Fundraiser for Anti-Racists Arrested Fighting the Minutemen
1125 University Ave
(1 block East of San Pablo)
for Anti-Racists Arrested, Beaten
at Demonstration Against the Racist "Minutemen."
March 25, Noon - 3 PM
Berkeley Public Library West Branch
1125 University Ave (1 block East of San Pablo)
Sponsored by Anti-Racist Legal Defense
Please call Jorge at 925-451-8064
On May 25, 2005 three hundred demonstrators in Garden Grove protested the appearance of Jim Gilchrist, the Minutemen founder. Demonstrators ringed the building for hours, spoiling the Minutemen's planned media event. Police responded with horses, SWAT Teams, and clubs. A Minutemen supporter and known racist, Hal Netkin, drive his van into the crowd , but police attacked and arrested demonstrators trying to help the injured, rather than arresting the assailant.
Five demonstrators were arrested. In jail, one was stripped and beaten by sheriffs, while cops taunted the young man with racist insults.
Three were originally charged with "assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer" for allegedly throwing open soda cans. Two still face felonies and are going to trial. Police testimony at their preliminary hearing was filled with absurd accusations and lies. A potential defense witness was threatened with arrest if she testified, as a cop suddenly "remembered" her being at the demonstration also.
Immigrant workers are under severe attack in this country, the cutting edge of a transition to a police state. The Minutemen are gutter racists, but they have high-level government support, addressing a Congressional committee and being feted at Congressional receptions. Corporations make billions from paying immigrants substandard wages, made possible by terrorizing "illegal" workers.