MAAPB October Calendar

(from Mass Action Against Police Brutality)

COURT SUPPORT- In the Trial of David Wright
Free David Wright! Drop the Charges! Pack the Courtroom!

Wednesday-Friday 10/11-13 9am-1pm
US Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way
Boston, MA
(nearest MBTA stations: South Station-Silver Line, Red Line; Aquarium-Blue Line)

The government has rested as they have completed calling their list of witnesses. Now David’s Defense team is has their turn. Trial proceedings continue this week, Wednesday-Friday, 9am-1pm, 5th floor, room 18.

David Wright has been held in solitary confinement since June 2, 2015 when his home in Everett was raided by the Joint Terrorism Task Force and he was arrested under obstruction and conspiracy charges. The alleged conspiracy – plotting with Isis to behead a police officer.

Wright’s uncle, Usaamah Rahim, was also an alleged co-conspirator. He was shot earlier that day by the same JTTF in Roslindale, MA and died from his wounds. His blood was the only blood spilt in this alleged conspiracy.

Wright has maintained his innocence and now his trial will finally begin September 18. Mass Action Against Police Brutality stands with the family of David Wright and encourages its supporters and all lovers of democratic rights to pack the courtroom.

This trial shines a spotlight on the questionable practices of the FBI and the Boston Police Department collaborating as the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Already the prosecutors have relied heavily on paid government informants whose testimony is unreliable to try to prove existence of a conspiracy.

This trial sheds further light on the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Usaamah Rahim. MAAPB continues to demand that the case of Usaamah Rahim be reopened by a special prosecutor and that his killers be prosecuted.

From Boston to St Louis: Jail the Guilty Cops!

Thursday 10/12 7-9pm
391 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
(nearest MBTA stations: Dudley Square-Silver Line & Bus station; Roxbury Crossing-Orange Line)

On September 15, Circuit Court Judge Timothy Wilson announced a verdict of not guilty in a jury waived trial of St Louis police officer Jason Stockley for the 2011 murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. Recorded audio captured Stockley saying ‘I’m gonna kill this m—–f—er’ during a car chase of Smith. Stockley then used his personal weapon to shoot Smith. Stockley claimed Smith had a gun but only Stockley’s DNA was found on the gun allegedly in Smith’s possession. This highly watched case many in the area were calling ‘Ferguson 2.0’ has indeed set off another wave of sustained protest now going into its fourth straight week.

Police have again shown their draconian hand, arresting protestors, bystanders, reporters, clergy, elderly, politicians, and children indiscriminately. Hundreds have been arrested from the various demonstrations.

Many questions are being posed in St. Louis that are relevant throughout the country. What will it take for there to be justice and consequences for police trampling the rights and taking the lives of the people?

In Boston hear an update on local fights for justice including the trial of David Wright for conspiracy to behead a cop that is currently taking place in Federal district court, to the fight for justice for Terrence Coleman killed by Boston PD last October 30, 2016.

Discuss next steps in building a nationwide movement against police brutality and racism.

We will hear from Toni Taylor, mother of Cary Ball, Jr. who was killed by St Louis PD in 2013 about the situation unfolding in St Louis right now.

RALLY & MARCH: Boston Takes a Knee For Justice

Sunday, October 29, 1pm
Gathering Point:
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
(nearest MBTA Stations: Park Street- Green & Red Line; Downtown
Crossing-Orange line)

The silent protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to kneel during the national anthem in protest to the scourge of police violence and brutality disproportionately meted out to Black people has continued to spread. It has brought a backlash against those who have joined the protest whose right to voice their views in this manner has been challenged. Kaepernick’s protest itself was in response to the tens of thousands who have been taking to the streets demanding justice throughout the country since the police murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO in 2014.

When President Trump weighed in on the debate he simply added fuel to the fire. The message has become lost somewhat as a debate over the right to protest itself. But this was always a protest against police brutality and racism.

On the one year anniversary of the deadly police shooting of Terrence Coleman in Boston, MA we call on all supporters of this righteous protest to join with us as we stand up to the backlash and bring the focus back to the victims of police brutality and their families.

We are calling on the State Attorney Maura Healy to reopen the cases of police involved shootings of Terrence Coleman, Usaamah Rahim, Burrell Ramsey-White, Ross Batista, Denis Reynoso, Eurie Stamps, and all other victims of police brutality in the state of Massachusetts. We also protest in solidarity with the people of St Louis who have been taking to the streets since the acquittal of officer Jason Stockley for the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith in September.

Immediately appoint a special prosecutor to reopen all past cases of police brutality!

Jail all killer cops!