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The Anti Police-Terror Project began as a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee. We are a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color. Founding coalition members include the Black Power Network, Community Ready Corps, Workers World and the Idriss Stelley Foundation. APTP is not a non-profit organization.

 

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Strange Fruit at SF Chief of police Greg Suhr’s House

On January 17th 2016, as part of the Anti Police-Terror Project's #ReclaimMLK #96hours of direct action, the Last 3% of Black San Francisco paid a surprise visit to police Chief Greg Suhr's house to demand justice for Mario Woods, killed by the SFPD on December 2nd 2015, and to inform Suhr's neighbors of the wrongful deaths that he is responsible for, as well as the many scandals he was involved in, including racist and homophobic text messages sent among 14 officers.


Video by APTP media team's Noé Serfaty

Music: Strange Fruit performed by Nina Simone

BLACK QUEER LIBERATION COLLECTIVE BLACK.SEED SHUTS DOWN BAY BRIDGE

For the second year in a row, the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) put out a call for 96 Hours of Direct Action to reclaim Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s radical legacy and take a stand against anti-Black racism and terrorism. In a courageous display of solidarity and the spirit of MLK, Black.Seed, a Black, queer liberation collective, has shut down the Bay Bridge as a show of resistance to a system that continues to oppress Black, Queer, Brown, Indigenous and other marginalized people throughout the Bay Area. 

Today, January 18th,  Black.Seed has shut down the west-bound span of Bay Bridge. Cars are blocking lanes and individuals are chained across lanes to demand investment in the wellbeing of Black people. Motorists on the Bay Bridge can follow the action by tuning their radio to 107.9, a temporary radio station broadcasting the event. The action can also be followed on Twitter: @APTPaction

Over the last few years, we have seen San Francisco and Oakland destroyed by police murders, rising housing costs, rapid gentrification, and apathetic city officials. Last year, we saw dozens of police murders throughout the Bay Area; since June of 2015 in Oakland alone there have been eight Black men murdered by police.

Today Black.Seed celebrates and honors the radical legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Historically, our people have had to take drastic and dramatic measures to highlight the systemic abuses that harm our communities. 51 years ago, those who came before us participated in direct action in Selma, Alabama, to speak out against the harms of racism and oppression. It is this very spirit of resistance that flows through our lives and actions, in the Black Out Friday, Black Brunches, and highway shutdowns of today.

We are here to move towards an increase in the health and wellbeing of all Black people in Oakland & San Francisco. We stand in solidarity with APTP and demand:

  • The immediate divestment of city funds for policing and investment in sustainable, affordable housing so Black, Brown and Indigenous people can remain in their hometowns of Oakland and San Francisco
  • The resignation of Mayor Libby Schaaf
  • The immediate termination of Chief Greg Suhr
  • The immediate termination of Chief Sean Whent
  • The immediate termination of the officers involved in the murders of Richard Perkins, Mario Woods, Yuvette Henderson, Amilcar Lopez, Alex Nieto, Demouriah Hogg, Richard Linyard, O'Shaine Evans

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#ReclaimMLK in the Bay Garners Massive Support From Bay Area Organizations

March Endorsers Include:


Abundant Beginnings
Asians for Black Lives
BASAT
BAYAN USA
Black.Seed
BLM Bay Area
Catylist
Code Pink Women 4 Peace
Community Democracy Project
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
Critical Resistance
Dance Out Loud
Design Action Collective
Ella Baker Center
Fight for 15 Bay Area
Freedom Archives
GABRIELA USA
Haiti Action Project
Interfaith Committee in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter – Bay Area
Jewish Voice for Peace-Bay Area
Justice 4 Alex Nieto Coalition
Justice for Josiah
Justice for Mario Romero
Kenneth Harding Jr Foundation
Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace
Lemon Drop
Marcha Patriotica Colombia
OccupySF Action Council
One Life Institute
Onyx Organizing Committee
Oscar Grant Committee Against State Repression
Peace Out Loud
POOR magazine/PrensaPOBRE
Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT)
Seminary of the Street
SF Occupy Council
SF Veteran’s for Peace Chapter 69
Socialist Alternative Bay Area
Showing Up For Racial Justice - SURJ Bay Area
Stinney Distro
Sum of Us
Third World Resistance
Worker’s World Party

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Bay Area plans 96 hours of action as part of national call to “Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy”

The Anti Police-Terror Project organizes weekend of action to honor MLK’s radical stance against poverty and all forms of violence

(Oakland, CA) - Hundreds of people from more than two dozen groupings will respond to the Anti Police-Terror Project’s (APTP) call to come together for 96 hours of direct action over the Martin Luther King Day weekend, January 15 – 18, 2016. This weekend’s events will culminate in a Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March on Monday, Jan. 18, beginning at 11 a.m. at Oscar Grant Plaza (14th & Broadway).

 “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” - (1963) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 Over the last year, in the Bay Area alone, there have been dozens of police murders.  In San Francisco, we have most recently seen the brutal execution of Mario Woods, in addition to police beating a disabled man in front of the Twitter building and racist text messages exchanged between SFPD on-duty officers.   

 In Oakland, we have seen a string of Black men murdered by police since only June of 2015. In fact, a recent graphic by Mapping Police Violence shows that in 2015, Oakland ranks third in police killings per million people in 60 of America's largest cities.

 “Police are the shock troops of gentrification,” said Cat Brooks, co-founder of APTP.  “Mayors give them a mandate: make this city appealing to developers by any means necessary.  City Councils fund police and constantly seek to expand their numbers and their powers.  As a result, people of color are being pushed out of cities at unprecedented rates, by an out of control rental market, increased police occupation and terrorism against communities of color, as well as crackdowns on those who dare protest these unjust policies as we saw with Mayor Schaaf’s recent attempts at imposing a curfew.”

A year ago, people across the country began taking to the streets in unprecedented numbers; storming shopping centers, blocking streets and highways, interrupting cultural events and public transit.

“The people shut it down because there is a state-sponsored war on Black, Brown, and other marginalized peoples in the United States,” said Tur-Ha Ak of Community Ready Corps. “They shut down business as usual because business-as-usual is an out-of-control epidemic of police terror.”

Last year, in partnership with comrades and allies, APTP launched 96 Hours of Direct Action in the Bay Area, and answered a national call to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy which we did
through a march that brought over 7,000 people into the streets of Oakland.  We believe it is important for our movement to draw on King’s legacy to ground ourselves, to reinforce our conviction and confidence in the tactics and strategy of disruptive direct action.   

 A year later, while we are starting to have an impact, we also see that we have a long long way to go. So this Martin Luther King Day weekend, APTP has called for the Second Annual 96 Hours of Direct Action and Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March.  For four days, hundreds of community members from over two dozen groups in both Oakland and San Francisco will unleash a spectrum of disruptive and creative activity. In the spirit of MLK, these actions will
meaningfully interrupt business as usual whether that be with direct action, teach-ins, concerts or prayer vigils.

 THIS WEEKENDS SCHEDULE:

 Friday 1/15: Communities in Oakland and San Francisco will hold actions calling out the rampant gentrification occurring on both sides of the bridge

Saturday 1/16: The Oakland Community will call out the many forms of state terror occurring in The Town

Sunday 1/17: The people will unite in San Francisco to call out state terror, economic terror and the corrupt city governments that allow it to continue

Monday 1/18: Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy March from Oakland to Emeryville

 

THIS WEEKEND’S DEMANDS INCLUDE:

 

The resignation of Mayor Libby Schaaf
The immediate termination of Chief Sean Whent

 The immediate termination of Chief Greg Suhr

 The immediate termination of the officers involved in the murders
of Richard Perkins, Mario Woods, Yuvette Henderson, Amilcar Lopez, Alex Nieto,
Demouriah Hogg and Richard Linyard

An immediate end to the rampant and violent criminalization, incarceration and police murders of Black and Brown Transgender and gender nonconforming people.

Respect our Sanctuary Cities. ICE Out Oakland and San Francisco! No deportations! No Arrests!

The immediate reallocation of city budgets: reduce police budgets
and reallocate those funds to provide for affordable housing that allows Black,
Brown and other people of color to remain in San Francisco and Oakland.

 Monday, we will connect the dots between police violence and economic violence – specifically gentrification - with a march at 11 am from Oscar Grant Plaza (14th & Broadway), where the Oakland community has come to call home to civil disobedience and protests.  The march will weave its’ way through West Oakland where Black residents continue to be displaced at an alarming rate and through Emeryville where Yuvette Henderson was brutally murdered by the Emeryville Police Department and into the Bay Street Mall which is located on a sacred Ohlone Burial Ground; yet another example of how capitalism discards humanity for profit – specifically the humanity of of Black, Brown and Indigenous Peoples.

 

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” - (1967) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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The Anti Police-Terror Project is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to building a sustainable a replicable mechanism to eradicate police terror from communities of color. We are led by the most impacted communities but are a multi-racial, multi-generational coalition. We meet every 3rd Wednesday of every month at Eastside Arts Alliance at 7:00 p.m. For more information visit www.antipoliceterrorproject.org