Justice for Alex Nieto

Hello Community!

It’s the 21st and we will be meeting up on Bernal Heights (North-side). 1 year and 10 months ago Alex Nieto was shot and killed by SFPD. Since then many more have been shot and killed by SFPD and nothing has changed.

In the past few weeks you have seen Black and Brown unity and actions, let’s talk about it… The release of the film Lowrider Laywers: “Putting a City on Trial” has created so much buzz, let’s talk about it…The two year anniversary of Alex Nieto’s murder is fast approaching in March, let’s talk about it…One of the most important federal trials in San Francisco history will begin on March 1, 2016, let’s talk about it!!

There are so many historical actions that have happen, so let’s talk and eat! Bring whatever food you want to munch on. Let’s celebrate the young life of Alex Nieto with his parents Refugio and Elvira Nieto.

In Lowrider Lawyers: Putting a City on Trial, the barrio community rises with creativity and amor for Alex Nieto. When the Homies discover that Alex, who had never even been arrested in his entire life, has been unjustly executed, they request that the heavy hitters handle the case. Caravanning with other fine rides, the Lowrider Lawyers lowride in a wine-colored 1966 Chevy Impala Convertible to the colonial courthouse, where indigenous danzantes drum out and stomp over evil spirits, and summon the truth into the justice system. A jury of peers, cholo homeboys and homegirls, listen intently to the evidence presented.

Using legal articulation, the Lowrider Lawyers begin with a clear, concise opening statement. They then move to critically examining the witness who actually saw the killing and contradicts the police narrative, a dog owner whose wolf-like dog attacked Alex, and the person, who without reasonable cause, called the police on Alex. The courthouse is then magically transformed into the barrio, where the last Lowrider Lawyer interrogates the police officer who killed Alex Nieto. Balmy Alley’s gentrification mural becomes the vibrant backdrop, and the Homies painted on the walls serve as the jury. Substantive answers from witnesses and the police are based on the actual San Francisco District Attorney’s Report, deposition testimony, and other true accounts.

Real footage of “Amor for Alex” marches and lowrider shows concludes this powerful, unprecedented type of film. Written and directed by Benjamin Bac Sierra and filmed and edited by Peter Menchini. Starring Homies from San Fran and around the Bay, San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ District Nine Candidate Edwin Lindo, national entertainer and singer Favi Estrella, and Stanford Law School graduate and international development consultant Adriana Camarena. Soundtrack by “Dr. Loco” (Jose Cuellar) and Favi Estrella.

After the “Lowrider Lawyers: Putting a City on Trial” event on Sunday, January 3, 2016, many people shared with me that it was the best event they have ever experienced in their entire lives. Perhaps the most powerful comment comes from veterana OG activist La Mesha Irrizary: I had not set a foot in a movie theater for the past 14 years, since SFPD killed my son at the Metreon, I am glad I got over my fear and came to the premiere !!

Before the film premiere of “Lowrider Lawyers: Putting a City on Trial,” director Ben Bac Sierra, poet Margarita Bac Sierra, and politically conscious iconic rappers Dregs One and Equipto performed for the packed audience at this unprecedented event at the Brava Theater in San Francisco’s Mission district. After the screening there was a community discussion panel including Roberto Hernandez, Edwin Lindo, Adante Pointer, and Thea Matthews.

Thanks to all who made this experience possible.

SFPD has a rich history of violence enforced in black and brown communities. The Alex Nieto Case along with the Mario Woods case are direct examples of the detrimental effects of systematic racism, gentrification, and police impunity. In order to win justice for these two young men and our communities as a whole, we must unite! The goal of this March is to create solidarity not only with the families of Alex Nieto and Mario Woods but also the surrounding friends, family, and community members.

The march will start in two locations: Bernal heights and Bay View. Both groups will march towards each other until they meet for a culminating ceremony, which will include the breaking of the “Rosca de Reyes” bread between both families to symbolize solidarity. Please come out to help celebrate the lives of these young men, and the many others lost to state violence in San Francisco.