FROM OXNARD TO FERGUSON: Your Pain is Our Pain, Your Fight is Our Fight; Only the People Can Defend the People!

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“Only in America can a dead black boy go on trial for his own murder.” - Syreeta McFadden

In response to the clear injustice surrounding the murder of young Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, people all over the country are taking to the streets in solidarity. The clear failure to indict Brown’s murderer, Darren Wilson, sends chilling echoes through the streets of Oxnard where Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten also failed to find any of the killers involved in the 2012 slaying of Robert Ramirez or Alfonso Limon, Jr. guilty. These events in Ferguson, Oxnard, across the country and even in Ayotzinapa underline these clear truths:

1) We live in a system of institutionalized white supremacy, where the “crime” of having dark skin is punishable by death, with no repercussions for the murderer.

2) Your struggle is our struggle: for the historically colonized victims of racist oppression & exploitation, unity is now more important than ever; we need to fight to destroy the barriers and anti-black sentiments expressed in our own community through working class black-brown unity.

3) Ferguson is Oxnard is Ayotzinapa is Palestine – our fight is global and the main enemy is at home: while President Barack Obama condemns “violence” by protestors in Ferguson, police in the U.S. continue to be militarized while killing us freely without consequences, the drug war and state violence against the people in Mexico continues to be funded by the U.S., and new imperialist wars are being planned.

4) It is the right and duty of our community to organize to fight back, bring local institutions under community control, and gain true peace and security for our friends, families, and neighbors through strategic organizing and consistent struggle.

5) There can be NO JUSTICE from the capitalist courts of the United States. No matter what the courts, corrupt politicians, and pigs decide, the ENTIRE SYSTEM is GUILTY of systemic oppression, murder, and brutalization of working people and people of color.

FROM OXNARD TO FERGUSON TO AYOTZINAPA. PALESTINE AND BEYOND – ONLY THE PEOPLE CAN SAVE THE PEOPLE – NO JUSTICE NO PEACE – THE MARTYRED VICTIMS OF STATE TERROR LIVE ON: ROBERT RAMIREZ, MICHAEL MAHONEY, ALFONSO LIMON, MICHAEL BROWN, EZELL FORD, TAMIR RICE PRESENTE

“The struggle is like a circle; you can start at any point, but it never ends.”

 

DESDE OXNARD HASTA FERGUSON: Su Dolor es Nuestro Dolor, Su Lucha es Nuestra Lucha! Solo el Pueblo Defiende al Pueblo!

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“Solo en America puede caer un afro-americano muerto y ser juzgado ante su propia muerte” - Syreeta McFadden

En respuesta de la clara injusticia que rodea la muerte de Michael brown en Ferguson, MO, gente de todo el país esta apoyando y manifestandose en las calles. La clara falla de llevar a juicio a el culpable de la muerte de Brown, Darren Wilson, manda un mensaje en eco lleno de una digna rabia en las calles de Oxnard en donde tambien el abogado Greg Totten falló en buscar llevar a juicio a los culpables de la muerte de Robert Ramirez y Alfonso Limon Jr. Estos eventos de Ferguson, Oxnard y a través del pais han volcado a miles ennlas calles al igual que sucede en México por Ayotzinapa, Mexico, allá tambien rugen las miles de voces en las calles que aclaran las siguientes verdades:

1) Nosotr@s vivimos en un Sistema institucionalizado por la supremacia del blanco, donde el “crimen” de tener la piel oscura, café o un pigmento más oscuro se culpa hasta ser asesinado. Sin percusiones del quien mata.

2) Tu lucha es mi lucha: para nuestra gente que son victimas historicamente colonizados de oppression y explotacion racista, unidad es ahora mucho mas importante que nunca, debemos pelear para destruir las fronteras y sentimientos anti-afro Americanos en nuestras propias comunidades y esto se podra lograr cuando trabajemos en una clase de unidad entre la piel morena y negra.

3) Ferguson es Oxnard es Ayotzinapa es Palestina—Nuestra lucha es global y el enemigo esta aqui: En el momento que el Presidente Barack Obama condena la “violencia” de los Protestantes en Ferguson, el estado en los Estados Unidos sigue la militarizacion al matarnos libremente sin consequencias, la “guerra contra las drogas” y la violencia del estado contra la gente en Mexico continua a ser fundada por los Estados Unidos además de que nuevas guerras imperialistas siguen siendo planeadas.

4) Es el derecho y la responsabilidad de la comunidad de organizarse, de poner las instituciones locales bajo el control de la comunidad, de alcanzar paz de verdad y seguridad para nuestras familias, amig@s, y vecin@s atravez de organizacion estrategica lucha constante.

5) NO puede haber JUSTICIA con un sistema de cortes capitalistas en los Estados Unidos. Aún de lo que decidan las cortes, los politicos corruptos, o los policias, el SISTEMA COMPLETO ES CULPABLE de opresión sistemica, matanzas y criminalizacion de gente de clase trabajadora y personas de color.

DESDE OXNARD HASTA FERGUSON, PASANDO POR AYOTZINAPA Y PALESTINA, Y MAS ALLÁ—SOLO EL PUEBLO DEFIENDE AL PUEBLO—SIN JUSTICIA, NO HABRA PAZ—LOS MARTÍRES, VICTIMAS DEL TERROR DEL ESTADO VIVEN: ROBERT RAMIREZ, MICHAEL MAHONEY, ALFONSO LIMON, MICHAEL BROWN, EZELL FORD, TAMIR RICE PRESENTE!

“Te Lucha jajich vitil jun circulo teyaxu ta kaual ta bayuk, lumil pero mayuk slajival”
“La lucha es como un círculo, se puede empezar en cualquier punto, pero nunca termina”

11/25/14 PROTESTA en Oxnard Apoyando la Gente De Ferguson/ OXNARD Rally in Support of the people of Ferguson

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(English below) PROTESTA en Oxnard Apoyando la Gente De Ferguson y Todos en el País Que Están en Lucha Contra la Violencia Policiaca y el Terror Del Estado.
Juntemonos a las 5:30 en la Esquina de Channel Islands y Saviers.
Traigan cartelones y mas importante, traigan sus GANAS!
Ferguson no estas sol@! Solidaridad con los que luchan contra la brutalidad policiaca en todas las communidades, que viva la unidad entre todas las personas de color! https://www.facebook.com/events/1499200547024048/
DESDE OXNARD HASTA FERGUSON, HASTA AYOTZINAPA Y PALESTINA, Y MAS AYA—SOLO EL PUEBLO DEFIENDE AL PUEBLO—SIN JUSTICIA, NO HABRA PAZ—LOS MARTÍRES, VICTIMAS DEL TERROR DEL ESTADO VIVEN: ROBERT RAMIREZ, MICHAEL MAHONEY, ALFONSO LIMON, MICHAEL BROWN, EZELL FORD, PRESENTE!
http://www.todopoderalpueblo.org/

OXNARD Rally In Support of People in Ferguson & across the U.S.A. fighting back against police violence & state terror!
MEET AT 5:30pm ON THE CORNER OF CHANNEL ISLANDS & SAVIERS (Citibank)
Bring signs and most importantly, bring GANAS!
Ferguson you are not alone! Solidarity to the fighters against police brutality in all communities; long live black-brown unity! https://www.facebook.com/events/745320682214970/
FROM OXNARD TO FERGUSON, AYOTZINAPA TO PASTELINE, AND BEYOND – ONLY THE PEOPLE CAN SAVE THE PEOPLE – NO JUSTICE NO PEACE – THE MARTYRED VICTIMS OF STATE TERROR LIVE ON: ROBERT RAMIREZ, MICHAEL MAHONEY, ALFONSO LIMON, MICHAEL BROWN, EZELL FORD PRESENTE

OXNARD Unidos con MEXICO: Ayotzinapa vive, la lucha sigue!

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20 de noviembre, 17:00 – ENCUENTROS EN EL CONSULADO MEXICANO

(English below) Hoy 13 de Noviembre se da inicio La Brigada Nacional de Ayotzinpa la cual se compone de tres rutas, una al norte que pasará por los estados de Chihuahua, Durango, Zacatecas, Jalisco y Michoacán; una al sur, que recorrerá los estados de Chiapas, Oaxaca, Morelos y Tlaxcala; y una brigada estatal que recorrera los municipios de Tlapa, San Luis Acatlán, Ayutla, Tecoanapa, Zihuatanejo, Atoyac y Acapulco. Las tres caravanas confluirán en la Ciudad de México el 20 de noviembre para concluir la Brigada Nacional con una marcha mitin en el zócalo.”
En apoyo a las actividades de lucha iniciadas por ellos que culminaran con una gran marcha El FRENTE AYOTZINAPA hace un llamado a toda la ciudadanía para que salga a protestar frente a todas y cada una de las embajadas de todo el mundo, demostremos el rechazo al gobierno Mexicano que no solo solapa a los que asesinan a nuestros hijos participa en el asesinato de ellos.
TODOS A TODAS LAS EMBAJADAS DEL MUNDO!
EXIGIMOS:
– Justicia integral para los tres compañeros caídos en la ciudad de Iguala Gro.
– Presentación con vida de nuestros 43 compañeros desaparecidos.
– No permitamos la impunidad de los hechos sucedidos en la noche del 26 y la madrugada del 27 de septiembre en la ciudad de iguala.
– Encarcelamiento a Ángel Heladio Aguirre Rivero y Felipe flores Velázquez.
– Juicio político a Enrique Peña Nieto.

NOVEMBER 20, 5PM – MEET AT THE MEXICAN CONSULATE

Today on November 13th, the Ayotzinpa National Brigades began their journey which consists of three routes: one north to pass through the states of Chihuahua, Durango, Zacatecas, Jalisco and Michoacan; one south, which will tour the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Morelos and Tlaxcala; and a state brigade will tour the towns of Tlapa, San Luis Acatlán, Ayutla, Tecoanapa, Zihuatanejo, and Acapulco Atoyac. The three caravans will converge in Mexico City on November 20 to finalize the rally of national brigades to march into the Zócalo.
In support of these actions initiated by them that is culminating with a march, El Frente Ayotzinapa calls on all people to come out and protest against any Mexican embassies around the world, showing our rejection of the Mexican governments that not only colludes with who kill our sons, but is actively involved in killing them.WE DEMAND:
– Justice for the three fallen comrades in the city of Iguala, Guerrero.
– The return of our 43 missing comrades.
– NO impunity for those who perpetrated the crimes that occurred on the night of the September 26 and the morning of September 27 in the city of Iguala.
– IMPRISONMENT for Angel Aguirre Rivero Helladius and Felipe Flores Velazquez.
– The IMPEACHMENT of Enrique Peña Nieto.

Oxnard Cops Testified, Claim They Did Not Target Critic of Police Brutality at Protest March

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[Senior Officer Jamie] Brown said he has been an Oxnard police officer for 17 years and had been assigned to work at other Pueblo Collective marches.  Brown said there were others jaywalking but Romero’s “conduct was more egregious” than others.

By Raul Hernandez

American Justice Notebook, 10/29/14

Reposted with permission of author

VENTURA CALIFORNIA — Two Oxnard police officers testified Wednesday that community activist Francisco Romero wasn’t targeted when he was given five citations a year ago for jaywalking during a protest march against police brutality.

Officers Jamie Brown who issued the jaywalking citations and Jaime Miranda who signed the citations testified that Romero wasn’t targeted by police department.  They said Romero  violated the law and was the only one out of 150 people who marched on Oct. 13, 2013 who could be identified.

A week after the march, Romero received a certified letter stating that he had been given five citations, which have fines totaling as much as $1,000. The jaywalking was recorded by an undercover officer in an unmarked police car, court evidence showed.

Brown, a motorcycle patrolman, said he was given five clips of a video that lasted three minutes and was told by Sgt. Alex Arnett to review the video and give an “educated opinion” on whether there were jaywalking violations.  Brown said he then learned that the person he identified on the video was Romero.

“Mr. Romero was directing them. He was standing in the corner, sometimes in the middle of the road,” said Brown

Senior Officer Jamie Brown

Senior Officer Jamie Brown

Prosecutor Susan Park maintains that Romero was identified and video-recorded jaywalking five times, failing to yield to vehicles during a protest march.  She argued that Romero was the only person given jaywalking tickets because police could only identify him and know his address where they can send the  jaywalking citations. Park said nobody else at the 2013 march was given any citations.

In a nine-page response to the defense’s motion to dismiss, Park wrote:  “He was observed leading others to break the law by failing to yield to vehicles in the roadway and leading others to do the same. He placed the lives of 150 of the participants of the march in danger but also putting drivers and others standing by on the road that day in danger.”

Romero’s lawyer Jaime Segall Gutierrez, of Whittier, claims the Oxnard Police Department conspired from “the very top” to single  out his client for prosecution in an attempt to silence Romero’s criticism, violating his constitutional rights. Gutierrez said the evidence will show that the audio portion on the some of the two hours of surveillance video, officers are heard singling out Romero by name during the march.

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A Dozen Oxnard Officers to Testify About Jaywalking Tickets Given to Vocal Critic of Police Brutality

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Francisco Romero speaks at Oxnard Police Department during anti-brutality march October 12, 2014

(re-posted with permission of author, photos and video added by Colectivo)

BY RAUL HERNANDEZ

American Justice Notebook Reporter

Ventura County District AttorneyVENTURA, CALIFORNIA — A defense lawyer wants a judge to dismiss the year-old  jaywalking case - the People vs. Francisco Romero  –  because, he says, Oxnard police targeted  Romero who is a vocal critic on police brutality.

Prosecutors, however, argue that Romero was identified and video-recorded jaywalking five times,  failing to yield to vehicles during a protest march held in October 2013  against police brutality and abuse. A week later, he received a certified letter stating that he had been given five citations, which have fines totaling as much as $1,000.

Tuesday, Romero’s lawyer Jaime Segall Gutierrez, of Whittier, and Deputy District Attorney Susan Park were in a court hearing in Commissioner Anthony Sabo’s court at Ventura County Superior Court. Gutierrez filed a motion to toss out Romero’s five jaywalking citations, citing constitutional issues.

Defense witnesses subpoenaed for this hearing which began Tuesday include a dozen Oxnard police officers and some family members of victims fatally shot by Oxnard police or who have died while under police custody in Oxnard.

Only one witness testified Tuesday, Oxnard’s Police Department’s Operations Chief Eric Sonstegard, who put together a plan on how law enforcement would handle the October 13, 2013 march.

The hearing was postponed until Oct. 29 because of Commissioner Sabo’s conflicting court schedule.

The trial has been tentatively set for Nov. 5.

After months of legal haggling, a handful of judges making rulings on the matter and several prosecutors assigned to handle the legal proceeding, the case  is now being prosecuted by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office after Oxnard city attorneys turned it over to them.

The defense’s case file that includes court documents and police reports is nearly six-inches wide.

In an interview, Park said she didn’t know whether this was the first jaywalking  case that has taken a year to prosecute or whether other jaywalking prosecutions have included police surveillance video recordings as evidence.  Park said if she had this information, she probably couldn’t release it while Romero’s case is pending.

Gutierrez claims they had to go to court three times to get video tapes from the city of Oxnard after judges ordered prosecutors to turn them over to the defense as part of the discovery process, which is when both sides exchange  information. Gutierrez blames the police department for “dragging their feet” to give them the surveillance videos.

“This is all that we have,” Gutierrez said prosecutors told him, accusing the Oxnard Police Department of hiding evidence from him and prosecutors.

Gutierrez maintains that police targeted his client to simply silence  Romero who often goes to city council meetings to speak about police abuse and brutality.  Gutierrez noted that Romero ran for the Oxnard City Council  in 2006 and got 7,000 votes.

The 1975 Murgia vs. Municipal Court Case

Gutierrez told Sabo that  “selective enforcement” violates Romero’s constitutional rights of equal protection under the law, citing the 1975 Murgia vs. Municipal Court case to support the defense’s motion to dismiss.

The California Supreme Court ruled in the Murgia case that a defendant may be entitled to a dismissal of criminal charges if they can prove that there was selective prosecution for improper purposes.

Gutierrez said Romero was the only person to be cited for jaywalking during the peaceful protest, saying that his client was helping others cross the street in a safe manner.

In response to Gutierrez’s motion to dismiss the case, Park stated in a nine-page document that Romero was the only one given the jaywalking infractions because nobody else violating the law could be identified. Also police knew Romero’s address where they could mail the citations, Park said.

“He was observed leading others to break the law by failing to yield to vehicles in the roadway and leading others to do the same,” Park stated.  “He placed the lives of 150 of the participants of the march in danger but also putting drivers and others standing by on the road that day in danger.”

Romero’s case began when he received a letter dated Oct. 29, 2013 from the Oxnard Police Department. Romero,  who is one of the leaders of the Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective, learned that he had been given the five  citations and video recorded by an undercover Oxnard police officer who was driving a vehicle and assigned to monitor the Oct. 13, 2013 march.

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The 2013 Protest March and the Oct. 12, 2014 Protest

The 2013 protest drew 150 protestors and 95 Oxnard officers, including undercover officers and SWAT units who were assigned to the march as part of a police plan to keep tabs on the demonstrators, according to law enforcement documents.  Uniformed police weren’t visible during the two-mile trek, which began at Camino del Sol Park and ended in front of  police headquarters.

The march was also  held to protest  the fatal shooting by police of Alfonso Limon Jr., a year earlier on Oct. 12, 2012.  Limon and his brother got caught up in a running gun battle between police and a wanted parolee in a predominately low-income neighborhood, La Colonia in Oxnard.

The March Against Police Brutality in Oxnard on Oct. 12, 2014 tied up traffic briefly but it was peaceful as about 150 protesters walked from Camino del Sol Park in La Colonia to the downtown police department headquarters where the group gave speeches.Six  makeshift coffins represented  people who died while under police custody or were fatally shot by officers were carried by protestors to police headquarters.

Pueblo Collective along with Limon’s family are demanding that officers involved in  the shooting of  Limon be held accountable.

The shooting of Limon resulted in the city of Oxnard having to pay $6.7 million to settle the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Limon’s family which is the largest wrongful death settlement for the city of Oxnard. Limon was shot between 16 to 21 times by four officers as he lay on the ground, according to the Limon family lawyer Adam Shea.

Gerardo Limon who was with his brother when he was fatally shot is still traumatized and hasn’t talked to his family about the shooting,  according to Elliot Gabriel, a spokesman for Pueblo Collective.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the Alfonso Limon shooting and ruled that it was “legally justified and not a criminal act.”

Investigations Commander (former Special Enforcement Unit Operations Chief) Eric S. Sonstegard

Investigations Commander (former Special Enforcement Unit Operations Chief) Eric S. Sonstegard

Police Operations Chief Eric Sonstegard Testimony

Oxnard Police Chief Eric Sonstegard testified at Tuesday’s hearing for nearly an hour about a plan he and other commanders put together. He said the plan was to make sure protesters were allowed to exercise their constitutional rights and address public safety concerns.   He testified that he is aware of  Pueblo Collective because of the Internet but isn’t familiar with what their “mission statement is.”  Sonstegard said the protesters didn’t have a permit to march.

Gutierrez’s  questioning focused on Romero and what Sonstegard knew about him and his activities.  Sonsgtegard described how Romero impeded traffic.  He testified that he couldn’t say whether Romero was helping people cross the streets.

“He was standing out in the middle of Oxnard Boulevard blocking traffic,” Sonstegard said. “There were other people in the middle of the road.”

Sonstegard said Romero was encouraging others to break the law by walking in the middle of the street and stopping traffic.  He said  there have recently been six or seven Pueblo Collective protest marches.

“I think I’ve been at five of them,” said Sonstejard, adding that it was difficult to identify other people on Oct. 13, 2013.

“We are aware of Mr. Romero. We know who he is,” Sonstegard testified. He said police officers, however, weren’t focused on Romero during the march.

 

 

SOURCE: http://www.cjnotebook.com/dozen-oxnard-officers-testify-jaywalking-tickets-given-community-activist-protest-march/

 

Criticism Over Police Fatal Shootings Continues as Calls for a Police Oversight Committee Increase

BY RAUL HERNANDEZ

American Justice Notebook Reporter

OXNARD, CALIFORNIA — The  jaywalking case – the People vs. Francisco Romero – has lingered in the Ventura County courts for a year.

The court hearings have resulted in a lot of legal haggling, a slew of judges making rulings on the matter and several prosecutors assigned to handle the legal proceedings.

Romero said he expects the case to end up at the California Supreme Court if he is found guilty of jaywalking.

The case is more than just someone getting a ticket for crossing  the street unlawfully and without regard for approaching traffic. It has become symptomatic of the growing animosity, finger pointing, accusations and counter accusations between the Oxnard Police Departmentand members of Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective surrounding allegations of police brutality, abuse and fatal shootings. Read More…

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