PRESS CONFERENCE: Monday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m.

San Francisco’s Summary Judgment Motion Denied!


We have received extremely positive news regarding the Alex Nieto case!

Today a federal district judge denied San Francisco’s attempt to dismiss the case by way of summary judgment. The city attempted to obfuscate and distort the evidence and facts of this case, and the judge saw through their manipulation and flat out denied their elaborate motion for dismissal.

The judge decided that we deserve a full-blown trial! Trial date: March 2016.

There was no plausible reason for Alex Nieto to have been shot at 59 times by the SFPD. In order to update the community about new details that have emerged and celebrate this victory, we invite you to join us for a press conference to be held this coming Monday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m. in front of the federal building at 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Please join the event page below and invite your friends as well.
Amor and victory for Alex Nieto!

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“Lowrider Lawyers: Putting a City on Trial”

Spread this great news far and wide

Excited to announce that our community film “Lowrider Lawyers: Putting a City on Trial” will premiere in early December at a college campus and community theater near you! Check out the trailer and get ready to critically question the witnesses and police officers regarding the unlawful killing of our brother Alex Nieto.

“Lowrider Lawyers: Putting a City on Trial”


Amor and Justice for Alex Nieto.

United as a community, we have risen to fight against police brutality, corruption, and killings.

In the full film, five lowrider lawyers critically question the witnesses and police officer regarding the killing of scholarship student Alex Nieto.

Coming soon to a college campus and community theater near you.

A Barrio Bushido and Maya Media production.

“Cruising With You” sung by Favi Estrella.

To find out more about the Alex Nieto case, visit Barrio Bushido TV at…

Thank you especially to Peter Menchini, Roberto Hernandez, Frisco’s Finest, John Munoz, Favi Estrella, Nancy Rivera, Edwin Lindo, Amalia Alvarez, Oscar Salinas, Dante Resuello.

Call for Community Amor! Parent depositions today.

Call for Community amor, prayers, blessings, chants, good juju vibes, good thoughts, light-a-candle, or whatever you do best for Elvira & Refugio Nieto:

Dear friends,

Today Elvira & Refugio will render depositions (i.e. testimony) about themselves, their son, and incidents related to the unlawful killing of their son. Depositions can be brutally exhausting even when the City Attorney is not trying to tear you down and tear into you. They will be accompanied by their attorney Adante Pointer.

Each of Alex’s parents can expect to be questioned anywhere from 2-4 hours or who knows how long. They’ll be there from 9am into the afternoon. Please keep them in your thoughts! They are warriors. They are strong. But we can still accompany them today with our good thoughts. I wish them calm.

While we’re at it please send your best to Adante Pointer and the legal team at the Law Offices of John Burris who are representing the Nietos and are there to shield them from any legal trickery.

UPDATE: Elvira and Refugio were questioned from 9am to 6pm that day with minimal breaks. They told a supporter that since Alex’s death, the deposition process has been the hardest day of their lives. The process which families such as the Nieto’s must undergo to get facts is a process of constant retraumatization. Thank you for your good thoughts!



Romance and Righteousness: The Creation of and Historical Significance of Favi Estrella’s ‘Cruisin’ with You’ Music Video

Romance and Righteousness: The Creation of and Historical Significance of Favi Estrella’s ‘Cruisin’ with You’ Music Video

All power and love to Favi Estrella, a soothing soul singing homegirl warrior, and to her magnificent crew that filmed this beautiful empowering artistic video, “Cruisin’ with You,” which is dedicated to our fallen brother Alex Nieto.

Our movement, Amor for Alex, is a creative revolution, a perpetual pursuit for passion.

Favi Estrella’s new hit “Cruisin’ with You” exemplifies puro amor and community in action. The tragedies that are daily pressed upon us are our opportunity for creation. With our tears, we make art. If beauty is truth, then here it is, in every scene and shot of the video, and that is why the “Cruisin’ with You” video deserves a thorough analysis.

Favi had called me only days before the video filming to ask if we could gather enough gente and lowriders for the proposed video. After calling Roberto Hernandez, the mayor of La Mision, we organized and promoted a free barbeque, lowrider show, and signature gathering party at an event entitled “Independence of La Mision” to be held on Friday, July 3, 2015. While the gente and lowriders packed La Raza park, Favi and her crew almost didn’t make it, as they had been accosted and harassed by the Oakland police at the same time they were supposed to be with us, yet the filming, even with its obstacles, was meant to be, and she made it to witness an entire community of lowriders, children, veteran OG’s, political warriors, and families united to uplift the positive message of fighting against gentrification and of love and justice for Alex Nieto.

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The movement for Alex Nieto began on March 21, 2014 when scholarship student Alex was shot at 59 times and killed by the San Francisco Police Department. Since then SFPD and the San Francisco machine have continued to attempt to oppress us with their lies and cover-ups, but we as a community are resilient and persistent. We hold endurance, that trait that withstands oppression and continues forward simultaneously. Since he was unlawfully killed we have marched, sung, painted many murals in Alex’s honor, performed poetry, created film, and held magnificent lowrider shows. Aztec dancers have blessed us with their spirit, and we have hosted informational booths at events such as Carnaval. We have spread our positive message using writing, videos, posadas, Burritos on Bernal, celebrations at the cemetery, y mas! Our search for truth will not end until Alex’s life is vindicated.

“Crusin’ with You” is Favi and the community’s latest art to combat injustice. Favi’s delicious soul soothing style of singing lowrider oldies is a revolution unto itself. She carries a voice of compassion that glides us into a new era of activism, one that is rooted in the streets, our positive community. Hypnotically, Favi sustains her lyrics with sensuality, but not a poisoned commercial hedonism. She respects the unique history of the Mission and Bay Area street culture, which adds a metaphysical dimension to her sound. Her singing is a cruise, a lullaby, not to put us to sleep, but to awaken us to our community responsibility.

The opening shots of the video are of Favi reading and viewing intense literature and historical photography. One book is of Ted Pushinsky’s photography, and in it there is a world famous shot of 1970’s 24th Street Mission Homeboys marching down the street with their boom box. In the background one hears two mas firme classic cholo oldies, The Moments’ “Love on a Two Way Street” and Malo’s “Suavecito.” These songs are salutes to our romantic and loving traditions in the barrio. On Favi’s door is a genius pencil penitentiary style mural drawing of Favi, a 1964 Impala lowrider, and the elegant script “Cruisin’ with You.” Political testaments of struggle, these intricate drawings were a way for incarcerated homeboys to kill time and create love out of an empty page. With mass incarceration that erupted in the 1980’s, homeboys found themselves victims of the system and locked up for great lengths of time. They fought back with art, as many homeboys learned to be detailed and creative, drawing out history and visions for special people on the outside.

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Next in the video you witness the Homeboys and Homegirls come to pick Favi up for their cruising journey. The cruising tradition is an American tradition, but here it has a Brown Homeboy and Homgirl street twist to it. Cruising is a way to escape the static nature of life. Cruising is a movement outside of the self and into community bonding with others. It is a way to live and love. They cross the new Bay Bridge and reach their destination, San Fran Mission’s La Raza Park, headquarters—a meeting place where there is no need for closed-in offices or minute keepers. Organizing is done on the streets. Homeboys and Homegirls have gathered together at Raza for the past forty years. We simply make things happen.

A true story about La Raza Park’s creation:

“Because of the lawsuit [for police harassment] and all of that, we were making the city and the mayor look real bad, so the city came up with the money to build La Raza Park. So we wanted actually to build a Low-Rider park. But the City didn’t go for it, so we negotiated for an amphitheater, and so we did concerts. Yeah, we used to have some badass parties here, and then we would have car shows on the side of the street. So we were real happy about that, that was one of the major outcomes of organizing as Low Riders …” –Roberto Hernandez quoted from an archive in the Newspaper El Tecolote.

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Note that in the video Favi sings on top of Bernal Heights Mountain, a holy precious peak. One can see the magnificent view and just dream to be there. Who wouldn’t want to spend some time reflecting and singing on top of that gorgeous hill? Favi sings exactly where Alex Nieto spent the last moments of his life. He went to eat his burrito before having to go to work as a security guard. He was scheduled to work in less than two hours. Alex always ventured up to that beautiful place to clear his mind. SFPD killed him in cold blood on top of that same mountain where Favi, with red flower in her hair, sings to him.

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The video then captures the posted colorful lowriders—Impalas, Cutlasses, Deluxes, Cadillacs and one red Monte Carlo which Alex Nieto cruised in many times. The “Bombas” are featured prominently, those 40’s and 50’s Chevys that trace our roots back in this country and show our unique American-ness. We respect our past, perhaps more than others, in that we value what the new gentrifying residents of the Mission have thrown away. We create art from antiquity.

Throughout the video you witness the free barbeque, people eating, DJ music spinning for all the gente. Congas banging, OG’s laughing, posturing, and dancing. You are amazed by the vibrant banners: “Amor for Alex,” “Justice and Love for Alex Nieto,” and “No Monster in the Mission.”

“No Monster in the Mission:” In March of 2015 the Mission community was betrayed by San Franciscan politicians who had promised to vote in favor of a moratorium regarding the development and building of luxury condominiums in the Mission. At present 19 developers want to develop only luxury condominiums. The politicians’ betrayal did not deter the gente. In March, 1000 people claimed City Hall. Unfortunately, after the board voted against the referendum, Mission activists were told they had only twenty days to collect 9,000 signatures for a ballot measure. An army of community members were put together to gather signatures. The Lowrider Council and Amor for Alex united to obtain signatures. In the “Cruisin’ with You” video you see Roberto Hernandez speaking. We used the video filming as an opportunity to galvanize people around this noble cause against gentrification. The following Tuesday after the video was filmed, one hour before the deadline of the ballot measure, San Fran Mission activists registered over 15,000 signatures. We have been assigned the letter “I” ballot measure for San Francisco’s November 3, 2015 voting day. Our chant: Vote yes on “I” love the Mission! “I” love San Francisco!

Other powerful images from the video: An African American Motorcycle Club rode through and joined us in solidarity, cheering us on as we took pictures and smiled together. Our spirit of love spread to each other. Handmade jewelry is also displayed, custom made by our own Mission jeweler, Friscasso, a homeboy of La Mission.

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The starkest image, however, is that of a set of parents standing up for their son. With dignity, Refugio and Elvira Nieto, parents of Alex, stand together in front of the lowriders and banners. They are our inspiration for justice and the next generation.

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That next generation consists of the new lowriders: familia. Champion Lowrider Nelly Nell Nelson best displays this at the conclusion of the video. With his family, including children, he hops his 63 Impala drop top throughout the Mission Streets.

“Cruisin’ with You:”

Flowers in my hair, Stars in the sky. Can’t fight this feelin between u and I. Next to u. Nothin I’d rather do.

Police Brutality Rally / March with Janelle Monae, Aug 23, 2015.

We had a huge outpouring of support from the community and from musical artist Janelle Monae on 24th and Mission. We screamed for Justice for Alex Nieto and Justice for Almicar Perez! Oscar Grant’s Uncle Bobby was there, O’Shaine Evan’s mother and sister, and many others. Read the article below and it somewhat captures the moment. You had to be there to really feel this special moment.

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We Create Our Own Justice! A response to SFPD declaring themselves within policy in killing Alex Nieto and closing the homicide investigation of their own officers


We Create Our Own Justice!

Response to SFPD declaring themselves within policy in the killing of Alex Nieto and closing the homicide investigation of their own officers

With love and hope, share this posting far and wide.

SFPD’s internal puppets have announced that they have concluded their own departmental investigation and closed the case regarding Alex Nieto. They claim that their officers were justified in shooting fifty nine rounds at our innocent scholarship student brother, Alex Nieto.

Their investigation does not deserve strict scrutiny, unless they have first addressed the totality of the crimes committed against our community by their continuing cover-up and lies.

Do not trust their justice. We create our own, but we need you as readers, writers, and critical thinkers to reach our maximum collective potential. Read the links below written by your humble servant and other Justice4AlexNieto coalition members. Become familiar with the reality of this case. Your reading is not about getting a grade or a degree. This one is about our very lives. Know that they can’t fuck with us on an intellectual or community level.

When you hear the SFPD, City Hall, or the mainstream media address my arguments and identification of inconsistencies in their fantasies, then we will be at a new point in our ongoing civil case. All of their stupidity will simply haunt them. For every word they have written and every obfuscation they have attempted, they will ultimately be exposed as fools and flunkies.

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Benjamin Bac Sierra

Our responsibility as a community is to uncover the truth. Please inform yourselves. Below are links by the Justice4AlexNieto coalition that expose the police cover up of the unlawful killing of Alex Nieto.

The D.A.’s non-indictment of Alex’s killers

Analysis and Evaluation of the D.A.’s report concluding no charges by Ben Bac Sierra. (February 14, 2015).

The Broken System: No Consequence, No Confidence. A Response to the D.A.’s Non-Indictment of Alex Nieto’s Killers by Adriana Camarena (February 14, 2015).

On SFPD withholding the names of Alex’s killers for 9 months

Who Killed Alex Nieto? A People’s Investigation… (January 6, 2015)

Press conference statement! On release of names of officers who killed Alex Nieto (January 6, 2015)

Court Update (Wed. 11/19/2014): City refuses to name 4 shooters, 8-10 officers present at shooting, and 20 officers responding to homicide scene

News: Chief Suhr declares why he can’t reveal officer names (1010AM Hecho en California) (November 19, 2014)

The Autopsy Report biased in favor of SFPD

Drawing and Analysis of the Autopsy Report (Oct. 20, 2014)

SF Medical Examiner’s Report is a Desperate Dud by Ben Bac Sierra (Sept. 4, 2014)

The Nieto Family’s federal civil lawsuit

Federal Civil Lawsuit: REFUGIO NIETO and ELVIRA NIETO (Plaintiffs) vs. CITY AND COUNTY OF SF, Police Chief GREG SUHR & Police Officers DOES 1-50 (Defendants) (August 24, 2014)

General information about the incident and case

Alex’s Story!

Legal Status

A statement from Alex’s parents

Words from Refugio and Elvira Nieto on the One Year Community Commemoration of Alex Nieto’s death (English/Spanish). (March 21, 2015).

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Community Celebration of the Purchase & Placement of Alex Nieto’s Headstone


The community came together to celebrate the life of Alex Nieto and the unveiling of his headstone at Holy Cross Cemetery. We stood in solidarity, hope, strength and compassion with  Alex’s parents Elvira and Refugio Nieto. Songs were sang, poets read and community members spoke. The sweet aroma of Tamales mixed in the air with the sounds of kids playing. Family members experiencing the love from the community for Alex. It was a beautiful day and we all left with Amor in our hearts for Alex.

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Carnaval 2015 Justice Y Amor for Alex Nieto

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Carnaval 2015 was a success! Getting the word out about Alex and his case! We received so much love from the community. People wrote on paper what positive things they will do in their community. Viva La Mission and Alex Nieto!!


Burritos on Bernal May 21, 2015 @ 6PM

Reminder: Monthly Burritos on Bernal! (May 21, 2015)

With this monthly memorial gathering and procession up the hill, we demand justice and express our amor (love) for Alejandro “Alex” Nieto! Help take back Bernal Hill in honor of Alex Nieto!

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  • Every 21st of the month!
  • 6pm Meet at Alex Nieto Memorial Hill AKA Bernal Hill. (Bring Your Own Burrito; sunflower seeds, chips, drinks, and conversation.) Northside slope of Bernal Hill (up Folsom Street)
  • Come share a burrito and build community with us!

Summary of Alex’s Story: On March 21st, 2014 around 7pm, Alex was eating a burrito, watching the sunset on Bernal Hill Park, before heading off to his night shift as a security guard. Witness say he was non-threatening: “just a guy eating a burrito.” All the same, someone called the cops on him because they were afraid of a young Latino man, who they thought carried a firearm. Seven minutes transpired between the placement of the 911 Call and four officers killing Alejandro by shooting him over fourteen times. In the aftermath of his death, the police proceeded to harass the Nieto Family, in what we believe was a frantic attempt to fabricate a story to cover an unlawful police murder. Alex was a lifelong resident of Bernal Hill. Learn more about Alex’s Story!

Alex Nieto Lives! SF City Hall Shut Down

The True News: Alex Nieto Lives! SF City Hall Shut Down. You will not see this history in the mass media.

“Alex Nieto Lives!” SF City Hall Shut Down for National Day Against Police Killings.

On April 14, 2015, the National Day Against Police Killings, passionate human beings claimed City Hall and they asked this question: Mayor Ed Lee, can you hear us now?  The activists chant “Alex Nieto Lives!” The youth voice their amor. Ben Bac Sierra speaks: “Stay positive. Keep reading; keep writing. This is only part of the battle. The other part of the battle is education. Alex Nieto would have wanted all of you to be educated. Read those books. Read Get involved with your community. Don’t let them take over because they think you’re stupid. They think you’re worthless. Bullshit! You got power! You got power! You got power! We took over City Hall, baby! You are the future!”

Share this unprecedented San Fran amor far and wide. This is our era!

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Community Shuts Down Valencia St. in Front of SFPD Mission Station; Puts Police on Trial

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Community Shuts Down Valencia St. in Front of SFPD Mission Station; Puts Police on Trial

SAN FRANCISCO– Over 200 people gathered in the early morning hours today and shut down Valencia Street in front of the San Francisco Police Department’s Mission District station. Sixteen activists locked themselves down for four hours and fifteen minutes, blocking the gate to the parking lot and chaining themselves to large-scale art work in front of the station. There, they held a people’s trial of the four officers who shot and killed Alex Nieto a year ago on Bernal Hill. Family members of people killed by police testified about the unjust, unresolved murders of their children.

Protestors also blocked a tech bus carrying ebay workers to highlight the connection between the violence of gentrification and the violence of police. Protesters assert that the targeting and racial profiling of poor people of color is directly linked to the forced displacement of residents in San Francisco.

Nancy Hernandez, a Bernal Heights resident said, “Gentrification has worsened police harassment of the working class community of color in San Francisco.” Protesters demand more resources be directed to family in need rather than increase the SFPD budget.

The action took place in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the killing of Alex Nieto by the SFPD. The demonstration was organized to protest the lack of a criminal indictment of the SFPD officers involved in the shooting and also highlighted the ongoing killings of people of color by police in communities across the nation.

Last month Nieto’s family had to relive the pain of his unjust death when District Attorney George Gascón cleared the four officers involved in the shooting of Nieto — Lt. Jason Sawyer and Officers Roger Morse, Richard Schiff and Nathan Chew.

In the last year since Nieto’s death, four more people have been killed by SFPD; Amilcar Perez Lopez, O’Shaine Evans, Matthew Hoffman, and Alice Brown.

Since 2000, there have been 97 officer-involved shootings resulting in 33 deaths. SFPD has found all those killings to be within policy, according to SFPD’s Internal Affairs Department. To our knowledge, none of these officers have been prosecuted by the District Attorney.

Today’s efforts were also part of the national Black Lives Matters movement and the public outcry against the killing of unarmed Black men by Police. According to a report released last year by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, a black person is killed every 28 hours by a police officer, security guard, or self-appointed vigilantes. “We are here to put local faces to a national crisis,” said Juana Tello, a San Francisco native resident.

“We are here to give notice to the SFPD and other police departments across the country that our communities will not sit passively while we are targeted,” said Rebecca Ruiz-Lichter, from Idriss Stelley Foundation. “We deserve to live with dignity and we deserve justice, and to tell the City that with no consequences, we have no confidence.”