Safe Consumption Sites: Making Space for Connection
A presentation by the Indiana Recovery Alliance
Monroe County Library, 303 E Kirkwood Ave on June 6th from 6-8 PM.
We will view “The Caring Community: Ithaca and the Movement for Supervised Injection Facilities” (https://vimeo.com/208687334), host a panel discussion (details soon) and facilitate a robust discussion about how our community might better engage community members who are using drugs.
Hosted by: http://indianarecoveryalliance.org/
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Bloomington’s Black Lives Matter marched into the city council chambers on Wednesday March 29 in response to the Bloomington Police Department’s plans to purchase an armored Lenco Bearcat Assault Vehicle . The city council meeting ended early, and all but three council members left the building as the march arrived. Volan, Piedmont-Smith, and Ruff stayed to talk to the crowd of protestors. Black Lives Matter organizers said they would shut down every city council meeting until the purchase decision is revoked.
The protestors cited information from their recently published “Bloomington People’s Report” on the armored vehicle, hosted at https://bloomingtonpeoplesreport.weebly.com/
More info at IDOC Watch.
6:45 PM, in front of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
Against the BPD tank and the world it’s defending.
On January 20, 2017, as Donald Trump was inaugurated and while Bloomington was inaugurating a revolution, hundreds of demonstrators were rounded up by the Washington, DC police. Entire marches were “kettled” as police squeezed protestors together in a cordon, holding them for hours, before brutally arresting them and charging them with conspiracy. Now, nearly 200 people face up to 80 years in prison, simply for being present at a combative, dignified demonstration.
Their freedom is our freedom, and their convictions in court would destroy our collective ability to resolutely fight back against the Trump regime and what it stands for.
Solidarity Demonstration – January 20, 2018
4 PM @ Sample Gates
PDF for printing: j20_poster
From Where the River Frowns:
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.
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.
Sidewalk chalk outside the federal building calls attention to police murders across the U.S. this year (Photo: Where the River Frowns)
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.
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!