Please plan to come out to Wednesday's APTP monthly general membership meeting. It starts at 7:30 pm at Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd., Oakland. If you haven't already, add this monthly meeting to your calendar. We meet 3rd Wednesday's of the month, same time and place.
Join, invite your friends, and share the meeting here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1274862862640143
There will be report backs on some of our recent actions including the Defund OPD campaign around the city budget process, including our shutdown of the Council budget meeting. You'll also hear about our action to protest the promotion of rapist OPD Cops at their "secret" promotions ceremony.
We'd also love to have you get involved with APTP on a regular basis, by joining one of our committees. We will have committee breakouts as part of Wednesday's meeting, so you can learn about what the different committees do. We know you all have lots of ideas and talent, so please contribute to further APTP's on-going work.
Some of the committees include:
- Black Leadership
- First Responders
See you all on Wednesday!
More details to come shortly. In the meantime, here's the agenda: https://oakland.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=554720&GUID=B70EE402-B5C9-4EAF-BD07-2D3C8210521A&Options=info&Search=
For background information and our budget demands, visit: www.defundopd.org
On November 15th, 2015, Richard Perkins became the final victim of an Officer Involved Shooting in Oakland last year. While watching a side show, Mr. Perkins attempted to show OPD officers that he had a replica toy pellet gun. He was shot to death in response. Four months later, the family of Richard Perkins had not received the coroners report – a critical piece of evidence that can either support, or dispute the claims of OPD. After threatening community action, the report was released to APTP and the Perkins family on March 8th.
On Tuesday, March 15th, at 9:00 am on the corner of 90th and Bancroft (Where Richard was murdered), APTP will host a press conference in partnership with families that have lost loved ones to police terror and celebrate this recent victory while also raising critical questions about collusion between the sheriff’s office and Alameda County police departments to hide evidence from families who have lost loved ones to state sponsored violence.
“We don’t understand why it takes community pressure to force the coroner’s office to release the reports,” said Cat Brooks of APTP. “These families are already suffering a great loss and grieving their loved one. They rightfully want to know what happened and that report is critical in putting the pieces together.”
Yet time and time again, the coroner’s office – which is essentially the sheriff’s office – delays getting this report to the families. Yuvette Henderson was murdered by the Emeryville Police Department in February of 2015. Eight months later, it took APTP in partnership with Henderson’s family, to force them to release the report. Similarly in the case of Alan Blueford who was murdered by OPD on May 6, 2012, the community had to demonstrate at the Sheriff’s office to get the report released to family.
“They know that these reports are critical pieces of evidence,” said Dan Siegel, head legal counsel for APTP. “The longer they delay giving it to the family, the longer it takes to assess the wrongdoing on the part of OPD.”
Friday’s press conference is also the launch of APTP’s campaign for more accountability and transparency with the Sheriff’s office in relation to reports following Officer Involved Shootings. APTP will make the following demands:
- Provide families that are victims of police violence the coroner’s report within 30 days
- Investigate collusion between the Sheriff’s department and the Oakland Police Department
- Recall Sheriff Greg Ahern who has a long list of egregious behaviors
- Release the ENTIRE video series to the Perkins family and their legal counsel
- Bring in an outside investigator to investigate the murder of Richard Perkins.
Ada Henderson, Richards mother and Jamison Henderson, Yuvette’s brother will speak at the press conference.
Last year, on November 15th, 39-year-old Richard Perkins was tragically murdered by Oakland police near 90th and Bancroft. Richard Perkins is the 5th person to be killed by OPD this year. His murder has been extremely difficult for the family and they have put out a call to the community for support.
We will be showing our support for the Perkins family at Eastside Arts Alliance where there will be performances, art, and speakers by the incredible voices of our community. We are asking for a $10 dollar donation at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds will go to the Perkins family.
There is an option to donate online if you cannot attend:
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This event will be updated with more performers, vendors, and artist set to share their magical brilliance in the spirit of community love and solidarity.
Organized by members of Anti Police-Terror Project & black.seed
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If you missed our Welcome to the Bay Event during #96 hours - join us for the REMIX. As thousands stream into the Bay Area for the Superbowl, let's welcome them to the Bay Area that is killing Black, Brown and poor people with impunity and pushing us out of our native cities.
We are asking you to bring your energy and passion to SFO on a very busy travel day! It is crucial that we continue to raise the realities of Amerikkka - particularly on a weekend where the Bay Area is expecting to make millions while pushing out the homeless and increasing the numbers of cops on the streets.
Please bring signs!
We'll meet at the International terminal, just below the BART fare gates. Try to be on time, we may move around the airport. Watch this page to find us if you are running late.
BART goes right to the international terminal of the airport, but is relatively expensive. and there is parking if you want to carpool, and also other transit options: http://www.flysfo.com/to-from/public-transit.
On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 Oakland Resident and mother of two, Yuvette Henderson was killed by Emeryville Police Department in West Oakland. She was 38 years old when her life was stolen. Yuvette leaves behind a 15 year old son and an 11 year old daughter.
Please join us as we memorialize Yuvette's murder. We will first gather at Home Depot at 7pm for a short rally, then move to a silent, candlelit march to the corner across the street from where she was killed, where we will stop to listen to close friends and family members speak and commemorate her life.
Please Bring Candles and Signs
Monthly APTP meeting, held on every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Please join APTP to reflect on and debrief about this past weekend of direct actions. This is an important meeting that will help us strategize for the future, and offers an opportunity to plug into the work of APTP going forward!
Open to the public. Wheelchair accessable.
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).
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
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.
Join Anti Police-Terror Project, their allies and affiliates as they combat the specter of police-terror that is wreaking havoc on communities of color in the city of San Francisco under the leadership of Mayor Ed Lee and SFPD Chief Suhr.
Autonomous actions are currently being planned. To get involved come to a spokescounsel meeting or visit our call: http://www.antipoliceterrorproject.org/call-to-action/
Join Anti Police-Terror Project, their allies and affiliates as they protest the murders by police officers that have spiked under Mayor Libby Schaaf's leadership. Groups are organizing with all their creativity to stage autonomous direct actions. To get involved, host an action or get support for your action join us at one of our upcoming spokescousel meetings. View our call for here: http://www.antipoliceterrorproject.org/call-to-action/
Join Anti Police-Terror Project, their allies and affiliates as they highlight the connections between gentrification and police-terror that is wreaking havoc on communities of color on both sides of the bay. Groups are organizing with all their creativity to stage autonomous direct actions. To get involved, host an action or get support for your action join us at one of our upcoming spokescousel meetings. See our current call here: http://www.antipoliceterrorproject.org/call-to-action/
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 - Urban Shield
Maddy Taylor - Standing Up for Racial Justice
We are happy to announce an offering of a support group for families and friends of loved ones killed by the police. We hope that this can be a useful addition to resources for the families in the Bay Area and that this can serve as a healing space.
The group is scheduled to start on Saturday November 7th, between 3-5 PM at the Baha'i Center in Fruitvale (1434 35th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601). The group is free of charge, and childcare will be provided.
The facilitator, Derethia DuVal Derethia DuVal, Ph.D, MFT has been a psychotherapist in the Oakland Bay Area for 35 plus years. She works primarily with families of color and incorporates the realities of institutional racism and economic and health disparity in her treatment with families. Her therapeutic goals are to facilitate families and individuals in developing more healthy relationships, and also to facilitate understanding of the social realities they find themselves in and develop with them strategies to overcome and heal from the trauma of living in the United States as a person of color.
Monthly APTP meeting, held on every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
The Anti Police-Terror Project is a community coalition with other organizations like The Alan Blueford Center For Justice, Idriss Stelley Foundation, Community Ready Corps and Workers World working to develop a replicable and sustainable model to end police terrorism in this country.
We are a Black led multi-racial, mutil-generational coalition.
In February, Emeryville police killed Yuvette Henderson, a 38-year old Black woman and mother of four after she was assaulted at the Home Depot. It was clear from the different sizes of the bullet holes that multiple weapons, including an AR-15 assault rifle, had been fired at her.
It has been more than 6 months and not one official police report on Yuvette's killing has been made public. The Alameda coroner is unnecessarily withholding the autopsy results of Yuvette's death, which is key to the family's ongoing fight for answers and accountability.
Come to the Emeryville City Council meeting to demand that the Council directs the coroner to release Yuvette's autopsy report to her family.
It has been more than 6 months and not one official police report on Yuvette's killing has been made public. We have seen this type of delaying tactic before when police kill and we won't stand for it -- Yuvette's life mattered. The Alameda coroner is unnecessarily withholding the autopsy results of Yuvette's death, which is key to the family's ongoing fight for answers and accountability.
PLEASE RSVP: This Sunday, join Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) and SURJ - Bay Area (Showing Up for Racial Justice) in door knocking and handing out flyers asking Emeryville residents to stand with Yuvette and attend this week's city council meeting.
On Tuesday, the Emeryville City Council is holding a meeting with time for public comment. We need as many people as possible to show up and demand the city council urge the coroner to release the autopsy report. If enough people show up we have a chance at winning this important step on the road towards justice for Yuvette.
SIGN UP for the city council action here: https://www.facebook.com/events/400012613543156/
This canvass and the city council action is part of an ongoing campaign to demilitarize the Emeryville police department and hold those responsible for Yuvette's murder accountable.