An introduction to CopBlock by Pete and Ademo

Cop Block is a decentralized project uniting people to end the institutional violence taking place on our streets. Through community organizing and direct action tactics, GaCopBlock.Org seeks to support communities in understanding, exercising, and standing up for our rights.

Vision: A society free of state-sponsored institutionalized violence.

Mission: Through community organizing, engaging in non-political and non-violent direct action tactics, and utilizing new technologies, GaCopBlock.Org seeks to bring about a cultural shift where individuals understand their rights and hold law enforcement officials accountable, and communities protect and serve each other.

To fulfill our mission, GaCopBlock.Org is undertaking the following actions:

  1. Ongoing, free training sessions on knowing your rights in police encounters and on recording police activity safely and responsibly. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a training for your community.
  2. Ongoing “Police Complaint Department” events in public spaces to enable people to go on record with their stories of police abuse. 
  3. Ongoing “cop watch” actions (peacefully video-witnessing police activity to assist those who may be victims of police misconduct). GaCopBlock.Org volunteers bearing witness in cop watch actions should adhere to GaCopBlock.Org’s Code of Conduct.
  4. Continuously building alliances with other community initiatives in chapter cities across the nation to support one another’s work.
  5. Supporting similar efforts across the country.

Those of us who write for and are responsible for GaCopBlock.org affirm that violence is not condoned except in the defense of self or others – while we recognize the rights of other individuals to use the CopBlock name, we do not recognize those that do not affirm and live by that statement. [click here for more on the non-aggression principle]