2011-12-14 "SOLIDARITY STATEMENT TO THE FAMILY OF ARISTON WAITERS"
The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality and State Repression sends its condolences and sympathy for the tragic loss of 19 year old Ariston Waiters and stands in Solidarity with the Ariston Waiters family and the community's quest for justice. We are outraged that a black teenager was shot in the back by a Union City police officer while it appears Ariston Waiters was unarmed. Ariston Waiters, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, in addition to the many victims of police brutality throughout the United States, have become ingrained in our collective memory. Their lives are the unspeakable price we pay to live in a society based on racial injustice. A major political movement was launched on January 1st 2009 with the police killing of Oscar Grant, a 22 year old, unarmed Black father executed by a white BART (transit) police officer. Occupy Oakland renamed the City Hall plaza "Oscar Grant Plaza" because so many people were touched by the resistance and the power of the people that led to Johanes Mehserle being arrested, charged, tried, convicted and sentenced for killing Oscar Grant. We made history: that was the first time a white police officer has gone to jail for killing an unarmed black man in the State of California.
We stand in Solidarity with any and every effort to stop police violence and murder. We demand Justice for Ariston Waiters and all victims of police terror everywhere.
Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality and State Repression
The Oscar Grant Committee meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Niebyl Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph (near Alcatraz) in Oakland at 7:00 p.m. Call us at 510-239-3570.
Excerpts from Occupy Atlanta email: "Tomorrow, there is an action in
Union City, [GA], also organized by Occupy Atlanta for Ariston Waiters.
An extremely similar murder here to Ariston Waiters' and Oscar Grant's
would be Joetavius Stafford- shot in the back by a MARTA police officer.
On Wednesday, tomorrow there is an action in Union City to demand justice for Ariston Waiters.