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Defend African People's Right to Resist! Vigil for Lovelle Mixon, Oakland, 3/25/09: photos
by dave id
Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:46 PM
The International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) sponsored a march, rally, and vigil for Lovelle Mixon on Wednesday, March 25th. Lovelle Mixon's mother, his wife, several of his brothers, and at least one cousin were present. Many people were upset with the all of the official sympathies expressed for the four police officers who died Saturday, while none was offered to the family of Lovelle Mixon and the Oakland police continue to level new allegations against Lovelle Mixon in the media every day. That the media reports all of those allegations -- and does not hold the police accountable for the numerous people of color killed by Oakland police every year -- was a great source of anger.

While some speakers at the rally allowed the possibility that some of the allegations made by OPD against Lovelle Mixon may turn out to be true, and others worried about "eye for an eye" thinking, no one was happy with the general hostility shown by Oakland police officers who live in the suburbs and then all too often abuse and kill citizens of Oakland.
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Vigil Announcement:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/03/23/18581462.php

Uhuru Movement statement on killing of four Oakland officers and Lovell Mixon:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/03/25/18582442.php

Reports related to Lovelle Mixon from the Indybay newswire:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/03/22/18580641.php


Uhuru will be hosting an African Village Survival Initiative focusing on food, water, energy, and economic self-reliance this Sunday, March 29th, at 4pm at the Uhuru House. Topics covered will include community gardens, rainwater catchment, solar energy, and self-sufficient economic institutions.

International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement
Uhuru House: 7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
http://www.uhurusolidarityoakland.blogspot.com/


One year ago, on March 27th, another rally was held at Eastmont Mall for the police killings of both 15-year-old Jose Luis Buenrostro-Gonzalez and 70-year-old Casper Banjo:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/03/26/18488760.php
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/03/28/18489121.php


Audio from most of the event can be found here:
§Lovelle Mixon
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:46 PM
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§Shanrika speaks at Uhuru House before march and rally
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:46 PM
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§Bakari Olatunji
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:46 PM
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§Marcus Garvey
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:46 PM
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§The Burning Spear covers
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:46 PM

You can click image to enlarge.
§Vell
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:46 PM
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§Gone but never forgotten
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:46 PM
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§Oppression breeds resistance -- resist police terror
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:46 PM
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§March down MacArthur
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:46 PM
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Uhuru House in background to right
§Lovelle Mixon's mother (in red) and wife (in white)
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:46 PM
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Lovelle Mixon memorial fund: BofA 05398-73465
§Justice for Oscar Grant
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:46 PM
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§Speaker in front of old police substation at Eastmont Mall
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:46 PM
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§Speaker
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§Speaker
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§Speaker
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§Speaker
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§Speaker
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§Speaker
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§Speaker
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§Speaker
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§Speaker
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§Speaker
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:51 PM
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§California Attorney General Jerry Brown must go
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:51 PM
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§Candles left at memorial at apartment building on 74th Avenue
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:51 PM
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§Poster of Lavelle Mixon and wife Amara Langston
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:51 PM
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§We hold court in da streets t-shirt
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:51 PM
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§Memorial at Uhuru House
by dave id Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 8:51 PM
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Comments  (Hide Comments)

by radical
Saturday Mar 28th, 2009 12:28 AM
i know first-hand what brutal pigs the oakland police are.

in the summer of 1990 i was beaten by the OPD at a demonstration in downtown oakland.

when the cops had me in the back of the police car, with two other arrestees, they slapped a high five with each other and then one declared: "We ain't no pussy SFPD...if there weren't video we would have killed you!"

when I got back to the pig shack, one cop after another got into my face, which was raw and bleeding, and said "Oh the little pussy's got a boo-boo."

the only cop who showed even the slightest sympathy, self-serving as it was, was one who requested within earshot that he didn't want his name on my "ticket."

after about two or so hours in a cell by myself i was brought into a room to be "interviewed" by the same plain-clothes pigs who had beaten me a couple hours previously.

some time after that, after being put back into my cell, some big meat-head ass young cop came into my cell and told me to come with him. when i asked where i was going he said, "You'll find out." he put me in the back-seat of the pig car and drove me around east oakland making snorting, derisive comments about black people he passed on the streets. at a certain point in our little voyage he said, "I'm taking you to Highland [the county hospital in oakland]; the sheriffs there don't get many chances to play. If you act crazy i'll hand you over to them and they'll inject you with something and trash you."

once i got to highland i was seen by a doctor in the hallway while hand-cuffed to the chair i was seated in. the dumb-ass pig was sitting next to me to insure that i didn't divulge any uncomfortable information about the cause of my condition. that said, when he was distracted the young doctor, who seemed sympathetic, asked in a whisper what had happened and i responded with head nod in the direction of the shit-for-brains pig sitting next to me. she seemed to understand--i mean, truly understand--what i was saying.

after the trip to the hospital, or shortly after, i was cycled into the general prison population, becoming one of the many anonymous, already-abused "criminals" and i was safe once again.