Yesterday, August 31st, 2014, the Alex Nieto Memorial on Bernal Hill was vandalized *again* in the morning. We collected the items scattered down the side of the hill. One picture frame was broken, and we had to remove it. The recovered items are shown below and have been set up again.
We’re pretty sure the vandal is just one messed up person. (The same man seen tossing the pebbles down the same side of the hill, who is either a racist or a moron or a combination of both, and not worth worrying about.) In fact, we stopped posting about every vandalism, because on and off it has continued to happen again.
By now, we’re actually oddly grateful to the Vandal, because his negative actions have each time multiplied into outpourings of positive support and interest for Alex Nieto and his cause for justice. (Karma, or as Ben Bac Sierra likes to shout out “Amor por Alex, Amooooor for Alex!“) We hope you’ll join us in this effort for a permanent memorial to remember Alex and the injustice done to him on his native hill.
At this point, the Nieto Family needs support in moving forward with getting a permanent bench at the site where Alex was killed, ideally with a native plant garden surrounding the bench. In our experience, everyone walking by is extremely sympathetic to the Nietos and also for a standing memorial.
Our understanding is that the applications for benches at the park open in October again. The cost for a bench is prohibitive without additional fundraising support or a waiver by Parks/Recs or a donation by the City (which given the current lawsuits seems unlikely).
We’ll update this page with a proper campaign announcement, as we figure out all details. To that end, if you have specific know-how on getting a memorial bench, please write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, thank you for your support!
The Justice & Love for Alex Nieto Committee