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Support the Black Riders Three

by imc repost Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 at 7:26 PM
antiracistaction_la@yahoo.com

The LAPD are targeting BLRP leaders and have framed them up with assault weapons charges. ARA LA asserts that this is due to their organizing to educate people about the San Francisco Eight case.

Three leading members of the Black Riders Liberation Party, General
T.A.C.O. (Taking All Capitalists Out) and Comrades Stress and Aryana
Shakur, have been indicted and arrested on charges of a conspiracy to
possess automatic weapons and attempted possession of a machine gun,
in a b.s. set-up and entrapment case. They are being held on bail of
half a million (Aryana) to a million dollars apiece (T.A.C.O. and
Stress). Despite the heavy bail and serious charges (the D.A. is
alleging the Riders were going to enter and shoot up various LAPD
stations, but has brought no such charges, only using the
unsubstantiated allegation as the basis for justifying the raids,
undercover cops and surveillance directed at the BRLP), neither the
D.A. nor the L.A.P.D. has made any public statements about the case.
This reflects the weak and baseless nature of their case, but also
their attempt to disrupt the Party by locking up its leaders,
attempting to bury them in prison without arousing a public clamor or
base of support for the BRLP. It is vital that we present a strong,
community based opposition to these nefarious efforts by the LAPD and
District Attorney's office to criminalize Black youth and
revolutionary politics.

The D.A. sought and obtained a gang enhancement on the charges, even
though the undercover officer testified under cross-examination that
the BRLP in fact claimed no territory, bore no identifying gang-style
tattoos, and in fact resembled the Black Panther Party! The cop
acknowledged under oath that the Black Riders were proud Africans,
advocates of Black unity, and avowed communists! This testimony makes
clear the political nature of the charges and the whole case.
Although the BRLP have been the targets of police harassment and
set-ups for their entire ten-year history, the recent series of busts
and high-power raids have taken place in the context of the BRLP
popularizing the case of the San Francisco Eight (for Black Panther
Party members and associates) at a street level in Los Angeles, as
well as leading Black resistance and building Black-Brown unity
against the racist Minutemen. Combined with the effectiveness of
their "Watch-a-Pig" programs and their peace-making efforts and
political education with Bloods and Crips street organization
members, these successes brought the BRLP under the cross-hairs of
the highly-political repressive apparatus of the LAPD. Based on a
LAPD affidavit and warrant, LA and San Bernardino sheriffs raided a
home in August out in Highland CA -- the raid, which involved a huge
number of deputies as well as federal agents, armored personnel
carriers, battering rams, now appears to have been based on the same
unsubstantiated allegations of a BRLP "plot" to shoot up LA police stations.

We cannot allow the repressive forces of the state to carry out their
plan to lock up the leaders of the BRLP and roll up the party! Come
to court for the next appearance of the Black Riders Three on Friday,
December 28, 8:30 AM at the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building, 210
W. Temple Street in downtown Los Angeles. The BRLP also needs
additional legal assistance, funds to help with court costs and other
defense efforts, and other forms of community support. Another
planning meeting will be held shortly, and outreach will be taking
place at Kwanza events all next week leading up to the court
appearance and beyond. Contact the BRLP at PO Box 8297, Los Angeles CA 90008.
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