Un-arm the Paid Killers and Child Molestors: The People Call for a National Moratorium on ALL PoLice Use of Force
(photo by Sarah Menefee)
“A 90-day moratorium on use of force is actually the norm in certain places,” said Lisa Marie Alatorre, of the Coalition on Homelessness. “Even asking SFPD and the city to take this seriously is a way for us of asking everyone to take seriously a paradigm shift in [policing],” Lisa concluded.
While two heavily armed poLice officers stood directly across the street watching us, a group of the most impacted, unhoused, criminalized, injured/disabled, Black, Brown, Trans and indigenous peoples gathered to demand a 90 day moratorium to the killing of our Black, Brown, Disabled and Unhoused residents of this City and all cities struggling with the ongoing murder of our children, youth, elders and families.
Beginning with a powerful prayer and words from Ohlone prayer bringer and warrior Luta Candelaria, the peoples gathered in front of the Mission PoLice station in Yelamu, Ohlone Land ( San Francisco), a city known for the poLice murder of indigenous Mayan unhoused father, brother husband Luis Demetrio Gongora Pat, unhoused pregnant mother, sister, daughter Jessica Nelson Williams, hard-working indigenous migrant Amilcar Perez Lopez and hard-working brothers, Suns, Alex Nieto and O’Shaine Evans and so many more, not to mention the eviction of 100 year old Black elder Iris Canada.
"In 1989 CRISIS training went into effect in Memphis, today this training has gone nation wide but the number of police shootings of people with disabilities has exploded and not only people with mental health disability but people who are autistic, Deaf and even Blind., said Leroy Moore disabled poverty skola and Po Poet from POOR Magazine and founder of Krip Hop Nation who co-signed onto this moratorium.
“Every 28 hours someone who looks like me is murdered in this country by law enforcement, security guards, and vigilantes – that’s an emergency,” said Bilal Ali, revolutionary Black Panther and founder of the Peoples Commission for Justice, who co-signed onto the Moratorium and is a revolutionary alternative to the with the “selected”, pimped and played poLice commission. “Brown, poor and disabled people are also continually targeted by these slavecatchers.
“This is an emergency, our children are being murdered,” said La Mesha Irizarry mother of Idriss Stelley who was shot by SF PoLice and was also one of the co-signers of the Emergency moratorium.
Due to the extreme danger, murder, and ongoing targeting of young peoples of color, Trans peoples, disabled and unhoused peoples by police forces in the US, We the targeted, criminalized, injured, unhoused Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples hereby call for a State of Emergency - Moratorium on the use of any firearms or weaponry by all police forces in the US. Specifically weaponry, tasers, guns, AR15 rifles, UZI's, etc while on duty as police officers in any line of duty for the 90 day period following the call for the Moratorium…. Excerpt of the Moratorium on PoLice Use of Force
"As a formerly unhoused, low-income single mother my heart hurts beyond words for Suns, fathers, sisters, mamas, daughters and caregivers Jessica Nelson-Williams, Korryn Gaines, Luis Demetrio Gongora Pat, Charles Kinsey, Kayla Moore, Antonio Guzman, Mario Woods and so many more, this is a State of Emergency for our babies and our families," said Tiny Gray-Garcia, formerly unhoused single mother, co-founder of POOR Magazine, who were co-signers and co-writers of this Moratorium,poet with the welfareQUEEN’s and author of Criminal of Poverty, Growing Up Homeless in America.
In this 90 day period, it is our goal to explore the option of complete disarmament of police forces as well as the multitude of community based solutions that have been discussed, explored and conceived by movements of impacted peoples, including Black Lives Matter, the Brown Berets, across the US and in other countries whose police forces do not use weaponry at all…excerpt from the Moratorium on PoLice Use of Force.
"The Brown Berets stand with you all," said anti-racism, anti-poLice warrior and Brown Beret member Al Osorio. Other Co-signers to this powerful moratorium who were standing in attendance for their lost brothers, sisters, uncles, fathers, sisters and mothers was the Justice 4 Luis Gongora Coalition, Anti-PoLice Terror Project, Justice for Josiah Campaign, Justice4Josiah, The Anti-Police Terror Project, California Coalition For Women Prisoners.The Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy (CCRA), Answer Coalition, Western Regional Advocacy Project ( WRAP), Coalition on Homelessness, Brown Berets, San Francisco Bay View Newspaper and Olympia Copwatch who also held a press conference in front of the Olympia, Washington PoLice station.
The money that will be saved from the continued purchase of high grade, murderous war weaponry which costs millions of dollars in tax -payer dollars can be redistributed to impacted, injured, unhoused,targeted, and po'Lice terrorized Black, Brown, injured, colonized, incarcerated and criminalized famlies, elders, youth and community.
“If you are taking a crumb from the man, step to the side, people are dying, “ Quennandi Sheba, POOR Magazine staff writer, poet , teacher and member of the welfareQUEEN’s made the connections between the ways that non-profiteers consistently enable the government-funded and evicting of the poorest among us. Programs like RAD which POOR and the Bayview reported on and non-profits have fed off of for funding and causes the serious rise in evictions and homelessness of poor , Black and Brown peoples.
“On this day when the already decided on fake-ass “selection” process of new poLice chief begins we poor mama, uncles, fathers and brothers ask that the job of PoLice chief be re-named Conscious Community Care-giver who actually protects the peoples and serves the community. This new job has new job duties and new qualifications and i nominate, Mama Mesha, Bilal, Leroy, Muteado, Queenandi and Vivi T among a few of the nominees that actually have a track record of caring for the community, “concluded Lisa Tiny Gray-Garcia.
This call is being made in honor of so many of our Black, Brown, Indigenous, Disabled, Trans Children who have been abused, murdered and/or shot as of July 2016. We stand with, support all other efforts by groups such as BlackLivesMatter and the Brown Berets to abolish, reduce or end the militarization of policing. To sign onto the moratorium and lead a press conference in your city or town please email firstname.lastname@example.org.