Getting justice for our African Suns

Tiny - Posted on 16 August 2016

Getting justice for our African Suns 
An arrest is made in the quadruple homicide of young African-American suns in the Fillmore
By Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia/PoorNewsNetwork-POOR Magazine
"We are determined to get justice for our children, said Sala-haquekyah chandler  as she and other mothers stood outside the SF courthouse where the alleged murderer of her Sun and three other young African Suns in a quadruple homicide January 9th 2015 was being tried. Little is known yet about all of the facts surrounding the arrest of the alleged perpetrators, who are being charged with code "187" for homicide of the four boys, but one thing is known for sure, had it not been for the endless resistance, marching, speaking, praying and fighting on the part of the mothers and families of the four murdered boys this case would not have gotten this far. 

Back to the beginning
"They are killing our indigenous children," said Sala-haquekyah chandler r as she stood on the corner of Laguna and Page streets. It had been a few weeks since the execution of 4 young African Suns from the Fillmore District of San Francisco and the mothers and their supporters gathered near the scene of the quadruple murder to demand justice. All the mothers held a beautiful banner at the murder site with the faces and names of the four young suns,Manuel O’Neal, David Saucier II, Harith Atchan, and Yalani Chinyamurindi, who is Sala's sun.

PowerFul sister-mama- community leader Sala has been family with POOR Magazine since my mama Dee and I first started in 1996 doing journalism workshops for other poor mamaz and daddys like us. Sala, like many low-income, Black, Brown and poor mamas including my mama Dee, was struggling to raise her children on the crums of welfare and also were determined to tell our truths and make our own poor and indigenous people-led media.

Fast foreward to 2001 Sala launched the effort to stop the senseless violence perpetrated by us killing us, i.e, the guns so easily attained by our young peoples of color in our own hoods, towns and barrios. this became the powerFUL march she called the One Life Walk-

Then in January of 2015 I received a horrific call that brought me to my knees. Four young African Suns murdered execution- style while driving in a van in the Fillmore district of  San Francisco. A neighborhood violated by an onslaught of displacement led by one modern day colonizer devil-oper and poltrickster legislation after another and most recently an influx of what i call the gentryTechNation pushing low and no-income communities of color into smaller and smaller pieces of what used to a thriving Black and Brown neighborhood transforming it into the FillNoMo as coined by A. Faye Hicks, Po Poet Laureate of POOR Magazine.

It was in the FillNoMo, struggling with this insane climate of removal,  that these young men were executed. As i prayed, wept and reflected on this horrible murder and because of my own experience through the violence of displacement  this formerly unhoused, evicted and displaced mama's first mind went to a gentrification motive for these murders or what author and LA poet laureate  Luis Rodriguez refers to as poLice fueled gentrification.  

"They came into our communities offering money and guns to young people, sadly, some of them took the bait, they became informants for the poLice." Luis went on to describe how in LA in the 1970's the police were buying off young xicano members of the community to help fuel the dismantling of a strong Brown community. We focused on this important and frightening connection in an interview with Luis for one of our PoorNewsNetwork radio shows on KPFA's Hard knock radio, focused on the rise in gun violence when a community is undergoing gentrification. 
"We will not stop fighting for our Suns," said Sala at POOR's Community Newsroom circle last year who along with other mamaz and community leaders like Yolanda Banks Reed with the Hebrew Cultural Community, refused to let up on the poltricksters, the police or each other. 

No matter what the motivation of this horrible murder of our children, Sala and the other fierce mamas will not give up until the truth comes to light. As a parent of a 12 year old Sun my heart cries every day for Sala and so many mothers who have lost their suns and daughters to community violence and po'Lice violence, who  like Sala says, will never give up fighting for justice for their babies. 


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