NOTICE!: Our monthly meeting date has been
changed to the First Monday each month
Next Meeting: Monday, August 7th at 7 PM.
The meeting is generally on the second floor of the
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library on
6501 Telegraph Ave,
Oakland, CA 94609.
Rally Held in Oakland To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal!
July 8th 2017 — A rally in Oakland demanded freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal yesterday. A
journalist, MOVE supporter, former Black Panther Party member and political prisoner, Mumia
Abu-Jamal was framed in 1981 for a crime he did not commit. His supporters have fought for
his release since then, and this rally was held in solidarity with their call for actions
world-wide on July 7th to free Mumia now!
The rally was built partly on the strength of Mumia’s important victory against the
prison system’s years-long refusal to properly treat Mumia for his Hepatitis-C
infection, in which Mumia came very close to death. Hep-C is a chronic condition faced by
many prisoners in the US today.
Support From South African Workers For Mumia
Strong international support, including labor support, has come in for Mumia over many
years. The following letter was sent in support of Mumia’s struggle for proper and
effective treatment for his Hep-C from NUMSA, the South African Metalworkers Union last
year. NUMSA compared the treatment of US prisoners like Mumia today with that suffered by
anti-apartheid fighters from the 1950s into the 1990s:
“The refusal of health care reminds us of the
conditions we were put in (under) apartheid prisons where sick detainees were allowed to
die in very deplorable lonely conditions in solitary as part of the punishment for their
role in the struggle.”
Letter to PA Governor Wolf from So. African Metalworkers
Union. 21 January 2016.
Mumia has now been cured of his Hepatitis-C infection due to an international campaign and
support from thousands of people like you, who refused to accept the official excuses, and
demanded the full and effective anti-Hep-C treatment: “No Execution By Medical
7,000 other Pennsylvania prisoners with Hep-C, and thousands more across the US, stand to
benefit from the precedent set by this important victory. Mumia’s win against his
Hep-C infection--which he contracted in a transfusion after being shot and almost killed by
police in 1981--depended on this kind of mass support. With a movement like this, we hope
to go on to free Mumia!
Rally Demands Truth of Mumia’s Frame-Up!
The rally in Oakland was held to demand: Full Disclosure of Documents relating to
Mumia’s innocence and frame-up! and Free Mumia Now! Flyers on this event,
explaining the reasons for the rally and Mumia’s case, were distributed to many
receptive workers leaving work in downtown Oakland on Friday.
The rally was led by former Black Panther and ex-longshore worker Gerald Sanders, and Ras
Ceylan, a member of Chairman Fred Hampton Jr's POCC "Panther Cubs" (Prisoners Of Conscience
The rally was called by the Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, and
participated in by Oakland Teachers For Mumia, The Oscar Grant Committee, Workers World
Party, ANSWER Coalition, Party of Socialism and Liberation, Haiti Action, Bay Area United
Against War, CODEPINK, Freedom Archives, Socialist Viewpoint, Socialist Action, the
Mobilization To Free Mumia, the Freedom Socialist Party, the Peace and Freedom Party, the
Partisan Defense Committee, Doro Chiba (the Japanese Railway Workers Union), and the Hoshino
Speakers Demand Mumia’s Freedom!
Most of these supporters had speakers at the rally, covering Mumia’s case and other
related issues: Jack Heyman (ILWU Local 10 retired) spoke for the Labor Action Committee;
Oakland teacher Bob Mandel for Oakland Teachers for Mumia; Tova Fry, Workers World Party;
and Richard Becker of ANSWER.
Marsha Feinland spoke for for Peace and Freedom Party, and gave a clear denunciation of the
capitalist two-party system. “I’m glad this demonstration is not just about
Trump,” she said. She went on: “Who was it who signed the Anti-Terrorism and
Effective Death Penalty Act?” “Clinton!” roared back the crowd. “And
what is his party?” “Democrat” said the crowd. “And who was it who
refused to pardon Mumia on his last day in office?” “Obama!” “And
his party?” “Democrat!” ‘Nuff said, and thanks to Marsha for this
Ricardo Ortiz-Perez of the Frente Socialista de Puerto Rico reported on the recent victory
of the liberation of Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican nationalist militant; Seto-San of
the Hoshino Defense Committee and Doro-Chiba reported on Hoshino Fumiaki, a wrongly
imprisoned anti-war activist in Japan; Gerald Sanders and Ras Ceylan spoke of the MOVE 9,
framed for a crime they had nothing to do with; Pierre Labossiere of the Haiti Action
Committee reported on the struggle against US imperialism and its puppet government in
Haiti; Carole Seligman of the Kevin Cooper Defense Committee spoke for freedom for Kevin
Cooper, a falsely convicted prisoner now on death row in San Quentin; and several speakers
called for freedom for Leonard Peltier, the native American leader falsely accused and still
imprisoned for the deaths of two FBI agents, a crime he didn’t commit.
Other supporters/speakers included: immigrant rights activist Cristina Gutierrez, who
linked the struggle of black and brown workers to the struggle against US imperialism, and
activist Alia Sharrief, who recited a spoken word poem of her creation.
Mumia Should Benefit From Williams v. Pennsylvania
Mumia’s case for freedom is many-fold: he is a journalist who exposed the corrupt and
racist police regime of Frank Rizzo in Philadelphia for it’s brutal crackdowns on the
MOVE organization. As a result of that he was targeted by police and almost killed in 1981
at the scene of a shooting; and he was then framed by cops, prosecutors and politicians as
the shooter. One of those prosecutors, Ronald Castille, later sat in judgement over
Mumia’s appeals against this frame-up as a member of the PA Supreme Court, despite
defense demands that he should recuse himself!
Now, a 2016 US Supreme Court ruling, Williams v. Pennsylvania, gives Mumia an
opening: the Court says that a former prosecutor cannot later sit as a judge over the
appeals of a case on which he was a prosecutor. Fairness, due procedure, unprejudiced
judges, etc.: sounds obvious, doesn’t it?
Not so fast: the courts have often twisted or dropped their precedents in order to uphold
the framing of political prisoners and victims of racist frame-ups such as Leonard and
Mumia; and in this case, the Philadelphia district Attorney’s office is trying to deny
Mumia’s defense the court-ordered discovery of notes, instructions and documents that
will show exactly how former DA and prosecutor Ronald Castille involved himself in
Mumia’s case. We need to make this happen: that is why we need a mass movement to free
Build a Mass Movement To Free Mumia!
At the rally Friday, we had about a hundred more or less, and that was what we could muster
on short notice. But we need to work toward a mass turnout to free Mumia. In 1995, thousands
turned out to stop a death warrant issued against Mumia just before his appeal hearing of
that year; and in 1999 the longshore workers of the ILWU shut down all the ports on the West
Coast to free Mumia, and many of them (ILWU Local 10) came out to lead the march in SF to
free Mumia on his birthday, April 24th. Also that same year, Oakland teachers mobilized to
hold unauthorized teach-ins in the Oakland public schools on Mumia and the death
The Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal calls for your help: let’s build
this important movement. Please respond to this email with any comments and/or offers of
Comply with the judge’s order! Release all documents pertaining to Mumia’s
frame-up! Free Mumia and all victims of racist frame-ups! Build mass and workers’
actions to free Mumia!
Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
— July 2017 —
Mumia's Struggle For Freedom at Crucial Stage!
End the Cover Up! Free Mumia Now!
RALLY: 4 PM Friday July 7th
Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th & Broadway, Oakland
Mumia Abu-Jamal has been kept alive while on the slow death life imprisonment without
parole, by those who came out to support him worldwide in the fight to get him hepatitis-C
treatment! Now, let's act to finally free him!
“...I'm Hep C ‘negative'! Aint't that a gas? I wanna
thank you and the brothers in N. Cali for helping to make it happen. Without a people's
movement we would have never gotten into ct. W/out it, we never coulda won...”
Excerpt from Mumia's letter to the Labor Action Committee To
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Mumia's Hepatitis-C infection, which came from a blood transfusion in the hospital
after he was critically wounded from police shooting him on December 9, 1981, is
cured due to active support by thousands of supporters who tirelessly resisted the
PA prison system's refusal to supply the needed medication. Mumia's federal legal
victory is now the precedent to provide Hep-C treatment to thousands of prisoners.
Mumia's New Legal Action
Now, Mumia has a new legal action pending in the Pennsylvania courts, and the
movement of Mumia's supporters worldwide has called for actions to free Mumia on
Mumia's legal action is based on the 2016 US Supreme Court ruling in the case of
Williams v Pennsylvania. The Supreme Court ruled that a prosecutor who “had significant
personal involvement” in a “critical decision” cannot later sit in judgment in appeals
concerning the very same case. This was found to be a conflict of interest, which violates
the due process right to an impartial appeal. In the Williams case, the former DA, then
judge, was one Ronald Castille. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Williams now has the right to
re-litigate all of his legal arguments that were previously rejected.
In Mumia's case, the very same Ronald Castille was the Philadelphia District Attorney who
argued to uphold Mumia's frame-up conviction and death sentence in 1989 and then as a
Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice denied all Mumia's post-conviction appeals from
1998-2008. Last August Mumia filed a post-conviction appeal based on the Williams decision.
A legal victory in Mumia's action will reinstate his appeal rights to assert his innocence
and the wholesale denial of his due process trial rights.
Mumia Won “Discovery” But DA's Office Stonewalls
On April 28, 2017 Mumia Abu-Jamal won in court against the prosecution motion to dismiss
Mumia's new appeal. The judge also ordered the District Attorney's Office to disclose all
files and information that would support Mumia's claims that his state appeal process was
corrupted because Philadelphia District Attorney Ronald Castille was involved in prosecuting
Mumia's appeals. Not surprisingly, the DA's office did not comply. Only public documents
from Mumia's case that have Castille's name listed as District Attorney were released.
Mumia's lawyers have demanded “full compliance” with the judge's order and the judge issued
a new order to the DA to release the files by July 7.
The DA's office states there is no evidence of Castille's involvement in Mumia's case.
This is a cover-up of the prosecutorial, police and judicial frame-up of Mumia. It is
inconceivable that Castille as District Attorney did not make “critical decisions” on
Mumia's appeal given that he was elected to that office as a “law-and-order” and pro-death
penalty candidate. When he ran for Supreme Court justice he openly bragged that he put 45
men on death row. Castille also stated publicly that he was personally responsible for all
filings in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mumia Challenges Race Discrimination and Lies in Prosecution
Mumia's appeals included direct challenges to the practice of racial discrimination in
jury selection, as well as prosecution's arguments that told jury's they could ignore the
responsibility for sentencing someone to death, since a defendant had “appeal after appeal.”
Mumia also challenged the prosecution using his teenaged membership in the Black Panther
Party to argue that Mumia had a life-long intent to kill a police officer. These issues were
fought in the PA Supreme Court and then in the U.S. Supreme Court by Mumia while Castille
was the District Attorney.
As DA, Castille produced a training videotape to instruct prosecutors how to evade the 1986
Batson decision, a US v Supreme Court ruling which banned racial discrimination in jury
selection. Prosecutors were told how to keep Black people off their juries and how to
conceal this discriminatory purpose.
During Mumia's 1988 appeals to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and then to the U.S. Supreme
Court, the D.A.'s office argued that Mumia could not prove the prosecution's discriminatory
motive when they removed Black people from his jury. The existence of the videotape, which
was the very evidence of the discriminatory motive, was suppressed.
Former Prosecutor Sits In Judgement On Mumia's Case
As a PA Supreme Court Judge, Castille sat in judgment over all the appeals of Mumia's case
since 1998, including the issues of his direct appeal—jury selection (Batson), jury
integrity (appeal after appeal), membership in the Black Panther Party, as well as the new
evidence of coercion of witnesses, of falsified ballistics, the confession of Arnold
Beverly, who confessed to being the actual killer, and the racial bias of the trial and
post-conviction hearing judge Albert Sabo, who stated, “I'm gonna help ‘em fry the
In 1996 and again in 2002 Mumia's lawyers demanded that Castille recuse himself from
hearing the case, on account of his earlier role as prosecutor over the same case. In each
instance, Castille refused to recuse himself, stating he had no knowledge of Mumia's case.
Castille denied any knowledge of the DA/TV videotape.
Yet Castille's alleged “non-involvement” is what the current Philadelphia DA now wants us
to believe, as their office has refused the full “discovery” of evidence of Castille's
collusion (in framing Mumia), which was ordered by the Philadelphia Court earlier this year!
This is why we call for action now.
Demand Full Disclosure of Documents in Mumia's Case!
We need to free Mumia now, and demand full disclosure of documents in his case! The
Williams decision could lead to the throwing out of all the negative decisions on Mumia's
appeals by the PA Supreme Court, which, in turn, could lead to throwing out his original
false conviction! But all of Mumia's scant victories in court, such as the reversal of his
original death sentence, have depended on the mass mobilization of his supporters
Mumia Abu-Jamal is a journalist, a former Black Panther, a MOVE supporter and an innocent
political prisoner. His freedom from false murder charges is long overdue, after 36 years
for a crime he did not commit. Winning Mumia's freedom is a fight against this injustice
system and paves the way for others, as did his victory to get Hep-C treatment, which is
precedent for Pennsylvania prisoners as well as other thousands nationwide.
Former political prisoners such as Panther Albert Woodfox, whistle-blower Chelsea Manning,
and Puerto Rican Nationalist/activist Oscar Lopez Rivera have recently achieved freedom
with the help and support of masses of supporters. Now, let us move on.
In 1995 we mobilized in the thousands against the death warrant issued by the Pennsylvania
governor; and in 1999 Longshore workers on the entire West Coast of the US shut down all
ports to free Mumia. Also in 1999, Oakland teachers held unauthorized teach-ins in Oakland
Schools on Mumia and the death penalty.
Join us at Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th & Broadway, Oakland, on Friday July 7th, at 4pm.
Rally and march to the Federal Building, with flyers to distribute on Mumia's case.
Solidarity with Mumia and all his worldwide supporters! Free Mumia Now!
End the Cover Up! Free Mumia Now!
RALLY: 4 PM Friday July 7th
Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th & Broadway, Oakland
The July 7th action, called by the Labor Action To Free Mumia
Abu-Jamal in Oakland, is initially endorsed by:
Oakland Teachers For Mumia, Oscar Grant Committee, Oscar Grant's Uncle Bobby of Love Not
Blood Campaign, Workers World Party, Speak Out, Party of Socialism and Liberation, ANSWER
Coalition, Freedom Socialist Party, Socialist Viewpoint, Mobilization To Free Mumia,
Socialist Action, and Doro Chiba-the Japanese Railway Workers Union.
Download the flyer (PDF)
Ground Breaking Police Policy Faces First Test
Justice4Pedie is Justice4All
In January 2016, the Richmond City Council responded to a grassroots social justice movement by establishing a new police accountability policy desiigned to protect Richmond residents from unjust police violence by holding police accountable for such actions. The new procedure requires a special investigaion, independent of the Police and District Attorney, of any police killing or serious injury caused by police. If successful, this new policy could inspire other cities across America to follow its example as a measure to stop the epdemic of unjust police violence that plagues our nation.
The first test of this landmark policy will be the case of Pedie Perez, a young man shot and killed by Richmond Police Officer Jensen on September 14, 2014, leading to widespread community concern over a possible cover-up.
The social justice movement, the people of Richmond, and the whole nation are watching. Attend this public forum which will outline the facts of this case, the progress of the investigation, and the implications for the broader struggle for justice here in Richmond and across the nation.
Justice4Pedie Community Meeting
Featured speakers include:
Vice Mayor, City of Richmond; Candidate for State Assembly, 15 AD (2018)
Councilmember, Richmond City Council
Other community leaders are being invited
Saturday, June 24, 2017 4-6 PM
Doors open at 3:30, forum starts promptly at 4 pm
Richmond Public Library, Whittlesey Community Room
325 Civic Center Plaza. Richmond, CA 94804
Co-sponsored by: Richmond Progressive Alliance, Oscar Grant Committee, and Veterans
for Peace, East Bay Chapter
For info: Gene Ruyle 510-332-3865 or email:
Labor donated by OGC Volunteers 6/14/2017
There is a Need for the 'Value Human Life'
Please sign the
Change.org petition below:
This petition will be delivered
We the undersigned see a
dire need for change. The average American
taxpayer understands that communities need good police
officers and they are willing to compensate them with a
great salary and benefits for their commitment to
protect and serve. As law-abiding taxpayers and
residents of those communities, we are no longer willing
to tolerate our tax dollars being used to reward
cowardly-incompetent police officers.
An incompetent officer, is an officer equipped
with a bullet proof vest, pepper spray, a taser, a
baton, a radio to call for assistance, a canine
police-companion and training in hand-to-hand combat,
but favors using deadly force; knowing that the police
department will rally in support of their actions,
simply because they are members of the same union.
Since 1974, police officers have benefited
tremendously from having additional rights bestowed
upon them, through the passage of Joe Biden's Law
Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights. Yet, the
taxpayers have not gained any additional protection
under the law. As a result, each year there are
hundreds of officer involved homicides, which the
general public overwhelmingly believes were 100%
Despite having an understanding of basic criminal
laws and tactical training, the number of people
killed by the police, is a clear indication that there
is a need for legislation to protect citizens. We need
protection from officers who have undetected mental
illness, egos, unknown biases and the propensity to
kill although other options are available. There is no
test that can accurately detect those character traits
because no one can be certain of what’s in a person’s
As taxpayers, who are concerned about everyone’s
safety, it is time to reaffirm the value of human life
by putting our support behind a Value Human Life Bill.
Value Human Life Bill
police officers who kill or cause serious injury to an
unarmed civilian must be suspended without pay during
the investigation. Due to the nature of the job,
officers should be required to carry insurance that
will help their families financially if this were to
happen. A police officer's CalPERS Industrial
Disability Insurance will not be pre-funded by tax
police departments cannot investigate themselves.
The blue code of silence and cover-up is
blatant, and it's evident in the long list
of no conviction cases. There are too many cases
where charges are not filed by top
officials despite physical evidence
and eyewitness testimony, contradicting the
police department's statement of events.
The investigation process must include an
immediate toxicology exam. In addition,
unedited civilian video recordings must be considered
police officers who fire upon an unarmed or legally
armed civilian who is not in the act of committing a
felony offense will be fired, and charges brought
against that officer. They do not get to continue
their careers within law enforcement. Taxpayers
will not cover the cost of that officer's legal
the number of White, Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native
American police should be proportionate and reflective
of the members of that particular city. Officers
should be working in pairs, with those officers
identifying as two different races.
Written with love, signed in blood. Thank
you for your support.
If you have any questions regarding this petition,
please visit justice4pedie.com
or Email K. Harley [email protected]
or Patricia Perez at [email protected].
- California’s 9th District
Senator Nancy Skinner
- Assemblymember (D-Richmond)
- Richmond City Councilmember
Demand Resignation of
Contra Costa DA Mark Peterson
18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Demand Resignation of DA Mark Peterson
District Attorney’s Office
900 Ward St, Martinez, CA 94553
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 12 Noon
It is time to act. How much shameless corruption are we going to tolerate? As a community, we must fight back.
Contra Costa’s District Attorney Mark Peterson has violated the law. He has admitted to embezzlement, fraud, and perjury. He claims to be "humbled and embarrassed by his errors of judgment;" he says he will pay a fine for his "mistakes and errors." Admission of guilt does not negate the fact that he broke the law and was caught red-handed only after an audit was conducted.
As the top law enforcement official, DA Mark Peterson is required to uphold and enforce the law but has failed miserably at his job. He lacks the ability to act in an ethical and lawful manner. He has proven repeatedly that he has no integrity. For instance, he publicly blamed unarmed 24 year old Pedie Perez for causing his own murder and has contributed to the cover-up by not charging the officer despite overwhelming evidence that contradicts Officer Wallace Jensen’s LIES. Eyewitnesses reported to the family and police that Pedie never tried to take the officer’s gun and even DNA supports their statements. DA Mark Peterson lacks the ability to analyze facts, and exercise impartial judgement based on the evidence provided.
Citizens are prosecuted for embezzlement, fraud and perjury. Why shouldn’t he be charged according to his crimes? We don’t get to pay fines and keep our $300K annual salary!!! When is he going to be prosecuted? When is his license to practice law going to be revoked?
A demonstration of concerned Contra Costa County residents and supporters is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18, at 12 noon to demand Mark Peterson's resignation. We will assemble at DA Mark Peterson's Office at 900 Ward St, Martinez.
Attorney Pamela Price will be speaking at the event. Ms. Price is the gutsy attorney who rescued the main witness in the police sex scandal after the Richmond Police Department sent her to Florida.
Thank you for your support, on behalf of
Justice4Pedie.com and the Oscar Grant Committee
Also, please sign the Change.org petition demanding Mark Peterson RESIGN!
we have observed a disturbing increase in the
criminalization of journalists and
activists covering the events at the Dakota Access Pipeline
and elsewhere. If you haven’t read about it yet, check
out this page.
Oscar Grant Committee stands with Democracy Now outstanding
Goodman and film maker Deia
Schlosberg for courageously following the vitally important
struggle against the Dakota Oil Pipeline, and reporting on it to
keep the people informed.
These two women are peoples' heroes and deserve to be commended for
their actions, not arrested and persecuted for covering the news!
Schlosberg is charged with 3 felonies and faces up to 45 years in
We condemn the state authorities for bringing these outrageous
charges, that are clear assaults on thee "Freedom of the Press" and
the First Amendment, and thus, an attack on the American people as
well as the world eco-system.
We call upon all freedom loving people to speak out, protest, and
demonstrate against this arrest and prosecution. We demand all
charges be dropped!
The OGC is sending the Standing Rock
Sioux Tribe $100 in solidarity.
Read the Oscar Grant Committee's statement of solidarity with ELD
Felarca who was docked 17 days pay & suspended facing
dismissal from her MLK Middle School classroom without any
administrative hearing by the Berkeley Unified School District for the
crime of fighting back against violent Nazis holding a rally on the
steps of the state capitol. Click on the image below to read the PDF
This is a public letter that the Oscar Grant Committee is
sending to Colin Kaepernick
Dear Colin Kaepernick,
The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality and State
Repression applaud you for taking a stand in an attempt to shine a
light on what we feel is one of the greatest atrocities of our day,
the unwarranted killing of black and brown people across this country
by the repressive apparatus of the state, the police.
It is a bold and courageous statement you are making. One that is sure
to cost you professionally. However, regardless of the cost to you
personally, you have chosen to throw in with the powerless and
the oppressed to bring an end to this evil in order, to advocate for
true justice and liberty for all, in short to truly live up to the
ideals which our flag is supposed to represent.
Be aware, Mr. Kaepernick, you are now in the cross hairs of those who
are the enemies of social justice and like many of the progressive
peoples' heroes of the past you will suffer retaliation. But true
heroes have always been willing to pay that price. Your principled
stand will inspire others to get off the sidelines and take the field
of action and make some plays to advance social justice in this
The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality And State
Repression has been organizing and speaking out in behalf of the
victims murdered by bad cops ever since we were formed in 2010 in
response to the unjustified killing of Oscar
Grant by Johannes Mehserle, who was a BART Policeman at the
time. We are not anti-police, we are pro-life, black and brown lives
in particular. We are tired of seeing them cut short by the people who
have sworn to protect them.
Reactionary elements in our society rail against the messengers of
inconvenient truths, become outraged about perceived slights to our
cherished symbols of authority, yet often remain far too silent about
the injustices that makes it necessary to speak out in the first
The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality And State
Repression will continue to speak out against police misconduct and
stand with the families whose loved ones have been murdered by bad
cops, and we will continue to stand with you Mr. Kaepernick.
The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality And State
Repression extends the invitation to Colin Kaepernick to collaborate
with us & explore ways we can work together to advance the
OGC Contact: Gary Hall
(510) 712-9394 - (415) 623-6473 (web site editor)
Note: The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality and State
Repression is not to be mistaken for the Oscar Grant foundation.
We are two different organizations.
The Justice 4 Mario
Woods Coalition is taking our demands to District Attorney George
Gascon. Bring a friend(s) and meet us at the rally! We'll see you at 850 Bryant Street
on Friday, October 7th at 12:00 pm.
Justice For Mario Woods Coalition
New Stuff on the Site
Video: ILWU March
& Rally Against Police Brutality San Francisco, Mayday 2016
Video: Justice for Mario
Woods: interviews with hunger strikers
Document: Anti Police-Terror Project's investigation of the Demouria
Hogg killing (June 6, 2015, Oakland)
Resolution passed May 3, 2016
The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police
Brutality and State Repression opposes and condemns the use of collective
punishment by any police or military force. We consider such policies war
crimes against the people of the world.
We oppose and condemn any politician, Donald Trump or any other who
advocates such a war crime as policy. We must fight them every step of the
The Nazis routinely practiced collective punishment in their conquered
territories, sometimes wiping out entire villages. NEVER AGAIN!
Resolutions passed on April 5 2016
The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police
Brutality and State Repression opposes and condemns Donald Trump's call
for increased state repression of U.S. Government prisoners through the
use of waterboarding and other even harsher methods of torture. The
progressive movement must vigorously oppose these torture techniques as a
dangerous move in the direction of a repressive police state.
The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police
Brutality and State Repression recognizes and endorses Senator Bernie
Sanders's call to investigate every police killing of an unarmed civilian
and any death of a prisoner in police custody. We support building a mass
movement to implement these demands.
Press Conference/Speakout: Justice for Pedie Perez!
Activists gathered with the Perez family before the Richmond City Council
meeting to explain why they are insisting that the city conduct a truly
independent investigation of the fatal shooting of Pedie Perez on Sept. 14
2014 by Richmond Police officer Wallace Jensen. They then spoke during the
Council's Open Forum period.
Oscar Grant Anniversary 1/1/16
SF Police Commission Meeting Following Mario Woods Shooting
Gerald S., Stan W., and Steve J. of the Oscar Grant Committee went to
the SF Police Commission meeting on 12/9/15 following the shooting of
Mario woods and gave this report:
At 5 pm Wednesday nite there was a rally on the front step of SF City
Hall. About 500 attended this rally and tried to get in the SF Police
Commission meeting. Our forces, the working class opposition to police
brutality, were not well organized, as per the related events that
preceded this meeting (the Vigil 12/3/15 about 1,000 participants, the
Town Hall Meeting 12/4/15 just under 1,000 participants) Because there
were so many people the SF Police Commission bureaucrats had to set up an
overflow room in which was a TV screen broadcasting the Police Commission
The racial/ethnic composition was good with at least half of the crowd
black, latino, and asian. Approx. half of the crowd was white. Also, many
There was a crowd of protesters at SF City Hall, many speaking to the
Police Commission. About 200-300 couldn't get into the hearing, but they
stayed in the hallway doing mike-checks. Several young women led the crowd
yelling chants for Police Chief Suhr and Mayor Ed Lee to resign. They were
fired up. They fired up everybody in the building. It is the spark to
create the fire that will result into another Ferguson. Also the people
called for the six guilty officers to be indicted for this murderous
crime. It felt like the beginning of the Sixties.
Original video of shooting (16 sec)
Advise Show News (11 min)
San Jose Mercury News story on Policemen's union statement regarding
the shooting (with video)
ACLU App Empowers People against Police Brutality
The app is a tool to preserve documentation of police brutality.
The Californian branch of the civil liberties group ACLU launched a free
smart phone app on Thursday to guarantee they can document and preserve
recorded instances of police brutality.
The app allows ordinary people to both record and document encounters with
state authorities from their cellphones while having it instantaneously
transmitted to the ACLU’s servers. In light of past instances in which
authorities have deliberately confiscated or destroyed such evidence, the
app would guarantee the recordings’ preservation. It also allows people to
send an alert to anyone in close range to the incident in order to
potentially facilitate an organized community response. Get it here
Videos, Witness Statements in Pedie Perez Shooting
|Videos of Pedie's shooting and death
|The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State
Repression (OGC) is a grassroots democratic organization that was
formed as a conscious united front for justice against police
brutality. The OGC is involved in the struggle for police
accountability and is committed to stopping police brutality.
In alliance with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union
(ILWU) we organized the October 23, 2010 labor and community rally
for Justice for Oscar Grant. On that day the ILWU shut down the Bay
Area ports in solidarity. Our mission is to educate, organize and
mobilize people against police and state repression. Sisters and
brothers! The Oscar Grant Committee invites you to join us in this
We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the
Neibyl Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Avenue (near Alcatraz) in
Oakland. For more information please call us at 925/798-3698 or e-mail us.
You can join our discussion list by sending a blank (doesn't even
need a subject) email to [email protected]
|Where we meet: 65th &
Telegraph, about halfway between Ashby & Rockridge BART