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SJ: Demand Justice – Stop the Curfew
June 2, 2020 at 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Short URL: https://siliconvalleydsa.org/?p=5469
On Tuesday, June 2, San Jose City Council will vote on ratifying the local state of emergency and curfew that was imposed on Sunday.
This curfew is targeted towards limiting the freedom of expression of those protesting the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of the police. The curfews empower police to make arrests that would be unwarranted otherwise, and gives them another way to justify responding to peaceful protests with state violence.
EDIT: Council has voted to end the curfew on Thursday at 5pm. This is not what we wanted, but it is better than the indefinite curfew controlled by the City Manager, which was on the table. For details see the end of our live thread on Twitter.
What they are voting on
- Meeting agenda for today.
- Proclamation of Local Emergency. Sunday, 5/31
- Order imposing Curfew. Sunday 5/31.
- Resolution that City Council will be voting on, to extend the Emergency and Curfew up to 60 days more.
I am ______, a resident of San Jose. Like people all across the city and the country, I was horrified to learn of the police murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville. George Floyd was murdered by a white police officer and three accomplices. Breonna Taylor was murdered by an armed police gang that broke into her home.
I am here to condemn 400 years of violence committed against Black people and communities of color on this stolen land. The violence of history continues in San Jose today.
Every day since Friday, the San Jose community has organized peaceful protests for justice and against police violence. How did San Jose Police respond? The police showed up with armored vehicles and riot gear. The police beat people with batons. The police shot people with rubber bullets.
The police used tear gas in the middle of the COVID pandemic—an act of biological warfare. As reported in the Mercury News, public health experts are warning you: tear gas could “increase risk for COVID-19 by making the respiratory tract more susceptible to infection, exacerbating existing inflammation, and inducing coughing.”
Peaceful protestors should not have to worry about police violence or arbitrary arrest. Council: you must vote against the curfew. Put your energy into fighting racism. Demilitarize and defund your police.