On this week’s episode of Talking Raical Radio, organizer Teddy Zegeye-Gebrehiwot talks about Winnipeg Cop Watch and their work against the more oppressive aspects of policing as it currently exists.
Copwatch is an international network of local organizations focused on detering police violence through observing the interactions between police and community members. Though many people who move through the world with middle-class and white privilege have trouble even imagining the police as anything but a source of safety and help, many other people and many other communities have quite different experiences. For many people who are racialized, visibly poor, gender non-conforming, sex workers, or otherwise marginalized, police brutality and misconduct are common experiences. Zegeye-Gebrehiwot, an organizer with the Winnipeg chapter of Cop watch, talks about the work that they do to deter police violence, support survivors of various forms of police misconduct, and raise critical consciousness about the systemic role of police in our society — a society built on colonization, exclusion, oppression, and exploitation.
To learn more about the work of Winnipeg Copwatch, click here.
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