Category Archives: solidarity

Justice for Kayla Moore!

The Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition stands in solidarity with the
family of Kayla Moore, who died in the custody of the Berkeley Police
on February 13th, 2013. The Blueford family and their friends know
what it is like to be kept in the dark as to what happened to a loved
one.

It has been more than two months since Kayla’s death, and the
Coroner’s report, completed within days of a death, has not been
released. It was two and half months before Oakland Police released
their ‘hold’ on the Coroner’s report in the death of Alan Blueford,
and even then the Blueford family had to pay $300 in blood money to
see the report.

It has been more than two months since Kayla’s death, and no police
report has been issued, despite the fact that all the officers
involved are back on duty. It was five months before Oakland handed
over a redacted police report to the Blueford family.

All families have a right to know what happened to their loved ones
without having the police cover up their lies and misconduct by
witholding information, as was the case with Alan Blueford and now is
the case with Kayla Moore.

The Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition stands with the Moore family and
Berkeley Copwatch in demanding that the Berkeley Police Department and
the City of Berkeley turn over all relevant information on the death
of Kayla Moore to the Moore family and to the people.

Justice for Kimani Gray – Murdered by the NYPD

5pm Thursday 3/21 – Oscar Grant Plaza

From Oakland to NYC... End Police Brutality!

This Thursday, March 21, join the Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition and other members of the community as we hold a rally to express solidarity with the family of Kimani “Kiki” Gray, a 16-year-old murdered by the NYPD in Brooklyn. We recognize the rage in the community as this killing closely resembles so many other killings by police in Oakland, including the murder of Alan Blueford, but out of respect for Kimani’s family, we ask that this specific event not be a place for window smashing. We know that it is the police who generally bring physical violence and need no provocation, but we ask that participants come not with the intent to provoke that response but rather with their own expressions of solidarity for Kimani’s friends and family as well as the dozens of people who have been arrested in Brooklyn for protesting his killing.

Just before midnight on Saturday, March 9th, Kimani Gray was returning home from a baby shower. Two undercover police officers in an unmarked vehicle thought the group of young men Kimani was standing with looked “suspicious” (by which they mean Black) and jumped out with guns drawn. Although the officers claim that Kimani pointed a gun at them, witnesses have said there was nothing in his hands, and preliminary reports have shown that Kimani was shot in the back and side. Eerily reminiscent of Alan Blueford’s own last words, Kimani begged the officers not to shoot him, and after he had been shot cried out “Please don’t let me die!” The officers threatened to shoot him again and let him bleed to death on the sidewalk.

Much like Miguel Masso who killed Alan, the two officers who shot Kimani have a long history of violence. These police, Sgt. Mourad Mourad and Officer Jovaniel Cordova, have previously cost the city of NY (meaning the taxpayers) $215,000 for abuses ranging from illegal stops to shoving a man’s face into a puddle to punching someone they stopped in the face to pulling off a suspect’s pants and underwear. Both officers had previously been involved in shootings (something we see here in Oakland as well with most shootings).

According to a lawyer for some of the people who sued Mourad and Cordova, “In each case, Mourad and Cordova attempted to cover up their misconduct by falsifying and fabricating evidence,” and all but one of the arrests were dismissed.

As usual, the Police have published their lies about what happened, inventing witnesses who no one else seems able to find (much as they did in Alan’s case), and as usual, the media has simply reprinted the lies straight from NYPD’s mouth as if they are truth.

The JAB Coalition does not accept these lies, we do not accept the racial profiling and stop and frisk policies that led to the two police jumping out on Kimani, and we do not accept the continued slaughter of young men of color with the platitude that police were just doing their job. If the job of the police is to provoke a response and then kill a teenager, then we do not need them to keep doing that job. Far from keeping the community safer, the police only bring more violence and more loss of life, and the people have had enough.

In solidarity with the people of East Flatbush, who night after night this week have come out to demand justice and to demand the truth, the JAB Coalition calls on the community to show our support for their cause as well as to continue our own calls for justice and truth. Officers like Mourad and Cordova, and officers like Miguel Masso must be fired, and they must be prosecuted for murder. No badge or uniform gives them the right to kill with impunity.

Invite your friends.

Justice for Kimani Gray!
Justice for Alan Blueford!
Justice for all victims of police violence!

Alameda Labor Council resolution in support of Justice 4 Alan Blueford

RESOLUTION ON JUSTICE FOR ALAN BLUEFORD 

Whereas a Black person is killed by law enforcement once every 36 hours, per the Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement’s study;

Whereas the federal report monitoring the Oakland Police Department states that the Oakland Police Department pulls guns on Black and Latino people disproportionately to the number of times guns are pulled on whites;

Whereas two new reports by a federal monitor criticized the OPD’s handling of officer-involved shootings and Occupy Oakland protests;

Whereas Alan Blueford, an 18 year old Black youth, who was about to graduate from Skyline High School, was killed by OPD Officer Masso on May 6.

Whereas OPD has provided at least four versions of what happened the night Alan Blueford was killed, including the claim that the Officer Masso was shot in a gun battle with Alan Blueford, when he later admitted that he shot himself in the foot;

Whereas the OPD:

  1. Engaged in racial profiling and violated numerous OPD policies;
  2. Engaged in a cover-up (Made numerous false statements and repeatedly changed their story);
  3. Showed complete disregard for the life of Alan Blueford and the dignity of the family;
  4. Had the coroner’s report withheld from the family for 3 months and the police report for 5 months;

Whereas, the Coroner’s Report reveals that Alan Blueford had no gun residue on his hands, no alcohol or drugs in his system, and implies that Alan Blueford was shot while lying on his back;

Whereas Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley declared she will not charge Officer Masso for the killing of Alan Blueford. Her report shows strong bias as, for example, relying on Masso’s statement that Alan was standing when he first shot him; despite 11 out of 12 witness statements to the contrary;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Alameda Labor Council pass a resolution seeking Justice For Alan Blueford and  demand that the Federal Monitor and Compliance Director appointed by Judge Henderson take strong action against OPD including:

  1. Stopping the OPD from racial and ethnic profiling and violence against people of color;
  2. Instituting stricter background checks, training, apprehension and gun use policies within the OPD;
  3. The firing of Officer Masso;

Further be it resolved that the Alameda Labor Council demand that the Alameda County District Attorney immediately charge Officer Masso with murder.

Finally be it resolved that the Alameda Labor Council send this resolution to U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson, Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, ALC affiliates, the California Federation of Labor, and the AFL-CIO, for concurrence and action.

UNITE HERE Local 2850 Resolution

Whereas Alan Blueford, an 18 year old Black youth and Oakland resident who was about to graduate from Skyline High School, was killed by OPD Officer Masso on May 6.

Whereas a Black person is killed by law enforcement once every 36 hours, per the Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement’s study;

Whereas the federal report monitoring the Oakland Police Department states that the Oakland Police Department pulls guns on Black and Latino people disproportionately to the number of times guns are pulled on whites;

Whereas OPD has provided at least four versions of what happened the night Alan Blueford was killed, including the claim that the Officer Masso was shot in a gun battle with Alan Blueford, when he later admitted that he shot himself in the foot;

Whereas the OPD:

1. Engaged in racial profiling and violated numerous OPD policies;
2. Engaged in a cover-up (Made numerous false statements and repeatedly changed their story);
3. Showed complete disregard for the life of Alan Blueford and the dignity of the family;
4. Had the coroner’s report withheld from the family for 3 months, the police report for 5 months;

Whereas, the Coroner’s Report reveals that Alan Blueford had no gun residue on his hands, no alcohol or drugs in his system, and indicates that Alan Blueford was shot while lying on his back;

Therefore, be it resolved that Unite Here, Local 2850 pass this resolution seeking Justice For Alan Blueford, demanding:

1. An end to OPD’s racial and ethnic profiling and violence against people of color;
2. Stricter background checks, training, apprehension and gun use policies within the OPD;
3. The firing of Officer Masso, and charging him with murder.

Further be it resolved that Unite Here, Local 2850 call on its members to support and attend upcoming coalition events in support of Justice for Alan Blueford.

SF Labour Council resolution in support of Justice 4 Alan Blueford

Adopted unanimously by SAN FRANCISCO LABOR COUNCIL, Jan. 14, 2013

Whereas a Black person is killed by law enforcement once every 36 hours, per the Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement’s study;

Whereas the federal report monitoring the Oakland Police Department states that the Oakland Police Department pulls guns on Black and Latino people disproportionately to the number of times guns are pulled on whites;

Whereas two new reports by a federal monitor, criticized the OPD’s handling of officer-involved shootings and Occupy Oakland protests;

Whereas Alan Blueford, an 18 year old Black youth, who was about to graduate from Skyline H.S., was killed by OPD Officer Masso on May 6.

Whereas OPD has provided at least four versions of what happened the night Alan Blueford was killed, including the claim that the Officer Masso was shot in a gun battle with Alan Blueford, when he later admitted that he shot himself in the foot;

Whereas the OPD:
A. Engaged in racial profiling and violated numerous OPD policies;
B. Engaged in a cover-up (Made numerous false statements and repeatedly changed their story);
C. Showed complete disregard for the life of Alan Blueford and the dignity of the family;
D. Had the coroner’s report withheld from the family for 3 months, and the police report for5 months;

Whereas, the Coroner’s Report reveals that Alan Blueford had no gun residue on his hands, no alcohol or drugs in his system, and implies that Alan Blueford was shot while lying on his back;

Whereas Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley declared she will not charge Officer Masso for the killing of Alan Blueford. Her report shows strong bias as, for example, relying on Masso’s statement that Alan was standing when he first shot him, despite 11 out of 12 witness statements to the contrary;

Therefore, be it resolved that the San Francisco Labor Council pass a resolution seeking Justice For Alan Blueford and demand that the Federal Monitor take strong action against OPD including:
1. Stopping the OPD from racial and ethnic profiling and violence against people of color;
2. Instituting stricter background checks, training, apprehension and gun use policies within the OPD;
3. The firing of Officer Masso;

Further be it resolved that the San Francisco Labor Council demand that the Alameda County District Attorney immediately charge Officer Masso with murder.

Finally be it resolved that the San Francisco Labor Council send this resolution to U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson, Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, SFLC affiliates, the Alameda Labor Council, the California Federation of Labor, the AFL-CIO, for concurrence and action.

Submitted by Marcus Holder, ILWU Local 10; David Welsh, NALC 214; Carl Finamore, IAMAW, Air Transport Local Lodge 1781; Alan Benjamin, OPEIU Local 3; Allan Fisher, AFT 2121; Rodger Scott, AFT 2121; Alysabeth Alexander, SEIU 1021.

Essentially identical resolutions have been passed by ILWU 10 Executive Board and General membership meetings, SEIU 1021 Executive Board, the Oakland Education Ass’n Representative Council (on 12/3/12) and Unite Here 2850 Executive Board (1/7/13).

Oakland Education Association supports Justice 4 Alan Blueford

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RESOLUTION ON JUSTICE FOR ALAN BLUEFORD

Submitted to the Oakland Education Association

Whereas Alan Blueford, an 18 year old Black youth, Oakland resident, and member of the Oakland Unified School District community, who was about to graduate from Skyline H.S., was killed by OPD Officer Masso on May 6.

Whereas a Black person is killed by law enforcement once every 36 hours, per the Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement’s study;

Whereas the federal report monitoring the Oakland Police Department states that the Oakland Police Department pulls guns on Black and Latino people disproportionately to the number of times guns are pulled on whites;

Whereas OPD has provided at least four versions of what happened the night Alan Blueford was killed, including the claim that the Officer Masso was shot in a gun battle with Alan Blueford, when he later admitted that he shot himself in the foot;

Whereas the OPD:

  1. Engaged in racial profiling and violated numerous OPD policies;
  2. Engaged in a cover-up (Made numerous false statements and repeatedly changed their story);
  3. Showed complete disregard for the life of Alan Blueford and the dignity of the family;
  4. Had the coroner’s report withheld from the family for 3 months, the police report for 5 months;

Whereas, the Coroner’s Report reveals that Alan Blueford had no gun residue on his hands, no alcohol or drugs in his system, and indicates that Alan Blueford was shot while lying on his back;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Oakland Education Association pass this resolution seeking Justice For Alan Blueford, demanding:

  1. An end to OPD’s racial and ethnic profiling and violence against people of color;
  2. Stricter background checks, training, apprehension and gun use policies within the OPD;
  3. The firing of Officer Masso, and charging him with murder.

Further be it resolved that the OEA call on its members to support and attend upcoming coalition events in support of Justice for Alan Blueford.

Solidarity with Mi Pueblo workers

Several weeks ago, Dignity and Resistance Coalition endorsed the Justice 4 Alan Blueford coalition and our march against police brutality and racial profiling. We thank them for their support and we thank their members who turned out for the march.

The Dignity and Resistance Coalition is calling for a boycott of Mi Pueblo to stop unfair labor practices against workers and to stop Mi Pueblo’s voluntary participation in the federal I-9 audit which can result in deportations.  A community picket is happening on Wednesday, November 21, 4-7PM, and we would like to extend back to them our full solidarity.

Many of these Oakland workers are Latinos who face racial profiling, immigrants facing ICE aggression, and African Americans who are denied jobs, routinely.  We stand with them for justice!   Oakland workers deserve justice on the job just as much as they deserve justice–and constitutional protections–on the street.

J4AB Solidarity with SEIU 1021

Several weeks ago, SEIU Local 1021 endorsed the Justice 4 Alan Blueford
coalition and our march against racial profiling by police. We thank them
for their support and we thank their members who turned out for the march.

Members of SEIU Local 1021 are now planning to strike the Port of Oakland
on Tuesday, November 20, and we would like to extend back to them our full
solidarity. Many of these workers are among the people of color who
face racial profiling in Oakland every day and as they stood with us we
stand with them. Oakland workers deserve justice on the job just as much as
they deserve justice–and constitutional protections–on the street.

Members of the Justice 4 Alan Blueford coalition will be on the picket line
Tuesday and we invite all of our supporters to join us.

SEIU 1021 resolution in support of Justice 4 Alan Blueford

Whereas a Black person is killed by law enforcement once every 36 hours, per the Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement’s study;

Whereas the federal report monitoring the Oakland Police Department states that the Oakland Police Department pulls guns on Black and Latino people disproportionately to the number of times guns are pulled on whites;

Whereas two new reports by a federal monitor, criticized the OPD’s handling of officer-involved shootings and Occupy Oakland protests;

Whereas Alan Blueford, an 18 year old Black youth, who was about to graduate from Skyline H.S., was killed by OPD Officer Masso on May 6.

Whereas OPD has provided at least four versions of what happened the night Alan Blueford was killed, including the claim that the Officer Masso was shot in a gun battle with Alan Blueford, when he later admitted that he shot himself in the foot;

Whereas the OPD:
A. Engaged in racial profiling and violated numerous OPD policies;
B. Engaged in a cover-up (Made numerous false statements and repeatedly changed their story);
C. Showed complete disregard for the life of Alan Blueford and the dignity of the family;
D. Had the coroner’s report withheld from the family for 3 months, and the police report for 5 months;

Whereas, the Coroner’s Report reveals that Alan Blueford had no gun residue on his hands, no alcohol or drugs in his system, and implies that Alan Blueford was shot while lying on his back;

Whereas Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley declared she will not charge Officer Masso for the killing of Alan Blueford. Her report shows strong bias as, for example, relying on Masso’s statement that Alan was standing when he first shot him, despite 11 out of 12 witness statements to the contrary;

Therefore, be it resolved that SEIU Local 1021 and its Social and Economic Subcommittee pass a resolution seeking Justice For Alan Blueford and demand that the Federal Monitor take strong action against OPD including:

1. Stopping the OPD from racial and ethnic profiling and violence against people of color;
2. Instituting stricter background checks, training, apprehension and gun use policies within the
OPD;
3. The firing of Officer Masso;

Further be it resolved that SEIU Local 1021 Social and its Social and Economic Justice Committee demand that the Alameda County District Attorney immediately charge Officer Masso with murder.

Further be it resolved that SEIU Local 1021 and its Social and Economic Justice Committee call on its members to support and attend the Bay Area Families March Against Police Brutality, initiated by the Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition. It will be held on November 10 at 12 noon, starting at 14 th and Broadway in downtown Oakland.

Finally be it resolved that the SEIU Local 1021 and its Social and Economic Justice Committee endorse the attached letter and send it to the Alameda Labor Council and other local unions for endorsement.

Signed by SEIU Officers