"At Rio Americano High School in Sacramento CA, a student named Dejza, was violently assaulted by a vice principal, Matt Collier, for attempting to take back a piece of art with a political message that the administration didn’t like. She was put in a chokehold and slammed against the desk. When she tried to resist this unlawful abuse of authority, she was slammed and held onto the ground. Matt Collier laid on top of her, crushing her with his weight. Dejza could not breathe, and begged Collier to get off of her. Luckily, another faculty member came in and ended the situation. Dejza went to see a doctor for severe whiplash, and yesterday was her first day of physical therapy. Despite this being blatantly wrong and illegal, the administration has put her on suspension for resisting, and Collier was not disciplined. On the fifth day of her suspension, she will attend a meeting held by bias members of the administration to determine if she will be expelled.
They have tried to silence anyone who speaks out on social media, but today we have gathered in person for a silent sit-in protest.
Dejza has been wronged, and brutalized, and now she is receiving punishment. They’ve tried to silence her. They’ve tried to silence us.” -Grant Wright
One of my friends Grant posted this on facebook and even though im not in Sacramento I want to help. This girl has been mistreated by a full grown man who may never be punished. I want to help spread awareness. So please, spread this around. Let people know that this is NOT okay. The more support we have, the better.
i’m so proud to have been a part of this today but you guys please please please please reblog/spread this around any way you possibly can it’s so important and her story needs to be heard by people outside of our city because what this man did is so so so incredibly far from okay
arrest Matt Collier. protect and redeem Dejza.
Jesus. Much love and solidarity I hope you receive justice!!!
Rally today at noon at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco to show the world that we ain’t down for US-EURO-Israeli colonialism, imperialism, or Zionism in occupied Palestine. #youth4palestine
Listen to the story of Lupe Briseño, former president of the National Floral Workers Organization of Brighton, Colorado. Briseño led a nearly year-long (1968-1969) strike against the Kitiyama Corporation, a floral company, demanding recognition of their union and better conditions for their almost all women and Mexicana/o workers. Although Kitiyama did not recognize the union, the actions taken against him and his company created better and safer conditions for future workers and instilled a sense of empowerment amongst the workers that could never be defeated.
Interviewed by and Edited by Brenda Montaño
In collaboration with the Freedom Archives of San Francisco
Read Priscilla Falcon’s essay here.
Outside TB1 folks gather to celebrate the 19 day takeover that happened in 1973. Within these three weeks los seis de Boulder were murdered. #sor #boulder #colorado
A distant shot from tonight’s panel. From left to right: Priscilla Falcon, Rita Melgares, Ray Luc, Deborah Espinoza, Mike Deutsch, Rafael Miranda, Kathleen Cleaver, Lenny Foster and Kiko Martinez standing. #sor #colorado #vivalaraza
L@s Brown Berets from Nuevo Mexico will be our security at the #SOR event. They shares their stories and inspirations with us today.
La Bella Rita Martinez Melgares, attorney and older sister of Reyes Martinez who was one of six of the individuals killed in the bombings at Boulder. #sor #chicana #denver
Day 2 begins with legendary Puerto Rican freedom fighter Rafael Cancel Miranda. #sor #colorado #puertoricolibre
Big brother Jo Martinez breaking down the untold histories in respect to his younger brother Luis Junior Martinez who was killed by Denver Police during a raid at the headquarters of Crusade For Justice. “To me I wore the badge of honor of Chicano because I always stood for the people.”
The beautiful backdrop for our interviews. Gracias a los organizadores del Symbols of Resistance. #sro #colorado #denver
John Zapata stands for his brother Carlos Zapata who is one of the many slain in Colorado during the Chicano movement. He was 29 years old, former marine and stood for the people. #sor #colorado #chicanomovement