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.

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…/

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

Media coverage of the trial

Throughout the Trial we will be posting links to media coverage so that you can stay informed!

Pre-trial coverage

Day 1 – TUE March 1

 

Day 2 – WED March 2

Alex Nieto Coalition, Amilcar Perez Coalition and Mario Woods Coalition Historic day!!

 

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Today was a historical today at San Francisco City Hall! Resolution 51; The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to request The United States of America Department of Justice conduct an independent investigation into the shooting deaths of Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez and Mario Woods!

This is a momentous time in the city of San Francisco, where two communities have come together to hold each other up as one. The African-American and Latino community have unified and decided that we will not lay down to the SFPD or the POA. The Mario Woods Coalition and The Alex Nieto Coalition have unified and dedicate their energy to keep the pressure on SFPD, The Mayor’s office, The Board of Supervisors and the Office Of Citizens Complaints. We will continue to demand for justice for all victims of police murders and police brutality.

Our Coalitions will continue to honor the lives of Mario Woods, Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez, Kenneth Harding and all victims of police murders in the Bay Area and beyond. Our future generation needs us now and we will make sure fundamental changes are implemented in the San Francisco Police Department, because that’s where the core of the darkness is. 

We would like to publicly thank supervisors John Avalos and David Campos for reviving this resolution and the rest of the Board of Supervisors for passing it. We look forward to working with the board in the future and thank you for giving us a glimmer of hope in city government.

Sincerely,

Alex Nieto Coalition

Link to resolution: http://www.sfbos.org/ftp/uploadedfiles/bdsupvrs/resolutions16/r0030-16.pdf

Alex Nieto – Burritos on Bernal – Jan 21, 2016 @ 6pm

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Hello Community!

It’s the 21st and we will be meeting up on Bernal Heights (North-side). 1 year and 10 months ago Alex Nieto was shot and killed by SFPD. Since then many more have been shot and killed by SFPD and nothing has changed.

In the past few weeks you have seen Black and Brown unity and actions, let’s talk about it… The release of the film Lowrider Laywers: “Putting a City on Trial” has created so much buzz, let’s talk about it…The two year anniversary of Alex Nieto’s murder is fast approaching in March, let’s talk about it…One of the most important federal trials in San Francisco history will begin on March 1, 2016, let’s talk about it!!

There are so many historical actions that have happen, so let’s talk and eat! Bring whatever food you want to munch on. Let’s celebrate the young life of Alex Nieto with his parents Refugio and Elvira Nieto.

 

Here is the Facebook event,

https://www.facebook.com/events/947658231981385/

 

 

Lowrider Lawyers: “Putting a City on Trial”, release to the public!

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PRESS RELEASE:

JUSTICE AND AMOR FOR ALEX NIETO INVITES YOU TO SCREEN THE CRITICAL FILM THAT HAS TRANSFORMED THE NEWS:

       Lowrider Lawyers: Putting a City on Trial

NOW FREE TO THE PUBLIC ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZShexzreLBk

 

Please donate to the Alex Nieto Trial Fund!

(This will help supporters cover parking fees, transportation cost, lunch, and even babysitting fees for the Federal trial beginning on March 1, 2016)

 

In Lowrider Lawyers: Putting a City on Trial, the barrio community rises with creativity and amor for Alex Nieto. When the Homies discover that Alex, who had never even been arrested in his entire life, has been unjustly executed, they request that the heavy hitters handle the case. Caravanning with other fine rides, the Lowrider Lawyers lowride in a wine-colored 1966 Chevy Impala Convertible to the colonial courthouse, where indigenous danzantes drum out and stomp over evil spirits, and summon the truth into the justice system. A jury of peers, cholo homeboys and homegirls, listen intently to the evidence presented.

 

Using legal articulation, the Lowrider Lawyers begin with a clear, concise opening statement. They then move to critically examining the witness who actually saw the killing and contradicts the police narrative, a dog owner whose wolf-like dog attacked Alex, and the person, who without reasonable cause, called the police on Alex. The courthouse is then magically transformed into the barrio, where the last Lowrider Lawyer interrogates the police officer who killed Alex Nieto. Balmy Alley’s gentrification mural becomes the vibrant backdrop, and the Homies painted on the walls serve as the jury. Substantive answers from witnesses and the police are based on the actual San Francisco District Attorney’s Report, deposition testimony, and other true accounts.

 

Real footage of “Amor for Alex” marches and lowrider shows concludes this powerful, unprecedented type of film. Written and directed by Benjamin Bac Sierra and filmed and edited by Peter Menchini. Starring Homies from San Fran and around the Bay, San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ District Nine Candidate Edwin Lindo, national entertainer and singer Favi Estrella, and Stanford Law School graduate and international development consultant Adriana Camarena. Soundtrack by “Dr. Loco” (Jose Cuellar) and Favi Estrella.

 

For information about the film, contact Benjamin Bac Sierra, M.A., J.D. 415-225-4568

 

The following are critical reviews of the film, case, premiere event, and other information:

 

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSlypJz0DBA

 

 

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 the San Francisco Examiner’s report about the effects of the film:

http://www.sfexaminer.com/nieto-case-head-trial-contradictory-stories-witness-police/

 

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

 

 

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/

 

 

                        A Barrio Bushido and Maya Media Production

“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/