In February of 2012, a riotous demonstration in Sacramento took place against the Golden State Skinheads and other white power groups that sent two police to the hospital and neo-nazis running for their cars behind riot police. Eric Desouza was one of those arrested.
On Saturday, August 4th at 8pm, gather at the Holdout, an anarchist space in Oakland for a benefit for Eric.
Speaking live will be an Anti-Racist Action organizer present during the Toledo riot and revolt in Ohio in 2005. There, a large black community rose up against the police and the National Socialist Movement (NSM), attacking and looting stores, police and city vehicles, and rioting for hours.
Organizers and militants from Oakland will address the crowd on ongoing campaigns against institutionalized racism such as the fight against foreclosures in the area.
Also speaking will be bay area local legend Dee Allen, acclaimed revolutionary and poet. Dee will speak on fighting the Minutemen and BANA (Nazis posing as anarchists) in the bay area, as well as his experiences as an anarchist being locked away for taking action in the streets.
Free food will be served and all donations go towards helping Eric pay off his legal fees. Please come out and donate!
As of May 21. The two have pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace, and have 2 years probation. This can be taken down to an infraction after the two years. Now what is sad, but now they have to use the 12th street station lawfully 🙂
Court hearing is for Colin and Ted who has a Pre Trial Hearing on May 21st, and then Trial Readiness, which often follows shortly afterwards, on June 1st in Oakland at 661 Washington Street, between 6th and 7th Street at Department 104, 9 A.M. Their lawyers have expressed that it is ideal to pack the court to the point that a can of sardines would be embarrassed.
The arrests were for allegedly for felony vandalism, and misdemeanor “Willfully Resists, Delays, or Obstructs Public, ‘Peace’ Officer.” They were in Santa Rita for three days until we were bailed out. Prior to the arraignment, the original bail was set at $55,000. At our arraignment, the “vandalism”- which referred to the “damaged gate”- was reduced to a misdemeanor, reducing it to $10,000.
There is great concern that a guilty verdict will happen
The first plea deal was to reduce the misdemeanor to just one count, three years probation and a requirement that we must have a BART ticket to be at the station. Yes, they will be bound to have a ticket like that is exclusively just us.
The second time the only difference would be two years probation instead of two. But at the third hearing, the prosecution was unwilling to go further down, as we wanted an infraction.
BART wants a stay away order from the 12th Street station, which would require a misdemeanor. It is not clear that another plea deal will be offered because of the the stay away order and that means keeping one misdemeanor, and probation, which they want as long as possible, meaning three years.
Ok, just a little rant about the Occupy 4 Prisoners action, lets start by saying that the media outlets (most of which aren’t even trying to hide that they copy and paste from other sources) are saying 700 people were at San Quentin for the Occupy 4 prisoners action, We as anarchist/anti authoritarians might of easily had the largest group from one particular political focus, if we flew “team colors” more it would be obvious, but lets nots forget about what’s important. Our common struggle through free association and a somewhat mutual aid, the indigenous, black liberation, death row abolitionist and ever villainized anarchists/anti authoritarians, black and red.
We , who are used to (and very good at), street fighting anarchists of Occupy Oakland (it was an Occupy event) completely understood that San Quentin is our area of support and not necessarily are area of struggle, it is a place where we MUST take our lead from the prisoners. We support and felt deep inside the struggles of speakers who were family or friends of prisoners currently or formally inside U.S. Prisons where there authoritarian machine is seen naked. Another trend throughout the day some of us found interesting or inspiring is the constant references to the revolutionary George Jackson, which was assassinated o those grounds of San Quentin we stood in front of (yes was communist but we really need to ask our selves how much these political identities and ism’s change over time and especially in the context of behind the walls of prison where any revolutionary comrade whether your ism or not can be strengthened by knowing of the presence of a even some what like minded comrade). We remembered as the coast guard and other helicopters circled above our heads in an ever increasing and lower manner as time went on as if to say ‘OK we let you have your fun but now you have to go’……as if we were there for fun, as if the millions of incarcerated people in the United States were there for fun. As if we (the regular working class people) didnt realize that there is a war against us. Come the fuck on, we know this consciously or not, what the state calls crime doesnt come out of nowhere. It is the direct response from being robbed from birth for most of us and a struggle to cope (drug offenses) or to get by and make some money (robbery offenses) . We still have the capitalistic system to blame and crush thats why its so important to be highly skeptical the more liberal journalistic activist who are really just supporters of a more progressive democratic party such as democracy now and put an emphasis o those who want total freedom. Those who want to burn those modern slave systems called prisons. We haven’t forgotten those inside. – Bay Area Anarchist Black Cross