A crowdfunding site for a public memorial –

From Sacramento Prisoner Support:

yogibearphotoSupport for Hugo “Yogi” Pinell, Our Fallen Warrior

Fundraising campaign by Black August Los Angeles

http://gogetfunding.com/bala/

ANOTHER MARTYR TO BE REMEMBERED DURING BLACK AUGUST: We recently received news that one of our stalwart comrades, Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell who has spent the past FIFTY (50) years fighting and resisting behind prison walls, was assassinated August 12, 2015 at New Folsom Prison near Sacramento.

“Black August Resistance” was originally started in the California prisons system to honor three fallen comrades: Jonathan and George Jackson, and Khatari Gaulden. It was and remains a means of reflecting upon – and renewing a commitment to – the Tradition of resistance to oppression and repression faced by Afrikan peoples around the world. Here in Los Angeles, “Black August Resistance” comprises a month of activities for the collective mind, body and spirit in honor of the sacrifices of Our Ancestors, their Fighting Spirit of Resistance, and those who continue to resist while behind prison walls.

Hugo Pinell now joins this list of Ancestors we honor for their Fighting Spirit of Resistance.

Our hearts are heavy, but our resistance and resolve are steeled. With this in mind, we have decided to transition our remaining fundraising efforts to support what we regret to say is another fallen comrade. Monies raised here from this date until the end of Black August will go towards a public memorial for Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell.

Donations are tax deductible via FACTS Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization and the fiscal sponsor for this fundraiser.

Thank you for your contribution.

https://kpfa.org/episode/upfront-august-17-2015/

FBI and LA County Sheriff raid veteran Chicano activist Carlos Montes

On May 17, 2011 at 5:00 AM the SWAT Team of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and members of the FBI raided the home of Carlos Montes, a long time Chicano activist and active member of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. The SWAT Team smashed the front door and rushed in with automatic weapons as Carlos slept. The team of Sheriffs and FBI proceeded to ransack his house, taking his computer, cell phones and hundreds of documents, photos, diskettes and mementos of his current political activities in the pro-immigrant rights and Chicano civil rights movement. Also taken were hundreds of historical documents related to Carlos Montes’ involvement in the Chicano movement for the past 44 years.

Carlos was arrested on one charge dealing with a firearm code and released on bail the following morning. His first court appearance is set for June 16, 2011.

Read the rest as well as get updates and action alerts here.

LA: Prosecutors get tough on political protesters

Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich is throwing the book at dozens of people arrested during recent political demonstrations — a major shift in city policy that has him pressing for jail time in types of cases that previous prosecutors had treated as infractions.

Some of the activists arrested, including eight college students and one military veteran who took part in a Westwood rally last year in support of the DREAM Act, face up to one year in county jail.

Trutanich’s aggressive stance is the latest episode in the city’s decades-long legal struggle over the rights of protesters. The Los Angeles Police Department’s treatment of demonstrators at the 2000 Democratic National Convention and at a 2007 May Day rally at MacArthur Park led to lawsuits against the city.

Trutanich said in an interview that recent demonstrations, conducted without permits, had cost the city thousands of dollars for police response and disrupted traffic. Organizers of illegal protests should face consequences, he said.

“My whole deal is predictability,” he said. “In order for us to have a civilized society, there has to be a predictable result when you break the law. I want to make sure that they don’t do it again.”
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LA: Rebellion over police murder of immigrant

Sorry this is a couple days late… it’s been hard to find good coverage about this event…

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Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets for the second night in a row in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night to protest the police shooting of a Guatemalan immigrant.

Outraged Angelinos threw rocks, eggs and bottles at a police station, and 22 were arrested, but police said the busts were primarily for failure to disperse and unlawful assembly.

Officers responded to the demonstrators by firing at least two rounds of nonlethal foam projectiles, Officer Karen Rayner told The Associated Press.

The clash occurred after a late afternoon press conference where Police Chief Charlie Beck pleaded for calm and said the department would thoroughly investigate the Sunday shooting.

Beck also said only 40 seconds went by between the time the cops made contact with the victim, Manuel Jamines, and the moment when the police officer shot him twice.

On Sunday afternoon, bicycle police were alerted that Jamines, 37, was allegedly threatening pedestrians with a knife. When they arrived, cops ordered him to put drop the blade. When he refused, he was shot dead.

The shooting sparked demonstrations on Monday night near MacArthur Park, a busy neighborhood populated with many Central American immigrants. Angry protestors threw rocks and bottles at police, injuring three officers.

Beck said three cops involved in the shooting have been temporarily reassigned. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa advised residents not to resort to violence.

“We need to calm the waters,” he said.

Neighbors and family said Jamines had a wife and three children in Guatemala. He came to the U.S. six years ago to find work as a laborer. They said Jamines was a friendly, hardworking man, who was drunk at the time of the shooting but not dangerous, and didn’t understand what the officers were saying.

“Killing a drunk isn’t right,” said the victim’s cousin, Juan Jaminez.

A cook who knew Jamines, agreed. “The officer who did this should be subject to discipline.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/09/08/2010-09-08_los_angeles_protestors_egg_lapd_station_after_police_shooting_death_of_immigrant.html?r=news#ixzz0z8d6GUgm

Oscar Grant: A partial list of solidarity actions

We’ll be updating this as we get word of more actions in response to the verdict in the trial of the cop that murdered Oscar Grant

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  • Oakland, CA: Rebellion sweeps the streets of downtown, widespread property destruction, looting, and streetfighting with the cops
  • Los Angeles, CA: Protests outside of courthourse as verdict is presented
  • Tacoma, WA: Police car smashed, “Oscar Grant was here” spraypainted on car
  • Portland, OR: Dozens take to the streets, smash police substation and bank
  • Denver, CO: Emergency rally draws 40-50 with banners reading
    “All Cops are Murderers”
  • Bloomington, IN: 20 people march to jail in solidarity “noise demonstration”
  • Seattle, WA: March and direct action leaves police drop in center re-decorated
  • Fresno, CA: Rally by day, police monument defaced at night
  • San Diego, CA: Tempers flare at vigil for Oscar
  • Palo Alto, CA: Raging Grannies “Rage Out” against verdict
  • Richmond, VA: Noise Demonstration outside of jail
  • Santa Cruz, CA: Capitalist media reports 15 folks protesting
  • Baltimore, MD: Police vehicles attacked
  • Minneapolis, MN: Up to 100 march for justice
  • Oscar Grant: Mehserle found “guilty” of “manslaughter”, the multitude responds…

    A quick note from Denver ABC: There was a solidarity rally here in Denver that drew about 30-40 folks that just ended. We will post a full reportback tomorrow with pictures.
    Corporate News Coverage from the San Francisco Chronicle:

    Word of the Johannes Mehserle involuntary manslaughter verdict utterly transformed downtown Oakland in a matter of hours from a quiet enclave of office workers into a crush of more than 1,000 angry protesters, some of whom briefly skirmished with police.

    As night fell, sporatic conflicts were quelled quickly. Mayor Ron Dellums and others called for nonviolence, and throughout the afternoon most of the rage from those who thought the verdict was too light was confined to loudspeakers and animated conversations on the asphalt.

    Tony Coleman, a community organizer with New Years Movement 4 Justice for Oscar Grant – the black man shot on Jan. 1, 2009, by then-BART Police Officer Mehserle, who is white – was one of first speakers at the podium as hundreds gathered at 14th Street and Broadway.

    “I’m angry as hell, but he was found guilty of something,” he said into a microphone. “It ain’t over yet.”

    Rocks and bottles

    The confrontations were quick: At about 5:30 p.m., protesters surrounded police officers at 13th and Broadway and at 12th and Broadway, pelting officers with rocks and bottles and pulling down police barricades. Police quelled the disturbances quickly.

    A large, angry mob then formed and blocked a bus near 12th and Broadway. When a police car rolled in to move the protesters out of the way, the car was surrounded, and as it backed up it apparently ran over a woman’s leg by mistake. The woman, who in her 20s and reportedly deaf, fell to the ground and lay in the crosswalk surrounded by a crowd. She was later able to stand up.
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