From Los Angeles Stop Mass Incarceration Network

Pack the courtroom in LA Nov 5!
Drop the charges on all those arrested on #Shutdown A14!
Jail killer cops, not freedom fighters!

November 3, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


October 26...A young Black woman assaulted and brutalized in her classroom at Spring Valley High. October 28.... Amonderez P. Green, 18, chased, shot and killed by St. Louis and Ferguson police who then claim that he killed himself. Tamir Rice... Michael Brown... Eric Garner... Sandra Bland... case after case, name after name, video after video we see the spearhead of a slow genocide unfold before our eyes. Illegitimate killing after illegitimate killing; brutality that wouldn't be accepted against an animal, found "justifiable" again and again when used against a people that have been criminalized and rendered less than human. Police who murder Black and Latino people almost never face charges, but those who resist police murder are arrested, charged, and threatened with years in prison.

On Thursday, November 5th and Monday, November 16th, trials begin for 10 people who were arrested on April 14th during #Shutdown A14 protests to stop police murder. After the nationwide protests of the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, when the movement that has shaken the country since Ferguson was being attacked and slandered, #Shutdown A14 took to the streets in more than 30 cities nationwide to say that the "business as usual" in which police kill people every day―more than 930 so far this year―is unacceptable.

While killer cops walk free, the A14 defendants face three misdemeanor charges, each carrying a possible one-year jail sentence. This is outrageous. The people arrested are Stop Mass Incarceration Network members, youth and students from the L.A. Revolution Club, communists, and others who stepped forward for #Shutdown A14. They must be defended. This is part of further building the movement to STOP police murder and terror which has reached a new level through the #RiseUpOctober actions in New York City October 22 - 24, culminating October 24 when thousands, led by family members who have lost loved ones to murder by police, marched through Manhattan, carrying pictures of the people killed, demanding an end to police murder and terror and putting the challenge to the whole world: Which Side Are You On?

We cannot allow the state to repress this movement by taking leaders and fighters from us. Defending the A14 freedom fighters is part of continuing to Rise Up to Stop Police Murder and Terror. We cannot allow them to turn reality upside down by painting freedom fighters as criminals instead of the murdering police! Support the A14 defendants! Their unjust charges must be dropped!

What you can do:

  • Pack the courtroom on November 5 and November 16
  • Rally at 8 am at Los Angeles Superior Court, 210 West Temple Street, downtown Los Angeles.
  • Find us on Facebook, and call: 213-840-5348; spread the word everywhere on social media!
  • Drop the charges on all those arrested on #Shutdown A14!

Jail killer cops, not freedom fighters!


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