PRESS RELEASE: Alex Nieto Memorial Celebration!

PRESS RELEASE

Alex Nieto Memorial Celebration and Community Proclamation to Fire SFPD Officer Roger Morse, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the North Side of Bernal Heights Park (top of Folsom Street)

CONTACTS:

Benjamin Bac Sierra, M.A., J.D.

Roberto Hernandez

Ely Flores

Email : info@justice4alexnieto.org

Join the entire community at a press conference this Wednesday, December 21 at 4:00 p.m. at the north side of Bernal Heights Park to celebrate “The Alex Nieto Memorial Victory!” Last week the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ voted 9 to 1 in favor of the memorial, which means that this ordinance is veto proof from the Mayor.

At the same time, with our power of amor, we will demand SFPD Officer Roger Morse be fired from the force for his threats to the Nietos; the San Francisco Office of Citizens Complaints, in an unprecedented decision, has sustained a review that demands action from the Chief of Police (see link below).

For Alex Nieto, for our community, we fought this fight, and we won the first memorial ever in California dedicated to a victim of an unlawful police killing. We held our dignity and proved to the world how the gente argue better and action more creatively and courageously than anyone ever could imagine. Come this Wednesday, so you, too, can celebrate community amor!

Once the memorial is established, community members will hike up to that mountain and pray like Alex did and look out over the beautiful view of San Francisco and be inspired by our community resilience. Students of all ages will travel up to that hill for field trips and to learn about the history and creativity of our community; they will write thousands of educational essays. Families will pilgrimage hands together and love each other at the place where Alex breathed his last breath. This will be a place of peace, of inspiration and amor.

Against the violence and injustice of 59 bullets, family and community rose to defend honor and promote positive spirit.

Amor for Alex Nieto: March 4, 1986 to March 21, 2014.

United we support each other, build momentum, transform the system, and create an authentic history. Food, beverages, and entertainment provided.

To read more about our Alex Nieto Memorial Victory, click here: http://missionlocal.org/2016/12/sf-board-approves-memorial-for-alex-nieto-shot-by-sfpd/

To find out more about Officer Roger Morse’s threats and the Office of Citizen’s Complaints findings, click here: https://justice4alexnieto.org/2016/12/12/breaking-news/

#MorseOffTheForce!!

Now back to an argument I created back in March 2016. Finally our arguments are paying off because as you know the San Francisco Office of Citizens Complaints has now used these arguments to sustain an allegation of CONDUCT REFLECTING DISCREDIT ON THE DEPARTMENT against Officer Roger Morse for behaving inappropriately or and making inappropriate comments is SUSTAINED.

Watch the entire video for la pura neta:

FIRE OFFICER MORSE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb3Kjr_I8WM&feature=youtu.be

All love to Ray Balberan for the footage.

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For threatening the Nietos and community after the Alex Nieto Trial, The San Francisco Office of Citizens’ Complaints has NOW concluded the following about SFPD Officer ROGER MORSE:

The allegation of CONDUCT REFLECTING DISCREDIT ON THE DEPARTMENT against a police officer for behaving inappropriately or and making inappropriate comments is SUSTAINED.

The matter will now be transmitted to the SFPD Chief of Police for review and ACTION.

This means that Officer ROGER MORSE, who unlawfully killed Alex Nieto, should be punished for making threats after the trial. This has never happened in the history of the Office of Citizens’ Complaints. We, the people, lead the way! We can argue better than them! I thank Father Richard for bringing the matter up to the Office of Citizens’ Complaints. Below you will see the arguments I created on March 18, 2016, once I learned of the threats.

https://todobododown.wordpress.com/…/black-and-brown…/

Amongst other things, we exposed a bona fide threat from SFPD Officer Roger Morse, one of Alex Nieto’s killers. On Facebook, immediately following the verdict, SFPD Officer Roger Morse threatened the Nieto family and Alex Nieto’s friend, presumably me. The following is a copy of the actual text posting on social media’s Facebook by Officer Morse:

“Smiling (referring to Alex Nieto). Ugh how about burning down his house and tazing his friend who pressed charges.”

Officer Roger Morse’s post is a threat in the English language.

I, Benjamin Bac Sierra, hold a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, a teaching credential certificate and Master’s from San Francisco State University, and a Juris Doctor degree from U.C. Hastings College of the Law. I am a college English instructor and cannot read his statement in any other way except in the correct English manner described above. Any implications that others are attaching to his words are pure speculation. The words must stand on their own, and we must trust the police officer writer knows how to write in English. I have heard no other explanation from the source himself.

#Breaking News!!

Share this unprecedented authentic breaking news far and wide!!!!

For threatening the Nietos and community after the Alex Nieto Trial, The San Francisco Office of Citizens’ Complaints has NOW concluded the following about SFPD Officer ROGER MORSE:

The allegation of CONDUCT REFLECTING DISCREDIT ON THE DEPARTMENT against a police officer for behaving inappropriately or and making inappropriate comments is SUSTAINED.

The matter will now be transmitted to the SFPD Chief of Police for review and ACTION.

This means that Officer ROGER MORSE, who unlawfully killed Alex Nieto, should be punished for making threats after the trial. This has never happened in the history of the Office of Citizens’ Complaints. We, the people, lead the way! We can argue better than them! I thank Father Richard for bringing the matter up to the Office of Citizens’ Complaints. Below you will see the arguments I created on March 18, 2016, once I learned of the threats.

https://todobododown.wordpress.com/…/black-and-brown-unity…/

Amongst other things, we exposed a bona fide threat from SFPD Officer Roger Morse, one of Alex Nieto’s killers. On Facebook, immediately following the verdict, SFPD Officer Roger Morse threatened the Nieto family and Alex Nieto’s friend, presumably me. The following is a copy of the actual text posting on social media’s Facebook by Officer Morse:

“Smiling (referring to Alex Nieto). Ugh how about burning down his house and tazing his friend who pressed charges.”

Officer Roger Morse’s post is a threat in the English language.

I, Benjamin Bac Sierra, hold a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, a teaching credential certificate and Master’s from San Francisco State University, and a Juris Doctor degree from U.C. Hastings College of the Law. I am a college English instructor and cannot read his statement in any other way except in the correct English manner described above. Any implications that others are attaching to his words are pure speculation. The words must stand on their own, and we must trust the police officer writer knows how to write in English. I have heard no other explanation from the source himself.

Now join us Tuesday, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. for the Alex Nieto Memorial Vote at City Hall’s Board of Supervisors’ Chambers!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1171443486236434/

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Community Meeting Nov. 28th @ 6pm, Bernal Heights Community Center

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The only way to the front lines is forward.

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If you are upset about Trump or the Dakota pipeline, you can and should let your voice be heard. But if you want action, an action that leads to creation, then follow us to the front lines, and it is not in a far off distant land; it is here in our city of San Francisco.

Join us this Monday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. for the “All Hands Meeting for the Alex Nieto Memorial!” at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center on Cortland Street, Alex Nieto’s varrio. For all you OG Veteranos and Veteranas, you know that Cortland is one of our oldest varrios, one of the first places in San Francisco’s Mission/Outer Mission that was gentrified starting back in the 90’s. It was such a loco colorful beautiful hood until they tricked residents into gentrification and kicked them out. Now mostly wealthy white folks live there—lawyers and technology executives. In 2011 they literally erased the varrio history by destroying the Cortland library’s 1983 Native American and cholo mural.

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https://todobododown.wordpress.com/…/all-hands-meeting-for…/

This time we must stand together. History cannot and will not be erased. It is up to you, I literally mean YOU, to make this Alex Nieto memorial reality. Not only is it what the Nietos desire and deserve after being swindled by a mostly white jury out of a just verdict in the civil trial, but also it is what we need as medicine for our community.

We proved Alex’s murder. Check the evidence yourself. I would love to hear any reasonable arguments about how Officer Schiff could, after being counseled by his police officer father, on the night he shot at Alex Nieto, go from saying he looked into Alex’s “angry” eyes and saw his forehead “scrunch” up to being proved a liar two years later in open court— Alex had on a baseball hat and sunglasses on, so it would have been impossible for Officer Schiff to have seen Alex’s eyes or forehead. I would love to hear any explanation of how Alex Nieto’s wrist bone was found in his pocket if, as the officers state, he always had his hands out and pointing a taser. Because there is no reasonable explanation, we must conclude Alex Nieto was unlawfully killed, and this is a severe injustice and tragedy for his family and community. Yet we are thankful for whirlwinds, for they have helped shape who we are: Amor for Alex.

We need mass attendance at this meeting because there may be some who want to erase racism: from the caller, who admitted Alex was doing nothing improper but described him as a “foreigner”, to the dog owner who threatened Alex and spewed obscene racial slurs against him, to the police who profiled him and shot at him fifty nine (59) times. There may be some who want to ignore the corruption of San Francisco: from the district attorney that refused to file criminal charges against the officers, to the collusion between San Francisco and Taser International, the company that gained a two million dollar contract with the city, after manipulating the time stamps on Alex Nieto’s taser so that it would match up nicely with the fabricated police narrative.

We sing NO to erasure. We shout NO to corruption. With the joining now of 3,000 others who have signed the petition and at least four San Francisco supervisors, we demand an ordinance (law) for a memorial tribute to Alex Nieto on Bernal Heights. We imagine community members hiking up to that mountain and praying like he did, looking out over the view of San Francisco and being reminded and reminded of his unlawful death AND our community resilience. We want students of all ages to travel up to that hill for field trips and stand at that memorial site and learn about the history and creativity of our community; they will write thousands of critical educational essays. We want families to pilgrimage hands together and love each other at the place where Alex breathed his last breath. Lovers will make an offering and share a kiss, the way we used to do it up on that mountain in the old days. We want this place to be a place of peace, of inspiration and amor.

We need you there. Your family needs you there. Your community needs you there. Your unborn grandchildren need you there: “All Hands Meeting for the Alex Nieto Memorial!” Monday, November 28, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. Wear red and black in honor of Alex. Join the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1156504267790999/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1478981259825422

Amor for Alex Nieto: March 4, 1986 to March 21, 2014
Against the violence and injustice of 59 bullets, family and community rose to defend honor and promote positive spirit.
Benjamin Bac Sierra, M.A., J.D.

Community meeting Nov. 28th @6pm Bernal Heights Community Center

All Hands Meeting for the Amor for Alex Memorial at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center on Monday, November 28 from 6-8 p.m.! Bring banners and your Amor for Alex T-shirts 🙂 Wear red and black in honor of Alex Nieto. Let’s join each other at one of our oldest varrios on Cortland Street!

We thank you for your constant support and love. My friends, with the full Amor of Alex Nieto, join the Facebook event page and invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/1156504267790999/

Because there may be present a minority of misinformed people, we need mass community attendance at this meeting. We must be united at this meeting to stand strong, intellectually aware, and action oriented, as we always have been. Note you will be with great company, as over 2,500 community members have already officially signed the petition to support the memorial. Also, note the following people and organizations that have also backed the memorial:

Amor for Alex Nieto, The University of California, Hastings College of the Law La Raza Law Students, HOMEY, United Playaz, Manilatown Heritage Association, Our Mission No Eviction, Loco Bloco, Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Eric Mar, Malia Cohen, the Mayor of La Mission Roberto Hernandez, Justice for Amilcar Perez-Lopez, The Mario Woods Coalition, various labor unions are planning to endorse, and over 2,500 community members.

Amor for Alex Nieto: March 4, 1986 to March 21, 2014

Against the violence and injustice of 59 bullets, family and community rose to defend honor and promote positive spirit.

If you have not yet signed the petition, please do so here: https://www.change.org/p/sign-share-petition-for-permanent-alex-nieto-memorial?recruiter=620382860&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

The ASSKARS: Best #Justice4AlexNieto Film Nominees!

It’s the Oscars today!

We would like to thank the filmmakers who documented the story of Alex Nieto, our cause, and our movement FOR TWO YEARS!

Unfortunately, none of our community filmmakers were nominated at #OscarsSoWhite. 😦

But don’t worry! The Justice & Love for Alex Nieto Coalition also has a member named Oscar, aka AssKar Zalinass! To honor our community filmmakers, and in honor of one of our most solid gold members, we have put together a list of nominees for our very own ASSKARS...!

Our nominees for an ASSKAR are…

<drumroll please>


Uncle Ray Balberan for documenting the Justice4AlexNieto movement (2014-ongoing)

Peter Menchini for The Death of Alex Nieto (2014)

Rafael Flores for Amor por Alex (2014)

Ivonne Iriondo and Adriana Camarena for The Twilight of Alex Nieto (2014)

Ben Bac Sierra with filmmaker Peter Menchini for Lowrider Lawyers: Putting A City on Trial

And THE ASSKAR GOES TO…

Asskar

ALL OF YOU!

YOU ALL WIN!

WE ALL WIN!

THANK YOU!

We love our Oscar, aka Asskar Zalinass! Even though he might be chasing down Coalition member Adriana Camarena right now. We really really love him!

 

p.s. Did our list miss a film? Let us know at info@justice4alexnieto.org and we’ll include you! YOU WON AN ASSKAR!

“Amor por Alex” Rally song!

 

Sing along with 1,000 of us at the “Trial: Alex Nieto versus the SFPD” on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at the federal courthouse in San Francisco! Our rally song: “Amor por Alex” to the tune of the original farm workers’ anthem “De Colores”!

Invented on the streets of San Fran: Mayor Roberto Hernandez mentioned “De Colores” as an example of inspiration. Ben Bac Sierra started singing “Amor por Alex” to the “De Colores” tune. Then he called Francisco Herrera to compose a song. Francisco recruited Miguel Govea with the accordion—and the product we now gift to you! Practice singing along with the actual lyrics below. On the day of the trial rally, we will pass out copies and our unified singing voice will touch the heart of justice! Note that in the background is Bernal Heights, where Alex Nieto was killed by the San Francisco Police Department—yet Alex Nieto LIVES!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMewFflJOBo&feature=youtu.be

Join us for action and love at the Alex Nieto Trial rally on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at the federal courthouse in San Francisco! Click the link to join the Facebook event page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/944032739006060/

AMOR POR ALEX
To the Tune of De Colores /
Con la música de De Colores

Amor Por Alex
For our brother
Who gave of his life
So we’d love one another
Amor por Alex
Has us working and marching
And singing to bring about justice
Amor Por Alex
Is the reason
We’re Ending the violence
Right now and for good
This is why we are NOW organizing
A city that’s rising
For justice and peace (2x)

Amor Por Alex
For a brother of curious nature
Who loved education
Amor por Alex
Nos unió con amor para el pueblo
Vida y esperanza
Amor por Alex
makes us ride our low riders
and bikes and walk through the streets
That is why we are now organizing
A city that’s rising
For justice and peace (2x)

Amor Por Alex
We’re creating a Project
where people have power
And freedom
Amor por Alex
Cantamos y bailamos
Al ritmo Tod@s:
“Si Se Puede”
Amor por Alex
We are more than those
Who try to scare us
And silence our hearts
Y por eso nos organizamos
Y el mundo cambiamos
Como él lo soño (2x)

Amor por Alex
Que sufrio una gran injusticia
Junto con Amilcar
Amor por Alex
Que nos hace trabajar mas duro
Por la dignidad
Amor por Alex
hace que nuestra vida florezca
en comunidad
Y por eso nos organizamos
Y el mundo cambiamos
Como él lo soño (2x)

For more information about the evidence to be discussed at trial we recommend the following pages:

Read media coverage of key milestones in the Alex Nieto case HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

“Lowrider Lawyers: Putting a City on Trial” Critical Reviews

 

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Photo credit to Oscar Aguilar

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.

Now I present to you critical reviews of the film, case, and event:

Tim Redmond’s article in 48 Hills: Evidence in Nieto case casts doubt on police story:

http://www.48hills.org/2016/01/07/evidence-in-nieto-case-casts-doubt-on-police-story/

Click here to read a review of the film and event, “Lowrider Lawyers” Put the City on Trial”:

http://www.48hills.org/2016/01/07/lowrider-lawyers-put-the-city-on-trial/

Click here to read an article about the “Lowrider Lawyers” film premiere:

http://missionlocal.org/2016/01/sf-mission-organizers-debut-film-on-alex-nieto-case/

“Lowrider Lawyers” Live Grand Premiere Show!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GH0_WCj21s

“Lowrider Lawyers: Putting a City on Trial” trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSlypJz0DBA
Click on the link to read a critical article about “Lowrider Lawyers”:

https://todobododown.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/lowrider-lawyers-putting-a-city-on-trial-an-argument-for-action-and-imagination/

Click here to listen to the “Hard Knock Radio” Lowrider Lawyers Interview that goes from 30:50 to 59:50: https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=223018

Click on the link to find out more about Alex Nieto: https://justice4alexnieto.org/alex-story/

“Lowrider Lawyers: Putting a City on Trial”

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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 https://justice4alexnieto.org/and Barrio Bushido TV at https://www.youtube.com/playlist…

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.

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.

https://todobododown.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/romance-and-righteousness-the-creation-of-and-historical-significance-of-favi-estrellas-cruisin-with-you-music-video/