Our rally got an incredibly negative article in the newspaper. There's a lot of work to do in Arizona.
From The Daily Courier
Editorial: Protest wrongly links brutality, tax
Student protests are almost a rite of passage. It's accepted that college students want to change the world. You don't need to attend a powerhouse like Kent, Columbia or Berkeley to make your voice heard.
In fact, several Prescott College students drove to Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month to attend a protest over the Michael Brown incident.
The students were moved enough to organize a local rally, set for today, Oct. 22, to run in conjunction with the 19th National Day of Action Against Police Brutality, where communities across the country will protest police violence, according to a press release from the group.
Of course, freedom of speech is at the core of the newspaper industry and we are happy to see the youth of the area express themselves.
However, the information provided by the students says: "The rally also serves as a kickoff event for a new campaign run by students urging Yavapai County voters to vote no during the November election to the proposed $.05 sales tax increase that would raise funds for a new jail in Prescott. Courts and Law Enforcement already consume 49 percent of Yavapai County's general fund at the expense of services such as Community Health and do not need additional money."
Aren't these two completely different issues?
We aren't seeing the link between the need for a new jail and police brutality (basically non-existent here).
Again, protest is a great way to bring about change, but it seems these need to be separate events.
How will outlines of bodies filled with people's names who have been killed by Arizona police convince folks to vote "no" on the jail tax hike?
Let's not mix up a rally over police violence with the need for a new jail in our county ... tempers can get heated and confuse the issues.
Educate yourself by reading through the Yavapai County Jail District PowerPoint presentation at dCourier.com before you decide how to vote on the tax hike, which would increase the sales tax from one-quarter of a cent to one-half cent.
It's an honorable thing to stand up for your beliefs and we hope the Prescott College rally has a great turnout protesting police brutality in Arizona and across the nation.