Subject: JR Is Free! Defend Holly Works! -- New Trial Date
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This message from: The Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
1. Victory -- JR Is Free!
Frame-up charges dismissed!
POCC Minister of Information JR is free! One of the last two defendants in the "Oakland 100" case--vindictive police prosecutions against innocent protesters, who took to the streets in Oakland after the police execution of Oscar Grant--has had all charges dropped...
2. Defend Holly Works! -- New Trial Date:
Monday April 5th 2010, 8 AM, Alameda County Courthouse,
Oakland... Mark your calendar!
Holly Works is the now the last remaining defendant of the Oakland 100. Her trial was to start Monday, March 1st. But a defense motion for a postponement was granted, since Holly's chief witness is out of the country at this time...
1. JR Is Free!
As demonstrators outside chanted,
"Oakland DA ain't nothin' but a liar,
she knows JR didn't start no fire,"...
Frame-up charges of felony arson
finally dismissed against JR!
A member of the Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal who was attending the trial, reported that the prosecutor said, "We have new evidence, and accordingly, we wish to drop the charges" (against JR). The judge accepted, and dismissed the case. As the audience in the court went wild, "the marshals were eating their hearts out," he said.
Like the prosecution ever had any evidence to begin with! JR had no matches or lighter with him, and no evidence of arson was ever presented. This whole series of prosecutions was a fraud from beginning to end. The Oakland police were rightly afraid of an uprising against police crimes in the wake of the unprovoked murder of Oscar Grant by a BART cop, but no crimes were actually committed by the racially mixed crowd protesting this atrocity. JR was reporting on the events, and his camera, which was confiscated, has yet to be returned by the police.
JR, a journalist with Block Report Radio, Flashpoints (KPFA), and the SF Bay View, and POCC Minister of Information, has consistently covered police brutality and terrorism in Oakland, as well as the framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal and other issues. He was arrested for covering the protests in the street following the police murder of Oscar Grant.
Listen to his reports on Flashpoints or Hard Knock Radio on KPFA, 94.1 FM, or kpfa.org. Or go to www.blockreportradio.com, or www.sfbayview,com
2. Defend Holly Works!
Monday April 5th 2010, 8 AM,
Alameda County Courthouse,
12th & Oak St, Oakland
8 AM demonstrate! 9 AM, attend trial.
(from 12th Street BART Station, walk down 12th St toward Lake Merritt.
Demonstrate/enter court at 12th and Oak St)
Holly Works is the now the last remaining defendant of the Oakland 100. Her trial was to start Monday, March 1st. But a defense motion for a postponement was granted, since Holly's chief witness is out of the country at this time.
A local musician and activist, Holly was arrested before she even arrived at the protest! Walking down the street with a friend, she was detained and fraudulently charged with… assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer!
This took place at least an hour before the protest was even to have started! Originally charged with assaulting a cop with a knife, Holly had no knife, and so that had to be changed. Since she had a screw driver in her purse, the cops accused her of using this "deadly weapon" to assault an officer. Once again, a total fabrication, made up by the police to tie up protesters with time-consuming prosecutions.
DROP ALL CHARGES AGAINST HOLLY WORKS!
Alameda County Court house,
8 AM, Monday April 5th 2010,
12th and Oak St, Oakland.
Oscar Grant was a young black retail grocery worker and father of a young daughter. He was out with friends for New Years Eve when he was detained by BART police. He was shot in the back at point blank range by a BART cop as he lay face-down on the Fruitvale station platform early on New Years Day, 2009. Cell-phone videos taken of the incident by witnesses on the station platform were posted on the internet, and protests erupted in Oakland. Over a week later, the officer, Johannes Mehserle, was finally charged with murder. He was granted a change of venue, and is being tried in Los Angeles.
- The Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
PO Box 16222 • Oakland CA 94610 • 510 763-2347