Federal Judge Denies Injunction Against ECPD

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#StandingRockSyllabus

Contents: Preface Key Terms Oceti Sakwoin Oyate Territory and Treaty Boundaries 1851-present Timeline of United States settler colonialism Readings by Theme and Topic Suggested Citation: NYC Stands…

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on what it means to be anti-police and pro-black

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Facebook post by Justice Gaines:

“I’ma try to be clear for y’all cause I’m seeing this phrase that gives me a lot of concern.

To be pro-Black you must be anti-police. Not anti-person-in-police-uniform. Not anti-cop. But you must be anti-police.

Understand the difference here. You cannot support the institution of police in this country and meaningfully say my life matters. The police system was founded on anti-Blackness. It has evolved and been adapted as a function to maintain white supremacy at all costs. It is a crux of anti-Black oppression.

Being anti-police does not mean you think cops should be killed. Being anti-police does not mean you don’t see cops as people.

The reason people are afraid or unable to say that they are anti-police is because it is construed and conflated with violence against police officers, which is a tactic of anti-Blackness.

The system of law enforcement in this…

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District Attorneys, Prosecutors and Their Incestuous Relationship to The Police That Impedes Justice

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For the past several years, police in the U.S. have come under an extreme amount of scrutiny and criticism in the public eye, in the wake of numerous high profile police killings of African-American citizens, such incidents include, but are by no means limited to: Oscar Grant, Aiyana Jones, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Grey, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, Philando Castille and literally too many more for me to list all here. All of these events, in conjunction with other documented instances of police brutality and violence have sparked countless protest in various cities and states across the entire country questioning the legitimacy and integrity of not just of police departments nationwide but the institution of U.S. policing as a whole.

Even prior to these highly publicized police killings very few would argue the fact that it is extremely difficult to convict police officers in this…

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Santa Clara Co. Jail Hunger Strikers Released from Solitary! Hunger Strike Suspended Pending Sheriff’s Fulfillment of Demands

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HUNGER STRIKE SUSPENDED.

Hunger Strikers have been released from solitary with handshakes and hugs. In 90 days, Strikers will be able to downclass in to general population. Additional clothing has been ordered. The sheriff’s department has agreed to subsidize lowering Commissary prices through the Welfare Fund. The Hunger Strike will continue its suspension until lasting changes are met.

The community can still put pressure in the form of a petition to insure lasting change in classification, administration, and Gang Intel both in policy and practice.

Be a part of the process to have lasting change!

Share & Sign the Petition: https://www.change.org/p/support-the-santa-clara-county-jail-hunger-strikers

#debugsanjose#protectyourpeople#hungryforchange

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National Day of Action Against Police Brutality: Family Testimonials

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#JusticeForLaMontezJones T-Shirt Fundraiser

We are honored to have the family of Lamontez Jones join us forO22/October 22nd Nat’l Day of Protest Against Police Terror Repression and Criminalization of a Generation

The following is a fundraising request from the mother of Lamontez Jones, Victoria to support in fundraising for legal services
#JusticeForLaMontezJones click here to help https://goo.gl/eOhU97

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#O22 in San Diego

Saturday OCTOBER 22nd, 2016

O22/October 22nd Nat’l Day of Protest Against Police Terror Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation

Join the efforts of United Against Police Terror – San Diego Af3irm San Diego Overpass Light Brigade – San Diego Artful Activist San Diego and La Flor De La Resistencia as we mobilize for the 21th Annual October 22; National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.

Those killed by every branch of Law Enforcement in SAN DIEGO is up to 605!

October 22nd is a day that people around the nation have mobilized every year since 1996 for a National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. It is crucial that we bring forward a powerful National Day of Protest in cities and towns across the U.S. to challenge the ongoing violence against the people. This October 22nd, stand with thousands across the country to express our collective outrage, creativity, and resistance in response to the crimes of this system.

MOST RECENTLY KILLED IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Most recent killed #AlfredOlango: “El Cajon PD Aware Unarmed Black Man Was in Mental Distress Before They Fatally Shot Him”

According to activists on the ground in El Cajon, the police department informed media that they were aware they were responding to a 5150 call when Olango was killed.

A “5150” call is defined as:

When a person, as a result of a mental disorder, is a danger to himself/herself or others or is gravely disabled, a peace officer, a member of the attending staff, or another professional person designated by the county may with probable cause take the person into custody and place him or her in a facility for a 72-hour treatment and evaluation.

This information appears to be confirmed by police scanner audio shared by United Against Police Terror – San Diego Copwatch & Campaign for Justice. Calls to El Cajon PD to confirm authenticity of audio have not been returned.

Read full article from TheRoot.com
http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2016/09/el-cajon-police-shooting/

Justice for Sergio Weick Killed by San Diego Sheriff’s Department August 12, 2016

https://www.gofundme.com/2jk52fg

Jose Armando Garcia, 47, was believed to be suicidal
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Fallbrook-Man-Fires-Gun-at-Deputies-in-Domestic-Disturbance-386011171.html

RECENTLY THIS YEAR, Thongsoune Vilaysane, 30, of San Diego was shot 40 TIMES in Encanto on May 11, 2016
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http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Shooting-in-Encanto-Shuts-down–379093111.html

In fall of Last year, 3 BLACK MEN WHERE MURDERED IN SAN DIEGO IN ONE MONTH

Lamontez Jones, 39 years old 10/20/2015

#JUSTICE4LAMONTEZJONES CLAIM FOR WRONGFUL DEATH

We are honored to have the family of Lamontez Jones join us forO22/October 22nd Nat’l Day of Protest Against Police Terror Repression and Criminalization of a Generation

The following is a fundraising request from the mother of Lamontez Jones, Victoria to support in fundraising for legal services
#JusticeForLaMontezJones
T-Shirt Fundraiser
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Anthony Ashford, 29 years old 10/27/2015
Rayshaun Cole, 30 years old 10/17/2015

in 2011 San Diego police Officers Steve Schnick and Richard Widner opened fire on 26-year-old Marc Anthony Carrasco in a back bedroom of the Dawne Street house early on the morning of March 5.
http://www.kusi.com/story/15123069/officers-cleared-in-shooting-of-knife-wielding-man

To this date, Uaptsd.org has recorded 600 KILLED BY EVERY BRANCH OF LAW ENFORCEMENT SINCE 1980.https://uaptsd.org/victims/stolen-lives-killed-by-sd-law-enforcement/

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AF3IRM CONDEMNS OAKLAND’S PREDATORY POLICE, DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY AND THE RESIGNATION OF PIMP-PROTECTOR LIBBY SCHAAF!

06/27/2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts
Daniella Navarrete, AF3IRM SF Bay Area Chapter Coordinator, sfbayarea@af3irm.org
Leah Sicat, AF3IRM Central Coast Chapter Coordinator, centralcoast@af3irm.org
Carly Ritter, AF3IRM Central Coast
Catherine Mendonça, AF3IRM San Diego Chapter Coordinator sandiego@af3irm.org

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA—As an anti-imperialist, transnational feminist organization, AF3IRM condemns the predatory actions and systemic oppression perpetuated by the Oakland Police Department (OPD). Allegedly committed to combatting the sex trade and entrusted to serve victims of gender violence, the Oakland Police Department has instead given badges, weapons, institutional power, and impunity to abusers, traffickers and johns. Officers who are valorized under the guise of  “protecting the community” have repeatedly shown themselves to be the very predators who endanger our existence. Specifically,  AF3IRM denounces the OPD’s perpetuation of sexual abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and rape of Celeste Guap. We also unequivocally condemn OPD’s corruption and potential cover-up of intimate partner homicide against Irma Huerta Lopez. We in AF3IRM see the victimization of Celeste Guap and the suspected murder of Irma Huerta Lopez as attacks on transnational women of color’s bodily autonomy, survival, self-determination, and liberation.  We name this malfeasance and violence for what it is: the ruthless triple oppression of patriarchy, capitalism, and white supremacy.

For over 25 years, AF3IRM has waged the Purple Rose Campaign against the trafficking of women and children. The most impacted communities in the sex trade are women of color, girls of color, and queer & trans people of color. Globally, women and girls comprise 97% of those trafficked for sexual exploitation. Every 2 out of 3 trafficked youth are girls from the global south. California is one of the primary hotspots for domestic and international human trafficking in the U.S and local conditions in the Bay Area mirror international trends.  Trafficking reports from Contra Costa, San Francisco, Santa Clara Counties, and the city of Oakland demonstrate that Black and Latina women and girls are the most susceptible to sexual exploitation. In the Bay Area alone, 46% of all prosecuted human trafficking cases came from Alameda County, with the most common form of sexual exploitation in Oakland being homegrown domestic minor sex trafficking.   Oakland is also the epicenter of the Bay Area’s largest “trafficking triangle,” with International Boulevard as the city’s most active area for street prostitution — the same street where Celeste Guap ran from her pimp towards Officer Brendan O’Brien, who later became the first police procurer.

Contrary to opinions which express that the OPD “sex scandal” detracts from “the real issues”, we in AF3IRM recognize that the fight against police terror and sex trafficking are interconnected and aim to abolish both! We echo some of the same demands made by other organizations and collectives, such as the Anti-Police Terror Project, but as transnational women of color who recognize the deep machinations and intersections of oppression, we must demand much more.

AF3IRM’s Demands:

1. Investigate & hold OPD accountable for Celeste Guap’s sexual exploitation, trafficking, & rape!
All predator police, as previously stated by Anti-Police Terror Project, should be arrested and all officers who were aware of trafficking but failed to act should be fired. Furthermore, we in AF3IRM want a release of the names of all implicated officers and a full investigation launched by an outside agency that will investigate predatory officers participating in the sex trade. Their simultaneous roles as first-responders and perpetrators of rape and trafficking are undeniably dangerous to youth and women of color and should no longer be tolerated. Additionally, OPD must publicly state that coercion and enticement of a minor is never the fault of the child or youth.

2. Release the autopsy report to Irma Huerta Lopez’s family!
On June 16, 2014, Irma Huerta Lopez, wife of OPD Officer Brendan O’Brien, was found dead in his apartment. The death was first classified as a homicide, but then ruled a suicide. The investigating sergeants maintain that Irma Huerta Lopez shot herself twice in the head with O’Brien’s gun.  However, Paulina Huerta, sister of Irma Huerta Lopez, remains unconvinced: “Why were there two shots if she killed herself?” Even the coroner’s report stated that there was no visible gunshot residue on her hands; it also noted her death to be suspicious. The family of Huerta Lopez believes that O’Brien murdered her and that OPD did not conduct a thorough investigation. AF3IRM supports Paulina Huerta’s call for accountability and justice and the family’s repeated demands for a copy of the autopsy report.

3. Defund the police!  Commit funds to the community! 
In Oakland, nearly all services provided to sexual exploitation victims begin after arrest, often resulting in criminal records. AF3IRM stands against the criminalization of people in the sex trade since the policing of those victimized does not end sexual violence and instead seek an investment in the community.We demand that the Oakland police budget be cut by 50%. In addition, law enforcement funds for anti-trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault response should be redirected into community-based programs–independent from police departments–that center survivors’ self determination and benefit the broader community. Here are a few places to begin:

  • Services for Self-Determination: Trauma-informed & survivor-centered services as designated first responders (such as Sexual Assault Response SART or Domestic Violence Response DVRT teams), reentry programs, community-run job centers, legal aid;

  • Health: Sexual/reproductive health care, community health clinics & low-income dental, community mental health & recovery services;

  • Housing: Tenant protections, low-income housing, emergency & homeless shelters;

  • Education: Public schools , after-school tutoring programs, extended library hours, trafficking awareness education (not to be mistaken for more cop trainings);

  • Children & Youth: Low-income child care, youth programs, foster & transitional-aged youth services.

4. Resignation of Libby Schaaf!
Time and time again, the Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf has demonstrated that she is a threat to transnational women of color and our communities. From the ban on nighttime street protests, which were instituted aggressively on the evening of the #SayHerName campaign to end police violence against Black women, to the seven deaths of Black men under her watch, and the diminishing of Celeste Guap’s abuse as “sexual misconduct” and “frat-house” behavior, Libby is not a feminist ally. Her role in political repression, her investigation on whistleblowers, and the violation of women of color and Black lives shows that her power is harmful, oppressive, and deadly. Libby Schaaf poses as an ally, co-opting the language of “toxic masculinity,” while sanctioning white supremacist, patriarchal violence against our communities. AF3IRM calls for Mayor Libby Schaaf’s immediate resignation!

5. Decriminalize Sex Trafficking Victims/Survivors!
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office blames Celeste Guap for not reporting her own sexual exploitation. According to their spokesman J.D. Nelson, “She never came to our agency with any sort of complaint,” thus they “had no way of knowing about this sort of conduct.” However, 28 East Bay law enforcement officers were directly involved in the trafficking of Guap, including 14 Oakland police officers, 5 Richmond police officers, 3 Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies, a Livermore police officer and a Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputy. It is outrageous to expect the victim to report their sexual abuse to the police, when the cops are the very people perpetuating the harm.

In the case of Celeste Guap, Oakland police officers extorted her for sex in exchange for avoiding arrest. Coercion is not protection. The business of this trade and the criminalization of the sexually exploited puts the most vulnerable in the hands of oppressors to coerce, to violate their autonomy under the threat of arrest, and consequently channel them into the prison industrial complex. By ending the criminalization of those prostituted and trafficked, we enhance the possibilities for survival and safety. AF3IRM demands the decriminalization of people exploited in the sex trade and denounces all systems of sexual enslavement!

We in AF3IRM believe deeply in the liberation of womankind and in dismantling systems of oppression. We see through this state institution’s  so-called  “protection” and challenge the patriarchal violence that has run rampant to abuse and subjugate transnational women of color.

We are most vulnerable to sexual violence. Our bodies are already deemed accessible, criminal, and violable by the state. We must build real power, demolish the systems that ensnare us and our communities, and create structures, systems, and resources that can protect us and our families.  Denouncing the patriarchal violence, trafficking, rape, and murder of women perpetrated by the Oakland Police Department is just one step.  If we call for the abolition of one arm of the state, such as the system of policing, we also have to dismantle the systems that maintain it, namely patriarchy, white supremacy, and imperialism. We know “the existence of the state is inseparable from the existence of slavery.”  We aim to abolish all systems of enslavement- racial, sexual, and waged.

We call upon transnational women of color to get organized. Collective struggle calls for collective resistance. Together, we will apply pressure. Together, we will get our demands met. Our liberation depends on the work that we do together and the strength which our voices speak to power. Our oppression as transnational women of color has not only been social, emotional, and cultural but also material – and so must be our liberation.

Remember to connect what’s happening at a national level is also happening in San Diego, The same issues that were exposed in Ferguson are in San Diego. The system of power, White Supremacy, is well and alive in San Diego, hurting marginalized communities. Let’s make sure we seek justice for them. Let’s end the occupation of our communities by Police.
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Call For Renewed Actions In Solidarity With The US Prison Strike, October 15-22

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It hardly seems necessary to summarize what has gone down inside U.S. prisons since September 9th. Hunger strikes, work stoppages, and riots have spread throughout the country on a scale that we likely aren’t even fully aware of yet. Some uprisings appeared took us by surprise, such as in several Florida prisons, while others presumably grew from recent organizing endeavors on the inside, such as at Kinross in Michigan or Holman in Alabama. By rough estimates, over 20,000 prisoners were involved in some way. That’s huge.

On the outside, solidarity burned so brightly all over the world. Banner drops, graffiti slogans, noise demonstrations and more showed that we had the backs of all who would partake in the strike. It is worth noting however that the vast majority of this took place the first weekend of the strike. But this prison strike—and the struggle against prisons more broadly—is…

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