Last week Oakland residents filled City Hall, and nearly 100 public speakers debunked the myth that the notorious William Bratton would be welcome in Oakland. Public Safety Committee members went so far as to ask if Bratton was too “toxic” for Oakland.
WE NEED YOU, YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CO-WORKERS, and NEIGHBORS TO HELP KEEP BRATTON and HIS ZERO TOLERANCE POLICING OUT OF OUR CITY!TONIGHT! TUESDAY JANUARY 22, 5:30 pm
Oakland City Hall Sign up here and fill out a speaker card if you want to voice your opinion at the meeting (agenda item 23). We’ll provide talking points to support you, if you need.
(it might be a long meeting, so come through when you can!)
WE DEMAND: Remove William Bratton from the Wasserman contract or reject the contract altogether. Bratton is too toxic for Oakland!
WHY SHOULD WE REJECT BRATTON? William Bratton is notorious for his implementation of suppression-style policing—stop and frisk, curfews, gang injunctions, aggressive ticketing and harassment— in cities across the country and the world. Targeting people of color, poor people, and young people, his policing methods have led to the displacement and imprisonment of thousands of people, and have left a wake on instability in countless neighborhoods. Bratton is NO GOOD for Oakland.
The City wants to waste $250,000 of its scarce resources on Bratton’s consulting even though the City Administrator’s report states, “The Chief of Police has firmly and unequivocally stated that racial profiling is wholly unacceptable and clearly prohibited by Department training, policies, and law. The Department is committed to police practices that build community relationships and trust.” If the City has a commitment to rejecting these policies, why bring in the guy responsible for popularizing them as an advisor?
Including Bratton in this contract defies common sense. He is slated to work on 3 of 19 activities outlined in the contract, one of which is consulting on a crime reduction strategy. If Chief Jordan and the Council say that they reject racial profiling, stop and frisk and similar zero-tolerance policing practices, why would they spend 60% of the contract’s resources on a subcontractor doing 15% of the work to advise them to use policies they have already rejected? It makes no sense.
Last week Oaklanders spoke clearly and tonight we will again. William Bratton and his zero tolerance approaches have no place in our city. Join us tonight to stand in solidarity against zero tolerance policing and send a clear message to the City Council that Oakland rejects William Bratton.
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’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.
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.
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!!!
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!
Last Tuesday, March 2, two bike rides traversed the North Oakland and Fruitvale “safety zones” to protest the injunctions in Oakland. Over 30 riders biked through the North Oakland “safety” zone, stopping at just a few of locations in North Oakland that have been part of Oakland’s radical organizing history, such as the stoplight at 55th and Market (read the article to find out why stoplight is so rad!).
The North Oakland ride was a real fun evening that generated lots of conversations with folks on the sidewalk, traveling in cars and waiting at bus stops. Good outreach, sharing of history, and unpoliced movement in the streets. It also gave us some first-hand examples (*ouch*) of what better ways Oakland could use our money: fix the roads, fill the potholes!!! Let’s really make safer streets for all!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any photos of the Fruitvale or North Oakland rides that you want to share.
Last stop at the It's All Good Bakery, former headquarters of the Black Panther Party (Oakland chapter)
Read Oakland North’s coverage of our North Oakland “safety” zone and Black Panther Party history ride here.