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(en) US, NYC, APOC Court Update

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Date Sat, 18 Sep 2004 21:03:49 +0200 (CEST)


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Hopefully we all remember the shit that happened last november at an
Anarchist People Of Color fundraising party-- cops went buckwild and fake
charges (with very serious implications) got filed. So all these months
later, 6 folks are heading back to court. Monday, 20 Sept 2004 at the
Brooklyn Criminal Courthouse (120 Schemerhorn, 8th floor) at 9am. To get
there, take the 2, 3, 4, 5 trains to Borough Hall and walk a few blocks.
If you can skip a day of work or school, please try to show support.
Following is a more complete version of what went down last November,
what's happened since, and at least some of what we can do about it.


Statement to the Community

On November 16, 2003 a group people of color came together to celebrate,
enjoy themselves, and raise money for Anarchist People of Color (APOC) to
recoup travel expenses. People throughout the organizing community in NYC
and beyond were present. Mostly people of color, mostly young, mostly
folks who work tirelessly in poor and working class neighborhoods where
the work they provide are appreciated and welcomed. We came together at
Critical Resistance-- an organization dedicated to eliminating reliance on
the U.S prison system to solve social problems.

We came together and danced, talked, read poetry, and played music. Just
as the celebration reached its height the unexpected happened, changing
everything.

The police violently attacked our gathering with no reason or cause,
except to terrorize and brutalize.

It made everything that we work for and believe in that much more
challenging; another obstacle had been put in the way of achieving peace
and justice.

People of color, women, queer, trans, poor, and immigrant folks know that
police brutality is a reality. Our leaders give us lots of security
justifications for it, put the blame on us, as if we are savages or
animals and they are saving us from ourselves. We were having a peaceful
party in a private residence, and they came for us with blood in their
eyes. We were targeted because we work for the right to affordable
housing, food, healthcare, and education? We were attacked on November
16th because we believe access to the basic needs of life will result in
true safety and security in our community.

We were beaten, dragged, and choked because we acknowledge the fact that
the NYPD has proven to our communities, time and time again, that they
themselves are the real threat to safety and security.

There was no justification for why police showed up at the Critical
Resistance NYC space that night in November. It would seem the only reason
they illegally attacked us was to send a message to communities who object
to the NYPD’s constant, excessive force and abuse of their power: shut up
or we’ll crack your ribs with our boots! There were no noise complaints or
reported disturbances that evening, yet plain clothes police officers
showed up to a benefit party hosted by Critical Resistance and within the
course of minutes were followed by 20 police cars. The police that came to
968 Atlantic indiscriminately sprayed chemical agents and beat members of
our community. People suffered various injuries and experienced trauma
that they continue to recover from months later. Eight people were
arrested on charges including attempted assault, inciting a riot,
obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest and
disorderly conduct.

Six of the defendants of the November 16th attack, Piper Anderson,
Jonathan Wilson, Rickke Mananzala, Lionel Oulette, Rafael Mutis, and David
Gallardo would like to thank you for your generous support over the last
ten months as we fight the criminal case against us. But this is far from
over and we still need support in clearing our names and insuring that
acts of repression such as this do not continue to happen to members of
our communities.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Pack the Court
September 20th is our next court date and may mark the start of the
criminal trial against us. Help us send a message to the Judge and
District Attorney’s office that our communities stand together and will
continue to fight.

Write Letters to Brooklyn District Attorney Hynes’ Office
Charles Hynes, Kings County District Attorney, 350 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY
11201.

Donate Money for Legal Defense
Make checks payable to the Brecht Forum, Memo line: Critical Resistance,
APOC case. Send them to Critical Resistance NY, 968 Atlantic Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11238.

Share Press Contacts
Help us get local and mainstream media attention for this case.

For more information, contact Jonathan Wilson or Mervyn Mercado at
718-398-2825.


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