FREE JASMINE! Prosecute Killer Cops!

Posted: June 6, 2016 in Call to Action, Fight Back, Saying it like it should be said.

Tell Judge Lu: Free Jasmine‘Abdullah’Richards!

In today from Patrisse Khan- Cullors one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter Movement.  Stand up and join us.

After months of targeting and harassment by Pasadena Police, Black Lives Matter organizer, Jasmine ‘Abdullah’ Richards was convicted of attempted lynching, a conviction that carries a maximum sentence of four years imprisonment.

As a founder of Black Lives Matter with Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, I have often been credited with helping to inspire a movement. But it is the courage of people like Jasmine that have inspired me. Her story, which you can read more about below, shows the transformation that can happen when we stand up for ourselves and our communities.

Obviously, the police and District Attorney are trying to make an example out of Jasmine, using this outrageous conviction to intimidate other organizers from fighting for an end to police terror and other forms of state violence against Black people. But it won’t work!

Stand with us and tell Judge Lu not to sentence Jasmine to jail time.

Sincerely,

Patrisse

Reference:

1. “Black Woman Activist Faces Charges of ‘Lynching’ for Protest Activities,” Alternet 04.06.2016 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/6381?t=5&akid=5884.1901838.PKnNqG

Yesterday, 29-year-old Black Lives Matter organizer Jasmine “Abdullah” Richards was wrongfully convicted of attempted felony “lynching”. The lead organizer for the Pasadena Black Lives Matter chapter, Jasmine was found guilty of charges related to an attempt to shield a Black woman from what Jasmine believed to be unlawful detainment by Pasadena police following a “Peace March” that she and the chapter organized.1

There are no allegations of violence and no injuries suffered as a result of Jasmine’s peaceful intervention attempt but she could face as much as 4 years in prison. This is a blatant effort by the Pasadena Police Department and L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacie to punish Jasmine for her leadership and intimidate the entire movement. We still have a chance to free Jasmine by pressuring the democratically elected judge not to sentence her to jail time.

Will you join us in standing with Jasmine Richards and tell Judge Elaine Lu not to sentence Jasmine to jail time?

Jasmine’s personal story is as inspiring as anyone’s who has come into the Black Lives Matter Movement. Growing up in Pasadena, she has said she felt ‘lost’ until having a political awakening inspired by the Ferguson protests in 2014.Jasmine traveled to Ferguson as part of the ‘Black Lives Matter Rides’ and returned home feeling the call to fight back against police violence.

Unfortunately, her newfound purpose was met with aggressive harassment by law enforcement. Jasmine was repeatedly targeted for arrest and faced exorbitant bail amounts and excessive charges.Now local police and prosecutors have taken the extreme step of convicting Jasmine of felony attempted lynching – labeling her ‘Peace March’ a riot in order to bring the “lynching” charge and comparing Black Lives Matter to the Klu Klux Klan in the process.

Tell Judge Lu not to let her courtroom be used as a tool to silence protest.

Jasmine is currently being held in Los Angeles County jail while she awaits her sentencing hearing on Tuesday. Her charges are a disgusting misapplication of a 1933 California law intended to stop lynch mobs from forcibly removing detainees from police custody and engaging in public murders of Black people.4

Turning Jasmine into a political prisoner under a law that was created to protect Black people from race-based mob violence at the height of America’s lynching epidemic is insulting to the Black community and all people of conscience. It would set a dangerous precedent and only exacerbate the lack of confidence Black communities have in the criminal justice system.

Please join us and demand “No Jail Time for Jasmine!” 

Sincerely,

Arisha, Rashad, Scott, Enchanta and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team


References

1. “Black Lives Matter Leader Convicted of Lynching” Los Angeles Peoples Media, 6.1.16 https://act.colorofchange.org/go/6369?t=12&akid=5884.1901838.PKnNqG

2. Ibid.

3. See reference 1.

4. “How California’s Lynching Law is being used against activists” Raw Story, 4.10.15 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/6370?t=14&akid=5884.1901838.PKnNqG

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