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News :: Human Rights
SOMERVILLE 5 court appearances imminent
05 Jun 2006
Defendants from the outrageous Somerville 5 case will appear either this Wednesday or next Monday, and will need broad support from the community (ie, we shouldn't just leave it up to the International Action Center) to win against Malden police racism.
SOMERVILLE 5 TRIAL ALERT
Somerville Five Trial Likely to Begin Either Wed., June 7 or Mon., June 12

Your support is critical!
We will put police brutality and racial profiling on trial!

Dear Supporters,

We want to alert everyone that the trial for Calvin Belfon, Jr. and Isiah Anderson will start on either Wednesday, June 7 or Monday, June 12. We are currently waiting to hear which date it will be. The Belfon and Anderson families have asked the judge to extend the date from 6/7 to 6/12 for personal reasons. We are waiting to hear the judge's response.

Please call 617-522-6626 for an update or check your email regularly. We will notify you as soon as we find out. Updates will also be posted to http://www.iacboston.org

But whichever date it will be here are the plans:

Press conference and picket line 8:30 AM at Cambridge District Court, 40 Thorndike Street

Pack the courtroom -the trial will start at 9 AM and continue until 1:00 PM every day.

Tell District Attorney Martha Coakley: Drop ALL Charges NOW against the Somerville 5!!
Phone, fax, letter campaign. Voice your protest!
Phone: 617-494-4300, 617-679-6500 or 617-679-652 Or Fax 617-225-0871

The Somerville Five are five young Black men ranging from 15 to 18 years old, students at Somerville High School (SHS), who went out the night of April 20, 2005 to enjoy a carnival in Medford, MA. But the night turned into one of horror that changed their lives forever. They were beaten, maced, arrested and psychologically traumatized by 10 white Medford police then charged with numerous crimes. What was an unprovoked police attacked by racist cops on innocent young Black men, was quickly covered up. The police, courts, D.A., local media and press and education officials have all worked together to frame-up these young men who have no prior record and are good students and athletes.

"What it took me 18 years to build up, it took those cops 10 minutes to tear down. We can stop racial profiling!" - Calvin Belfon, Sr.

DROP ALL CHARGES NOW!
Stop the epidemic of police brutality! Money for books and education, not war and occupation!

For more info:
Somerville 5 Defense Committee; Women's Fightback Network; International Action Center,
(617) 522-6626 www.iacboston.org iacboston (at) iacboston.org
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Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee
617-524-3507
rosaparksday (at) brphrd.com
http://www.brphrd.com
See also:
http://www.brphrd.com

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Handy leaflet
06 Jun 2006
put_racism_on_trial.pdf></a> <div class=put_racism_on_trial.pdf (18 k)
Working-Class Emancipation is distributing hundreds of these leaflets around Providence, RI today. Print them out, make some copies, and spread the word!

Drop the racist frame-up charges!
Re: SOMERVILLE 5 court appearances imminent
07 Jun 2006
It would be great if these thugs received a sentence to the Middlesex House of Correction. I'm not suggesting anything too lengthy - maybe a year committed with a year or so suspended with intenseive probation and drug and alcohol counseling.
Re: SOMERVILLE 5 court appearances imminent
07 Jun 2006
"innocent" young men? They did NOTHING?

By the way, how would you know they have 'no prior record"? Juvenile records are sealed? You think these "innocent young Black men" would confess to any crime, minor or major if they have a shot at big bucks in a lawsuit.

And ten seems like a big "group" to go enjoy a carnival (where a lot of cash is carried by the public and by the exhibitors).

Are they innocent because they are Black? African Americans? Haitians? Africans? Cape Verde? they all look alike, right?
Re: SOMERVILLE 5 court appearances imminent
08 Jun 2006
fake @ you're right. it would be good if those cops got locked up. those thugs should not be on the street.