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1st Annual Conference for Mothers: Helping Hearts 2 Heal #HH2H

Together we can ascend past our pain and begin the process of healing so that we can reclaim our power as Mothers.

Together we can ascend past our pain and begin the process of healing so that we can reclaim our power as Mothers.

The 1st annual conference for Mothers: Helping Hearts 2 Heal is this Sat Oct 25th 9am-3pm–LUNCH IS INCLUDED, THE EVENT IS FREE FOR ALL TO ATTEND. Speakers include Rosemary Duenez, Wanda Johnson, Jeralynn Brown-Blueford, Author Dinyal New, Anne Weills, Dr. Siri Brown, Rashida Grinage, Dr. Paula Clark, & more….
The event is graciously being hosted by Center Of Hope Community Church.

This will be a day dedicated to healing and empowerment! Together we can ascend past our pain and begin the process of healing so that we can reclaim our voices and resources to establish a national program agenda for the empowerment of mothers/families to become agents of change in our community.

Jeralynn Brown-Blueford is the mother of Alan Blueford. On May 6, 2012, Alan was unjustly murdered by an Oakland police officer. Jeralynn has not stopped fighting for justice in her son’s name since the day he was taken from her and from this world. A large part of Jeralynn’s work towards justice is dedicated to helping to bring unity & healing to the community, especially the community affected by racial profiling & police terrorism.

This conference is the official kickoff for The Alan Blueford Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to doing exactly what Helping Hearts 2 Heal is about, “the empowerment of mothers/families to become agents of change in our community.

The conference is free for all to attend, however, we are asking for a suggested, not mandatory, $10 pre-registration fee so that we are able to determine how many guests to accommodate, lunch will be included at the event.

We are also encouraging you to donate to this fund whether or not you can attend the conference, all proceeds will be used towards event related costs which we are budgeting to be $5,000. Any amount raised above & beyond our financial needs for the conference will be the start money for The Alan Blueford Foundation whose goal, put simply, is to help heal the community, especially the community affected by racial profiling & police terrorism.

PLEASE ADD “CONFERENCE REGISTRATION” AS A COMMENT WHEN YOU DONATE IF YOUR DONATION IS SPECIFICALLY FOR THAT, WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE :)

You can find out more event info on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1470465969892936/?ref_dashboard_filter=hosting

DONATION LINK: http://www.gofundme.com/helpinghearts2heal

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Why We Believe Dan Siegel Should Be The Next Mayor Of Oakland

Dan Siegel speaking out against the injustices surrounding Alan Blueford's murder by OPD officer Miguel Masso.

Dan Siegel speaking out against the injustices surrounding Alan Blueford’s murder by OPD officer Miguel Masso.

The Alan Blueford Center For Justice endorses Dan Siegel for Oakland for the next Oakland Mayor because he has walked his talk for his entire life which led him to be one of the Blueford family’s lawyers standing up to the injustice & corruption in Oakland City Hall who is under the leadership of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.  When the Oakland City Council & OPD were actively covering up the outright lies told by [former] OPD officer Miguel Masso & perpetuated by [then] OPD chief Howard Jordan about the details of Alan Blueford’s murder, Dan was leading the fight for Justice 4 Alan Blueford & to stop racial profiling & to end police terror.

“Growing up in a working-class Jewish household in New York City, my parents taught me at a young age that Jews could not get jobs at big banks or the power company. But my father was quick to point out that no matter how bad we had it, “Negroes had it worse.”
That was the beginning of my awareness that the color of my skin would open doors for me which were forever sealed shut for other Americans because of the color of their skin.  It became my mission to stand alongside those excluded from the American dream and help knock down those doors of injustice.”             ~ Dan Siegel

Click the link to learn more about Dan, and please share!

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HKR-Report Back from Delegation to Barbara Lee’s Office about Police Brutality

FULL HARD KNOCK RADIO INTERVIEW WITH DAVEY D COOK:

A delegation of local activists and police accountability folks went to Barbara Lees office to see what Congress can do to stop more Michael Brown's from being murdered by police

photo credit Mollie Costello @missmollie33, the photo is taken outside of the Oakland Federal Building during an interview with Davey D Cook from Hard Knock Radio.

Davey D’s thoughts about the interview, his HANDS UP DON’T SHOOT CHALLENGE, & beyond:

With the eyes of the world on Ferguson and the protests around it an array of issues have popped up around police militarization, holding police accountable and police brutality/ terrorism. The response Ferguson youth had to the killing of Michael Brown has resonated with so many because it reflects what many are experiencing and feeling.

With that being said, many are on the ground both in Ferguson and in their respective communities all over the country organizing and strategizing as to what’s the next steps?

Some are organizing patrols, armed with cameras and information about people’s rights when stopped by police. Others are putting together workshops to train people on how to best deal with police. Still others are seeking redress through the Department of justice or civil lawsuits. Others are pushing to have laws in place that require police to wear cameras at all times, while others are pushing to end the Policeman’s Bill of Rights which among other things allow them to keep their names hidden from the public after they kill someone. Still others are demanding that there be a defunding of and removal of all this military hardware the departments are purchasing.

Among the array of responses to this a number of folks who have been working on police accountability issues have decided to pay local and national lawmakers a visit and push them to see what they intend to do about all the police killings. Will they be holding hearings? Will they be crafting laws on behalf of the people most effected? Will they be pushing for independent investigations? Many of us already have sets of demands that have been developed over the years which need to be presented and followed up on..

Last week in California a new law AB 2634 (Bradford) was signed by Governor Jerry Brown. This measure will strengthen legal remedies available when a person is the victim of police abuse and basically allows folks to sue to put an injunction on entire police department where there are patterns of abuse. Formerly incarcerated folks along with a number of forward thinking legislatures and organizations, worked quietly for two years to get that bill passed in a state that has some of the most powerful police unions in the country. Big shout out to George Galvis and the team of folks he worked with to help make this happen.. needless to say there was not a word of this in the press.. George came on Hard Knock Radio – 94.1 to speak on this and all the steps they took to get this accomplished.

Last week a number of us including Cat  Brooks, Liz Derias, Mollie Costello, and Ghetto Prophet decided to put a flip on the concept of lobbying and the popular Ice Bucket challenge and have challenged activists, concerned citizens and artists to pay a visit to local lawmakers in their area and put some demands on them..This week members of The Alan Blueford Center for Justice, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and ONYX went to Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office to see what additional steps she has a congress person can take to defund money given to police departments that lead to them buying military equipment..

Its important to note that it was just 3 weeks ago B Lee’s colleague Congressman Mike Honda from San Jose sponsored a bill to make it illegal for non police to wear bullet proof vests. Its H.R. 5344, the Responsible Body Armor Possession Act. http://bit.ly/1qoNwk2

We thought that was interesting Honda and members of Congress could push for a national bill to help police , but in the wake of all these unarmed Black and Brown folks being killed there hasn’t been any sort of movement from the Progressive Caucus or the Congressional Black Caucus.

Lee’s staffers were given copies of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement Report that detail how police are killing Black people every 28 hours… http://bit.ly/1lPcAuC
We wanted to know what steps she is able to take to put an end to this?

Lee’s office was given a number of suggestions including having special prosecutors who only deal with police abuse cases and have no day to day interaction and working relationship with police as we exists now with DAs all over the country.

We also know that the Fraternal order of Police are pushing to nationalize the Policeman’s Bill of Rights.. the delegation who visited Lee laid out all the ways in how the POBR in California has been abused.. Liz Derias of the MXGM noted how difficult it was to get information on police killings from the police departments who use these laws to keep information hidden and out of the hands of the public. In fact the POBR make the new law that Galvis and his folks got passed difficult to be enforced. It was iemphasized that needs to change..

A follow up meeting will be had.. It should be noted when we showed up at Lee’s office the federal guards downstairs tried to redirect us by telling us The office was too small for them to meet with 5 people. That was interesting assertion considering I and others been to office in the past with more than dozen people..

When we got up to the office, one of her staffers said we need to go on the website and make an appointment. We felt that was inappropriate as constituents who live in her district who all came over on their lunch hours to express grievances..We asked to meet with someone now.. They accommodated us..

This is important to note because many are now starting to go see lawmakers in the wake of Ferguson. There are folks saying that other steps need to be taken other then marching.. Well if those steps include meeting with lawmakers, then it will be noted and documented those who make it difficult to visit.

In the spirit of the Ice bucket challenge after our visit a number of other folks and organizations were challenged to go visit lawmakers and lay down demands they wanna see put in place to end police terrorism.. We are calling it the HANDS UP DON’T SHOOT CHALLENGE..

After the meeting there were a number of folks challenged to go see lawmakers including Jasiri Xtra and Paradise Gray of 1 Hood, Josh Healey of Movement Generation, Philadelphia Student Union, Askari of the Black Ryders Liberation Party and Needa Bee of Healthy Hoods and Homefullness

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A Celebration of Andy Lopez’s Life! 6/7/14

A Celebration of Andy Lopez's Life! 6/7/14

The Alan Blueford Center For Justice (ABC4J) & #Justice4AlanBlueford stands in solidarity w/the Lopez family & their supporters…who are apparently A LOT of youth!

Click on the photo to see the entire album from ABC4J.

Not Forgotten – Andy Lopez Presente! A Celebration of the Life of Andy Lopez: https://www.facebook.com/events/1438877876366134/

June 7th Andy Lopez Life Celebration March & Rally for Peace and Safety for All Children, Youth and Families!: https://www.facebook.com/events/1414717032111520/

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ABC4J at the Malcolm X Jazz Festival in Oakland

ABC4J at the Malcolm X Jazz Festival in Oakland

The Alan Blueford Center For Justice, or ABC4J, attended the Malcolm X Jazz festival in Oakland, CA this year, this is a pic of a wheat-paste we saw in the neighborhood on the way to the festival…click on the photo to see a few other pics from the day.

After attending this festival, there are 2 things ABC4J suggests you keep your eye on…we are not saying that these 2 things are the 2 most important things from the day, they are just what struck us:
1. Nubia Bowe, a 19yo woman misidentified by BART police as someone who had been dancing on the train and even though she was not the person dancing, she was arrested for the *crime* of dancing as well as assaulted by BART police; Nubia then spent 4 days in Santa Rita.

Learn more about Nubia’s story here: http://youtu.be/21czrNVTJXs
AND HERE: http://youtu.be/ibVXxuNFgzg

2. KulCha Coloring Works Inc. launching SOON! http://www.kulchacoloringworksinc.com/

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#H2H4ALAN

#H2H4ALAN

Use Your Heels to Heal the Community!

The mission at The Alan Blueford Center For Justice is simply “a place to help heal the community”.

On May 3, 2014, we took this mission “on the road” as we invited the community to unite in a walk around Lake Merritt to honor & celebrate Alan Blueford’s life on the 2 year anniversary of his passing.

Thank you to:

 

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SATURDAY MAY 3RD: WALK TO HONOR ALAN BLUEFORD’S LIFE!

SATURDAY MAY 3RD: WALK TO HONOR ALAN BLUEFORD'S LIFE!

Alan Blueford was murdered by Oakland police officer Miguel Masso on May 6, 2012 in an incident of racial profiling. Two years later the Blueford family continues to grieve the painful loss of their son, brother, nephew, cousin, & uncle. This pain will remain constant, but it can be lessened & healed. Unity in the community is healing. The Oakland community has so much it needs to heal from, including the violent, & racially motivated murder of Alan Blueford on May 6, 2012.

On Saturday May 3rd, on the 2 year anniversary of Alan’s passing, we will UNITE in a walk around Lake Merritt as we celebrate Alan’s life & let the Blueford’s & the community at large know that Alan’s life matters–all lives matter,….AND because this IS a celebration, there will be sound….A LOT OF SOUND….like thousands of watts of sub-woofer sound…..:)

Confirmed performers are Jasiri XZar The Dip, Ras Ceylon, and Phanom,  Kev Choice, Moe Green….please stay tuned for updates, more artists are joining the line-up every day!

**IF YOU ARE ON FACEBOOK, PLEASE “JOIN” & THEN “SHARE” THIS EVENT!**

https://www.facebook.com/events/740497942649754/

We will gather at noon at  McElroy Fountain which is located at the corner of Grand Ave & Perkins St, the walk will begin at 1pm. Please feel free to bring banners/signs to add to the celebration. Also, all modes of transport are welcome to join the walk–wheelchairs, baby strollers, skateboards, big wheels, bikes, motorcycles, golf carts, etc……as long as EVERYONE IS SAFE, it’s all welcome!  AND, porta-potties (including ADA ones) will be provided at points along the lake.

AGAIN, PLEASE REMEMBER, this is a celebration of Alan Blueford’s life & we wanna make this celebration HUGE! so we’re gonna need YOUR help!! even if you can’t be there, please spread the word:) here’s the Facebook event page , please “join” & “share”! https://www.facebook.com/events/740497942649754/

You can also “like” The Alan Blueford Center For Justice on Facebook to follow updates: https://www.facebook.com/ABC4JUSTICE

Or follow @abc4justice on Twitter: https://twitter.com/abc4justice

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FEB 13TH CALIFORNIA FAMILIES UNITE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST POLICE TERROR

FEB 13TH CALIFORNIA FAMILIES UNITE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST POLICE TERROR

TELL CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL KAMALA HARRIS: PROSECUTE KILLER COPS, IT’S HER JOB!

SEC. 13. Subject to the powers and duties of the Governor, the Attorney General shall be the chief law officer of the State. It shall be the duty of the Attorney General to see that the laws of the State are uniformly and adequately enforced.

The Attorney General shall have direct supervision over every district attorney and sheriff and over such other law enforcement officers as may be designated by law, in all matters pertaining to the duties of their respective offices, and may require any of said officers to make reports concerning the investigation, detection, prosecution, and
punishment of crime in their respective jurisdictions as to the Attorney General may seem advisable.

Whenever in the opinion of the Attorney General any law of the State is not being adequately enforced in any county, it shall be the duty of the Attorney General to prosecute any violations of law of which the superior court shall have jurisdiction, and in such cases the Attorney General shall have all the powers of a district attorney. When required by the public interest or directed by the Governor, the Attorney General shall assist any district attorney in the discharge of the duties of that office.

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/.const/.article_5

The Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition wrote a letter to AG Harris & delivered it on to her on Oct 22nd, the National Day Against Police Brutality in Sacramento, CA.  Here is a video of Dan Siegel reading the letter  in front of the CA Dept of [In]Justice, Dan is the family attorney for the Blueford’s:

The Justice 4 Alan Blueford coalition encourages all the other victims of police terror to use our letter as a template and send your own version to AG Harris.

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JAB Holiday Donation Drive at ABC4J!!!

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Please join the Justice 4 Alan Blueford coalition for 1st Friday on Dec 6th at The Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice located at 2434 Telegraph Ave in Oakland as we kick off our Holiday Donation drive–details are in the flyer–if you can’t make it today, please come by any weekday between noon-6pm to drop off a donation of a toy or non-perishable food–everything collected will be given to the Mary Ann Wright Foundation to add to the work they’ve been doing for years to address homelessness & hunger in our communities.
http://www.maryannwright.com

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JAB IN SOLIDARITY W/JUSTICE FOR ANDY LOPEZ 11/5/13

JAB IN SOLIDARITY W/JUSTICE FOR ANDY LOPEZ 11/5/13 Click on the photo to see the entire album from this action.

Andy Lopez’ parents Rodrigo & Sujey right-front of the photo with the signs and people all around them.

The Lopez’s, like Adam & Jeralynn Blueford, have been in the streets demanding Justice for their precious son since day one.

These 4 parents demonstrate a strength that can only come from God.
God is Love.

#JusticeForAndyLopez
#Justice4AlanBlueford