No Prosecution for SLO County Protesters Showing up for Racial Justice!

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Sign the petition: No Prosecution for SLO County Protesters Showing up for Racial Justice! 

The undersigned are in solidarity with all protestors unjustly charged by San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow. 

On Thursday October 15, 2020 charges were brought against additional protesters, 84 days after the July 21 protest and based on an independent investigation stemming from the District Attorney’s office.  The recent charges against Amman Asfaw, Marcus Montgomery, and Joshua Powell represent targeted harassment against young Black men that is inconsistent with the values of San Luis Obispo. 

Since June 1st, the San Luis Obispo police department and District Attorney’s office has attempted to intimidate and violently suppress public organizing that draws attention to and challenges racial injustices. The arrests and charges against Tianna Aratta and Elias Bautista, along with other protesters, show a clear targeting of Black and brown youth activists in our community. The new charges are an explicit political statement meant to silence anti-racist activism in the county. 

As residents of San Luis Obispo County and nearby Santa Maria, we have a social responsibility to hold local law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office accountable for their continued violence and judicial overreach against Black and brown lives. 

We must insist that all charges be dropped and no new charges are filed, and we must demand that our elected officials invest in communities of color and divest from the use-of-force (weaponized and judicialized) against protesters showing up for racial justice.  

We stand with all activists and organizers fighting for Black lives. 

#HandsOff
No prosecution for SLO County protesters showing up for racial justice! 


Call to Action:

In addition to signing this petition, submit public comments at the following meetings and/or send a letter or email to the following groups and individuals listed below. Insist these elected officials and task forces take action and voice their public advocacy for all the charges to be dropped against all anti-racist protesters targeted by DA Dan Dow and that no future charges are made. 


SLO County Board of Supervisors 

Next meeting is Tuesday, October 20th at  9am; view the agenda
Info on public comment included in the agenda. Public comments may also be emailed or mailed in advance of the meeting.
Contact supervisors by phone, mail, and email. Find your supervisor.

SLO Mayor & City Council Members

Next meeting Tuesday, October 20th at 6pm; view the agenda
Info on public comment included in the agenda. Public comments may also be emailed or mailed in advance of the meeting.
Contact the Mayor and SLO City Council Members by phone, mail, and email.

SLO City Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Taskforce

Next meeting Thursday October 22nd at 5:30pm
Info on public comment included on the website above; agenda not yet posted. Public comments may also be emailed or mailed in advance of the meeting.

We also encourage you to contact the individuals below to express your outrage and raise concerns about the operation of the Office of the San Luis Obispo District Attorney.


CA State Attorney General Xavier Becerra
https://oag.ca.gov/home

@AG_Becerra on Twitter


State Senator Bill Monning
https://sd17.senate.ca.gov/ 

@billmonning on Twitter


State Assembly Representative Jordan Cunningham
http://jordancunningham.org/

@Cunning_Jordan on Twitter

 

Congressman Salud Carbajal
https://saludcarbajal.com/ 

@RepCarbajal on Twitter 
@repcarbajal on Instagram



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