The Longest Night of the Year: A Winter Solstice Posada for Alex’s 9th month anniversary of killing by yet unnamed SFPD officers (12/21, 4-7pm)

Alex home for Christmas.

Winter Solstice is the 9th Month Anniversary of Alex’s homicide by SFPD

CHECK BACK FOR FINAL DETAILS PLEASE

Update: Bring flashlights. It’ll be dark by the time we walk back down the hill.

4pm @ 24th Street and Mission Street (BART Plaza on Northeast corner):

Opening ceremony & words by families who have lost loved ones in 2014 to police brutality.

Confirmed visiting families:
Family of Yanira Serrano Garcia (killed in Half Moon Bay).
Family of Antonio Lopez (killed in San Jose)
Family of Errol Chang (killed in Daly City)
Family of O’Shaine Evans (killed in San Francisco)

Sidewalk procession to Bernal Hill.

@ Bernal Heights Park, Alex Nieto Memorial Site, northside slope: Words by family and supporters of Alex Nieto.

Closing ceremony.

Walk to site of Mexican Posada, to be announced on hill.

RSVP on our Facebook event page.

9 MONTHS AND STILL IN THE DARK

8th month anniversary gathering, still no answers...

8th month anniversary gathering, still no answers…

Alex’s ninth month anniversary of homicide by SFPD is on Winter Solstice, Dec. 21st. This will indeed be the longest and darkest night of the year: Alex won’t be home for the holidays, while SFPD & the City continue their cover-up campaign of his killing. Read more here…

The holidays are a tough time for families who have lost children to violence. Join us for a special Mexican Posada in memory of Alex and in solidarity with the Nieto family and our visitors to the Mission District & Bernal Heights, who have also lost loved ones to police brutality this year!

Elvira & Refugio Nieto lead the Alex Rises! march down from Bernal Hill. (Aug. 22, 2014) Photo: Chris Carlsson

Elvira & Refugio Nieto lead the Alex Rises! march down from Bernal Hill. (Aug. 22, 2014) Photo: Chris Carlsson

WHAT’S A MEXICAN POSADA?

For those unfamiliar with a Mexican Posada, it is the traditional Mexican form of celebrating the holidays prior to Christmas. Posada means “inn or hostel” and references the Biblical moment when Mary (pregnant with child) and Joseph are running around Bethlehem trying to find a place to stay. The entire town is booked because of the yearly census, and they are repeatedly turned away, and even treated as suspicious characters. Finally, an innkeeper recognizes them as holy and opens his humble stable for them, which is why Christ was born in a manger.

In the Mexican Posada tradition, the guests sing a traditional song to the host requesting entrance. Entrance is denied twice, until a nice host let’s us in. Then we break a piñata and eat tamales, drink hot choco, etc.

For those belonging to different spiritual practices or atheist for that matter, Christmas like many other traditions during this time of the year are also about the Winter Solstice, about the rebirth of the Sun after the longest night of the year. We all hope for a lighter year!

Sunrise over the Bay from Bernal Hill

Sunrise over the Bay from Bernal Hill

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