“What To Do Instead of Calling the Police”

A Guide, A Syllabus, A Conversation, A Process

So, you understand that the police force in the U. S. upholds a system of racialized violence and white supremacy. You know that, when police get involved, black people, people of color, queer & trans people, sex workers, women, and immigrants are usually in more danger, even if they are the victims of the crime being reported. You know that police violently escalate peaceful interactions and murder black people with impunity every single day in this country.

But, your neighbor is setting off fireworks at 3am, or there’s a domestic violence dispute happening outside your window, or you see someone hit their child in public… What do you do? What do you do instead of calling the police? How do you keep yourself safe without seeking protection from a system that is predicated upon the surveillance and extermination of others?

We start by shifting our perspective. We start by learning about the racist history of the police. We start by saying, an alternative to this system should exist. We start by pausing before we dial 911. We start by making different choices where we can. We start by getting to know our neighbors and asking them to be a part of this process.

Below is an in-progress list of resources on alternatives to policing, which range from the theoretical to the practical. It’s my intention to eventually synthesize best practices from all of the below resources and include that write-up here. If you’d like to add to or suggest a correction to this list, pease email me (Aaron Rose) at aaronxrose at gmail dot com. I’m currently taking responsibility for developing and managing this document, but if other people would like to help, or think I should be doing things differently, I’m happy to work with you and/or transfer ownership.” – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_Y0LwX0uOz-P63FVhV0OFkDObbBXcy16YPOcsqnBqto/edit

API Parents Who Love Their LGBT Kids (July 10th)

From Trikone Northwest:

Sunday, July 10th at 3pm at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Avenue South, Seattle, 98144

Join us for a workshop to hear Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian parents share their experiences of confusion, fear, love, acceptance, and celebration of their LGBTQ children.

We especially welcome parents of LGBT kids who would like to talk with other parents who understand the unique cultural issues in our communities, as well as LGBT people who want to come out to their parents, or people who are struggling with families and want to understand different ways to bring families together. If you are already out to your parents, caregivers or other family members, bring them along!

We will be meeting in Room 309.

Speakers include:
Manjula & Balan, Indian parents of a transgender daughter
Marsha, Japanese mother of a transgender son

These works are part of a series of ten (10) family acceptance workshops across the country coordinated by parents and the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May) and LGBT Pride Month (June).
For a full calendar of workshops, go to: www.nqapia.org

Also, in the month of June, look out for pubic service announcement (PSA) videos of parents of LGBT kids on many Asian ethnic television station and international channels. Check local listings for air times.http://www.nqapia.org/wpp/api-parents-who-love-their-lgbt-kids-multilingual-psa-campaign/

NQAPIA acknowledges the generous support of the Arcus Foundation, David Bohnett Foundation, API Dream Team Giving Circle, CJ Huang Foundation, and Asian Pride Project.

To view the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/254067944936391/

For more about Trikone Northwest, click here: https://www.facebook.com/trikonenorthwest/ and here: http://www.trikonenw.org/

Initiative 1515 DEFEATED!

Initiative 1515 has officially been DEFEATED! The hate group promoting it came tens of thousands of signatures short of the requirement. On Thursday they cancelled their appointment with the Secretary of State to turn in petitions. Today they officially abandoned the idea. In the midst of horrors, this is news worth celebrating.

This victory was made by popular struggle. The diversity of tactics used was rich enough that even the hate group was forced to recognize their impacts. In self-pitying euphemisms, they noted the impact of people voicing their truths, and isolating those who refused accountability. What part did you play?

Against State Sponsored Murder (July 8th & 9th)


(image from High Gods II, https://www.facebook.com/HighGodsII/photos/gm.1599444993719703/506018329596254/?type=3&theater & https://www.facebook.com/HighGodsII/)

“Our Prayers go out to the Children and family of Philando Castile St. Paul Minn & Alton Sterling Baton Rouge LA the most resent victims of State Sponsored Murder by Police Officers. You are in our hearts and prayers…” – Justice for Jackie, https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=296046767403676&id=221864218155265 & https://www.facebook.com/Justice-For-Jackie-221864218155265/

“To everyone who understands that our existence is resistance, especially to our Black siblings, peers, and loved ones. We acknowledge, too, that eradicating the oppressive conditions in which self-care is considered a revolutionary act is the ultimate call, and it is a call that must be met by all.#HoldOurHeartsClose #HoldEachOtherStrong


” – Tacoma Stands Up, https://www.facebook.com/TacomaStandsUp/photos/a.1456034787997605.1073741829.1454814971452920/1718098498457898/?type=3&theater & https://www.facebook.com/TacomaStandsUp/

“Derrick Crocklem is the cousin of Alton Sterling. Wednesday night he came to a candlelight in honor of his cousin in Tacoma,WA. Upon talking to him later,  we found out that he may not be able to afford to travel home to Baton Rouge, LA to be with his family.

Please help us get Derrick and his wife home to say a final goodbye to his cousin Alton.

If you would like to donate by cash or check, you can write a check to Derrick of LaShaunda Crocklem, and drop it off to the Tacoma Urban Leauge.

Alton Sterling was killed by Baton Rouge police on camera. Due to the graphic nature of the video, we will not post it here.

Funds are being raised by the Tacoma Action Collective, but ALL of the money raised will go directly to the family. This campaign is linked directly to LaShaunda and Derrick Crocklem’s bank account, and they will receive all of the funds directly.” – Tacoma Action Collective, https://www.gofundme.com/2d6gf5xw & https://www.facebook.com/TacomaActionCollective/

“Friday, July 8th at 6:30pm-8:30pm at The United Churches of Olympia: This is a Call to Action for people sick of dealing with an unaccountable police force, and we’re not willing to have one more vigil after another black person is killed. We’re ready to take action. Are you?

Washington state has the most regressive laws in the United States regarding the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers. Under the current law, it is impossible to prosecute a law enforcement officer in a use of deadly force crime.

Initiative 873 seeks to change that law and hold cops accountable for their actions. This initiative needs signatures to get onto the ballot, and we’re asking our community to commit to getting those signatures. Come to the parking lot at United Churches of Olympia to learn more about the initiative and committ to getting 20 signatures from your friends, family, and neighbors.

In addition to this call to action, there will be a Healing Space for Black People inside the church where black folks can take a breath, see each other and mourn togther. This space is for all self-identified Black People. We ask that non-black people respect our need for this space adn focus your attention towards the action going on outside.” – Full Circle United, https://www.facebook.com/events/1564685203834060/ & https://www.facebook.com/fullcircleunitedolympia/

“Every 28 hours, a Black life is taken by police. This is not an overblown statistic. We’ve seen this statistic realize itself in the past, and it has manifested in the last two days where we lost ‪#‎AltonSterling‬ and‪#‎PhilandoCastile‬ nearly back to back. These are the cases we know of – that are documented by video footage – and we know that the number of Black people brutalized by police could very well exceed this statistic.

We are in a state of emergency. We have been in a state of emergency. We are in a constant state of grief. Over 500 people have been killed by police so far this year. We will not proceed as if it is business as usual.

Join us this Saturday in Pride and Resistance, as we lift up the ‪#‎QTPOC‬community, remember those who have left us to racialized, cultural, and state violence, and reaffirm that ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬. We will hold a space of communal healing for our personal and collective grief and we will publicly demonstrate that the terror on Black lives must end. We will ask the world to see our grief and to rise up for justice.

Black women matter. Black men matter. Black kids matter. Black families better. Black trans lives matter. Black queers matter. Black immigrants matter. Black lives matter.” – Tacoma Stands Up, https://www.facebook.com/TacomaStandsUp/posts/1718056788462069

“The People’s Assembly: Pride & Resistance – Friday, July 9th at 11am-5pm at Don Pugnetti Park, 2085 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 98402: As Pride Week kicks off in Tacoma, we remember that Pride originally began as a riot led by trans women and gender non-conforming people of color resisting community and state violence.

In honor of the resistance that continues for full liberation and justice for the LGBTQ community, especially for queer and trans people of color, we will gather to:
-Reclaim and celebrate our communities
-Remember those who struggled for freedom and justice for queer and trans people of color
-Rise up against the disparities and violence faced by the LGBTQ community, especially queer and trans people of color

We’ll be marching from Pacific Avenue and 21st street and ending at Pacific Avenue and 9th street, where we’ll be invited onstage by Tacoma Pride Festival to share about the significance of the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 9th, reflect on our experiences last summer during our direct actions at that intersection, and call on movement-building that critically engages intersectional equity and liberation.

We’ll be running our own booth at the festival, too – stop by and say hi, pick up some swag, and take photos at our photo wall. We’ll also be collecting stories from those who’d like to share about their experiences in the health, education, and criminal justice systems as a part of a future advocacy project thatwe’re planning. Come through and connect!

*As this is a family-friendly event, we ask that you bring good energy and respect.*” – Tacoma Stands Up, https://www.facebook.com/events/286796028335018/

“No Peace Til There Is Justice – Saturday, July 9th at 3pm-6pm at Beacon Hill Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 2821 Beacon Avenue South, Seattle, 98144: the police are gunning down our people left and right, we see Alton Sterling then the same night Philando Castile making 115 black men killed by police this year. we must make ciable solutions ourselves, otherwise we will continue to be victimized by this white supremacist government and the modern day legionaries. #acab #ftp

‘this is not sponsured by seattle public libraries'” – High Gods II & Seattle Black Book Club, https://www.facebook.com/events/1599444973719705/ & https://www.facebook.com/HighGodsII/ & https://www.facebook.com/Seattle-Black-Book-Club-1508678139444060/

Decolonizing Our Activism (July 9th)

Idle No More – Decolonizing Our Activism

Saturday July 9th, 2016 10:30AM – 3:30PM

University Friends Meeting

4001 9th Avenue Northeast, 98105

Historically, environmentalism has focused on the experiences and goals of higher-income, white males. Today environmentalists that are looking to “diversify” the movement must put aside their own agenda, and seek to listen, learn from, and join the global movement of indigenous and communities of color.

The objectives for these workshops include:

  • Educate non-Native allies how to work with Native Americans and communities of color
  • Authentic alliance building that reflects indigenous-led organizing and strategies
  • Prepare participants for volunteer opportunities at Native community events
  • How to support Native activism rather than perpetuating colonial systems of oppression
  • Honor indigenous traditions without appropriating their cultures


Idle No More – Sweetwater Nannauck

MINE – Eleta Wright

Idle No More – Never Been Idle

This is a workshop about 500 years of indigenous resistance that began in 1492. With a Native American perspective and incorporating traditional teachings and stories, and how the Doctrine of Discovery was the foundation for the historic colonization, genocide, relocation, termination, forced assimilation of Native Americans.

To heal from historical trauma you must first understand how colonization has impacted indigenous people. By acknowledging our collective past and focusing on the present healing often leads participants to become aware of historical barriers that can be effectively removed in a safe and comfortable environment.

We will delve into the Natives connective with the land, environment, and Spirit. Explore how to incorporate ‘Spirit’ into the activism you do. Discuss how to start organizing nonviolent direct actions that are Spirit-led instead of ego/mind-led.

Idle No More – The 7th Fire

Explore how working with Natives toward common goals of social and environmental justice involves letting go of unconscious racism and privilege. Learn what it means to be a good ally, and how that taking the lead from indigenous activists and community leaders will benefit us all.

MINE – Building Bridges Across Differences

Meaningful Interpersonal Necessary Enrichment: What is mine is now yours to call mine.

Historically self-determination for African heritage people has been challenged and challenging due to the lack of information between the historical construction of our “race” and reality. A reality that recognizes the diverse experiences of all who have been homogenized for the sake of simplicity. Addressing the complexity of life and relationships requires a deep self-examination. It is from our experiences personal, familial, and communal that we are able to build bridges to one another.

The principles of Kwanzaa are the applied to meet the objectives of this workshop which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide tools that can be used immediately to talk about issues such as race, class and gender, in a more relaxed way
  • Inspire and generate connections using mundane, every day examples
  • Invite and re-ignite curiosity and thought-provoking conversations about our similarities and differences back into our everyday life

FOOD: Jeff Smith of American Friends Service Committee – Seattle Indian Program will be providing home-made spaghetti and beverages. Please bring a side-dish, salad, or snacks to share.

FEE FOR WORKSHOPS: there is no set fee to participate in these life-changing workshops, however we do accept financial donations. Thank you so much!

From the North –
I-5 South
Exit 169 – NE 50th St/NE 45th St
Keep left to take the ramp toward NE 45th St/Univ of Wash.
Merge onto 5th Ave NE.
Turn right onto NE 42nd St.
Take the 1st left onto 5th Ave NE.
Turn left onto NE 40th St.
Turn left onto 9th Ave NE.
4001 9TH AVE NE is on the left.

From the South –
I-5 North
Take EXIT 169 toward NE 45th St/NE 50th St.
Keep right to take the ramp towardN.E 45th St/Univ of Wash.
Keep right at the fork in the ramp.
Merge onto 7th Ave NE.
Take the 1st right onto NE 45th St.
Turn right onto Roosevelt Way NE.
Take the 3rd right onto NE 40th Aly. (it’s immediately after construction building)
Turn left onto 9th Ave NE.
4001 9TH AVE NE is on the right.

PARKING lot on the north and south of building is pretty limited.
Metro Trip Planner: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/

Sponsored by: Idle No More Washington
Cohosted by: Amercan Friends Service Committee – Seattle Indian Program, Race and Climate Justice, MINE, and Greenpeace.

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1912678708959052/

For more about Idle No More Washington, click here: https://www.facebook.com/Idle-No-More-Washington-467317416649876/

The Chinese-Black Racial Divide: Regarding Peter Liang & Police Brutality (July 9th)



From PARISOL/Pacific Rim Solidarity Network:

Join us for a discussion regarding NYPD Police Officer Peter Liang, police brutality and racism with the Chinese American experience.

How does Chinese American History help define our relationship to racism?

What is the Chinese American experience with police brutality?

How do we deal with anti-blackness in the Chinese community?

Cantonese, Mandarin, English – light snacks – wheelchair accessible

Saturday, July 9th 1pm-4pm

Bethany United Church of Christ

6230 Beacon Avenue South, 98108

For the event page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/290422077974771/

For the joint statement from Pacific Rim Solidarity Network and Seattle Black Book Club on Peter Liang in English, click here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1548095588835648&id=1508678139444060

For a translation of the joint statement in Chinese, click here: http://www.groundbreaking.hk/wordpress/?p=1516

For more about Pacific Rim Solidarity Network, click here: https://www.facebook.com/parisolseattle/ and here: https://parisolnet.wordpress.com/

For more about the Seattle Black Book Club, click here: https://www.facebook.com/Seattle-Black-Book-Club-1508678139444060/