Community BBQ in the Park (for a world without police)

On March 13, 2011, the Sunday prior to the International Day Against Police Brutality, Santa Cruz anarchists organized a family-friendly BBQ in Grant Street Park “for a world without police.” Dozens of people showed up to grill food, socialize, and listen to Know Your Rights and Copwatch presentations. A bounce-house was set up, but quickly deflated by order of the Santa Cruz Police.

Organizers say the BBQ provided a space for people to “kick it in the park and explore ways that we can rely on each other, rather than on the police.” Furthermore, “We don’t need the police to be safe. Police are often an invasive or violent presence in our communities.”

The Copwatch presentation was from people involved with the Modesto Anarcho and Modesto Copwatch collaboration.

Crossposted at Indybay.org.

Author: Bradley Allen

Bradley Allen is a reporter and photographer in the Monterey Bay Area, and a collective member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay). Follow him on social media: @BradleySA.