Returning to the Street to Protest the Return of Gelhaus to the Street!

Saturday, August 16, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sheriff's Dept., Santa Rosa

Outside the Sheriff's Dept.

On message!

Nicole Guerra and Nico

Terra Freedman being interviewed

Nico - Andy's best friend's little brother - growing up with Gelhaus on the streets

Marching to the corner of Bicentenial and Mendocino

Keeping a watch on us

Terri Carrion speaking out!

Sign of the times!

Double Victory! Israeli Ship Blocked for 2 Days!

Double Victory! Israeli Ship Blocked for 2 Days!

The weekend of August 16 and 17 was no more business as usual for the apartheid state of Israel in the Bay Area.

On Saturday, a mass mobilization stopped the unloading of an Israeli cargo ship. The Zim Piraeus was scheduled to dock and unload at the Port of Oakland on Saturday, August 16.

A rally at the West Oakland BART station was followed by a march of more than 4,000 people to the port gates. The march to the port was spirited with chanting led by members of the Arab Youth Organization.
The rally at the port also showed solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri and the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old African Amercian man shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Demonstrators lined up facing the police with their hands up chanting, "Hands up, don't shoot."

The Zim ship actually arrived in the Bay Area in time to dock on Saturday. But in spite of the full backing of the Oakland police and other law enforcement agencies, which "protect" the port, the ship did not dock. It was the powerful mobilization of the people that forced the Zim Piraeus to stay at sea in hopes of avoiding the wrath of the movement against apartheid and the latest genocidal invasion of Gaza.

On Sunday, August 17, the Zim Piraeus finally docked at the Port of Oakland and was scheduled to be unloaded in the evening. A rapid mobilization of organizations and activists brought hundreds of people back to the port by 5:30pm to picket the Stevedore Services of America
(SSA) entrance gates.

Chanting "Long Live Palestine," and "Zim ship you can't hide, you support genocide," militant picket lines at four gates lasted for several hours. In the spirit of solidarity, the workers who unload the ships, represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 10, refused to cross the picket line and did not go to work. An important tradition of solidarity by the ILWU dates back to the struggles aginst many fascist and repressive governments, including apartheid South Africa in 1984, when the ILWU workers refused to cross picket lines protesting the unloading of goods from the South African regime.

Lara Kiswani of the Arab Resource Organizing Center read a statement to the crowd Sunday evening stating:

On August 17, 2014, Palestine was once again victorious in Oakland, California. For the second day in a row, the Bay Area community held off the Israeli Zim ship from unloading at the port. Thousands of people rallied on Saturday and successfully kept the ship at Bay on its regular scheduled day. Today, we got word that the ship had arrived and workers were being called to unload it. Within 30 minutes, we mobilized over 400 people back to the port and we won!

Workers honored the picket and stood on the side of justice, as they historically have. Oakland has said no to Zionism and blocked the boat for an entire weekend. This is the first time in history that this has happened. Israeli apartheid is falling one port at a time!

Palestine will be free from the river to the sea! Long live international solidarity and the struggle for liberation!

A coalition including the Arab Resource Organizing Center, ANSWER Coalition, Arab Youth Organizing, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and other organizations and individuals mobilized people from across the Bay Area. The call was to "Stop Israel at the Port! Zionism is not welcome on our Coast!" The action was endorsed by over 125 organizations.



Gelhaus Returns to the Streets - Protest Saturday, Aug. 16

A protest has been called for 1:00 P.M., tomorrow Saturday, Aug. 16th in light of the announcement that Deputy Sheriff Erick Gelhaus, 13-year-old Andy Lopez’ killer, will be returned to patrol duty. The protest will take place in front of the Sheriff’s Dept. at 2796 Ventura Ave. in Santa Rosa.

In the wake of the murder of Michael Brown by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, many in the United States are finally becoming aware of the extent of police brutality. But residents of Sonoma County, where sixty-four people have died in encounters with police and deputies or while in their custody since 2000, have long been aware of the militarization of the mindset of law enforcement.

District Attorney Jill Ravitch decided not to pursue charges against Gelhaus after releasing the results of an investigation designed, from the start, to exonerate Gelhaus. The investigation, which cost the county $63,000 above staff payroll, failed to ask very basic questions and relied on the work of William Lewinski, director of the Force Science Institute. “He’s the guy police departments go to when they are forced to defend an indefensible shooting,” says Oakland defense attorney, Michael Haddad, “Lewinski will find a way to exonerate the officer.”

Returning Gelhaus, who “feared for his life” when faced with a 13-year-old with a toy gun, to the streets is a reckless and disrespectful act on the part of the Sheriff’s Dept. Residents of Sonoma County will express their displeasure tomorrow.

Palestinians Express Solidarity With the People of Ferguson

We the undersigned Palestinian individuals and groups express our solidarity with the family of Michael Brown, a young unarmed black man gunned down by police on August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri. We wish to express our support and solidarity with the people of Ferguson who have taken their struggle to the street, facing a militarized police occupation.

From all factions and sectors of our dislocated society, we send you our commitment to stand with you in your hour of pain and time of struggle against the oppression that continues to target our black brothers and sisters in nearly every aspect of their lives.

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National Moment of Silence 2014 - Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa

"I am Andy Lopez! Don't shoot!"

NMOS14 on Mendocino Ave.

Frank Saiz explaining panels with the names of those in Sonoma County who have been killed by law enforcement.

l to r - Susan Chuncho, Clifton Buck-Kaufman, Eszter Freeman

Larry Harper and Terra Freedman

Frank Saiz and the panels

Gaza = Guernica

10 Ways Racism Killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner

Racism is not an opinion. Racism is a fact. 

The reality of the color line, how whiteness is a type of material and psychological privilege, and that people of color are disadvantaged in American society, are among the most repeated findings in all of the Social Sciences. 

Critics of white supremacy and white racism work from the reasonable and informed belief—given the mountains of empirical data in support of the claim—that racism is one of the most powerful social forces in the United States. White racism deniers, and those others who have perverted the notion of “colorblindness” in order to advance and protect white supremacy as one of the United States' dominant ideologies, proceed from the opposite assumption. 

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Ferguson, Missouri: From Outrage to Rebellion

A young Black man has again been killed by the cops. Now a rebellion is growing in Ferguson, Missouri.

In 1968, weeks before his own assassination sparked rebellions across the country, Dr. King explained that “a riot is the language of the unheard.” He blamed the government that fails to address the “intolerable conditions” of racism, poverty and inequality. The 1968 report of the President’s own Kerner Commission came to the same conclusion about the social conditions that cause “riots.”

They shot 13-year old Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa, Calif. They shot Alejandro Nieto in San Francisco. They shot James Boyd in Albuquerque. They murdered Eric Garner in New York. There is a new cop killing or act of racist, anti-people brutality essentially every day in this country.

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Bombs Are Medication For Guilt, Not Peace, In Iraq

"Putting U.S. troops back in Iraq, while assuaging our well deserved and well earned feelings of national and personal guilt, will put Americans once again in the middle of a religious, sectarian civil war. As with so many modern wars, a solution lies not in violence, but in accommodation; not in division, but in unification; and not in killing, but in compromise."

Link to the article by Matthew Hoh. Hoh, now a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq and on U.S. Embassy teams in both Afghanistan and Iraq He was subsequently appointed Senior Civilian Representative of the U.S. government for Zabul Province in Afghanistan. Five months into his year-long contract in 2009, Hoh resigned and became the highest-ranking U.S. official to publicly renounce U.S. policy in Afghanistan. Hoh was awarded The Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling in 2010.