STATEMENT ON SOLIDARITY FROM OAKLAND 100 SUPPORT COMMITTEE:


Every movement with the potential to change the injustice system we are all under has had and will have political prisoners, from labor struggles to the Black Panthers.

Since January 7th, 2009, hundreds have been arrested for various forms of participation in demonstrations for Justice for Oscar Grant. Most were arrested for merely being present, as part of mass arrests. Others were arrested for crimes or intended crimes against property.

NONE WERE VIOLENT.

Violence is what the police enact on a daily basis, especially in poor, black and brown neighborhoods. As daily targets of the system, black and brown folks with limited resources are the ones that spent the most time in jail after the protests, most being held on parole or probation violations. Taking shoes from footlocker or breaking windows do not and cannot fit in the same category as the violence that perpetually targets and incarcerates poor people of color and results in incidents such as the murder of Oscar Grant, III.

Those who are charged on crimes against property must not be isolated but embraced by the movement. In most cases, these allegations are false, but defendants are forced to take plea deals and bound by the system.

If and when allegations are true, solidarity must come first.
Those who participated in crimes against property crossed all lines of race, gender, and age, and have the agency and self-determination to push back against the system how they see fit.

FIGHT FOR JUSTICE! STAND WITH THE OAKLAND 100!

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About Oakland 100 Support Committee

The Oakland 100 Support Committee (O100) came together after the rebellions in January 2009 against the police murder of Oscar Grant III. Since then we have worked along side arrestees to raise awareness about their cases. Through several successful benefits we raised over 4000 dollars for the 3 people that had felony cases. To this date none of them served any jail time. We produced a short documentary entitled “Hands Off Oakland Rebels” and participated in the “Drop the Charges” campaign. With the recent news of killer cop, Johannes Mesherle’s lenient sentence of involuntary manslaughter Oakland erupted again in rage. That night close to 100 protesters were arrested and 12 people are still being held in jail and facing trumped up felony charges. We are interested in working with arrestees, their friends, and families to craft what support means to them. For Information on how to befriend us in the struggle, or to send donations to arrestees write us a note at: oakland100 [at] gmail.com Oakland 100 Support Committee PO Box 22449 Oakland, CA 94609 View all posts by Oakland 100 Support Committee

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