Stop Mass Incarceration Network
Here’s the full petition:
Its Right to Protest Murder by Police
Oppose the Convictions of #A14 Protesters
and Drop the Charges
What you can do:
1. Call Mike Feuer (213-978-8100), L.A. City Attorney, TodayDemand Criminal Charges Targeting April 14 Protestors be Dropped
2. Be in court with the defendants.Opening statements by the prosecution and defense could begin as soon as Wednesday or Thursday, April 13 or 14. 10:30 AM Dept. 56, 7th Floor, Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, 210 W. Temple, Los Angeles, CA 90012. more
3. Contribute funds for the political and legal defense. Organize fundraising parties and activities. Send checks to Stop Mass Incarceration Network / AFGJ. In the memo line write: “Legal Defense – LA April 14 Protests.” Send to:Stop Mass Incarceration Network PO Box 941, Knickerbocker StationNew York City, NY 10002-0900
4. Be part of building this political and legal defense! Contact: 213.840.5348 EMail
5. Endorse this Statement
To arrest, prosecute, intimidate and imprison those who protest against them.Nearly very day, we hear of cases and see videos of police murdering and brutalizing people, disproportionately Black and Latino. Walter Scott: shot in the back as he was running away. Eric Garner: choked to death on a NY City street. Omar Abrego: beaten to death as he was coming home. Michael Brown: shot and killed with his hands up as he was walking to his grandma’s house. John Crawford: shot in a Walmart for holding a toy gun the store was selling.Ezell Ford: shot in the back outside of his home. Tamir Rice: 12 years old, playing with a toy gun in a park, shot within 1.7 seconds by police.
And again and again and again, the police are exonerated and hardly ever investigated, let alone punished. The cops who murdered Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford and Omar Abrego: all got off scot free. It has been over a year since Ezell Ford was murdered and there have still been no legal proceedings against the murderers. It has been a year since Tamir Rice was murdered, and grand jury proceedings are just now beginning.*
What is the government’s answer to these howling and unjust crimes?
In LA, three young revolutionaries were just convicted of serious misdemeanor charges from an arrest at a national protest against police murder on April 14, 2015. They have recently been sentenced.**
Seven others, from different perspectives, are also facing upcoming trials from this arrest. That day, in over 30 U.S. cities, thousands took the streets. In LA, over 1,000 people participated in this protest which included high school walkouts, a march through Skid Row and the shutting down of the Blue Line train for over an hour. This national day of protest helped to keep open the door of mass resistance against murder by police which began in 2014.
In addition, numerous people from the Black Lives Matter movement and others who filled the streets in the last year and a half to protest police terror are all also facing upcoming trials.
These brave resisters have already faced more time in jail and in the courts than most of the police who murder and brutalize Black and brown people. This is unacceptable.
These arrests and prosecutions are meant to send a message of fear and intimidation to force people to accept the business as usual of murder and brutality by police; they are meant to send a message that “if you act in meaningful and determined political resistance, we will shut you down.” Whether it be the tanks and tear gas in the streets of Ferguson, boycotts and bully threats aimed at silencing prominent voices who speak out or mass arrests in Baltimore, LA or NY. We will not accept this.
– Drop the charges on those arrested for protesting murder by police.
– No jail time for political resisters.
– Stop Police Terror.
* The Cleveland police who murdered Tamir Rice have walked free, with no charges filed.
** They were sentenced to two years “summary probation,” large fines and community labor.
Benny Anderson, brother of Johnny Anderson, killed by Lakewood sheriffs, 2015; Rafael Angulo, Clinical Professor, USC School of Social Work; Nicole Berry, sister of John Berry, killed by Lakewood CA Sheriffs, 2015; Paris Bey, cousin of Janisha Fonville, killed by Charlotte, NC police, 2015; Peter Coyote, actor, writer and Zen Buddhist priest; Carl Dix, co-founder, Stop Mass Incarceration Network; Revolutionary Communist Party; Carey Downs, father of James Rivera Jr., killed 2010 by Stockton CA police; Leanne Estrada, mother of 17 year old Hoopa Tribal Member; Richard Fredrick Tis-Mil Estrada, killed by California Highway Patrol on 12-18-2014; Martin Garbus, attorneyKimberly Griffin, mother of Kimoni Davis, killed by Hanging Rock OH police, 2015; Georgia Farrell, mother of Jonathan Ferrell, killed by Charlotte, NC police 2013; Yohana Flores, daughter of Ernesto Flores, murdered by San Bernardino County police, 2015; Chemika Hollis, partner of Nate Wilks, killed by police in Oakland, CA, 2015; Alice Howell, grandmother of Justus Howell, killed by Zion IL police, 2015; Sikivu Hutchinson, author; Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West killed by Baltimore police in 2013; Kevin Kellom, father of Terrence Kellom, killed by Federal ICE agents in Detroit, 2015; Alicia Kirkman, mother of Angelo Miller, 17 years old, killed by Cleveland Police in 2007; Tom Morello, musician, activist; Rev. Cecil L. Murray, Pastor retired at First AME Church, Los Angeles. Professor, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, USC; Edith Obdulio Oliva, father of Carlos Oliva-Sola, killed by LA Sheriffs, September 2013; Erica Parker, sister of Dante Parker, murdered by San Bernardino Sheriffs, 2014; Nate Parker; Marcus Pettiford, son of Anthony Anderson, murdered by Baltimore police, 2012; Mary Ratcliff, Editor, San Francisco Bay View Newspaper; Ishtyme Robinson, mother of Ahjah Dixon, died in police custody, Corsicana, Texas, 2010; Andre Royo, actor; Chris Silva, brother of David Silva, beat to death by Bakersfield CA police, 2013; Sunsara Taylor, writer, Revolution newspaper, StopPatriarchy.org; Terri Thaxton, sister of Michael Nida, killed by Downey CA Police, 2011; Paul Von Blum, Senior Lecturer, African American Studies Dept., UCLA; The Lareko Williams family, Lareko Williams was tasered to death by Charlotte, NC police, 2011; Rev. Frank Wulf, Pastor, USC United University Church, Los Angeles