March Endorsers Include:
Asians for Black Lives
BLM Bay Area
Code Pink Women 4 Peace
Community Democracy Project
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
Dance Out Loud
Design Action Collective
Ella Baker Center
Fight for 15 Bay Area
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
Marcha Patriotica Colombia
OccupySF Action Council
One Life Institute
Onyx Organizing Committee
Oscar Grant Committee Against State Repression
Peace Out Loud
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
Sum of Us
Third World Resistance
Worker’s World Party
If we've missed you, it's not intentional. Please just say exactly how you want to be listed in the comments to this post and we'll add you.
This newly released video of the 2015 #ReclaimMLK march perfectly captures what we plan on doing again this Monday!
Last year's historic First Annual March to Reclaim King's Radical Legacy
BAY AREA: Join the in #96hours of actions to Reclaim Dr. King's Radical Legacy this weekend.
Thursday January 14th - Monday January 18th, 2016
#96 hours - https://www.facebook.com/events/1637988586490486/
2nd Annual Mass March, Monday January 18th -https://www.facebook.com/events/1541563859495909/
Filmed and edited by Lucas Guilkey and Julia Muldavin
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.
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
Although we stand in total support and solidarity with the Oscar Foundation, Wanda Johnson and the Grant family, we stand in strong opposition to ANY representative from the BART Police Department being given a platform to propagate a perspective that they are in compliance and/or in support of the people's interests.
It is our position is that police departments cannot be reformed. They serve as the military arm of the white supremacist, predatory apparatus, in this case The Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency.
We acknowledge that we can & must engage in the reform arena in order to get relief, or what the Panther Party called, survival programs. BART Police Department and every other policing agency in the United States is, and will always be, the military arm of the ruling elite. This has been & remains our position, we stand in solidarity with the families and disenfranchised masses that are being terrorized by police agencies in Oakland, San Francisco, Chicago & across the U.S.
* An earlier version of this article stated it was an OPD officer who spoke. This has been corrected to reflect that it was the Chief of BART Police who spoke. We apologize for any confusion.
It is APTP's position that we experience the pain disproportionately, therefore it is our right & duty to take leadership in relationship to our fight for self defense & self determined systems of survival. So we as APTP are putting out a community call to action for Afrikan people to join our Black Leadership Committee as we develop & implement strategies towards this end.
To attend our next meeting or for more information get at us here.
On February 2nd a Black mother of two was gunned down by the Emeryville Police Department after being confronted by a security guard at Home Depot for alleged shoplifting. Yuvette Henderson was murdered in a hail of gunfire by police armed with AR-15 military-grade machine guns.
Since that day, many in our community have asked - why does a police department with a small number of officers, patrolling a community of less than 11,000, need military-grade assault weapons? Are the people of Emeryville any safer because of it?
On Sunday December 13th the Anti Police-Terror Project will host a public forum to examine the militarization of local police departments and the implications for public safety. Where do these weapons come from? Who pays the bill for expensive toys like this armored personnel carrier purchased by a police department in Florida? And who benefits?
We’ll also explore the ways that agencies like the Pentagon have played a role in accelerating the militarization of local police departments, as well as the direct connection between the Oakland Police Department and the Israeli Defense Force. Policy experts and local activists will examine the impact of coordination between police and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Latino communities.
The day will also feature spoken word and music performances highlighting the damage done by police violence. This forum is the launch of a broader campaign to end militarization of the Emeryville Police Department, and will include opportunities to get involved.
Speakers and performers include:
Cat Brooks - Anti Police-Terror Project
Yuvette's brother, Jamison
John Lindsay-Poland - American Friends Service Committee
Omar Ali - Arab Resource and Organizing Center
Sagniche Salazar - Stop Urban Shield Coalition
Maddy Taylor - Standing Up for Racial Justice
WHEN: Sunday, 12/13 from 2:30 - 5:00 pm
WHERE: NUHW Hall, 5801 Christie Ave # 525, Emeryville
Venue is wheelchair accessible.
This is a statement in regards to the unlawful killing of Mario Woods by San Francisco police officers on December 2nd of 2015.
We, as concerned law students at the University of San Francisco, are outraged at the officers of the San Francisco Police Department who shot and killed Mario Woods without justification. This use of unnecessary lethal force, and subsequent denial of fault by the San Francisco Police Department, epitomizes the failure of American policing that has become the spotlight of protest in communities around the country. Once again, the San Francisco Police Department has contributed to the systemic and historic epidemic of unnecessary police violence in communities of color.
Initially, we would like to make it clear that we stand in support of the Bayview Community as they are once again undergoing the repercussions of an injustice at the hands of the San Francisco Police Department. We understand that the Bayview community, like no other in San Francisco, has dealt with decades of oppressive and violent policing. Accordingly, we recognize that this shooting is not a random act by the San Francisco Police Department, but only the most recent in a long line of similar occurrences. We would also like to make it clear that we support the individuals and various organizations, such as Black Lives Matter, Anti Police-Terror Project, BYP 100, and others, in this pursuit of justice for both Mario Woods and the countless other victims of unjustified and unpunished police misconduct.
We are urging the District Attorney’s Office to act by bringing charges against the officers who used unnecessary force when they shot and killed Mario Woods—who posed no imminent risk of serious injury. We have observed a consistent trend in court systems turning a blind eye to acts of violence by police officers. Nationwide, court systems have failed to indict and convict officers when circumstantial evidence has given them reason to do so. Even more shockingly, they have failed to indict and convict officers when video evidence has shown them engaging in seemingly blatant violations of the law; choosing to instead protect officers, and subject communities of color to this massive conflict of interest. In order for San Francisco’s court system to begin to diverge from this disturbing trend, the District Attorney must bring charges against all officers who were involved in the killing of Mario Woods. We at the University of San Francisco stand with many others in stating that those individuals should not be able to evade the criminal court system simply because they are police officers.
This statement is endorsed by the following:
Black Law Student Association—USF Chapter
Concerned Students of the University of San Francisco School of Law
Richard Perkins was the 1,000th Person Killed by Law Enforcement in the US This Year. Cops Are Mum About the Contents of the Actual Video.
Thirty-nine year-old Richard Perkins, father of two, was the 1,000th person killed by police in the United States this year according to the Guardians's The Counted Project.
The narrative given by Oakland California police officials at a press conference last week is sketchy at best. The shooting took place on the night of November 15 at a gas station on the corner of 90th and Bancroft in East Oakland while officers were cracking down on sideshow activity. Richard Perkins's mother, Ada Perkins-Henderson, is a nearby resident of where the shooting took place. Officers concede that Perkins was not part of the sideshows but per usual, OPD sought to dehumanize the victim by only talking about a former charge he had while showing the media pictures of the pellet gun they allege he pointed at them out of the blue. Witnesses claim Richard never touched the pellet gun or pointed it at the officers. The officers who shot Richard all wore body cameras, however, police say they didn't have them on. The entire scene was captured and recorded by the gas station's video surveillance cameras that are a mere 15-20 feet away from where Richard was gunned down. Officers took that footage but have yet to disclose its contents.
On the groups Facebook page organizers with the Anti Police-Terror project ask "Why are they so quick to tout flimsy evidence which supports their narrative but are quiet about the actual footage?"
People can donate to the Perkins family funeral fund at https://www.youcaring.com/richard-perkins-473065
Friends, family and advocates for Alex Nieto who organize under the banner Justice for Alex Nieto announced today that a district judge denied San Francisco’s Summary Judgment Motion.
Alex Nieto was killed by members of San Francisco Police Department on March 21, 2014.
In a statement from Justice For Alex Nieto the group stated, “On Friday, November 6, a federal district court judge denied San Francisco’s attempt to dismiss the [Alex Nieto] case by way of summary judgment. The city attempted to obfuscate and distort the evidence and facts of this case, and the judge saw through their manipulation and flat out denied their elaborate motion for dismissal.”
The judge, who the statement did not name, has set a trial date for March 1, 2016.
Justice for Alex Nieto will hold a press conference on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in front of the San Francisco Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102.
For more information on Alex Nieto visit http://justice4alexnieto.org/
Conversation: 'Tasha, A Monologue About Police-Terror Victim Natasha McKenna to Premiere In Oakland is Written and Performed by Cat Brooks
I had a chance to catch up with Anti Police-Terror Project co-founder Cat Brooks to talk to her about a play she's developing about Natasha McKenna. Natasha was killed by sheriff's in Fairfax County Virginia in January of this year. Brooks will be premiering her Natasha monologue titled "'Tasha" at an event this Saturday and Sunday at Eastside Arts Alliance in Oakland, CA.
Who is Natasha McKenna?
Natasha McKenna was the mother of a seven-year old. She suffered from schizophrenia. She was 37 years old [when she was murdered]. In January, just days before Yuvette Henderson was killed [by Emeryville Police] she called the police because she had been assaulted. When the police got to her - because of her mental state - they took her to the hospital and somewhere in the interaction they say that she assaulted a police officer and so they arrested her. This is important because it was clear they were dealing with mental health issues which is why they took her to the hospital to begin with.
"She was a real person with real feelings who experienced this horrific horrific crime. She was a person, right? She’s not just a name on a placard or a hashtag, she’s a human being."
They took her to the Fairfax County Jail and put her in a cell by herself and she lost it and so they decided to extract her from the cell and they were going to take her to a hospital and so six guys, five whom were in [hazmat] suits violently assaulted her for 45 minutes in an attempt to get her handcuffed and onto a gurney. She repeatedly said that she thought they were coming to kill her. In the process of that, they ended up tasing her 4 times. She died as a result of the tasing. Even though the coroner said she died because of how many times they tased her and they went against every [protocol of how to use the taser], even from the company who makes the taser, no charges are being brought against the police officers.
As we have seen in the recent past, media and social media focus on male victims of police brutality and that’s now changing due to efforts such as #SayHerName. Before it was almost as if cisgendered males were believed to be the most relatable subjects. However, in your activism and in this current work you are presenting you are choosing to focus on somebody who is suffering from mental health challenges and who is a Black Woman . . . Why is this topic important to you and why do you think this is a problem that affects us all?
Well I’m a Black Woman and I’m a Black Woman who has bad days. I really think it started with Yuvette’s murder honestly. I’ve been doing this work for a long time and a vast majority of that work has been centered around holding up the lives of Black Men. When Yuvette was murdered, I don’t know if it’s because we’re close in age or if it’s because we’re both mothers or it was right around the corner from my house or all those things combined and just synergistically - because I think of the Black Lives Matter movement being led by women and unapologetically so - some space opened up to really fit in the fact that we are being murdered by police at a godawful rate too and somewhere I knew that and always knew that and I’ve had my own experiences with police-terror but there just wasn’t the space. It had yet to be opened up. All of those things combined hit me in a particular way. That’s been the primary focus of my work.
My recent decision to leave my full-time regular job and really focus on being an artist and activist and merging those two worlds together, I’ve chosen to focus specifically on telling the stories of those [people] whose stories don’t get told.
What the Black community does not need is for it to be Black Men against Black Women. Like who suffers the most? I’m not interested in that and that’s a very dangerous conversation. I think the conversation is about - if we’re going to get liberated - it’s got to be all of us. In order for real liberation to happen we have to tell the whole story and so that means talking about women, transgender and queer people too.
Tell us about this weekend’s Monologue? How did you choose the topic and what did the process of writing the piece entail?
Again, I made this decision to shift my life in major ways and to really focus on my art. I’m a poet. Initially the idea I had was to tell a bunch of the women's stories, a series of monologues, Rekia, Natasha, Yuvette, Sandra. I didn’t know who I was going to write first and I was literally in bed, it was three o’clock in the morning and Natasha - this is going to sound crazy. If you’re an artist this doesn’t sound crazy but it might sound crazy to other people. Natasha just
". . .if we’re going to get liberated - it’s got to be all of us. In order for real liberation to happen we have to tell the whole story and so that means talking about women, transgender and queer people too."
started talking - in my head - really loudly, to the point where I had to get up and write what she was saying. It was just sort of free form. I just typed and I didn’t edit and I just let it all come out. Next I watched the video in pieces. I could never watch it all the way through in one shot. It’s incredibly painful, the video that the sheriff’s put out about her murder. I watched that repeatedly. I watched a lot of videos of people who [suffer from] schizophrenia. And I cried a lot. Then it became clear to me that it’s not going to be a story of all these different woman, I wanted to tell Natasha’s story so I made the commitment to do that. Once I made the commitment out loud to do that the community has really responded with extreme support. That’s how this weekend came about.
This weekend are “artists response to police violence” put on by NAKA dance company who are the same folks who brought us the The Anastasio Project, which is an incredibly powerful piece around police-terror. There are several other artists participating. I think it should be a pretty incredible night at Eastside Arts Alliance.
Is this the premiere of the monologue?
It’s the first time performing it publicly. I’ve been working pretty intensely with a director and coach and we’ll see what happens.
Will you develop this into a full play in the future?
Yes, that’s the end goal. I want to have the first draft of the play completed in February of 2016 and we’ll have our first public reading in February as well.
Many people know you as a co-founder of Oakland’s Anti Police-Terror Project and you’re a seasoned grassroots activist. How important is creating art when it comes to the struggle for liberation?
Art is central to my life. Period. I’ve been on the stage since I was eight years old. It’s what I got my degree in. It’s what I thought I was going to be doing for the rest of my life and then two things occurred. I had my daughter and Oscar Grant got killed. Those two things consumed me so I sacrificed my art and now I’m back to it. Artist’s are the conscience of the community. We just are. I’ve always believed that my entire life. I’ve always felt that I’m supposed to use my talent or my gifts or this calling to make the world a better place, to say things that can’t be said in other places, to challenge the status quo, to force people to think and to take risks. To be an unapologetic truth teller. To me it goes hand-in-hand, particularly in the Bay Area every single major movement that we have has this beautiful cultural parallel path that happens: Murals and music and poetry and dance. It’s one of the things that I love about being here.
I know you’re very busy rushing to a panel right now. Just one more quick question. If people could take just one thing from this weekend’s monologue, what do you wish it to be?
I hope they walk away with Natasha’s humanity. She was a real person with real feelings who experienced this horrific horrific crime. She was a person, right? She’s not just a name on a placard or a hashtag, she’s a human being.
Interview by Frank Sosa @sosanista
Additional sources about Natasha McKenna:
On February 2, 2015 members of the Emeryville Police Department gunned down and killed Yuvette Henderson, a mother of four and a grandmother. On Thursday, October 29, 2015 APTP, along with members of Yuvette's family and their attorney Dan Siegel held a press conference to announce that they filed a Federal Civil Suit against the Emeryville Police Department as well as the two officers involved. Here is the Full video of the press conference.