Youth Justice Coalition Oct. 10, 2012 STATEMENT TO THE STREETS & ALL YOUTH LOCK-UPS

Statement to the Streets and All Youth Lock-ups

Last summer, people held in the SHU - Security Housing Unit - at Pelican Bay State Prison declared a hunger strike to protest the cruel and inhumane conditions inside. The hunger strikespread to more than 7,000 people locked up in California prisons. People from all "sides" - blacks,whites, Asians, Surenos and Nortenos put all politics behind and came together to demand their human rights.

On this day, October 10, 2012, the men in the Security Housing Unit at Pelican Bay are againleading all of us. They have called for "an end to all hostilities" within our state's prisons and jails. After doing so much time, the men in the Pelican Bay SHU have realized that they are being recycled over and over through the same dead-end system. For all of us, there must be a cut off point - a time at which we stop participating in our own destruction.

As young people who have experienced bloodshed on the streets of Los Angeles, and the violence and humiliation within juvenile halls, Probation camps and Division of Juvenile Justice Youth Prisons, we are also calling for an end to the war between the youth.

Jan. 4, 2011: Four Years Since 18-Year Old ZACHARY COOK Was Killed By Eureka Cop

ZACHARY:  Remembered and Loved by many!

On January 4, 2007, Eureka Police officer Terry Liles shot Zachary 16 times, killing him.  Zachary had just turned eighteen years old.  Zachary left behind many friends and family who adored him.  Liles continues to be a Eureka Police Officer, now a detective.  Liles has continued his terror, harassing Zachary's young relatives and friends.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!! Sunnybrae Middleschool Walkout  March 18, 2011


Arcata, CA: Twenty five Sunny Brae Middle School students walked out of class today to demonstrate their opposition to war and to the Navy’s proposed weapons testing in the Pacific off the North Coast. At least one student also voiced solidarity with the Union organizers in Wisconsin. Today’s rally coincided with the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and was part of a nation-wide day of action against war.  At two o’clock students emerged from their classrooms and gathered in the eighth grade basketball courts. One rally participant said that they chose this location, which was on school grounds, to prevent being mispercieved as just an excuse to cut class.

Participants also said that the rally would have been larger but some students were kept from participating by teachers who prevented them from leaving class.  Although they did not participate, other students and even staff showed solidarity and support for the rally.

World Courts of Women on Poverty in the U.S. - September 30, 2011

Testifying and Witnessing Poverty as a Human Rights Violation

Date: September 30, 2011 (exact dates and locations TBA)

The U.S. World Court will focus on the hidden yet, brutal issues of poverty in the United States, making visible the invisible, listening to those voices that have been dispossessed, denigrated.

POWER TO OUR YOUTH, from Idriss Stelley Foundation, November 2010

Happy to report that I receive phone calls today from 2 different high schools teachers to set up 15 hr internships for their students at Idriss Stelley Foundation, prompted by the Mehserle Verdict and the police assassination of Derrick Jones.

Our internship includes Youth Know your Rights interactive training so that the kids can later conduct their own workshops in their schools.

EPD Officer Winkle Falsely Arrests and Injures Young Woman, Wed night March 31, 2010


On Wednesday night, March 31, 2010, Officer Justin Winkle of the Eureka Police Department [EPD], once again, went too far and hurt someone.


Winkle was one of the cops who killed Martin Cotton II in August of 2007- beat him to death. The other night, he abused a 20 year old woman who was happily skipping down the street. He stopped her and said that he was looking for a woman in particular (a “suspect”). He demanded ID, and when the woman gave him her name, he called it in. The EPD voice on the other end of the police radio informed Winkle that she was not the one- not the person the police were looking for. Nevertheless, Winkle continued to detain the young woman. She told him that she had done nothing wrong and wanted to leave, that there is no law against skipping, and she knew that she had a right to continue on her way.


BOOBY TRAPPED ROAD TO FASCISM by Kahentinetha of Mohawk Nation News (MNN) June 14, 2009



Mohawk Nation News June 14 2009.  


Fascism is when the oligarchs put together enough force to enslave society in the interests of a few.  It starts with fervent nationalism.  Scapegoats are picked. Genocide is planned.  Properties, authority and resources are seized.  Territory is expanded.


THE LEADER is charismatic and backed by huge corporations.  He’s an ideologue with an uncompromising belief system.  He seizes power and directs the state to implement his ideas on how the world should operate.  He becomes the supreme commander of the armed forces and the high court until a new election is called, if ever.


Know Your Rights Workshop- Saturday, March 13, 2010


Do you know what to do if you’re stopped by the police? Do your children? Are you tired of your rights being violated? This workshop focuses on the law "on the street” — what your rights are and how cops try to trick you out of them. We want to share strategies to ‘survive’ police encounters.


"Hundreds of People Took to the Streets Demanding Justice..."

Justice for Robert Mitchell

Hundreds of people took to the streets on May 21 demanding justice for Robert Mitchell, 16, who died after being tased by Warren police. Mitchell, who had fled from a police stop in Warren, was chased into Detroit, where he was apprehended, tased and later died on April 10.

Military Recruitment: USA vs. Children Everywhere


We won a victory (in 2008) by voting out the Military’s ability to recruit children under the age of 18... the Federal government seeks to negate successful ballot Measures F and J [Youth Protection Acts], passed by the people of Eureka and Arcata, in order to continue recruitment of minors into the military despite our opposition.


EUREKA PD excessive force against ANOTHER CHILD

"My child was beaten by (a police officer) in front of Eureka High School."

Excessive force against child


Letter to the editor


My child was beaten by (a police officer) in front of Eureka High School. Before numerous witnesses, (the officer) slammed my son's head against the pavement and against the door of his patrol car. My son is recovering from retinal reattachment surgery. We don't know whether his vision will recover.