Our Garden Giveaway was a great success! On Saturday October 10, we enjoyed the public park and community while learning more about our neighbors’ shared struggles and desires for a better future.
Another successful brakelight clinic helping people reduce their interactions with police.
Police responses to traffic violations like broken brake lights demonstrate one way that working class people are criminalized in our society. There are plenty of reasons why people don’t fix their brake lights: they may work a lot, be busy caring for family or simply can’t afford to. Yet this minor traffic violation can result in fines, harassment or arrest. For black and brown people and those without papers, a police stop poses a distinct threat. An undocumented person could be detained or face deportation. In some cases— as with Philando Castile and Walter Scott— traffic stops for a broken brake light can lead to murder at the hands of the police.
In Kingston we were out checking and fixing brakelights. We had good conversations about policing and community safety. When we discussed the economic and political system that allows those interactions to be acceptable and commonplace we found people agreeing with us that they wanted a more kind, democratic society that works for the people.