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Stand up, Hunters Point!

July 26, 2011

What the Kenneth Harding Movement can learn from the Oscar Grant Movement

by Minister of Information JR

“The police in our community occupy our area, our community, as a foreign troop occupies territory. And the police are in our community not to promote our welfare or our security or our safety, but they are there to contain us, to brutalize us and murder us.” – Huey P. Newton, co-founder and minister of defense of the Black Panther Party

At the press conference held on the spot where, two days earlier, Kenneth Harding lay bleeding to death as police trained their guns on him and kept the crowd at bay, Minister of Information JR watches as Fly Benzo, aka Debray Carpenter, is interviewed. Three days later, after Fly Benzo was pictured in the Chronicle and Examiner pitching tough questions to Police Chief Greg Suhr, Benzo was arrested and jailed. The DA's Office says the charges have now been dropped and he is expected to be released today. A "surge" of police since the shooting is arresting and harassing Bayview Hunters Point residents at an accelerated rate. - Photo: Malaika Kambon
The Oscar Grant Movement was a great moment in the history of Bay Area politics, where the people stood up consistently for two years against police terrorism. The problem is that over that time the state figured out ways to water down the strong message of “Stop killing our people,” “Stop state-sponsored terrorism,” “BART should be free to the low income.” Some people became friends with individual police officers, some were paid off with contracts and grants, others were just happy to emotionally yell “fuck the police” in the mic and look important and get their photo taken.

To put it bluntly, the movement that tore up downtown Oakland on numerous occasions and forced the city to bring in the National Guard and indict one of the officers involved was not an activist movement. It was the Black and the Brown youngstas from the ghetto and the white anarchists who put the flames to the jewel of Oakland and secured this miniscule victory of killer cop Johannes Mehserle serving 11 months.

A little more than a week ago, Kenneth Harding was murdered on Third Street, the heart of Bayview Hunters Point, the last Black community in San Francisco. It is essential that the hood remain a part of the organizing, no matter the cost, because these are the lives who are most at risk of being extinguished by the gangster force of the San Francisco Police Department, as well as these are the people with the least vested interest in the status quo.

We must establish points of unity as soon as possible. One of the points should be that San Francisco residents need a police citizen review board with the teeth to fire and indict officers in the same way that a grand jury can indict. Two, since Kenneth Harding was murdered by the police behind evading a $2 Muni fare, Muni and BART should be free to low income residents and students struggling through the depression in the Black community – especially since hundreds of millions of dollars over the last decade have been invested into Hunters Point, starting with the construction of the Muni light rail track and stations up and down Third Street and the rebuilding of the Bayview Library.

Ultimately we need a revolutionary solution to these problems that have been plaguing our communities since the end of chattel slavery. This particular struggle is one more step to bringing our community into that type of consciousness where we demand – not beg, ask, protest or petition. We have to get to a point where we refuse to be pushed anymore and where we will sacrifice our lives to beat these dogs off of us.

The city has refused to give Black contractors that live in Hunters Point the contracts and has allowed for the non-Black construction companies to discriminate against hiring people from the community for the higher paying construction jobs like working the big machinery. We should have shut down their construction sites until they contracted and hired us, but we didn’t for whatever reason.

If you throw the problems of constant police terrorism and killings, gang injunctions, a poisonous environment that the city and military refuses to clean up, foreclosures, red-lining banks, the refusal of the city to contract residents to build up our own communities, the refusal of the city to offer any meaningful employment, high dropout rates, underfunded colonial schools that don’t teach a knowledge of self, constant access to low grade food, guns, drugs, cigarettes and alcohol, then you can see the City’s plan for the last Black community in Frisco, which can be summed up in one word: GENOCIDE.

Hunters Point has stood up to the Lennar Corp. and the City about the shipyard. It is time to expand that movement to include police terrorism, put new energy into it, and claim our right to live and not be wantonly killed.

All Power to the Oppressed People! Hunters Point, Stand Up!

Email POCC Minister of Information JR, Bay View associate editor, at blockreportradio@gmail.com and visit www.blockreportradio.com.

Hunters Point Rally w/SFPD by New America Media

Hunters Point Rally w/SFPD from New America Media on Vimeo.

 

9 thoughts on “Stand up, Hunters Point!

  1. jubilee shine

    [need a police citizen review board ]

    this needs to be called a POLICE CONTROL BOARD not "review".

    "review" is a term suggested into the movement by the enemy to take the power out of the demand.

    "review" already is a surrender of power. by definition it means to "make suggestions, advise, offer suggestions." even to add on "with teeth" is still backing away from demanding straight up POWER.

    what we need to put forward is clear- community control over the police! like bobby seale and the panthers said: http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/23613145/1059689853/

    in the form of all-elected, all-civilian, police control boards with full authority over the department in all aspects at all levels.

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  2. Weedwhacker

    We need a LIAR control board. JR is a liar. Willie Ratcliff is a liar. Wakefield is a liar. They're lying because they want to stir up a violent mob. They're lying because they want violence. They're lying because they're corrupt and evil. They lie because they're EVIL.

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    1. TruthSeeker

      The TRUTH will always be on the side of the OPPRESSED!
      The last time I checked poor people and minorities are oppressed people.

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  3. Guest

    The premise of this article is outrageous. While there are many issues with respect to police conduct , in Bay View Hunters Point as well as in the Bay Area overall, this was NOT one of them. We cannot continue to view these incidents in a vacuum. Comparing this situation to Oscar Grant's murder is GRAVE DISSERVICE. Failure to honestly assess and acknowledge who Kenneth Harding was and the criminal behavior he exhibited, puts truly innocent young black men at RISK. Kenneth Harding was on an express path to this RESULT. We see young men hurtling towards prison and death everyday and whether we acknowledge it or not, it is their own actions and behavior that put them on this path. For our own safety and salvation, we must demand accountability, first from ourselves.

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  4. Renaldo Ricketts

    The tene ran ,he didn't have a piece of paper,he was gunned down by executioners.His past has nothing to do with the actions of the police ,this is a common media trick to juxtapose a person's past with the current crime,these are separate entities. They shouldbe adressed as in dividual issues,the spin the mainstream media is doing is a disservice and should be checked. But we know this is howj hey do business.

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    1. Guest

      Your reply does not address the question of my post. At what point do address the NEED for such high levels of police activity in our community?

      SFPD is not an occupying army. Crime and violence won't magically disappear with the absence of police presence.

      The simple fact remains the leading cause of death for Black men between the ages of 12-34 is BLACK MEN!

      The leading cause of death for young black women? BLACK MEN!

      The police are here for a reason and my point remains- When, as a community, are we going to address the activities that bring them here?

      When are we , as a community, going to address our own failings as parents, citizens and a culture?Racism, economic inequality and, cultural disadvantage absolutely exist in our community but none these leave us powerless to address the basic failures we ourselves perpetuate.

      If we would just police our OWN COMMUNITY, if we stop turning a blind eye to Black-on Black violence, drug dealing ,theft, crimes against women, the list goes on and on maybe SFPD would stop being a permanent fixture in our neighborhoods.

      WE HAVE THE POWER TO IMPROVE OUR OWN LIVES. POOR DOES = CRIMINAL !

      The tragic story of African American history in this country cannot be used to rationalize our continued failure to address the cultural genocide taking place in our own community.
      A few questions;

      Do you you believe he was armed and fired at the police ?

      Why did he run? Certainly not over $2 fare.

      Do you believe SFPD fired on on an unarmed man over a $2 fare?

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  5. meowww!

    Very ignorant article. Bayview people are their own worst enemies. The world is changing. Redevelopment is a good thing. So you are telling me you rather live in a shit hole for the rest of your lives?! No wonder things hardly change in the Bayview. Look at south of market. It was a dump before.. after the ball park development its a vibrant place. Genocide???!!! Maybe ppl in the bayview need to empower the next generation get educated and get out of this hoodlum mentality. Always complaining about cops, policing and no jobs for the people. wake up people!!!

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