Stop LAPD Spying Coalition Action-Wednesday on DHS & FBI targeting youth
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 8:30am
LA City Hall Room 1010 (Public Safety Committee) at 200 N. Spring St, LA 90012
LA City’s Public Safety Committee addressing grant for Countering Violent Extremism: WEDNESDAY JAN 10th at 8:30am, LA City Hall Room 1010 (Public Safety Committee) at 200 N. Spring St, LA 90012
Join us us we tell the LA City Public Safety Committee that Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and its related programs do not make us safe and only increase criminalization of youth.
Demand that the city of Los Angeles NOT accept this grant for CVE!
The LA City Council has been weighing into funding from the Department of Homeland Security for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program in the range of $400,000. The issue is going to the Council Public Safety Committee on Wednesday Jan 10th at 8:30 AM. It is #5 on the agenda: http://ens.lacity.org/clk/committeeagend/clkcommitteeagend27117668_01102018.html
CVE and its related programs, such as PVE (Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools- https://info.publicintelligence.net/FBI-PreventingExtremismSchools.pdf) are a part of the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and other governmental agencies’ continued criminalization of youth, particularly youth of color. Young people have been monitored by the stalker state through various programs, which results in trauma, state violence in the form of incarceration, brutality and/or murder, family separation and more violations of their human rights. Gang injunctions, gang databases, “random” searches, and now PVE, criminalize youth in their schools, their homes and on the street. An example of this, in addition to PVE, is the FBI’s report, which was leaked in October 2017, that shows their targeting of Black youth as “Black Identity Extremists”. Whether it is the War on Drugs, the War on Gangs and now the War on Violent Extremism, the impacts of the criminalization of youth of color remain, which means the fight never stops!
Join us Wednesday, January 10th at 8:30 am to tell the LA City’s Public Safety Committee that Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and its related programs do not make us safe and only increase criminalization of youth and demand that the city of Los Angeles NOT accept this grant for CVE!
Join us the night before as well (Tuesday, January 9th at 6:00pm), at the community meeting for the fight against Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools, a program which falls under CVE. We will be strategizing, learning and sharing to continue taking action against the ongoing criminalization of youth and to stop schools and the City of Los Angeles from targeting youth and students under the guise of national security. The meeting will take place at LA CAN, 838 E. 6th St., LA 90021 in Downtown Los Angeles.
The Department of Homeland Security has given millions of $$ to organizations and city governments around the country to implement Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program. Non-profits such as the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the City of Los Angeles has received hundreds of thousands of dollars to collude with DHS and target our youth. Additionally in January 2016, the FBI released guidelines for school administration, teachers, counselors, and fellow students to document and report “suspicious behavior” by students. Over the last year and a half the coalition has been holding community meetings including students and teachers to learn about these programs and discuss the impact on youth, their families and the community and collectively come up with different ways (art, research, collaboration, outreach etc.) to challenge them and prevent our school districts and city government from adopting them. These programs are part of a much larger system of surveillance and data collection that criminalizes innocent and creative activity, and invades privacy.
Youth are considered a threat to national security if they:
- Are “too” much into their culture;
- Speak out against government policies;
- Express their anger and frustration through drawing or spoken word;
- Immigrant students; students in poverty
- Or engage in many other types of speech, action, and expression….
The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition looks to the partnership and leadership of students and teachers to lead the conversation and develop strategies in fighting against such programs that can very negatively impact students, their families and their community.