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The Red Paint of Resistance Flung at the Felonious Masters of Greed
On mid-day Monday March 26 Bay Area poets and writers spoke out amidst rainshowers, reading aloud poems and prose of solidarity with Oaxaca on the doorstep of the Mexican Consulate. Poets and writers included: Jack Hirschman, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Rebecca Solnit, Bill Evans, Larry Bogad, Aryeh Shell and Asha. Ted Lewis of the human rights group global Exchange gave an update from the family of Brad Will's recent visit to Mexico. Labor organizer Frank Martin Del Campo and local activist and friend of Brad Will's Jene' were masters of ceremony.
THE LAVA OF MOLTEN HOPE
For the Oaxacan strikers and in memory
of those murdered in the struggle
Double the pesos of the thousands
of teachers of the children of Oaxaca,
and for URO a one-way ticket
out of the State
with his bags stuffed
with corruption, repression and blood.
The Mexico that's arriving,
on the door of tomorrow,
whose Viva! Has been appearing
once more on the lips
of peoples the world over---
this Mexico, of Oaxacan defiance
and Chiapas poetry armed
with justice and dignity
worthy of those who seed
the future in the minds and hearts
of Mexico's kids,
is the lava of molten hope
flowing to all who are
is the red paint of resistance
flung at the felonious
masters of greed.
Afterwards many went to the felony vandalism pre-trial for David Solnit in the Hall of Justice. Letters and demands that District Attorney Kamala Harris drop felony vandalism charges against Bay Area human rights activist David Solnit were ignored. The District Attorney's office was not prepared for the pre-trial--which should have been a basis to drop the case--but the judge refused to grant attorney John Viola's motions and re-scheduled the case for April 18th, 9am, department 9, 850 Bryant St., SF. Solnit is charged for allegedly throwing red paint on the entrance to the San Francisco Mexican Consulate on October 31, 2006, days after schoolteacher Emilio Alfonso Fabián, Oaxaca resident Eudocia Olivera Díaz and US journalist Brad Will were shot and killed in Oaxaca City by paramilitary vigilantes connected to the state government.
Solnit's attorney, John Viola, said, "Felony charges and the threat of state prison--for a nonviolent protest--is a regrettable departure from San Francisco's legacy of tolerance for vigorous public debate and protest. The prosecution of David on felony charges threatens free speech on behalf of human rights and social justice. Instead of wasting limited City resources to prosecute a San Francisco Bay Area human rights activist for nonviolent protest, the DA's office should use its resources to pressure the Mexican government to observe human rights and bring to justice all those responsible for killing and violating the basic rights of teachers, journalists and Oaxacan residents."
Mainstream media articles on Brad Will's family visit to Mexico:
Family turns to PGR
BY KELLY ARTHUR GARRETT/The Herald Mexico
Sábado 24 de marzo de 2007
Describing Oaxaca state prosecutors as "incapable of performing a legitimate investigation," the older brother of slain U.S. journalist-activist Bradley Will called Friday for the federal government to take over the inquiry into his brother's murder.
Family of slain reporter seeks justice
By Kelly Arthur Garrett/The Herald Mexico
Martes 20 de marzo de 2007
Other Oaxaca updates can be found at this site:
Mexico rights chief blames govt for Oaxaca abuses