies if you can, and be creative in whatever other materials you feel it would be fun and/or useful to have.

Let’s make sure Bloomington stays the way we like it: full of space for folks with unique needs, creative and experimental.

Please forward widely and share the attached flyer online and in print!

Memorial service for Glenn Carter, a comrade much-loved and always present in struggle

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G. Glenn Carter, 51 JUNE 18, 1963—DEC. 9, 2014

G. Glenn Carter, 51, died at his home in Bloomington on December 9, 2014. He was born in Indianapolis on June 18, 1963, to Earl and Jeanette (Neal) Carter. He was a graduate of Park Tudor School and Wabash College and did graduate work in American Studies at Indiana University. He is survived by his parents, his sister Elizabeth Carter Grissom and her husband Erik Grissom, nieces Amelia and Clara, and his uncle Fritz Neal. Glenn was exceptionally articulate and a lifelong lover of books and learning, a free spirit with a wonderful sense of humor, a great friend, son and brother. He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by many in the Bloomington and Indianapolis communities.

Glenn was an accomplished artist and metal sculptor and a member of Hoosier Artist Gallery in Nashville. His sculptures were primarily inspired by nature, which fascinated him since childhood, especially fishing and outdoor exploration. He evolved from tinkering and trading tools to self-taught mastery of the principles of metallurgy and advanced metal working techniques. Glenn made metal renditions of creatures he invented, as well as anatomically accurate replicas of various species, earning commissions from scientists at Indiana University. He also participated in local art shows, especially the annual Déjá Vu Recycled Art show in Columbus, Indiana.

He was a community activist who worked tirelessly for social justice. Glenn was a constant presence at community meetings, marches, demonstrations, and other advocacy events, especially on issues relating to homelessness and addiction. He spoke the truth to any who would listen, and to many who would not, but always did so with a sense of humor, and a sense of the absurd, while respecting persons on all sides of the issue. Glenn was dedicated to the search for workable solutions to problems of social inequality, and was once nominated for the Channel 6 Jefferson Award for community service.

He was a beloved member of the recovery community in Bloomington and Indianapolis, and patiently helped countless people across the addiction spectrum over many years. Glenn was always available to anybody who needed him, and he spent many hours helping others and building a safe community for those in need of help. Toward the end of his life, he advocated and agitated constantly for a permanent detoxification and rehabilitation center in Bloomington for those battling addiction. Rest in power, Glenn, and those you inspired will carry on.

A memorial service and celebration of Glenn’s life and work will take place on Saturday, January 17, 2015, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church on Grant Street downtown. In the spirit of Glenn’s life, the service and celebration are open to all, and all are welcome to participate. Those wishing to contribute can contact Joe Varga at vargj892@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1498019007154534/.

 

A comrade of Glenn’s sends along this addendum:

I think it’s worth putting out there that public events aren’t the only place memorial can happen and that perhaps another meaningful memorial is to take inspiration for further struggle against the things that enforce homelessness and also the forces that make poisons that our bodies can’t get enough of a part of our daily lives, and most importantly to continue building communities to support each other in our struggle to fight and survive against the forces of capital.

Microphone Demo Against Repression this Tuesday, May 15th

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We’re calling for a public demonstration in response to the series of arrests at Occupy demonstrations, of anarchist comrades, and those involved in various local struggles.  Rather than accept this flurry of legal cases and police harassment or shift responsibility to those individuals facing charges, we believe it’s vital to socially contest state repression.

Meet at noon at People’s Park (Kirkwood and Grant) for music, hanging out, and flyering.

Court dates are at 1.30 and 2 pm at the Courthouse.

A new poster and two-sided flyer about the recent repression and examining the police strategy can be found here and here.

May Day 2012 Recap

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A little rain didn’t stop May Day from popping off here in our little town.  All day long events and teach-ins culminated in a festive parade that snaked around downtown during the late afternoon, ending in a picnic-cum-dance party on the courthouse lawn.

How did you celebrate Mayday in Bloomington this year?  Send stories, pictures and write ups to rififi (A) riseup.net .  Remember to use safer internet protocol if your story involves illegal activity such as workplace sabotage.  See: Tor

Looks like the façade of Urban Outfitters got a little Mayday love… anyone got pics?

 

Also, are you still slaving away for finals?  Come take a break in the Wells Library in 5 minutes to eat bagels, hang out and talk about the University from 10pm – midnight! FREE (duh)

IU Art Auditorium OCCUPIED – Get over here!

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BREAKING NEWS:

IU Art Auditorium is currently being Occupied, get down here ASAP!  There will be food, hanging out, movies, discussions, and anything else your heart desires.

The auditorium is located in the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, the building on your left when you come into the traffic circle at the dead-end of 7th st on campus.  The auditorium is the first room on your left when you walk in the front door.

For blow-by-blow action, follow @OccupyIU

We’re having an indoor demo!