Set for Wednesday June 17th, 8:30am Dept. 23 (most likely to be moved to Dept. 10) at the Ventura County Courthouse, 800 S. Victoria Ave, Ventura, CA.
In 2013, the City of Oxnard, the Oxnard Police Department launched a retaliation campaign against me, by mailing me five traffic citations for marching with the community against police brutality. Now the Ventura County District Attorney has vowed to make an example out of Francisco Chavo Romero, but, the community has continued to fight back, to protest and denounce police brutality.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: You can help us shame the City of Oxnard, and the Oxnard Police Department in the next few days to expose this cowardly retaliatory attack against Chavo, which really is an attack on the community. We will release an online petition drive to demand that these citations be dropped. Be on the look out for the call out.
FOR NOW – Today, if you haven’t done so, please email or call the VC District Attorney to demand they drop these charges! Click on the link below to find out how – it takes a minute: DROP THE CHARGES! AGAINST FRANCISCO CHAVO ROMERO!
Join The Call To DROP THE CHARGES! Against Francisco Chavo Romero, Activist And Community Organizer Targeted By The City Of Oxnard, Oxnard Police Department And The District Attorney Of Ventura County For Organizing With The Community To Fight Police Brutality!
HOW YOU CAN JOIN THIS FIGHT TO DROP THE WHACK-CITATIONS FOR THE 2013 March Against Police Brutality (5-Traffic Citations for “failing to yield and crossing against a red-light”):
CALL: 805-654-2500 and jam them up or EMAIL THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF VENTURA COUNTY:
FIRST, click onto the District Attorney Contact Email Form, HERE
(You must put your name, email, and fill in the “captcha” code. For Subject write: DROP THE CHARGES!) THEN, COPY AND PASTE THIS INTO THE EMAIL (or feel free to write your own thoughts.):
District Attorney Totten,
I am writing to demand that the five traffic citations that have been issued to Francisco Romero, Case No.2013598532, be DROPPED immediately. It is clear that the five citations are retaliation by the Oxnard Police Department, and your office, against him for being a vocal critic of police brutality and for his participation in the Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo (“Collective”). The Collective has been a leading force that is organizing the victims of police brutality in Oxnard.
We will hold your office accountable if you continue to pursue in leveling these charges against him. The pretext of continuing this attack, is that the he was the only “identifiable” person in the march. We understand clearly, that this is an excuse to further repress, marginalize and silence the community of Oxnard that has righteous grievances against the legacy of police brutality against the Mexican community of Oxnard in particular and against the poor working class in general.
Drop the charges NOW!
Due to court unavailability, Trial for the Romero vs. OPD case has been postponed, tentatively set for May 20th. We will send out details. In the next few days, we will also initiate an email and phone call campaign to demand the District Attorney to Drop the Charges! This way both local supporters as well as those further out can participate in keeping up the pressure! An attack on one, is an attack on all! La lucha sigue!
Trial begins this Friday May 8th, 8:30am, Dept. 23. Ventura County Courthouse located at 800 S. Victoria Avenue, in Ventura, Ca.
Over one year and a half ago, the City of Oxnard, and the Oxnard Police Department (OPD) – in the most cowardly and shameless attempts to silence and intimidate the local community protests against police brutality, issued five whack-lame “traffic” citations against Francisco “Chavo” Romero. El Chavo has been an outspoken critic of local Oxnard Police brutality for nearly 20 years .
On October 2013, Chavo, along with nearly 250 protestors marched for the one year commemoration of the slaying of Alfonso Limon, a young man that was shot down, as he kneeled with this hands up, by the Oxnard Police Department.
JOIN US! This Friday, trial begins, after a one-year-and-half battle and attempt to dismiss under discriminatory prosecution was denied, by a white judge, in a racist conservative court, denied the motion to dismiss, under the pretext that Chavo was the only “identifiable” protestor out 250+ marchers that they decided to prosecute. Now, the District Attorney won’t back down – and will attempt to make an example of Chavo and those that attempt to fathom the possibility of having the right to resist and dissent.
EL PUEBLO RESISTE! Despite the excuse that Chavo was the only “identifiable” protestor, since then, at least two mass marches have taken place, where the community, righteously and courageously has taken the protests to the streets, and have denied succumbing to the city-police-county efforts of repression.
The latest march, held on April 11th, in memory of Megan Hockaday – a young black woman killed in front of her children by the Oxnard Police Department, is a testament of the local community’s defiant and bold call of call of taking protests to the streets and claiming “No Justice, No Peace – Killer Cops Off our Streets!”
The city, the cops, and the district attorney, will attempt to criminalize our gente, especially vocal critics and activists – but, everyday – our community has lost its fear to fight back and resist!
LA LUCHA SIGUE!
* Photo by Revo Grafia