The Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression (CAPCR), in St. Louis, has been working to support the establishment of a Civilian Review Board in the City of St. Louis
. The proposed Board would be formed as an independent Civilian Oversight mechanism that would primarily allow for neutral investigation of complaints against the Police. Free Press, a media reform group, has recently descended on the city of St. Louis with its second National Conference on Media Reform. Residents and activists in St. Louis have asked the conference to support the idea of a citizen oversight board to help diminish police brutality.
Following an article in the most recent issue of the Confluence(
), a local community based radical newspaper, attendees of the conference have been thinking about a way to put pressure on Free Press
, to help them make the connection between police brutality, media reform, and the struggles that we face in this repressive reality.
The article notes that part of the campaign to win this Civilian Oversight Board (COB), includes putting pressures on conferences that happen in the city of St Louis. Free Press was asked to support the COB, but decided not to for various reasons.
Since Free Press as a larger organization has decided against signing on, people are taking things into their own hands — which happens to be a general fact in peoples struggles, the bourgeosie class ignores the issues facing the oppressed, until they take issue into their own hands and pressure the ruling and capitalist classes to action, or downfall. There have been various calls to make the feelings of the people known at the Free Press conference, which is being held at the Millenium Riverfront Hotel in downtown St. Louis.
There are quite a few ways folks can voice how they feel. One way would be to voice support for a Civilian Oversight Board. There is a petition floating around the conference for individuals and organizations to do just that. You can also contact the Mayor of St. Louis, and voice your support directly to him: Mayor Francis Slay(
), (314) 622-3201. You can also contact Free Press: www.freepress.net or 1-866-666-1533.
Ultimately, our struggles for truth and liberation are intertwined finely, and we should recognize that and support one another wherever possible.