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Legal Update: Friday Arrests & Court Dates

On Friday, former BART cop Johannes Mehserle was given a jail sentence of 2 years for the ‘involuntary manslaughter’ of Oscar Grant. Subtracting time served and ‘good behavior’, Mehserle will be back on the streets in as little as 7 months.

Community members took to the streets in protest, and after the cops sealed an entire city block off, calling it a ‘crime scene’, 152 people were arrested. That is more arrests than ANY other Oscar Grant-related protest as of yet.

Most arrestees have been cited on misdemeanor charges and released. Those folks all have mass arraignments in the first week of December. We will be calling for a mass show of court support for those days. Stay Tuned.

Six people continue to be held, and each have arraignments scheduled for this coming Tuesday, November 9th. Please come to court to show support for people who stood up for justice, spoke truth to power, and continue to be punished for it. The following are their court times and departments (rooms, all at Wiley Manuel Courthouse @ 661 Washington Street in
Oakland):
9am, dept. 107 – 1 person
2pm, dept. 107 – 1 person
2pm, dept. 112 – 4 people

Finally, Raquel Sharp is being charged criminally with a misdemeanor as well as civilly (being sued) for events on the night of Mehserle’s verdict (July 8th). Raquel has asked for as many people as possible to show up to her pre-trial TOMORROW morning, 9am in Department 104 at Wiley Manuel Courthouse on the corner of 7th and Washington streets in Oakland (661 Washington).

Support the Oakland Rebels! Stay strong!
-the Oakland 100 Support Committee

PS-As always, we’re fundraising! All donations directly support people who’ve been charged with crimes related to protesting for justice for Oscar Grant and against racist police brutality. More information and online donations can be made here:
https://supporttheoakland100.wordpress.com/supportdonate.

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*Drop All Charges Against the Oakland 100!*

After the rebellions in 2009 that followed immediately after the murder of
Oscar Grant many people were arrested. A few faced some felonies, but in the
end, due to strong community support and pressure none of those defendants
saw jail time.

This past July when people revolted again – this time against the audacious
verdict of involuntary manslaughter for murder Johannes Mehserle – they were
again arrested en mass. But this time the District Attorney’s office has
stepped up their assault on our movement. Over a dozen people have been
charged with felonies, with even more people are facing multiple
misdemenors. Some people have already been sentenced, some still face
lengthy trials and four defendants have been in jail since July. To make
matters worse the City Attorney, John Russo, has filed a civil lawsuit
against four of these defendants.

*None of these people 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 are bound by the system.* **If
and when allegations are true, solidarity must come first.* Those who
participated in crimes against property had the agency and
self-determination to push back against the system how they saw fit.

It should also be of note that those that face charges are mostly Black men,
but also people of various ethnicities, ages and genders. The Justice for
Oscar Grant Movement is composed of many different communities and all of
the defendants are represented in those communities. Showing support to all
the defendants is a great way for us to strengthen this movement and build
solidarity between different cultures and communities. This solidarity is
precisely what the State is most afraid of.

*Oakland District Attorney’s Office is sending a message of intimidation to
all those who stand up to the police and all systems of oppression used
against poor, Black, and Brown communities. We must send a clear message
back to the DA: We will not be intimidated and we intend to stand along side
all of the defendants that have been criminalized for standing up to this
injustice system. Drop All the Charges against the Oakland 100, every last
one of them!*

CONTACT District Atty Nancy O’Malley’s office at using the following contact info:
Phone: (510) 272-6222
Email: info@acgov.org
Mail: Alameda County District Attorney’s Office
1225 Fallon St. Suite 900
Oakland, Ca 94612

*FIGHT FOR JUSTICE! STAND WITH THE OAKLAND 100!*


DANCE PARTY BENEFIT THIS SATURDAY!

Here we go, fast forward to the night of Saturday, October 23rd: the ILWU rally and march for justice for Oscar Grant was a landslide victory–not talkin bout elections here, just hella heads out in force. Party o’clock is fast approaching, what will you do?!?

Saturday Oct 23rd, 8pm-late
Revolution Cafe, 1612 7th Street, Oakland (near w. oakland bart)

hosted by:
Boots Riley (of The Coup)

performances by:
Zoe tha Roasta
40 Thieves
Butchered Hens

DJ’s: Public Frenemy, Jabiri, DJ Piha

Spread the good word, this is a fundraiser for those arrested the night of the V as in Verdict who are currently in jail or fighting cases for standing up in the streets for Oakland. Show your love!


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!


Court Support Requested!

Come out this Monday, October 18th to support co-defendents Rashaud Lynn and Jackson Fleder!

The hearing will be in Dept 104 at Wiley Manuel Court, 661 Washington @ 7th Street, 9AM.

Remember when doing court support, it’s important to get there early. Also, it’s good to dress up and not be antagonistic. Court rules prohibit bringing tools and anything that can be considered a weapon, and remember to silence phones or you may be put out of the courtroom.


More Arrests, Court Support Requested

We have received new info that as many as 14 of the roughly 70 people cited and released for misdemeanors on July 8th, who were mostly rounded up at random, are now having charges brought on them 10 weeks later. The charges include remaining at the scene of a riot, unlawful assembly, and rioting. Another 4 people were arrested last week on felony burglary charges. The Oakland 100 Support Committee is reaching out to defendants and their families to find out which defendants would like a show of support and solidarity in the court room for their court proceedings.

WE ARE HEREBY CALLING ON THE GREATER COMMUNITY FOR JUSTICE FOR OSCAR GRANT AND AGAINST POLICE VIOLENCE TO COME OUT AND STAND WITH THOSE FOLKS DEFENDING THEMSELVES IN THIS CURRENT STAGE OF REPRESSION!

Support Sara in pre-trial!
Come to court Weds 9/22 at 9am, Dept. 11 at the Rene Davidson Courthouse, 1225 Fallon.

Support Todd and Adrien in pre-trial!
Come to court Tues 9/28 at 2pm, Dept. 115 at the Wiley E. Manuel Courthouse, 661 Washington.
more info here

Support Rickey in pre-trial!
Come to court Thurs 9/30 at 9am, Dept. 115 at the Wiley E. Manuel Courthouse, 661 Washington.
Based on a photo in which he is standing outside on Broadway St, the court alleges that 21 year-old Oakland High grad Rickey committed 2nd degree burglary. He has been jailed now for over 60 days, his bail set at $45,000. FREE RICKEY!

Support Art in trial!
Come to court Tues 10/12 at 9am, Dept. 11 at the Rene Davidson Courthouse, 1225 Fallon.
Art Jackson, a 46-year old computer draftsman and Oakland resident spent 45 days in jail on a bogus 2nd degree burglary charge.


Jail Break Happy Hour + Bingo Night Variety Show to benefit O100

Sunday September 19
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Radio Bar Oakland
13th n broadway

The Oakland 100 Support Committee invites you to a bingo night with entertainment and cheap drinks (boozy and non). Bingo cards for a buck, win yourself a lottery ticket, flashy bike spoke lights, or a book from AK press!

Many a hat will be passed for those facing charges from the V as in Verdict protests of July 8th, of whom 5 are still in the slammer.