2014 November Review: Art, Actions & Articles honoring Alex Nieto!

Ely Raka, Refugio Nieto, Elvira Nieto, Ben Bac Sierra, Marcos, Adriana at start of the procession

11.2.2014 Day of the Dead altars and actions for Alex Nieto

The Twilight of Alex Nieto, Day of the Dead Altar @ SOMARTS (Oct. 10- Nov. 8) (Artists: Elvira Nieto, Adriana Camarena, Paz de la Calzada, Ivonne Iriondo, Refugio Nieto, María Villalta)

“…Our altar references the Nieto Family living room. […] In this room, Alex also slept and dressed, because the living room was also his bedroom. For our altar, Elvira brought items of Alex’s clothing. She arranged his multicolored baseball caps —all proudly bearing the classic Giants SF lettering—on the same vertical rack that used to hang on his bedroom side of the room. [..] This altar is about Alex’s legacy as a community organizer and an intellectual and artistic spirit, and about his family and affected communities as underdogs fighting for a righteous cause.” Description from #October Together, More than just baseball by Adriana Camarena

Nov. 2nd. Alex Nieto family and supporters join procession with Dia De Los Muertos March to BUILD Affordable housing NO More Condos or Market Rate Units

Supporters of justice for Alex Nieto walked at the front of the procession organized by groups protecting affordable housing in the Mission, because we believe we are part of a broader coalition against injustices in the neighborhood, such as befell Alex Nieto.

Ely Raka, Refugio Nieto, Elvira Nieto, Ben Bac Sierra, Marcos, Adriana at start of the procession

Ely Raka, Refugio Nieto, Elvira Nieto, Ben Bac Sierra, Marcos, Adriana at start of the procession

Our Mission No Eviction, photo by Erick Arguello

Our Mission No Eviction, photo by Erick Arguello

Unaccountable Murders: Counting and Recounting Homicides by SFPD officers, Day of the Dead altar at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Artists: Ivonne Iriondo, Erin McElroy, Adriana Camarena (Opening night Nov. 2nd, Closes Nov. 22nd)

“…after Alex Nieto was killed March 21, 2014, the AEMP felt compelled to map out known fatal officer-involved shootings since 1985 in San Francisco. Visitors can navigate the map as part of the altar installation and click on individually marked shootings to learn more about the victim. The map can also be viewed here. […]The altar at MCCLA asks the public to express thoughts or comments, and provides two probing questions: “What or who do police protect?” and “How do we end police impunity?” […] The altar walls shift with the days as public comments are aggregated. […] Our MCCLA altar “Unaccountable Murders” also includes a video interview of Mesha Monge-Irizarry, contributed by Ivonne Iriondo. Mesha is the mother of Idriss Stelley, a 23-year-old young man who was killed by nine SFPD officers, when they shot him 48 times at the Metreon in 2001….” Description from #October Together, More than just baseball by Adriana Camarena

Refugio and Elvira with Mesha (mother of Idriss Stelley, killed by SFPD 2001) and companions Remigio and doggie King Bizcocho at MCCLA, Nov. 2nd Day of Dead opening

Refugio and Elvira with Mesha (mother of Idriss Stelley, killed by SFPD 2001) and companions Remigio and doggie King Bizcocho at MCCLA, Nov. 2nd Day of Dead opening night

Mural Art in the Mission by Oree Originiol

For Day of the Dead, Nov. 2nd, a mural appeared on La Galeria de la Raza billboard (northwest corner of Bryant and 24th Street) that memorializes victims of police brutality in the Bay Area and beyond.

2014.11.2 OreeOriginiolphotoJean Melesaine

Art by Oree Originiol, Photo by Jean Melesaine

Day of the Dead altar by Denhi Donis

Denhi is a flower vendor on Cortland Street and friend of Alex Nieto. For Day of the Dead, she made a window altar for Alex at the MCCLA.

Refugio and Elvira Nieto take in Denhi's altar to their son.

Refugio and Elvira Nieto take in Denhi’s altar to their son.

11.14.2014 Oscar Salinas speaks @ USF student police forum issues

Oscar Salinas, a member of the Justice & Love for Alex Nieto Coalition, represents for #justice4alexnieto at the USF student forum on police issues. The event closed with a candlelight vigil for victims of police brutality.

USF student forum on police issues, 11.14.2014

USF student forum on police issues, 11.14.2014

11.14.2014 USF student event Oscar Salinas

11.15.2014 Justice4AlexNieto @ Issues Fair, Keith Haring Party “What’s your issue?”, de Young Museum

Adriana, Ben & Nina take issue with police brutality at the Issues Fair at the de Young.

Adriana, Ben & Nina take issue with police brutality at the Issues Fair at the de Young.

In collaboration with Taking A Stand (Nina Parks), Ben Bac Sierra and Adriana Camarena, members of the Justice & Love for Alex Nieto Coalition participated in the Issues Fair which was part of the Keith Haring Party “What’s your issue?” at the de Young Museum. The Taking A Stand/ Justice4AlexNieto table made it known to visitors that we seriously take issue with police brutality. This was a good opportunity to engage with lovers of art & activism and share Alex’s Story as well as some of the writing that Ben and Adriana have done in the past months regarding Alex’s case. For example, Ben distributed copies of several of his writings for this blog, such as Con Safos: On the recent vandalism to the Alex Nieto Memorial on Bernal Hill, and Día de los Muertos, while Adriana distributed a copy of her essay #October Together, more than just baseball. Meanwhile, Taking A Stand SF distributed a variety of zines from Learn Your Rights to poster art by Oree Originiol.

11.19.2014 New website page “Legal Status”

The first court day in the federal civil case filed by the Nieto Family was on November 19th, 2014. We created a Legal Status page to keep track of both the civil and criminal cases as they advance, and also of bits of evidence about what happened the day Alex was killed as those bits and pieces come to light. The lack of transparency from the City is one of the worst aspects of the post-shooting of Alex Nieto.

11.21.2014 8th Month Anniversary of Alex Nieto’s killing

8th Month Anniversary of Alex's homicide by police

8th Month Anniversary of Alex’s homicide by police

Alex’s 8th month anniversary was celebrated in the late twilight on Bernal Heights. We took a moment to welcome new friends from the Church of Sojourners and old friends alike. Together we shared ideas about actions and activities that different supporters would like to see happen. We also had a birthday cake for Ben Bac Sierra, Alex’s close friend. Undoubtedly, every 21st is filled with a lot of love for Alex and his supporters.

8th Month Anniversary of Alex's homicide by police

8th Month Anniversary of Alex’s homicide by police

11.24 to 11.30.2014 Frisco to Ferguson, Justice for Alex Nieto & Mike Brown – Bay Area Solidarity Protests

On the evening of Monday November 24th, 2014, the decision not to indict Officer Wilson for the homicide of Mike Brown was released in a live press conference through a variety of media outlets. Protesters had been on stand-by in days prior preparing for the predictable response from the local D.A. In solidarity, there were mass protests in Oakland that blocked the entrance to the highways. The memory of Alex Nieto was brought to the march!

Oakland Protest of Grand Jury decision, Nov. 25, 2014, Photo: Paolo Freire

Oakland Protest of Grand Jury decision, Nov. 25, 2014, Photo: Paolo Freire

Next day in the Mission District, the Answer Coalition organized a protest march from 24th to 16th and over to the police station. Before we got going, Alex Nieto coalition members —María Villalta and Adriana Camarena— handed out flyers and informed about the recent developments in the case of Alex Nieto. Protesters were invited to the upcoming action on Dec. 3rd (8-10am) called “We Want Names!” demanding transparency in the case of Alex Nieto by asking Judge Cousins to deny the protective order sought by the City that would impede the community to know who killed Alex Nieto. Affected communities deserve to know the names of the police officers who shot him to death.

On November 28th, protesters organized a Black Friday protest in San Francisco that walked from Embarcadero to the Mission District, heavily patrolled by riot cops. The heavy police response escalated into physical confrontations with protesters. At the start of the peaceful march, protesters were heard chanting: “Alex Nieto, Mike Brown, Shut The Whole System Down!”

Call to March: Michael Brown & Alex Nieto, Black Friday 5pm @Embarcadero

Call to March: Michael Brown & Alex Nieto, Black Friday 5pm @Embarcadero

Black Friday Protests in SF by Tom Goulding.

On November 30th, 2014, families and supporters of families of victims of police brutality were invited to an event in Oakland called “Ferguson Response: Vigil for Fallen Angels.” The event was organized by Anti-Police Terrorism Project, a project of Onyx Organizing Committee in coalition with CRT, Healthy Hoodz, Young Oakland, Workers World, The Alan Blueford Center For Justice, and POOR Magazine/ Prensa Pobre. The vigil was well attended and in the good company of family and friends of Idriss Stelley, Kenneth Harding Jr., Mario Romero, Alan Blueford, Derek, James Rivera, Yanira Serrano Garcia, Andy Lopez, O’Shsine Evans, and Alex Nieto, and on and on and on… RIP. Adriana Camarena spoke as a supporter of the Justice for Alex Nieto cause. She is quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Adriane Camarena spoke of Nieto, a Bernal Heights native who was on lunch break from his security job last spring when someone reported him to the police because he had a Taser gun, which was part of his security guard uniform.

“He was a security guard. Alex was a young man, was a community organizer, who campaigned in elections, who worked with youth, who had finished his degree at City College in criminal justice,” Camarena said. “Eight months later, we still don’t have the names of the officers who shot him. We don’t have the names of the officers who were present during the shooting. We don’t have police reports. We don’t have witness statements. We don’t have the original 911 transcripts. None of this information has been provided.”” (Source: After days of heated Ferguson protests, a somber vigil in Oakland, SF Chronicle, Dec. 1)

Ferguson Response: Vigil For Fallen Angels, Oakland, 2014.11.30

Ferguson Response: Vigil For Fallen Angels, Oakland, 2014.11.30

 

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