October 22nd is National Day Against Police Brutality. This is also the anniversery of the deaths of Andy Lopez by Santa Rosa PD in 2013 and Adriene Ludd by Sacramento Sheriffs in 2015. This year we will bring attention to the cold blooded murder of Joseph Mann in Del Paso Heights.
On July 11 in Sacramento, Joseph Mann, a 51-year old Black man, was gunned down in the midst of a mental health crisis by officers of the Sacramento Police Department. Over two months later, the city has finally released video footage that shows the wild and erratic police behavior during the incident that left Mann dead. On Sept. 29 enhanced audio further shed light on the cops’ mentality of escalation that led to their killing Mann.
Robert Mann, Joseph Mann’s brother, described him as a good man who would never hurt anyone. His brother said Joseph was 5’4″ and weighed 110 pounds. At the time of his death, he was homeless.
In one of the dashcam videos, one of the squad cars showed up late and immediately accelerated towards Mann after identifying him. At that moment the two SPD officers occupying the vehicle decided to try to run Mann over, chasing him wildly. Twice they nearly struck him before exiting the vehicle and killing Mann with 14 bullets to his body.
Not only were the police excessive in their use of force, but the city also withheld the footage from the family until the City Council had a chance to review it.
Roughly half of those killed by the police are suffering mental health crises, and among the demands of people combating police brutality, is that of better training regarding mental health. On April 14, Capitol Public Radio released a story on this very subject and SPD Sgt. Greg Dieckmann was quoted as saying, “Patience and a mindset of de-escalation are key to creating positive outcomes when police interact with anyone in crisis.” However, it seems this particular rolling death squad was not interested in de-escalation.
Join us as we call for justice for Joseph Mann and all victims of Police Brutality!
Even though the Sacramento District Attorney has decided to drop the felony lynching charge against Maile, there remains an absurd resisting arrest charge. Once again, the diverse community of Sacramento is needed to come out to show their support for ANSWER Coalition and Party for Socialism and Liberation member, as well as their opposition to the continued targeting of Black activists opposed to police brutality in Sacramento and elsewhere.
Community support was important in showing the DA that to charge a Black person with lynching is flat out absurd. It took the efforts of the community to make sure that Maile did not lose four years of their life to a corrupt criminal justice system. This is the same system that fires tear gas and rubber bullets at those seeking answers to police murders.
The struggle for justice and liberation continues. Maile still faces an unjust misdemeanor charge and could spend up to a year in jail in addition to being put on probation and being given a large fine. This is ridiculous. The DA should DROP THE CHARGE NOW. Activists should not be targeted and free speech should not be limited because it is a threat to the structures and institutions of white supremacy.
To help you can:
Click here to sign the petition to the DA demanding they drop the remaining charge
Show up at the next court date on October 26th at 8:30 a.m., 720 Ninth St., Sacramento
Spread the word any way you can whether in person or by sharing this event on social media.
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The ANSWER Coalition invites you to our Monthly Community Open Mic!
Come express yourself. Share your ideas. Sing, Dance, engage in Spoken Word. Bring your talents! This is a place of individual creativity and collective empowerment.
With elections just a few weeks away so many of our people are disengaged, and understandably so. The two mainstream choices being offered represent bigotry, war and the status quo, while alternative voices have been silenced! Rather than a system that empowers and inspires people, millions of people people will be voting for a "lesser evil" simply out of fear for a greater evil. We know that whoever will be President we will have to struggle in the years ahead -- and the people are uniting to confront that challenge.
Liberation Mic brings together our community with the arts. We heal and we grow stronger with our arts as we prepare to press on in our movements for Black Lives, in our indigenous struggles, for women's liberation, for LGBTQ liberation, for Palestine, and all the social struggles to advance the interests of working people.
For centuries the ruling class has tried to silence the voice of oppressed people, but we know that will never succeed. Liberation Mic is a time to project our unity and our unbreakable connection to previous generations of struggle. Our features will include spoken word artists, singers, steppers, and much more.
Every month is The People's month and every day is a fresh start for a revolutionary beginning!
See you there, let's pack out the house!
This Country Needs a Political Revolution — Protest on Inauguration Day against War, Racism and Inequality
Progressive people from all over the country will be descending on Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017 to stage a massive demonstration along Pennsylvania Avenue on Inauguration Day.
How one votes on election day is important, but even more important is whether we succeed in building a mass movement that can truly change the country, and the world. That is what we will do, regardless of who is elected.
Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump assumes the presidency it is critically important that we keep building an ever larger grassroots movement against war, militarism, racism, anti-immigrant scapegoating and neoliberal capitalism’s assault against workers’ living standards and the environment.
Real social change comes from the bottom, the mobilized grassroots, and not from the centers of institutional power, the professional politicians or the capitalist elites.
Millions of people feel entirely disenfranchised by a political system that has delivered the least favorable and trusted candidates in U.S. history. Many hoped that the Bernie Sanders campaign would represent a new direction and opportunity to take on entrenched power and extreme inequality. That campaign was largely suppressed, but its end does not change the desires and aspirations of tens of millions of people, workers and youth in particular, who are demanding real change. On Inauguration Day, thousands will be in the streets regardless of who is elected — to give voice to the millions of people in this country who are demanding systemic change.
Donald Trump is a racist, sexist bigot. Wherever he has gone around the country, his campaign has been met with large-scale protests. Should he be elected we believe that tens of thousands of progressive people will be in the streets on Inauguration Day and in the weeks and months afterward.
We also know that because Trump is so vile, and his rhetoric so dangerous, that millions of progressive people may end up voting for Hillary Clinton even if they oppose her record and her policies: her support for the Iraq invasion; her insistence on the NATO bombing of Libya; her commitment to dramatically widen the U.S. intervention in the war in Syria; her support for expanding the criminal U.S. drone program; her support for the policies that doubled the rate of mass incarceration that disportionately affected Black, Latino and poor communities; her support for Bill Clinton’s devastating attack on social welfare programs; her non-stop bidding for Wall Street banks; and her support for the current policies of mass deportations of undocumented immigrants. If Clinton were to be elected, it will be necessary to take the streets, and stay in the streets, to push back against such reactionary policies.
Many people are voting for third-party candidates and a huge part of the population will not be voting at all.
All of us organizing together can expand the already existing grassroots movements for social change and a real political revolution. Waiting for politicians to do the “right thing” would only serve as a guarantee that there will be more wars, inequality, racism, and oppression.
Join us on January 20, 2017 for a massive mobilization of the people — RSVP at the form at the bottom of this page.
This action has been initiated by the ANSWER Coalition.