The Struggle Must Continue: The Trayvon2

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This Thursday, Hannibal and Tanzeen will be facing a pretrial hearing at Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland. There will be a rally at 8AM and the hearing starts around 8:30 AM. At a demonstration following the Zimmerman verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, the men, now known as the Trayvon2, were targeted among a mass of protesters  for being Muslim and pigmented, “a clear demonstration of what America is an antagonism with,” Tanzeen said.

See the most recent interview with Hannibal on KPFA here. Read a breakdown of the case here.

Statements of support have been coming in, the most recent one from the Anti-Repression Committee in Oakland, which you can read at the end of this post.

It is crucial that people fill the courtroom Thursday in support of these two. If you are far, or even if you are attending the trials, and you can give generously…or if you can give up your weekly beer/coffee/whatever luxury allowance, your tax refund, etc please donate. A less highlighted part of political repression is the way it destroys people financially, interrupts their lives and health and separates them from their families. We must not only show up to rallies and hearings, but figure out how to materially support those being targeted in the court system. Every little bit helps. Give here if you can.

Statement of Support from the Anti-Repression Committee

The Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee (BARC) stands in solidarity with the Trayvon 2 in their fight against racist profiling and prosecution by Oakland’s Police Department (OPD) and District Attorney’s Office. On July 15, 2013, Hannibal Shakur (Lamar Caldwell) and Tanzeen Doha joined hundreds of other Oaklanders who took the streets in protest at the injustice of George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Hannibal & Tanzeen were subsequently arrested and charged with felony vandalism after police alleged to have witnessed them break the window of a Men’s Warehouse store, a highly questionable allegation given that police arrested the two after snatching them out of a larger crowd of individuals all wearing dark hoodies in honor of Trayvon.

The Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee is outraged not only by these baseless allegations, but also by the clearly evident racist and Islamophobic targeting at work in this case. Hannibal and Tanzeen, two young Muslim men of color, are the only individuals facing felony prosecution for their participation in the Trayvon Martin protests in Oakland.

We are outraged that when hundreds of Oaklanders fill the streets to demand that some value be placed on the lives of young black men like Trayvon Martin, the City of Oakland’s response is to prioritize the protection of corporate windows.

We are outraged that in a context of severe budget cuts that are choking our schools, hospitals and social services, the District Attorney’s Office has decided to allocate extensive resources to prosecuting these two young men for their alleged involvement in breaking a window. When young black men like Trayvon are brutally murdered, the justice system fails to act. But when a corporate window is broken, it pursues and prosecutes with a ferocity that is blind and merciless.

The Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee calls upon all concerned communities to stand in solidarity with the Trayvon 2. But in doing so, let us remember that solidarity is not simply expressed – it must be enacted. Solidarity requires actively defending each other from state repression. Here’s how we can do so for the Trayvon 2…. Read the rest here.

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