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Press Conference to Denounce LAPD Brutality

by ANSWER Coalition Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2006 at 5:59 PM
answerla@answerla.org 323-464-1636 8124 W Third St, Los Angeles

Say No to Police Brutality Against Immigrant Rights Protestors in Hollywood

Press Conference to ...
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Press Conference to Denounce LAPD Brutality

Against Immigrant Rights Protestors in Hollywood

Plus: Call for Video, Photos & Witnesses

Tuesday, July 11, 10 am

National Lawyers Guild Office at the Peace Center

8124 W Third St, Los Angeles (Corner of Crescent Heights and Third)

For more info call 323-464-1636 or e-mail answerla@answerla.org.

Join the National Lawyers Guild, ANSWER Coalition, Latino Movement USA and other progressive organizations for a press conference to denounce last weekend's attack by the Los Angeles Police Department on the immigrant rights movement. Speakers will include Jim Lafferty and Carol Sobel, National Lawyers Guild; Juan Jose Gutierrez, Director, Latino Movement USA; Ian Thompson, Attorney, ANSWER Coalition; victims of police violence at the protest and other guests.

Shocking video footage will also be shown of anti-Minutemen protestors being brutally beaten by LAPD officers without provocation. The video shows a deliberate, violent attack on peaceful protestors exercising their First Amendment rights. Please come to the press conference to show solidarity with the immigrant rights movement and people who were brutalized by the police attack. Take a stand for civil rights and free speech.

ANSWER is also putting out a call to all progressive people who attended Saturday's anti-Minutemen protest for video footage, photos and eyewitness reports of police brutality. Please contact us at 323-464-1636 or answerla@answerla.org to find out how to get us your video, photos or witness statements. This will help those who were unjustly arrested. In addition, ANSWER and the National Lawyers Guild are planning to file a lawsuit against the LAPD and the city for their despicable behavior against the demonstration.

Read an eyewitness account of the demonstration from ANSWER Coalition below.

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LAPD brutality targets immigrant rights movement

ANTI-MINUTEMEN RALLY ATTACKED BY POLICE, PEOPLE FIGHT BACK

On Saturday, July 8, the LAPD showed its true racist and reactionary character when it viciously attacked immigrant rights activists who were protesting against the anti-immigrant Minuteman Project in Hollywood. More than 300 pro-immigrant protestors gathered in a militant demonstration to counter a Minuteman hate march down Hollywood Boulevard, a traditional route for anti-war and other progressive demonstrations. The march was an open attack on the immigrant rights movement that has gripped the nation over the past four months.

After nearly two hours of peaceful protest, dozens of LAPD police in full riot gear instigated a wave of unprovoked violence on the progressive crowd. They pushed protestors, jabbed them with batons and wrestled several people to the ground while beating them brutally without any cause or concern. Several ANSWER activists were brutalized and one was arrested because his friend was attempting to take photographs of riot police slamming a bystander against the back of a truck and hitting him with a baton. Top police brass later tried to justify their violence by saying protestors provoked the beatings by crossing police lines" - an outright lie.

A Spanish-language media reporter from KPFK radio was shoved to the pavement, smacked hard and arrested for attempting to document the repression. The cops were attacking so wildly that even an elderly woman getting of a Metro bus was clubbed for being too close to the protest.

People from the surrounding neighborhood stopped and shouted at the police to stop their rampage against the protest.

LAPD AND MINUTEMEN COLLABORATION

The police arrested around six people without cause while the fascist Minutemen chanted L-A-P-D, cheering them on. It was a naked display of police and fascist collaboration. The outraged anti-immigrant crowd stood their ground and defended their demonstration while chanting Cops and the Klan go hand in hand! Carlos Alvarez, an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition, then gave an impassioned speech to denounce the LAPD's brutality and defend the rights of the protestors to demonstrate against the Minutemen.

While the now hundreds of cops escorted around 150 Minutemen down Hollywood Boulevard in their racist march, the progressives started to follow them on the sidewalk. LAPD officers impeded once again the rights of the protestors and denied them access. So, the anti-racists, led by the ANSWER Coalition, took over the streets of Hollywood, stopping oncoming traffic in an effort to outflank the police and get close to the Minutemen. They chanted, The streets belong to the people!

The several hundred protestors were met by police violence again as they approached the Minutemen several blocks away. The protestors stood up to the police, held onto the street and later marched back to where the demonstration started and denounced the Minutemen as they marched back to their cars. The anti-racist protestors outlasted the Minutemen and held a brief victory rally before marching to the ANSWER office less than one block away. Activists felt a sense of accomplishment and struggle after fending off police violence and maintaining an organized, successful action against the Minutemen.

ORGANIZING TO FIGHT BACK

The ANSWER Coalition has vowed to respond swiftly to this vicious police attack. Along with its partners in the National Lawyers Guild and Latino Movement USA, ANSWER will host a press conference on Tuesday, July 12 to denounce the LAPD and the Minutemen. Featured speakers will include immigrant rights organizers, ANSWER organizers and lawyers, victims of police brutality at the protest and others. There will be video footage shown that depicts the outrageous brutality of the cops that day. ANSWER and the NLG are vigorously defending the rights of the anti-racist protestors and plan to file a civil suit against the LAPD and the city - helmed by pro-police mayor Antonio Villaraigosa - because of this flagrant assault on peoples civil rights.

Muna Coobtee, member of the ANSWER steering committee in Los Angeles said: This unprovoked, terrible assault on a peaceful protest violates our civil rights and is aimed at the heart of the immigrant rights movement. The police came to this demonstration today, in an alliance with ultra-right-wing elements, to try to beat back the struggle for equality. We cant look at this incident in isolation from the overall political climate. We know that it is related to the racist raids launched by the federal government targeting undocumented workers. It is related to the bigotry being whipped-up by the immigration hearings happening all over the United States . Because these connections are clear, we can be clear in saying that these intimidation tactics wont workthey will backfire. The immigrant workers movement will remain stronger and more united than ever before.

The independent peoples movement will not tolerate the LAPDs criminal behavior. Police repression and the Minutemen are part of the right-wing's ploy to defeat the just struggle of immigrants for amnesty and full legalization. All charges leveled at any anti-racist protestor must be dropped immediately. The LAPD and the city must be held accountable.

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A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition

Act Now to Stop War and End Racism

323-464-1636

http://www.answerla.org

answerla@answerla.org

1800 Argyle Ave, #410

Los Angeles, CA 90028

Join us each Tues at 7 pm for A.N.S.W.E.R. Activists Meetings.

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Barbara Coe, a known racist, worked with Gilchrist to set up this last SOS, MM "pro Standing against hate Saturday, Jul. 29, 2006 at 3:42 AM
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