Many communities are concerned about police departments' acquisition and deployment
of military-grade equipment in events ranging from public protests to parades and service
of drug warrants. In Oakland, the use of grenade-like projectiles, armored vehicles, and
military-grade assault weapons by OPD officers has resulted in harm to residents,
controversy, and costly lawsuits. In March 2018, Oakland police used the tank-like BearCat
armored vehicle as a shooting platform and AR-15 rifles in the killing of Joshua
Oakland PD uses force disproportionately against black residents. And several studies
conclude that police departments that acquire military-grade equipment are more likely to
use violence and are no more successful in reducing crime.
Yet Oakland has no policy for the acquisition or use of militarized equipment. Oakland PD
can acquire and use military equipment of all kinds - anywhere, at any time, with no policy
for its use or public reporting of what is has or how it is used. Now Oakland has an
opportunity to exercise community control over the militarization of policing in Oakland,
by adopting an ordinance that will require approval by the City Council for the acquisition
of military equipment, and use policies and reporting for military equipment that OPD has
The proposed ordinance will require that the civilian Oakland Police Commission review
proposed acquisitions and use policies for armored vehicles, assault weapons, weaponized
aircraft, battering rams, sonic weapons, and flashbang grenades. This will apply to
equipment that OPD acquires with grants or with purchases from the city budget. The
proposal is modeled on Oakland’s surveillance equipment ordinance.
Supporting organizations (list in formation):
ACLU; American Friends Service Committee; Anti Police Terror Project; Coalition for Police
Accountability; Human Impact Partners; Oakland Privacy Working Group (you!); Oscar Grant
Committee; Restore Oakland; Secure Justice; 67 Sueños; Urban Peace Movement; Urban
Strategies; and is being considered by others.
Contact: John Lindsay-Poland
American Friends Service Committee
510-282-8983 [email protected]
Hearing On Status Of Accused Murderer of Kishana Harley
During Public Comment Period at the City Council Meeting
Pittsburg City Council 65 Civic Ave Pittsburg, CA 94565
(One block North on Railroad Ave Exit off HWY 4)
(Railroad Drive Stop at End of Line BART Extension Trolley)
Demand Number One: Fire Killer Cop Dillon Tindall
The people of Pittsburg are not safe with trigger happy
cop Dillon Tindall on the police force. He has shown bad judgement in
killing Terry Amons without just cause. At the very least, he must be
fired to prevent further tragedy.
Demand Number Two: Pass the Richmond Ordinance
District Attorneys work closely every day with the police and rely on
them to get convictions. More often than not they turn a blind eye to
police misconduct. We need laws and policies that hold trigger happy cops
accountable. The Richmond City Council, responding to public pressure,
passed. an ordinance to have an independent investigation
of all police killings, to avoid this conflict of interest. Pittsburg and
other cities must pass similar laws as a first step to justice.
“Anger, questions over Hayward police killing roils council meeting”
East Bay Citizen / Steven Tavares / January 16, 2019
The Hayward City Council chambers erupted in chants of “Shut it
down!” and “What are you hiding?!” after the family of
Agustin Gonsalez, the 29-year-old father of two killed by Hayward police
officer was again denied answers following the shooting last November on
Gonsalez family members and supporters delivered several public comments
during a Hayward council meeting last month demanding for information from
police. The family said Gonsalez struggled with a mental illness, but had
held a full-time job (...) Some family members demanded police body-cam
video of the incident, in addition, to an independent investigation.
“This is a story that cries out trigger-happy police,” said
Frank Runninghorse, a member of the Oscar Grant Committee. “The
police can not investigate themselves. It’s like the fox guarding the hen
Where: District Attorney’s Office,
900 Ward Street Martinez, CA
Who: Justice4Terry Committee and
Family of Terry Amons, Jr.
Why: Full Investigation of
Shooting/Killing of Terry Amons,Jr. by Pitttsburg Police
Contact: 510-674-8181 or
Terry Amons, Jr., a 43 year old Black man, was shot and killed by
Pittsburgh police late Friday night on January 12, 2018, while eating
dinner inside his car outside of Nations Burgers in Pittsburgh, as was his
habit before going to work on his night shift job as a delivery driver for
Presidential Propane Company. The police claim that Terry was reaching for
a gun, but body cam video, which clearly shows Amons attempting to comply
with shouted contradictory orders from two cops with guns drawn and aimed
at him. At no time did Amons make any move toward the holstered pistol
that was in plain sight in the central storage area between the front
The video shows Amons complying with orders to place his hands on the
steering wheel, then attempting to comply with frantic commands to
“get out of the car.” Before being senselessly gunned down
while attempting to comply.
We hold the Pittsburgh PD responsible for murdering an innocent Black
man. Terry’s mother, Sandra, said: “They executed my son. The
Pittsburgh Police Department (PPD) illegally, without a warrant, searched
Terry’s home after they killed him.” The PPD did not provide
Terry’s family with the names of the officers involved. The Law
Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights is the legal justification for
withholding this information. Only months later did the Oscar Grant
Committee learn the names of the Police Officers involved: Dillon Tindall,
who fired the shots, and Jesus Arellano. According to the East Bay Times,
the body cam video shows Terry being shot by Tindall after shouting
“Do not reach for that fucking gun.” As Terry falls out of the
car, he continues to say, “I wasn’t reaching for nothing, I
swear to God.” Then the officers handcuffed him. Terry died at John
Muir Medical Center in Martinez.
According to attorney John Burris, “I must admit, I do not see
(Amons) reaching for that gun. I see him playing around with gloves, but
certainly not reaching. He was trying to comply,” “I have
reservations about the justification of this shooting, frankly.”
The police claim they were responding to a drug dealing complaint that
provoked the initial contact. No drugs were found on Amons or in his
The family is considering filing a lawsuit. Family and friends of Terry
Amons have launched an on-going struggle for Justice4Terry, along with the
OGC, SURJ (Stand Up for Racial Justice), and others.
So far, three monthly protest actions have been held with up to 60
energetic people involved. Monthly meetings to plan ongoing events are
open to the public.
Terry Amons Demo
Say Her Name — Vigil for Kishana Harley
Our dear friend and comrade Kishana Harley was found murdered in her home
in Richmond Thursday. She was incredibly committed to making the world a
better place for all people, and was as warm, caring and wonderful person
as anyone could ever hope to meet. She worked tirelessly on a Value
Human Life Bill petition and was a close friend and supporter of the
Pedie Perez' family. Harley had four children, a 2-year-old, a 3-year-old,
a 14-year-old, and an 18-year-old who just graduated from Marine boot camp.
She was also deeply involved with the Oscar Grant Committee, the fight for
justice in the police murder of Pedie Perez, and an activist who attended
Richmond city council meetings on a regular basis.
There will be a vigil for Harley on Thursday evening, July 26th at 6-8
in the Richmond community center of the Monterey Pine apartment complex
where she lived: 575 Berk Ave #11, Richmond, CA 94804
Get on the Bus to
Sacramento: Public Safety Hearing, June 19th 2018
On Tuesday, June 19, Assembly Bill 931, the Police Accountability and
Community Protection Act, will be heard in committee for the first time.
We need to let the Legislature know that higher standards for police use
of force is critical to save lives—they must pass AB 931 out of the
Senate Public Safety Committee. AB 931 will make it more difficult for CA
police to justify violent use of force against our communities. Show up to
Sacramento on June 19 to pack the room and deliver a short ‘me
too’ statement to the Senators to voice your support.
Travel support from Oakland to Sacramento
One charter bus will leave from Oakland on Tuesday morning, June 19.
This bus will return on Tuesday, June 19.
Oakland pick up locations:
Fruitvale BART 5:45 am, 3401 East 12th St, Oakland, CA 94601
West Oakland BART 6:00 am, 1451 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607
The Perez Family and their supporters have been completely vindicated as
Richmond’s Citizen Police Review Commission sustained their
complaint that excessive force was used in the police killing of their
son, Pedie Perez. This refutes the attempted police cover-up and opens the
way for criminal prosecution of the offending officer. Here are some
excerpts from a KTVU News report by Debora Villalon, dated May 3,
Richmond’s Citizen Police Review Commission, in a 7-1 vote,
sustained a complaint that excessive and unreasonable force was used
against 24-year- old Richard “Pedie” Perez. .
. .The family hopes it prompts the Contra Costa County Grand Jury and
the new District Attorney, to take a closer look at the incident.
“The truth is what we're seeking,” said father Richard
Perez, Jr. “after the police slandered my son.”
Although the Richmond Police Department and Police Officer Association
refuse to acknowledge any wrongdoing on the part of Officer Jensen or any
kind of cover-up on their part, how can they expect community trust for
their “community policing” program? How can the community
expect improvement until the RPD admits something is wrong?
On Monday, January 1, 2018, at 12 noon, Oscar’s family will hold
the 9th Annual Memorial for him outside the Fruitvale BART station. The
Oscar Grant Committee will set up a table, bring signs, and distribute
literature. Join Us!
Three Years After His Death, the investigation of
Pedie's killing continues
By Abené Clayton, Richmond Confidential, December 20, 2017
Pat Perez sat in the back row of the Richmond Citizen’s Police
Review Commission’s November meeting, which she’s done every
month since 2015. It’s a small conference room, on this night
holding all eight review commissioners, and just 10 others, including
city officials and representatives talking about police policy and crime
rates. Pat Perez was joined by her husband, Richard, and their son Rick
Perez Jr. She wore a sign around her neck, with her grandson’s
face printed on it. His eyes looked upward...
Mumia Abu-Jamal, former Black Panther, MOVE supporter and journalist
known as the “voice of the voiceless,” is an innocent and
framed political prisoner.
A new legal action against judicial bias in his appeals opens the door to
Mumia’s freedom. The judge ordered the DA to release evidence from
its files, but the prosecution continues its cover-up.
For 35 years, Mumia has challenged his racially biased and politically
motivated conviction. Winning Mumia’s freedom would be a victory not
only for him, but an inspiration and support to all those battling the
injustices of U.S. imperialism. This struggle requires a mass movement
with international labor support.
Join Us! Free Mumia!
Rachel Wolkenstein, Lawyer for Mumia from the
beginning of his case.
ALSO: Other speakers, and a special segment: solidarity with anti-fascist
San Francisco: 6:30 PM,
27th October 2017
Hastings Law School, 198 McAllister St,
Co-sponsors for the SF forum: San Francisco Law School Chapter, and UC
Hastings Chapter, National Lawyers Guild
ENDORSERS: Workers World Party, Justice for
Palestinians, Leonard Peltier Support Group, Donna Wallach, Transport
Workers Solidarity Committee, Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party,
Taking Aim, Socialist Viewpoint, Bay Area National Lawyers Guild,
Mobilization To Free Mumia, Kiilu Nyasha, Freedom Socialist Party,
International Bolshevik Tendency, Oscar Grant Committee Against Police
Brutality, Revolutionary Workers Group/Speak Out Now, Critical Resistance
Oakland, Haiti Action.
Oscar Grant Committee statement to Richmond City
At the October 3, 2017 Richmond City Council meeting, Gerald Smith
delivered the following statement on behalf of the Oscar Grant
In February 2026 the Richmond City Council passed an important piece of
local legislation. Basically it stated that hence forward if a citizen
of Richmond is shot by the Richmond police there will be an independent
investigation not controlled by the Richmond Police Department or the city
Why? Because there was a serious cover-up of the actual circumstances
surrounding Pedie’s death. People that have read the relevant
documentation know this.
Now the Richmond police union and the assistant city attorney have
revealed at the August and September meetings of the Richmond Citizens
Police Review Commission that they are dead set against a transparent
Time does not permit me to share more details. But the situation is
crystal clear: Who runs this city? The people of Richmond through their
elected representatives or corrupted individuals and organizations that
have a direct conflict of interest in the public of this investigation.
Oscar Grant Committee Letter to Sacramento DA about
The Honorable Anne Marie Schubert
District Attorney of Sacramento County,
901 G Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 [email protected]
Dear District Attorney Schubert,
We continue to be deeply concerned about the prosecution Yvette Felarca
on what appear to be trumped-up charges. We wrote earlier that her arrest
in connection with the June 2016 events in Sacramento appeared to be a
case of selective prosecution. Now it appears that the Berkeley Police
Department is joining in, targeting Ms. Felarca in what appears to be a
premeditated and unwarranted arrest on the part of the police. (See the
YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HZN1Qb44Yk.)
This raises the question of possible collaboration between the police and
the neo-fascists and white supremacists. In light of the vicious smear
campaign against her by the Alt-Right, it could be argued that the police
should be protecting Ms. Felarca, not harassing her further.
We fear that the recent arrest of Ms. Felarca may be used as a pretext
to increase her bail, even though no one has suggested that she has become
a flight risk. If anything, she has become more dedicated to her cause and
is in no sense a flight risk.
In the interests of justice, the Oscar Grant Committee again urges you to
drop the pending charges against Yvette Felarca and certainly her bail
should not be increased in what might be seen as a punitive manner.
Eugene E Ruyle, Oakland, CA
For the Oscar Grant Committee
Against Police Brutality and State Repression
ILWU Local 10 vote unanimously to stop the fascists
in San Francisco
The fascist “Patriot Prayer” group that
staged violent racist provocations in Portland, Oregon and elsewhere,
attracting Nazi and other violent white supremacists, has announced it
will rally in San Francisco.
In response, International Longshore & Warehouse
Union (ILWU) has voted unanimously to stop the fascists. The ILWU will
gather on Saturday August 26, 10am at ILWU Union Hall,
located on 400 North Point in San Francisco, and march to Chrissy
Motion to Stop the Fascists in San Francisco
Whereas, the fascists, the KKK, Nazis and other white supremacists
rallied and marched by torchlight in Charlottesville, whipping up lynch
mob terror with racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic slogans, and
Whereas, that attack resulted in one anti-racist counter demonstrator
murdered and many others injured when one of the fascist bullies ran
them down with a car, and
Whereas, President Trump's whitewashing this violent, deadly fascist
and racist attack saying “both sides are to blame”, and his
attacking anti-racists for opposing Confederate statues that honor
slavery adds fuel to the fire of racist violence, and
Whereas, the Klan, Nazis and other racist terrorists represent a deadly
threat to African Americans, Latinos and immigrants, as well as Muslims,
Jews, LGBTQ people among many others, and directly to members of our
union and the labor movement as a whole, and
Whereas, the fascist “Patriot Prayer” group that staged
violent racist provocations in Portland, Oregon and elsewhere,
attracting Nazi and other violent white supremacists, has announced it
will rally on Crissy Field on Saturday August 26, and
Whereas, far from a matter of “free speech”, the racist and
fascist provocations are a deadly menace as shown in Portland on May 26
when a Nazi murdered two men and almost killed a third for defending two
young African American women he was menacing; and our sisters and
brothers in the Portland labor movement answered racist terror with the
power of workers solidarity, mobilizing members of 14 unions against the
fascist/racist rally there on June 4, and
Whereas, ILWU Local 10 has a long and proud history of standing up
against racism, fascism and bigotry and using our union power to do so;
on May Day 2015 we shut down Bay Area ports and marched followed by
thousands to Oscar Grant Plaza demanding an end to police terror against
African Americans and others; the San Francisco Bay Area is a union
stronghold and we will not allow labor-hating white supremacists to
bring their lynch mob terror here,
Therefore, ILWU Local 10 in the best tradition of our union that fought
these rightwingers in the Big Strike of 1934, will not work on that day
and instead march to Crissy Field to stop the racist, fascist
intimidation in our hometown and invite all unions and antiracist and
antifascist organizations to join us defending unions, racial
minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ people, women and all the oppressed.
We're residents of the Bay Area -- people of color, working class
people, immigrants, queer, lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people, liberals,
leftists, and others. We think it's time to get together, to celebrate
our differences in solidarity, and peacefully speak out against the
hateful currents in American society.
Fascists and white supremacists are meeting in Berkeley to try to
intimidate us and incite violence. We're meeting near UC Berkeley
campus, blocks away and on the other side of the downtown, for a
peaceful rally to speak to each other about the world we want. Join us,
bring snacks, bring signs!
Sunday, August 27, 2017
10:30am Crescent Lawn UC Berkeley
(Addison St. and Oxford St.)
Berkeley, California 94720
Support Eric Clanton: Statement from Eric Clanton
August 16, 2017
My name is Eric. I'm currently facing years of prison time as the result
of accusations made in the most shockingly hateful parts of the internet.
On April 19th I began being targeted by a dedicated swarm of internet
trolls known for spewing racism, xenophobia, and misogyny onto the web.
Suddenly a hit piece by Milo Yiannopolis caused the targeting to go viral.
Several old social media photos were posted, online accounts hacked,
addresses published, hundreds of calls to my employers, and countless
threats of physical violence made against me, my coworkers, friends and
many others. This harassment campaign is where the accusations against me
Dealing with an unintelligible internet force smearing and threatening me
online was not easy, and created stress to say the least, but I had every
expectation that very few people would take them seriously, especially
considering the character and credibility of their sources. However, five
weeks later the Berkeley police smashed into two houses, held guns to
peoples' heads, handcuffed, verbally abused, and stole the belongings of
over a dozen people including books and zines.
All of this after my attorney Dan Siegel had reached out to Berkeley
police on my behalf, and all on the basis of an 'investigation' that
largely involved detectives reading far right forum posts and studying
unverified youtube videos. When I was interviewed at the police station
detective Hong had the nerve to say to me, "the internet did the work
for us." My case threatens to set a new standard in which right wing
extremists can select targets for repression and have police
enthusiastically and forcefully pursue them.
This is just one example of the police doing everything in their power to
facilitate and to legitimize the violence and the rhetoric of the
so-called alt-right. They are also criminalizing protesters who stood up
to neo-Nazis last summer, hundreds of J20 and standing rock defendants.
All of this from a system that has perfected criminalization through
centuries of racist policing. All of this moves in a strategy to further
chill dissent, and to clamp down on resistance to the dangerous and
aggressive growth of the exact kind of white supremacist violence that we
saw this last weekend.
Heather Heyer gave her life trying to stop the growth of this hate. She
died defending decency, and may she rest peacefully knowing that struggle
will continue and multiply. There's little comfort in words at times like
these especially for people directly affected, but love and solidarity to
her family and to everyone who is still physically and psychologically
recovering from this brutality. We've got your back.
To all my supporters
I want to thank everyone who came to court for me last Thursday or tried
to. I know it was much quicker and less climactic than we thought.
Supporting me in this bizarre time is not only an act of care, but one of
bravery and strength. Seeing that on display makes me feel our collective
power. Thank you all for showing up and for all the diverse, creative, and
intimate ways that support has materialized outside of court. Thank you
especially to the close friends who have cared for me fearlessly and
The fear and anxiety that this creates is by design, and it ripples out
by design, BUT we get to decide its effectiveness. Look out for each
other, be safe, be careful, and think hard about what all that means in
the changing landscape. Keep caring for one another too and don't be
afraid. Keep building unity, creative struggle, and long-term strategies
for expanding, and strengthening the communities that we live in and want
to defend. We're stronger than they are! Solidarity always!
Special thanks to the Bay Area Anti Repression Committee and the Labor
Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal for helping build support, the
Community Readiness Corps for helping keep me safe, and the amazing
lawyers who have been donating their time to help me fight this!
To: Richmond Mayor Tom Butt,
Members of the Richmond City Council,
Richmond Citizens Police Review Commission,
and City Attorney Bill Lindsay.
We have learned that, when our members attended the monthly meeting of
the Richmond Citizens Police Review Commission (RCPRC) on 8/2/2017, to
hear the results of the City-mandated investigation into the murder of
Richard "Pedie" Perez, they, and 3 others, were made to leave
the building. They had to stand outside for approximately 45 minutes. They
were told that it was during that time that the details of the
investigation were discussed. We have reviewed the Brown Act and we do not
see which section(s) justify telling members of the public to leave,
especially when the purpose of the Brown Act was to prevent meetings of
Boards and Commissions, behind closed doors. What is especially egregious
is the fact that the unjustified killing of Pedie Perez was traumatic
enough for his loved ones, without incidents like what happened at the
RCPRC meeting, adding insult to injury.
Please advise us as to where and what day/time the investigative report
will be released to the public. Thank you very much. We hope to hear from
Gerald Smith, For The Oscar Grant Committee
Against Police Brutality and State Repression
An Injury to One Is An Injury to All.
Without Struggle There Is No Justice.
Issues Today: Justice For Pedie
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 Committee).
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 Defense Committee.
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
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 Mumia.
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 penalty.
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 support.
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!
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 July 7th.
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
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.
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
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 n----r”.
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
4 PM Friday July 7th
Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th &
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.
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
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
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
Councilmember, Richmond City Council
Other community leaders are being
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
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
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% preventable.
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'sheart.
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
First, 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 dollars.
Second, 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
Third, 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 defense.
Fourth, 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
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 Costas 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
Solidarity with journalists and activists covering
the events at the Dakota Access Pipeline
Recently 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
RESOLVED: The Oscar Grant Committee stands with
Democracy Now outstanding journalist Amy Goodman and film
Schlosberg for courageously following the vitally important struggle
against the Dakota Oil Pipeline, and reporting on it to keep the people
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
We call upon all freedom loving people to speak out, protest, and
demonstrate against this arrest and prosecution. We demand all charges be
The OGC is sending the Standing Rock Sioux
Tribe $100 in solidarity.
Solidarity with Yvette Felarca!
Felarca 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
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 country.
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
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 place.
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 struggle.
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.
Charge Killer Cops, Gascon!
DEMAND the DA George Gascon charge killer
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.
RESOLVED: 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
RESOLVED: 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.
RESOLVED: 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
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.
SF Police Commission Meeting Following Mario Woods
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.
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 the ACLU App.