On May 31, I posted about a march being organized by Donna Acevedo, Genevieve Huizar and a motley collection of radical left-wingers and anti-police agitators for July 21.
The purpose: to commemorate the Anaheim riots of last summer; or as the extremist screed signed by Huizar and Acevedo put it, the “historic community mobilizations against the scourge of police brutality.” Somehow, doubt the innocent business owners whose property was vandalized and destroyed remember it the same way.
I checked the AnswerLA.org website for an update on the march:
On July 21, 2012 Anaheim police murdered Manuel Diaz while he was surrendering and following police orders. He was shot in the head in front of his community. In response to the outrageous (and common) murder, community members began peaceful gathering outside their homes. The Anaheim police responded with extreme violence, unleashing attack dogs and shooting life-threatening munitions on babies, small children, elderly and everybody in range.
The video of the cowardly attack was quickly seen by millions worldwide, sparking emergency protests at the Anaheim Police Headquarters. On July 22, the Anaheim police murdered Joel Acevedo, further stoking the anger in the community. In the following days, thousands of people rose up against the scourge of police violence. Historic protests shook Anaheim for days. Though ultimately the city heavily militarized the police to repress the movement with violence and intimidation, it brought the struggle against police brutality to a national stage, and laid the foundations for future struggle.
Now, on the 1 year anniversary of the murder of Manuel Diaz (which set of this chain of events), scores of families of police brutality victims (including the mothers of Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo) are calling on people of conscious all over California to unite for a mass march in Anaheim. Only a people’s movement can turn the tide against the epidemic of police brutality.
Keep in mind this sort of thinking is symptomatic of the activists who are accorded “community spokesperson” status by the Voice of OC and others. Does Cynthia Ward still stand with Huizar and Acevedo on this stuff?
Here’s the flyer for the march:
It’s revealing that symbolism and art of this sort is inspiring to the people involved with this march; they want more of this kind of anti-law enforcement attitude and behavior.
The riot-celebration march plan has changed since May, when it was planned to start at Little People’s Park and end at Disneyland. Apparently, that much marching, shouting and fist-shaking might sap the energies of these revolutionaries, so now the march will go from City Hall to the Police Department.
The cavalcade of anarchists and left-wing revolutionaries – such as the Worker Student Alliance, the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the National Lawyers Guild (a Communist party front group) — is still there.