October 22 – National Day Against Police Brutality – March & Rally in Sacramento, CA
FAMILIES FROM ALL ACROSS CALIFORNIA WILL CONVENE ON THE CALIFORNIA STATE CAPITAL ON OCTOBER 22ND FOR THE NATIONAL DAY AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY. THE FAMILIES WITH THE SUPPORT OF THEIR COMMUNITIES WILL LOBBY THEIR LAWMAKERS OFFICES TO DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR POLICE MURDERS AND BRUTALITY AND SEEKING A NEW DAY IN LAW ENFORCEMENT.
Bus Tickets from Oakland to Sacramento for Oct 22nd National Day Against Police Brutality
Bus Tickets from Oakland to Sacramento for Oct 22nd National Day Against Police Brutality
You can join in this event by buying bus tickets for yourself/others to get on the bus from Oakland to Sacramento–the bus leaves Oscar Grant Plaza at 14th & Broadway at 8am. The bus ticket price is approx $40/seat, however the minimum ticket price is being set at $10/seat and folks are encouraged to pay as much as they can afford so that many buses are a reality. If the $10 ticket price is an obstacle, please contact The Alan Blueford Center for Justice at 510-250-9308 (landline). The point of the ticket sales is not to exclude anyone, it is to account for how many folks are serious about reserving a seat to get on the bus to join the coordinated struggle against police brutality.
This is a video of the an event on July 21, 2013 when over 35 families from around California gathered in Anaheim….now there are 50 families planning to gather in Sacramento. EXPECT US!!!
A place for healing the community located at 2434 Telegraph Ave.
We do not have regular office hours yet, but a table is usually set up out front after noon or so with a bunch of Justice 4 Alan Blueford printed materials.
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Professor Crystallee Crain makes the connection between police brutality & the war on Syria at an emergency demonstration held by our comrades ANSWER-SF.
(fyi, this demo was before Putin &Obama did their [anti]war-dance).
#OO The Movie This is a film in the making that highlights why the Occupy movement was different in Oakland because of Oakland’s history going back to the Black Panther Party and up to the Oscar Grant Movement.
Kevin Piña is the producer of the film which is intended to be a lasting document for the people.
This film has a very clear anti-police brutality theme. The producer’s goal is to make this a lasting documentary for classrooms, history lessons, and beyond.
At the producer’s request, the movie screening event on Sept 12th at the Grand Lake was a fundraiser for the Justice 4 Alan Blueford coalition.
– See more at: http://occupyoakland.org/2013/09/occupy-oakland-the-movie/#sthash.lfRuk3XS.dpuf
Please join Flashpoints on Pacifica Radio & Long Memory Productions in support of the Alan Blueford Coalition with an ADVANCED SCREENING of:
#OO OCCUPY OAKLAND: The Movie.
This is a film in the making that highlights why the Occupy movement was different in Oakland because of Oakland’s history going back to the Black Panther Party and right up to the Oscar Grant Movement.
This film has a very clear anti-police brutality theme as well as a strong Justice 4 Alan Blueford message.
The producer’s goal is to make this a lasting documentary for classrooms, history lessons, and beyond; he will be asking the community for feedback on this latest version of this very important film.
Photo credit: Greg Silva from July 21, 2013 Anaheim, CA
I keep thinking of the phrase, “it takes a village to raise a child”. I met Jeralynn & Adam Blueford because they lost their precious son Alan. After attending 1 Year After Anaheim: Statewide Mass March Against Police Brutality, I am now coming to have the thought that it also takes a village to help a family get thru the loss of a child. This weekend in Anaheim connecting with other families who have suffered the same loss as the Bluefords, as the Grants, as the Duenez’s, as the Diaz’s….this is a list I will not attemtp to complete here, but my point is that this weekend was amazingly powerful seeing all these families from around CA uniting to form a village. And I do not mean “village” in a quaint way at all, this village is mighty because it is founded in love, the strongest weapon out there and the reason we are going get justice for these young men who have been murdered by violent racist police. ~Mollie Costello
Video from the march & rally: http://youtu.be/v358Nj_-Qxw
The next opportunity to unite with all these amazing families is in Sacramento on Oct. 22, check here for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/528949447140282/
Join JAB at the City Council Budget Hearing, 5:30 pm, Thursday, May 23 to demand better priorities.
Oakland Police Dept. Budget Dominates the City Budget, Leaving Little for Social Programs to Stop Violence and Increase Safety –
The proposed budget advocates for 4 police academies over the next 2 years, increasing the number of officers and increasing OPD’s funds (which already monopolize 42% of the city’s budget) overall.
The starting Salary for Police is $69,000 and $98,000. Most cops make well over $120,000 in salary.
According to KTVU, The City of Oakland has paid out $57 million from 2001 to 2011 to victims of Oakland Police Abuse: the LARGEST amount of any city in California. They use our hard earned dollars to soak up the blood from their beatings and murders.
OPD is Racist and Unaccountable –
Even Ex-Police Commissioner, Federal Monitor Thomas Frazier Admits This:
Federal monitor Thomas Frazier’s review of OPD’s use of force incidents found a racist pattern. To quote a May 1st report, “The total racial breakdown for the 61 use of force events reviewed is as follows: Black, 70%; Hispanic, 22%; White, 3%; Asian, 2%; and Other, 3%.”
Thomas Frazier’s report continues: “We were unable to find the pointing of a firearm necessary or justified in 29 instances of the 158 instances we assessed, due to the absence of any indication that the officer(s) or others faced imminent threat of harm. In addition, several events lacked justification for the initial detention that led to the pointing of the firearms.”
Frazier found that the cops who aren’t abusive cover for those who are, even when their abuses are unjustified: “And yet In all cases, the supervisory review found the officers’ use of force appropriate, objectively reasonable for a legitimate law enforcement purpose, and in compliance with OPD policy.”
The East Bay express reports that Federal Monitor Frazier wants to reopen several cases where cops covered up their brutality, especially around serial killers such as Patrick Gonzalez. But since the rot goes so deep, why stop at Gonzalez?
Justice for Alan Blueford!
We are a coalition fighting for justice for one of the many murdered people, 18 year old Skyline High school senior Alan Blueford. He was shot pleading for his life on the night of May 6th, 2012.
Our demand is that the city fire and charge Officer Miguel Masso with the murder of Alan Blueford.
Alan was racially-profiled; there was no reason for him to be stopped, much like the other incidents in the Frazier report.
Alan ran for two blocks and posed no threat to Officer Miguel Masso.
According to the Oakland police’s OWN report, multiple witnesses said Alan’s last words were “I didn’t do anything”.
Officer Miguel Masso shot himself in the foot and then claimed there was a gun battle where he was “shot in the chest.”
Police Chief Howard Jordan said that Alan Blueford was taken to the hospital, but after checking with the hospital we learned this was a lie as well.
Just like the Oakland Riders scandal where the police planted evidence, and just like in the case of Oscar Grant, the police have lied through their teeth, covered for each other and dragged their feet every step of the way. As Thomas Frazier says, “OPD’s internal affairs division is broken, supervisors cover for abusive and racist police, we need an independent investigation.”
Quan wants more academies for more police. But we don’t want to waste money training highly paid assassins and their silent accomplices. We say not a dollar more till they stop killing our children.
On the one year anniversary of Alan’s murder by OPD Officer Miguel Masso, we will honor Alan with a candlelight vigil. We will start at Sunnyside Park and walk to the site where he was murdered, at the 9200 block of Birch St. Candles will be provided.
Rest in power, Alan!
(Please park at Sunnyside Park, not on Birch St.)
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
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.