Dear Members and Supporters of Stop Mass Incarceration,The next meeting of theStop Mass Incarceration Network/HtownChapter:Sunday, March 13th, 6:00-7:30pm2501 Holman St., Project Row Houses,Houston, TX 77004National ActionsI would encourage everyone to checkout the Stop Mass Incarceration Network's [SMIN] new website at StopPoliceTerror.org to keep up on national events organized by SMIN.Regional Conferences were held at the beginning of the year, and plans made for the next period. A lot of it focuses on the importance of mobilizing the youth on campuses, including a Stolen Lives Families Tour that has already spoken at several campuses.Powerful events took place last week in Chicago, which has become a concentration point of the struggle against police terror, including a powerful, and hard-fought battle to hold a Stolen Lives action inside the Illinois State Office Building [see coverage of the events at www.revcom.us].Situation in Houston and TexasI sent many of you several articles around the situation in Texas: a New York Times article on the fact that more people have been killed by police in the Houston area in recent years than NYC and LA. Only Chicago beat Houston in the number of murders by police. However, there hasn't been the same level of struggle here as in those other cities and that poses a challenge to us here.Janet Baker continues to struggle for justice for her son, Jordan, who was murdered 2 years ago. And Ishtyme Robinson organized actions this past weekend demanding Justice for Ahjah Dixon, her daughter who died in police custody in Corsicana, TX in 2010. I will have more details on those actions hopefully by the next meeting. Both of these strong women were part of the RiseUpOcotber actions in NYC. As more terror by the police keeps coming down, there is a a real need for us to step up our activity here.Last Agenda and Things in the Works:- We are working to centralize and update our contact lists to better mobilize the hundreds of people who have shown an interest in becoming involved over the last year. These names include those who signed up leading up to the April 14th Shutdown Day in 2015, and the powerful RiseUpOcotber events of last year. A number of those people have played some role in the various actions over that period and in the wake of RiseUpOctober, including the commemorations for Tamir Rice and Eric Garner in November and December.- Mother Dember, and I are reaching out to some radio stations to see about getting our message out through various talk shows, and also helping to get some of the Stolen Lives Families a chance to speak out more broadly. Mother Dember is reaching out to KCOH, and I am doing so for KPFT.- Several members have stressed the importance of us being out in the streets, organizing people both in the neighborhoods and among more middle class sections of people. This also includes necessary fund-raising such as banging the buckets on street corners as many other organizations do.A challenge we should discuss at the next meeting is people taking up these tasks, and making more concrete plans. Since the holidays, it has been a challenge to get together regularly and we have decided that we should meet every other week on a regular basis.Emilio EJ Batemanfor the Htown Chapter,Stop Mass Incarceration Network
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