Statement of Intentions / CallToAction

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o CallToAction: The Movement Is At A Critical Stage

o We want change. We want the charges dropped. We want divestment & investment.

o Here is how we intend to make that happen – and we hope you will join us.

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o We are at a point of needing to put more pressure on the ones in power. Or they won’t listen.

o Voting only gets us so far. Remember that the Democratic Party’s been in power in California for decades now – and still across the state, we’ve seen the same problems of ever-increasing policing & incarceration and defunding of public services like housing, healthcare, & education.

o The same is true in SLO. Once we vote in the progressive candidates, we must push them to provide more than lip service to the people’s needs.

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o This is one of the most expensive places to live in the state, where Black / criminalized brown / Native people have long found it hard to thrive, and that is now seeing its inequities magnified by a deadly pandemic.

o We need measures like rent/mortgage/utility relief, no evictions during COVID-19, free PPE & $15 minimum wage for essential workers, and free internet so badly.

o We know this repression & targeting of particularly Black protesters is unjust.

o If our officials really wish to be in solidarity with them, they must honor what they fight for. But we’ve observed no motion on divesting from cops & cages and investing in our communities all summer.

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o So how do we push the officials into taking real action? How do we win the change our peoples so desperately need?

o Direct action gets the goods. We must be SO annoying – more annoying than we’ve been up to this point – that they grant us our demands just to get rid of us.

o We must take our nonviolent direct actions beyond what has happened in the Central Coast so far and make it impossible for them to proceed until they acknowledge the people’s voices.

O And we must do it in a way that conserves our energies. Filling the streets with protests day-in, day-out, with no broader plans or concrete goals only helps the ones in power. That’s just a ticket to tiring everybody out and achieving nothing. We must be strategic with how we challenge the status quo .

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o So this is exactly what we intend to do.

o Thursday 10/29 at the SLO mission @ 5:30 is our spooky protest. But next Friday (11/6), we will be ramping up our efforts and starting the process of putting more pressure on the officials with our next form of direct action. And we will only get more annoying & more disruptive from there.

o This is the way we win. We hope everybody who cares about justice will recognize that the way forward is not protests that tire folks out without putting meaningful pressure on the officials. We need to make them hear us, without compromising our ability to remain in this fight.

o SO IF YOU’RE WILLING & ABLE TO HELP US WIN THIS WITH DIRECT ACTION, PLEASE DO SO!

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o But participating in in-person actions is by no means any more valuable or valid than behind-the-scenes work! If you support the movement in the Central Coast, we need your help in the following ways as well!

o If you haven’t engaged with our action toolkit at tinyurl.com/DemandJusticeCentralCoast yet (google form embedded at link in bio), please do so as an easy way to show your support for what our peoples need.

o If you’re ready to fight for justice with us, DM us; we can always use more people who are ready to be abolitionists in our organization.

o If you are able to contribute to sustaining the movement and the labor of especially womxn of color and queer & trans* people of color, venmo us at @Cal-Poly-SQE. Anything helps.

o AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO FOLLOW OUR PAGE TO STAY UPDATED!!

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o If you are willing & able, come out to our spooky protest on Thursday 10/29 at the SLO Mission @ 5:30pm.

o Fill out our action toolkit (link in bio) and support in the ways you personally can.

o AND BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR OUR ANNOUNCEMENT OF OUR NEXT FORM OF DIRECT ACTION (TO TAKE PLACE THE NIGHT OF FRIDAY 11/6) COMING VERY SOON!

o REMEMBER, WE CAN’T KEEP GOING AS WE HAVE, AND WE NEED TO PUT MORE PRESSURE ON THEM TO WIN!