Ultimamente en las noticias a nivel local y nacional hemos escuchado y visto caer bajo las balas o los golpes de los Policías locales, estatales, nacionales o del Servicio de Emigración a nuestros hijos, hermanos, padres, amigos ademas a nuestras mujeres desarmadas les hemos visto recibir feroces golpizas. En cada caso siempre los policías salen exonerados con el simple hecho de que ellos portan un uniforme y reciben un sueldo para controlar a los mismos que pagamos sus salario, nosotros el PUEBLO.
Cansados de tanto abuso hemos decidido salir a las calles a informar nuestros derechos y a buscar a un PUEBLO que construya la resistencia de manera colectiva es decir ayudándonos los unos a los otros, protegiendonos entre nosotros mismos por que solo el PUEBLO puede defender al PUEBLO de sus verdugos.
LUCHAR ES EDUCAR ~ EDUCAR ES LIBERAR
In recent days we’ve witnessed in the local and national news how our children, brothers, fathers, and friends have fallen prey to the bullets and blows of the migra and police, and even our sisters have been subject to fierce beatings. In every case, law enforcement officials are exonerated and protected by their badges and uniforms. Our communities are forced to pay the salaries of the very same people who mistreat and control us.
Rejecting this humiliation, we’ve decided to go into the streets to inform the community of our rights, and find those who are willing to help build a collective form of resistance. In other words, we believe that only the community can defend the community, and only the PEOPLE will defend itself from injustice and abuse.
BILINGÜE: Califican Deceptionante Decisión de Obama, Se Hace Llamado para Independencia Política // Obama Executive Action Delay Called Deceptive, Political Independence from Parties Called For
CALIFICAN DECEPCIONANTE DECISION DE OBAMA SE HACE LLAMADO PARA INDEPENDENCIA POLITICA
OBAMA EXECUTIVE ACTION DELAY CALLED DECEPTIVE, POLITICAL INDEPENDENCE FROM PARTIES CALLED FOR
Community Forum: Whose Streets? Our Streets! // Foro Comunitaria: Nuestras calles en la defensa de nuestros derechos!
We’ll reveal the evidence showing how the OPD is trying to silence us, and we invite ALL residents to join us for a discussion about how to get involved in the fight to build community power and put an end to police brutality!
FREE POSTERS AND SNACKS!
Alrededor de los Estados Unidos, la gente se organiza contra terror de la policía y el abuso. En Oxnard, la policía ha respondido a este movimiento con amenazas, vigilancia secreta además de levantar cargos legales contra Francisco “Chavo” Romero uno de los miembros de Todo Poder al Pueblo.
Revelaremos pruebas que muestran cómo el OPD trata de hacernos callar, e invitamos a TODOS los residentes a acompañarnos para una discusión sobre cómo implicarnos en la lucha para construir el poder de la comunidad y acabar con la brutalidad de la policía!
CARTELES LIBRES(GRATIS), BOCADILLOS!
Dedicado a los pueblos victoriosos de Palestina y Ferguson, MO.
El Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo está orgulloso de presentar la siguiente perspectiva en las operaciones militarizadas de agencias de policía locales y nacionales, que se formulan, se planean y se prueban junto a los aliados extranjeros del imperialismo estadounidense, como la Ocupación israelí en Palestina y los regímenes árabes del Golfo, quienes se unen para emprender la guerra contra los oprimidos.
La violencia de la policía hacia nuestras comunidades no es un “accidente” o acontecimiento anormal, es el plan exacto, el objetivo de la policía y de otros cuerpos armados de la ocupación relacionados con el estado. Dentro de los Estados Unidos, estas prácticas se realizan no sólo a través de la fuerzas armadas, pero a través de la violencia institucionalizada; en Salinas, California, las prácticas de contra-insurrección preparadas con la colaboración de los Militares estadounidenses se utiliza contra comunidades inmigrantes; con los programas de fusión en los que se intercambian los datos con el gobierno federal y la poli-Migra creando el programa de “Comunidades seguras” han elevado las deportaciones; Mientras tanto, en las comunidades de las minorias como Oxnard, Fresno, Los Ángeles y Orange County, medidas contra pandillas (gang injunctions) han logrado revocar los derechos de los residentes en las zonas afectadas.
Agradecemos a Roqayah Chamseddine por escribir este artículo importante y esperamos que los organizadores, trabajadores, estudiantes y familias reconozcan la importancia de estudiar, compartirlo y luchar para tomar el control de nuestras comunidades!
La militarización de las agencias de policía desde Ferguson hasta el Medio Oriente
Escrito por Roqayah Chamseddine
Publicado originalmente en Al-Akhbar (Líbano)
Traducción por Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo
El armamento y las tácticas militares de los organismos policiales de Estados Unidos pueden documentarse, por lo menos, desde el año 1967, cuando se estableció la unidad de paramilitares conocida como Armas y Tácticas Especiales (SWAT, por sus siglas en inglés). En el libro Overkill: Rise of Paramilitary Policing, del periodista Radley Balko, escribe que el origen del SWAT militarizado de hoy tiene sus comienzos en “una fuerza especializada en Delano, California, formada por oficiales de control de masas, con policía antidisturbios y francotiradores, reunidos para hacer frente a los levantamientos de trabajadores agrícolas liderados por César Chávez.” Balko escribe para The Wall Street Journal en agosto de 2013 sobre el año 1975 y esta primera unidad de SWAT experimental y la cual creció hasta aproximadamente 500 unidades. Hoy en día hay miles. En 1983, según las encuestas realizadas por el criminólogo Peter Kraska de Eastern Kentucky University, 13% de las ciudades con 25.000 a 50.000 habitantes tenían un equipo de SWAT. Para el año 2005, está cifra creció hasta el 80% de las ciudades.
Dedicated to the victorious people of Palestine and Ferguson, MO.
The Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective is proud to present the following perspective on the militarized operations of domestic police agencies, which are formulated, planned, and tested alongside overseas allies of U.S. imperialism, such as the Israeli Occupation in Palestine and the Gulf Arab regimes, who are united in waging war against the oppressed.
Police violence towards our communities isn’t an “accident” or freak occurrence, but is the exact plan and purpose of the police and other armed bodies of occupation connected to the state. Within the United States, these practices are carried out not only through armed force, but through institutionalized violence: in Salinas, CA, counterinsurgency practices drawn up in collaboration with the U.S. Military are utilized against immigrant communities; throughout the country data-sharing programs with the federal government such as fusion centers and the poli-Migra “Secure Communities” programs have led to record deportations; meanwhile, in communities of color such as Oxnard, Fresno, Los Angeles, and Orange County, anti-gang civil injunctions have been imposed which effectively revoke the rights of residents in the affected areas.
We thank Roqayah Chamseddine for writing this important article and we hope that organizers, workers, students, and families recognize the importance of studying and sharing it, and fighting back to take control of our communities.
The militarization of police agencies from Ferguson to the Middle East
By Roqayah Chamseddine
Originally published on Al-Akhbar English (Lebanon)
The arming of US police agencies with military-grade weaponry and tactics can be traced back, at the very least, to the creation of the paramilitary “Special Weapons and Tactics” Unit (SWAT) in 1967. In Overkill: Rise of Paramilitary Policing journalist Radley Balko notes that what inspired the heavily militarized SWAT team of today was “a specialized force in Delano, California, made up of crowd control officers, riot police, and snipers, assembled to counter the farm worker uprisings led by Cesar Chavez.” Balko writes in August 2013 for The Wall Street Journal that by 1975 from this first experimental SWAT unit grew to “approximately 500 such units. Today, there are thousands. According to surveys conducted by criminologist Peter Kraska of Eastern Kentucky University, just 13 percent of towns between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team in 1983. By 2005, the figure was up to 80 percent.”
OXNARD, Calif. – Federal officials have sent a scathing letter to Oxnard outlining long-standing problems so severe the city’s ability to handle certain grant funds has come into question.
“City staff has consistently demonstrated a lack of capacity” to administer grants that help the homeless, the Aug. 13 letter from the Department of Housing and Urban Development says.
The document refers to monitoring sessions that stretch back six years. Problems identified in 2008 still have not been fixed, it says. HUD even paid for an outside firm to develop a policy manual that city staff admitted they never used, according to the letter.
In an echo of the highly critical report written by the Ventura County District Attorney’s office in 2012, the HUD letter describes sloppy record keeping that makes it impossible to determine whether rules were followed.
“City files were too disorganized and incomplete to determine the level of compliance,” the letter says at one point, noting some files were “confused and inconsistent” and other required records may not have been kept at all.
The agency has threatened to transfer remaining grant funds to another entity if Oxnard fails to fix certain problems quickly.
City Manager Greg Nyhoff, who started his job June 1, called the letter “extremely disturbing” and said it described “a very concerning management failure.”
“Somebody did not lead well here,” Nyhoff said.
Two of the top city officials noted in the letter have recently left.
Oxnard’s former housing director, Bill Wilkins, retired last month.
Will Reed, who formerly oversaw Oxnard’s homelessness services and is the subject of an investigation by HUD’s Office of Inspector General, quit in April. A HUD spokeswoman said the Aug. 13 letter has nothing to do with that investigation. No update on the investigation was available Friday. Reed is not named in the Aug. 13 letter, but is referred to in it as the former homeless coordinator.
“His fingerprints are heavily involved in this lack-of-compliance issue,” Nyhoff said.
Nyhoff appointed Carrie Sabatini as interim housing director Monday. Sabatini is heading a team that will look through all the old files and “find out exactly where we’ve been missing the mark with HUD,” Nyhoff said, adding: “I’m not going to allow us to fail again.”
He also expects to hire an outside firm early next week to help assess the situation.
As to who was responsible for the yearslong shortcomings, Nyhoff said there are layers of accountability. The letter, which he received Monday, is addressed to him and he believes earlier letters would have been sent to the former city manager.
“This letter is written to me and it’s my responsibility” to see that it gets fixed, he said. “It goes to the top.”
HUD representatives looked at how the city handled grant funds awarded to three agencies: The Kingdom Center, Khepera House and Community Action of Ventura County. A dollar amount for the grants was not included and was not available from the city Friday.
Four items needing quick correction were identified, although one — potentially unsafe electrical wiring at the city-owned Kingdom Center facility, which houses homeless women and children — has already been fixed, Nyhoff said.
Other findings identified problems with paperwork, including lapses that lost Oxnard $2.3 million in HUD funding over the years, the letter said, when grants expired with unspent balances.
“These are long-standing problems that have not improved, despite extensive technical assistance” provided by HUD and previous orders to fix problems, the letter says.
Eileen Tracy, who once sat on the city’s homelessness commission and who has filed complaints about Oxnard’s housing department with HUD, wasn’t surprised by the findings.
“We’ve known for years filing and documentation was incomplete or nonexistent,” Tracy said.
Peggy Rivera, chair of the homelessness commission, said city staff resisted the commission’s input. “I knew they had to listen to HUD,” she said of the letter. “It’s a sad way to get it solved.”
Timothy Hockett, executive director of Community Action of Ventura County, said he was “just anxious to see things improve.”
Some council members said they were appalled by what has come out. One, Councilmember Carmen Ramirez, described long-running frustration with the housing department.
“I have had my complaints that have not been addressed previously,” Ramirez said. “I have confidence in Greg, and I believe we will go forward and do what we need to do.”
JOIN the Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective and other members of our community for an evening of culture, music, and powerful discussion as we welcome the brave mujeres in the Trail For Humanity, who are making a 300-mile, 30-day pilgrimage from Merced to the U.S. – Mexico border. This event is FREE and all workers, families, and students are welcome!
- Pressure the Obama administration to put a halt to its deportation enforcement only regime until the Senate and House come together and pass a Just and Humane Immigration Reform,
- Not 1 more deportation!
- Call for an end to the use of Police as Immigration enforcement Agents, no to the failed Secure Communities and 287g programs, No a la Poli-Migra!
- Demand an end to family separations, 3,750,000 of citizen children have had a parent deported.
- Stem the tide toward Racial Profiling that has incarcerated so many migrant and African American brothers and sisters, no to SB 1070 and copycat laws, no to gang injunctions, Stop “stop and frisk” and the targeted check points in migrant communities.
“In the name of social justice and human rights, we… have pledged to walk over 300 miles to the Los Angeles Detention Center to give voice to the people suffering from injustice around the world. We especially seek to raise awareness on a global scale about the atrocities occurring along the US-Mexico border and within Arizona. The terrorization of women and children, the countless lives lost and signified by unmarked graves, and the inhumane treatment of people must all come to an end. We are walking to bring these realities to the forefront. We demand protection of immigrant women and their families, comprehensive immigration reform, and the eradication of racial profiling policies. A Trail for Humanity reminds us that we are all Arizona. The attacks made on our documented, undocumented, and migrant brothers and sisters can no longer be silenced. We are all subject to the cruel systems of racism, sexism, and border and body politics that perpetuate violence. We are taking a stand against violence, especially the kind that target women and children. Join us as we pave a trail for humanity.”