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Oakland’s police department, most brutal in the US, not part of the 99%

November 7, 2011

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Tribes File Human rights Complaint on San Francisco Peaks Desecration

August 25, 2011

The Havasupai Tribe, Klee Benally, an activist Dineh (Navajo) youth, and the International Indian Treaty Council, filed an Urgent Action / Early Warning Complaint with the United Nations (UN) CERD Committee, on the desecration of Sacred San Francisco Peaks, Arizona. The complaint, filed late Wednesday, August 17, 2011, focuses on recent actions by the Arizona Snowbowl’s clear-cutting of 40 acres of pristine forest and the laying of over 5 miles of a waste water pipeline in furtherance of a US Forest Service and City of Flagstaff project to spray artificial snow made of waste water effluent on San Francisco Peaks. On Thursday, August 18th, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, in representation of 20 recognized Indian Tribes and Nations (AK-Chin Indian Community, Cocopah Tribe, Colorado River Indian Tribes, Fr. McDowell Yavapai Nation, Ft. Mojave Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, Havasupai Tribe, Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab-Paiute Tribe, Pasqua Yaqui Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, Quechan Tribe, Salt River Pima – Maricopa Indian Community, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tohono O’Odham Nation, Tonto Apache Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Yavapai Apache Nation, and the Yavapai Prescott Indian Nation) filed a letter asking that they also be named in the complaint as co-petitioners.

Here is link to a PDF of the actual complaint:

http://www.truesnow.org/images/stories/peaks-cerd.pdf

Stop Police Murders and Media Coverups!

August 6, 2011

A Statement by Sanyika Bryant of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement about the SFPD, the murder of Kenneth Harding Jr, and the media coverup.

The press conference was held at San Francisco City Hall on Thursday, July 28, 2011.

The video was produced by Collision Course Video Productions.

Charge the SFPD with Murder of Kenneth Harding and Serial Murders in the Black Community!

July 29, 2011


People’s Tribunal on Racism and Police Violence
https://peopleshearing.wordpress.com.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 28, 2011

 

  • Charge the SFPD with Murder of Kenneth Harding and Serial Murders in the Black Community!
  • Unite to Create an Independent Investigation to Indict the Murderers!
  • Justice for Kenneth Harding! Stop the Cover-up!
  • Stop Pushing Black People out of San Francisco! NO to “Ethnic Cleansing”!

 

On Saturday, July 16, 2011, the SFPD killed Kenneth Harding, a 19 year-old Black man, in the Bayview area of San Francisco. Kenneth had just stepped off of a Muni-Metro train and onto the platform, where police were checking people for proof of fare payment.

 

Called “checkpoints,” these are common ways of criminalizing poor people, especially in neighborhoods undergoing gentrification and resettlement. Checkpoints have multiple purposes.  They are used to harass and trap people, violating the human right to freedom of movement.  They also help to facilitate the displacement of communities of color and families who come from the Bayview area and have lived there for generations.  Checkpoints allow the police to monitor community members’ movements, putting people of color in great fear and ultimately forcing them to relocate from their homes and neighborhoods to ensure their own safety.  This paves the way for the area to be redeveloped by major corporations and resettled by whites.  In effect, checkpoints are a necessary tool of apartheid and genocide, historically used both in the United States and throughout the world.

 

The case of Kenneth Harding is a perfect example.  When the police approached Kenneth, he ran for his life and they fired at him repeatedly.  He died at the hands of the police and another life was lost in their ongoing campaign of genocide against the Black Nation.  This terror campaign is happening not only locally and not only to African Americans, but it is happening statewide and nationally, to people of color and poor people overall.

 

As usual, the police and their corporate media mouthpieces immediately started a campaign to demonize Kenneth and bombard the public with accounts of Kenneth’s criminal record, to make it look like the police actually saved the community from a ruthless predator. Kenneth Harding was the victim here, and his criminal record is irrelevant to, and can in no way justify the crimes the police committed against him.

 

[Note: To this day the only information about his past comes from a criminal justice system that, given the history of misinformation and false information dished out by “official sources,” we cannot trust.  But IF Kenneth had victimized people, we would respond with restorative justice: to care for people he hurt; help him make amends for harm done and prevent such harm in the future; and to repair damage done to the community by his actions.   In this way, Kenneth Harding coul  have been held accountable by people who actually care about him and value his life.  But instead, he was killed by the SFPD.]

 

At the time of the encounter, the police knew nothing about Kenneth—only that he was a young Black man, and they would find a way to make his death his own fault. They claimed Kenneth had a gun, but dozens of witnesses on the scene say that he didn’t.  The police said they couldn’t find a gun.  Then they said someone picked it up.  Then they said the gun was recovered elsewhere, and it was a .45. Then, they said no .45 was involved.  Then they said Kenneth was killed with a .380. Now police have the audacity to claim that Kenneth shot and killed himself. Witnesses have been clear, however, that police shot and killed Kenneth as he fled.

 

The people in Bayview are well aware that the community is under attack and that the system will do everything in its power to protect police terrorists. Bayview residents made that clear when they shouted down S.F. Police Chief Suhr and forced him to leave a community meeting held days after the shooting (that the police organized to tranquilize and paralyze police critics).  There is a long history of police attacks on the Bayview, Hunter’s Point, Double Rock and throughout San Francisco.  And in addition to the unending police abuse, in recent years foreclosures, gentrification, and failed educational systems have driven half of the Black population out of San Francisco.

 

Since the police and the system have no credibility, the people need an INDEPENDENT investigation and public hearings. The people need to know what happened that day.  The identities and track records of the police who killed Kenneth must be made public, so the police can be held accountable for their actions. We also need public hearings, including testimony from witnesses and the community, and the findings should be gathered and publicized before a world audience. And as this process unfolds, the right of the community to protest and defend against these continued injustices must be upheld and kept sacred.

 

In addition to holding police accountable for misconduct, the community needs to build formal and informal institutions that can organize our own defense and build the democratic authority of the people and our movements. We need to organize ourselves so that we have alternatives to calling the police and alternatives to using the current, fatally flawed criminal justice system.

 

The People’s Hearing on Racism and Police Violence was held earlier this year in Oakland, with the intention of increasing government accountability and organizing alternatives to the government institutions. The Hearing used direct personal testimony about the growing number of police killings and related issues of state violence against targeted communities, racial profiling, and government attacks on people’s political activism. This began an ongoing process that can be applied to the murder of Kenneth Harding by the SFPD.  For more information, visit https://peopleshearing.wordpress.com.

 

SFPD Ruthlessly Shoots and Kills Unarmed 19yr old Man over $2 Bus Fare

July 23, 2011

FBI Repression of Activists Continues: Carlos Montes Demands Charges Be Dropped, DA Refuses

June 16, 2011

Action Alert: June 16: Day of Action in Solidarity with Carlos Montes

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FBI Repression of Activists Continues: Carlos Montes Demands Charges Be Dropped, DA Refuse

On July 7th Protesters To Demand: “Drop the Charges! Stop FBI Attacks on Immigrants’ Rights, Anti-War and International Solidarity Activists!”

Los Angeles (June 16, 2011) – Over 100 protesters rallied this morning outside the Alhambra City Courthouse in Los Angeles County in solidarity with Carlos Montes, a well known Chicano community organizer and immigrants rights activist. Montes’ home was raided in a pre-dawn raid by the LA SWAT team and the FBI on May 17th, in which agents took political documents, papers, computers and cell phones, and was ordered to appear in court today regarding several firearms related charges.

Carlos Montes demanded the charges against him be dropped, which the District Attorney denied. Montes then requested the search warrant and police report related to the raid on his home.

At first the District Attorney refused to turn over the search warrant and police report, then relented on the conditions that the documents are heavily edited and the press is not allowed access to them.

Government secrecy continues to surround the Montes raid, similar to the FBI raids and grand jury repression of 23 fellow anti-war and international solidarity activists in the Midwest in September 2010, as the Washington Post reported earlier this week.

Charges against Montes part of broader government campaign of repression against activists

“This is a political attack,” said Carlos Montes, speaking from outside the Alhambra City court house after his hearing. “A pretext of a gun was used to break into my house and ransack it. The fact that the FBI was there questioning me about my political activities and going through my documents has nothing to do with my charges.”

Jess Sundin of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression in Minneapolis said,“We don’t believe the charges against him,” continued Sundin. “The charges were just a pretext for the raid on his home, where the FBI was present to investigate his political organizing. Political papers were seized, along with computers and cell phones, just like the raids in the Midwest last September 2010.”

Protests across the United States in solidarity with Montes

Across the United States, 18 other cities are joining Montes today in protest against the U.S. government’s expanding repression of anti-war and international solidarity activists.

According to FBI documents discovered in May and released by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Federal officials are targeting Montes because he is part of the group that organized protests against the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN. Montes, a community organizer for more than 40 years, was a leader of the 1968 Los Angeles high school walkouts against racism – documented in the popular HBO film “Walkout!” – and a founder of the Brown Berets. More recently, Montes opposed Arizona’s racist anti-immigrant laws and the ban on Chicano studies.
Broad support for activists targeted by FBI repression.

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression continues to build momentum for its campaign to stop the FBI and government repression of activists. To date, over 400 organizations have issued solidarity statements with the CSFR, while unions representing over 800,000 workers have adopted resolutions in support of those being targeted by the FBI. Nine congressional representatives have written letters of concern to A.G. Holder, while tens of thousands of people across the country are participating in street protests and signing petitions in solidarity with the CSFR

Is Your Community Under Government Attack? Know Your Rights When the FBI Knocks

June 9, 2011

In this presentation, Zahra Billoo of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (San Francisco Bay Area) discusses the government targeting of Arab and Muslim communities in the US. This targeting continues a long history of many state-targetted communities and peoples who have faced denial of rights, ethnic/cultural/political profiling, intrusive surveillance, physical attacks, arrests, imprisonments, and deportations–and who have struggled to maintain their unity and the ways to defend themselves and to resist such attacks.

The program was sponsored by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, in Oakland, California, in February 2011.

The video is by Collision Course Media, and is one of the “Know Your Rights” series