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!