All out to full City Council! TUESDAY JAN 22, NO TO THE SUPERCOP!‏

MOBILIZE TO CITY HALL TUESDAY!  URGE THE FULL COUNCIL TO REJECT SUPERCOP WILLIAM BRATTON!

Last week we succeeded in debunking the myth that Bratton could work in Oakland. 

JOIN US TO KEEP HIM OUT OF OUR CITY!

TUESDAY JANUARY 22, 5:30 pm (roll through anytime you can!  7pm is not too late to arrive.)

Oakland City Hall

OUR DEMANDS: Remove Supercop William Bratton from the Wasserman contract or reject the contract altogether.  Bratton is too toxic for Oakland!

Sign up here and fill out a speaker card if you want to voice your opinion at the meeting.  We will provide talking points to support you.

In the wake of Tuesday night’s  Oakland City Council Pubic Safety Committee meeting, during which nearly a hundred residents spoke against the a proposed contract with controversial police consultant William Bratton, STIC and other community organizations continue to debunk the myth surrounding the so-called supercop. With members of the Council wondering if his reputation is too toxic for Oakland, scrutiny has focused on Bratton’s zero tolerance police policies—including gang injunctions, stop and frisk, curfews, and quality of life ordinances—causing Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordon to publicly distance himself from those measures. Speaking earlier this week on consulting the OPD, Bratton himself defended stop and frisk saying, “I’m sorry, but any police department in America that tries to function without some form of ‘stop-and-frisk,’ or whatever terminology they use, is doomed to failure. It’s that simple.”  

Resolute in their opposition to Bratton consulting with the OPD, community organizations and concerned residents vow to return to City Hall for the full City Council meeting on Tuesday, when the controversial contract will be back for a vote.

The fierce opposition to Bratton expressed at the Public Safety Committee suggests that Bratton is a greater liability than an asset, as he may be unable to garner enough community support to fulfill the work indicated in the Wasserman contract.  If Jordon says hey won’t pursue zero tolerance policing, then he shouldn’t pursue Bratton.  The two come hand in hand.

While Robert Wasserman of Strategic Policy Partnership insists that Bratton’s strengths lie in his ability to work well with communities, Bratton’s track record tells another story.  Through his implementation of the Secure Communities Initiative in Los Angeles, rather than securing community buy-in, Bratton unleashed the full force of zero-tolerance policing, displacing residents, driving up complaints of harassment and brutality, and alienating residents from the police force.  According to the Los Angeles Times, Bratton stated, “Is there some displacement? But what’s wrong with that in some respects? …If there is displacement, all well and good.” (Sounds like former City Attorney John Russo, the original stalwart for Oakland’s gang injunctions, right?!)  Additionally, reports indicate that while aggressive policing and substantial resources for policing strategies were applied to the community under the Safer Cities Initiative, the social services promised through the Initiative never really came.  Similar tensions were generated among immigrant communities when the LAPD brutalized protestors during a May First protest in MacArthur Park in 2007.
Furthermore, if Jordon want to put his money where his mouth is on zero-tolerance, then he needs to recommend to the Council and the City Attorney that Oakland abandon its two temporary gang injunctions, reject the advice of zero tolerance proponents, and invest in community-based solutions.

STOP the SUPERCOP! ALL OUT TO CITY HALL!

This Tuesday the Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee will decide whether to offer the infamous William Bratton and his consulting firm a $250,000 contract to consult with the OPD. 

Bratton’s “zero tolerance” policing strategies–which include gang injunctions, stop and frisk, gang databases and “quality of life” ordinances–have had a destructive impact on communities of color in cities across the US and the world.  Oakland has already sent a crystal clear message against Bratton’s gang injunctions that forced both former police chief, Anthony Batts, and former City Attorney, John Russo, out of office and out of town.

Stop the Injunctions Coalition asks you–our allies, friends and neighbors–to join us one more time to convince City Council to say “NO” to Bratton and his destructive policies, and “YES” to community based solutions that keep Oakland safe and strong!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15TH @ 5:30PM
Oakland City Hall – 14th & Broadway

Sign up here and fill out a speaker card if you want to voice your opinion at the meeting.  We will provide talking points to support you!

ALL Out to City Hall: Tuesday October 25th

Last week on on October 4th, we successfully blocked City Council from expanding gang injunctions to Deep East and West Oakland and from hastily imposing youth curfews and anti-loitering laws. City Council has moved this suppression policing package to the Public Safety Committee, which will meet on Tuesday, October 25th. It’s up to us to stop them.  

Time and time again, we show up to City Hall & show City Council what real people power in Oakland is. Each time we mobilize we get even stronger. We are so close to a victory that will no doubt seriously shift power in our city, so that we can build the city we want & need.

Please come out to the Public Safety Committee meeting & tell council:

We cannot police our way out of poverty!

Our Oakland, Our Solutions!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25TH

5:30PM

OAKLAND CITY HALL – 14TH & BROADWAY

Family of Carlos Nava and Community Leaders Speak Out Against Injunctions

An array of family, youth and cultural workers, organizers and local leaders came together yesterday in Oakland to share our grief around the violence in our communities, to stand in solidarity with families who’ve lost their loved ones, and to continue to fight against injunctions and for self-determination.  We continue to stand strong in the struggle for safer streets through sustainable means, rather than letting sadness and fear lead to more policing and systemic violence.

Check out this video from the press to hear what people are saying…

Fact check: Be sure to note that the news anchor is *incorrect* when she says that there are two injunctions in place in Oakland, in the North and in West Oakland.  There is *no* injunction in place in West Oakland!

If you are a part of an organization, please sign on to this letter reminding City Council-members of their decision on May 17th to not enact any further gang injunctions. If you are a community member interested in plugging into the work, please email us at stoptheinjunction@gmail.com.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Fight against the threat of new injunctions!

In the wake of the shooting death of 3 year old Carlos Nava, City Council-members have begun the call for more injunctions. Overlooking the fact that many of those that organized the vigil for Carlos & his family have also been vigorously organizing against the gang injunctions for months now, Larry Reid was quoted on KTVU advocating for a new injunction (http://www.ktvu.com/news/28830897/detail.html).

As many of us know, and as Kazu from the Peace Development Fund clearly states, “There’s a difference between just preventing violence and creating peace through justice”.


As we continue to build strength and power amongst community members and organizations we are asking that you help us to realize our demand of accountability from city government and increased decision-making power for all Oakland residents.

If you are a part of an organization, please sign on to this letter reminding City Council-members of their decision on May 17th to not enact any further gang injunctions. If you are a community member interested in plugging into the work, please email us at stoptheinjunction@gmail.com.

PACK CITY HALL! Urge the City Council to De-Fund Gang Injunctions in Oakland and Support Our Communities

We’ll likely be going on the agenda at 7pm.  Stop the Injunction Coalition folks and lots of community supporters will be there from 5pm on.  Come on out, sign a speaker card and step up to the mic to tell the City of Oakland why we are against gang injunctions!

14th and Broadway, Downtown Oakland.  CITY HALL

On May 17th, City Council will receive informational reports from the City Attorney’s Office & the Oakland Police Department. Afterward, they will vote on whether or not to defund the gang injunctions.

WE NEED EVERYONE TO CONTACT THEIR COUNCIL MEMBERS. WE NEED EVERYONE TO COME OUT.

Click here to tell your council members to stop the injunctions:https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=208970569133592#!

This is a chance to stop the injunctions in their tracks and start building the safe & healthy communities we want to see. We MUST hold ourselves and our elected officials accountable by voicing our demands throughout this week and at City Hall on May 17th.

Our Oakland, Our Solutions! Tell City Council to STOP THE INJUNCTIONS!!!

On May 17th, City Council will be voting on whether or not to defund the injunctions. We MUST take action BEFORE the vote if we want to be heard & actually stop the injunctions.

CALL/EMAIL CITY COUNCIL!!!
Urge them to vote “NO” on the injunction!

Find your district here: http://gismaps.oaklandnet.com/councils/

SUGGESTED SCRIPT:
“Hi, my name is ___, and I live in your district. I’m calling to ask you to vote against the gang injunctions. With a $58 million deficit, Oakland cannot afford, does not need and does not want injunctions. Please do not let Russo’s destructive legacy continue to drain our city. Now’s the time to build our city’s legacy by creating sustainable, thriving, truly safe communities. I urge you to listen, & defund the gang injunctions. Thank you.”

*******EVERYONE: CALL/EMAIL KAPLAN & YOUR REP!!!*******

Kaplan: 238-7008, atlarge@oaklandnet.com
–At Large; North (Brunner), Fruitvale (De La Fuente), and Deep East (Reid): call KAPLAN

Kernighan: 238-7002, pkernighan@oaklandnet.com
— East and Grand Lake, San Antonio

Schaaf: 238-7004, lschaaf@oaklandnet.com
–Laurel, Diamond, Montclair, Foothill
*Schaaf town hall: 5/14, 11-1:30 @2700 Coolidge

Supporter to Thank:
Nadel: 238-7003, nnadel@oaklandnet.com
–West, Downtown, Lake Merritt

*******DON’T STOP NOW! HIT ‘EM UP ON FACEBOOK TOO!!!*******

Kaplan: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1289057777
Kernighan: https://www.facebook.com/patkernighan
Schaff: https://www.facebook.com/libbyschaaf
Nadel: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Nadel/132692236766543

THANKS & SEE YOU ON MAY 17TH!

HELP US PACK CITY HALL & STOP THE INJUNCTIONS!!!

What Gang Injunctions Look Like: Police Repression of Individuals, Communities, and Neighborhoods

To date, grassroots organizing and legal defense has successfully held at bay another harmful California gang injunction from being enacted below the radar of intense public scrutiny in Oakland. Despite being incredibly out-funded by the once-powerful City Attorney and the Oakland Police Department, community-based opposition has already won several key victories: waiving fees of close to $1000 that defendants would have had to pay to appear in court, forcing the OPD and City Attorney’s office to report to the City Council on the costs of gang injunctions (close to $1 million spent so far), and winning the right for each named individual to defend themselves in court. Six months after its initial filing, the proposed Fruitvale/San Antonio injunction, which was expected to pass quickly and quietly like the North Oakland injunction, has not been approved.

Unsurprisingly, the strength of community opposition has been met by the City Attorney and OPD with escalated repression tactics aimed at discouraging named individuals from defending themselves in court or on the streets. Of the two defendants who have testified so far in the case, Abel Manzo lost his job after his coworkers were harassed with repeated police visits and subpoenas. The other, Javier Quintero, is currently locked up in San Quentin prison on a “parole violation” related to meeting with a co-defendant and their lawyer.

If the Oakland gang injunction case has anything to teach us, it is as a fairly predictable case study on the design, intentions, and impacts of police suppression tactics. Gang injunctions are part of a long history of racialized and violent policing that regularly claims the lives of poor people and people of color in Oakland. In the face of this daily reality, the City Attorney’s office mounted an aggressive public relations campaign claiming that Oakland’s gang injunction is somehow different from the rest and that gang injunctions do not lead to racial profiling. We know from our own experiences that this is a clear and dangerous lie. Despite the fact that the City Attorney claims that the power to determine who is enjoined or not rests in the hands of the courts, enforcement of these gang injunctions (stopping, detaining and arresting individuals) relies on the police visually identifying young men of color. This guarantees, and provides legal justification for, a dramatic increase in police harassment of young men of color in the so-called “safety zones.”  In the case of Javier’s arrest—the car he was riding in was pulled over for playing loud music at 6pm on a Friday night.  One wonders if young white men in the affluent Rockridge neighborhood would be subject to the same kind of policing.

As with gang injunctions in other cities, Oakland’s two injunctions were filed in low-income neighborhoods that border higher-income neighborhoods with higher property rates.  As has been seen in other highly policed “border” areas, we can expect these tactics to raise the profile of the police and push criminalized communities off the street—paving the way for gentrification. Indeed, cover for the Oakland police department and city attorney’s office—both vying for financial and political power when the city is facing a $26 million budget shortfall and is spending 40% of its 2011 budget on OPD and the City Attorney’s office when Parks and Rec and Libraries only get 4% respectively—was provided by business and property owners who would financially benefit from the gentrification of nearby streets through increased policing (mainly through the power they exert in Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils).

The individuals named on the North Oakland and Fruitvale injunctions are subject to restrictions similar to parole conditions that are responsible for sending approximately 50,000 people to prison in California on technical violations every year.  These same conditions, combined with targeted political repression, have sent Javier to jail for a minimum of 30 days and maybe up to a year, for sitting in a car with a friend and co-defendant. Others, such as Yancey Young, an individual named in the North Oakland injunction have been subject to similar repression. These repression tactics have been used in the cases of individuals who have taken up a more active role in the movement against gang injunctions in Oakland through speaking to the press, attending events and becoming more public figures. This is testimony to the fact that our grassroots efforts are winning; putting the City Attorney, OPD, and pro-gentrification forces on the defensive (albeit with violent consequences for those targeted by repression). With a third, as yet unspecified injunction on the horizon, it is paramount that we keep up the fight.

Winning the fight against gang injunctions depends on the participation of people who are named on the injunction and their families.  The state is doing everything it can to prohibit this participation.  We must meet them, and beat them, at every step. Here is how you can support Javier, Abel, Yancey and the rest of the gang injunction defendants:

1. Pack City Hall! Tuesday May 3rd, 5pm, 14th and Broadway. Show City Council that you oppose the Oakland Gang Injunctions!

2. Pack the Courtroom! Friday May 6th, 1pm Press Conference, 2pm Final Arguments in Phase 1 of court hearings on the Fruitvale injunction, 1225 Fallon, Dept

3. Free Javier! Call Inspector General Bruce Montross at 800-700-5952 to demand an investigation into the arrest and detention of Javier Quintero.

Friday May 6th: PACK THE COURT!!!

PACK THE COURT!!!

FRIDAY, MAY 6th

2:00pm

1225 FALLON ST., DEPT. 1
***Check our Facebook event page as the location will likely be changing***

Now, more than ever, we need folks to turn out & pack the courtroom. Everyone that has contributed to the work, showed up at City Hall, kept track of the struggle via Facebook or our blog, commented on any of the articles covering the injunctions, or supported us during our Week of Action–NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO CONTINUE TO SHOW YOUR OPPOSITION TO THE INJUNCTIONS & SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH THE INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES MOST IMPACTED.

   The Court will be hearing final arguments on “Phase One” of the proposed Fruitvale gang injunction. The Court is considering issuing an injunction against five defendants as well as the “gang” of Fruitvale Nortenos, sued like a labor union (as an “unincorporated association”). The defense team is representing two of the defendants in jeopardy — Javier Quintero and Abel Manzo. Three other defendants, who were served with documents but who have not been able to participate in their legal defense, also face an injunction (these are Alberto Acosta, Antonio Lambaren, and Joey Anthony Martinez).

This will be a critical moment, not only for Abel and Javier, but also for the entire Fruitvale community. Judge Freedman will likely decide on the size of any injunction (400 blocks? 40 blocks?). He will decide on the terms of the injunction (no wearing red? no graffiti, even with permission? no drugs, legal or illegal?). Whatever decision he makes, he needs to know that the community is watching.

FREE JAVIER!!! FREE ABEL!!! STOP THE INJUNCTIONS!!!

RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=188465891200010

Tuesday May 3rd: PACK CITY HALL!!!

TUESDAY, MAY 3rd
5:00pm
Oakland City Hall (14th & Broadway)

Come out to the next full City Council Meeting where “gang” injunctions will be on the agenda. This City Council Meeting is just a few days before the judge is scheduled to make a ruling on Phase 1 of the Fruitvale injunction case. Now, more than ever, we need EVERYONE to turn out in solidarity with those enjoined, their families, friends, and neighbors as we continue in the struggle to stop the injunctions.

OUR STRENGTH IS IN OUR PRESENCE AND WE KNOW WE CAN WIN!

SHOW UP EARLY AT 5PM TO SIGN A SPEAKER’S CARD!!! You can also sign up to speak online at: http://www.oaklandnet.com/cityclerk/speaker_instructions.htm  If you need to come late, that’s ok–PLEASE COME!!!

RSVP to the event here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=210602138964089