Category: Accompaniment for families hurt by police

The problem with quadrupling beat cops—armed with implicit bias and weapons—in the Mission

My encounter at 24th Street Southeast BART Plaza, approximately at 1:30pm, Oct. 9th, 2017, Indigenous People’s Day I had just stepped out of the new Mission coffee house on the Southeast BART plaza, where for about an hour I had been writing up some ideas for my next essay. The moment I walked out of Read More

Mourning Luis the morning after the Frisco500 rise up

Mourning a police shooting On April 7, 2016 at 10:04am, two SFPD officers killed Luis Góngora Pat, a Mayan Yucatecan man living unhoused on Shotwell Street. His killing —partially caught on film— was the fourth high profile police officer-involved shooting since 2014. His killing was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Five community members Read More

Democracy Now Interview: Adriana Camarena talks about killings by SFPD

Democracy Now Interview. “Death by Gentrification: Alex Nieto Killed by Hail of Police Bullets in a Changing San Francisco” April 12, 2016 – Amy Goodman interviews Rebecca Solnit and Adriana Camarena on the SFPD killing of Alex Nieto on March 21, 2014 and the other salient cases of police shootings since 2014 (Amilcar Perez Lopez, Read More

#OctoberTogether, More than just baseball…

#OctoberTogether, More than just baseball… Dedicated to Bay Area families victims of police brutality and their supporters I. October Spirit II. Twilight III. Tipping the playing field IV. Unaccountable Murders V. Giants for Justice VI. October Together, the new normal… VII. List of Bay Area homicide victims by police I. October Spirit “October Together” is Read More

May Day: The Nieto Family Story

Refugio Nieto and Elvira Rodriguez (now Elvira Nieto) were born a year apart in the little town of Tarimoro, Guanajuato, known for its agricultural and handmade brick businesses.  Refugio was the eldest child in a family of eight, and Elvira the fourth in a family of nine children.  He was born into a family of Read More