More Police repression - Southern California Anarchist Show Shut Down
Member of the Guerrilla Chapter of Cop Watch LA
On December 16th, 2007,
the show that was part of the Southern California Anarchist Conference at a community space called El Centro de Accion Popular
in Boyle Heights.
From the beginning of the show there was police monitoring the event. Two helicopters passed by
the Centro and circled the center shining their light down on the parking lot and the top window of the warehouse. Hours later,
two black-and-white cars came to ask that the cars that were double parked be moved (and people moved them).
hour later about six black-and-white police cars and more than 10 police officers from the Hollenbeck Police Department (as
well as a Union Police truck -- the center is across the street from a Union Police Station) showed up at the door asking
to come in to see how many people were in the warehouse. The officer in charge, Sergent Gutierrez, was insistent that he be
let in without a warrant to see how many people were inside the event. The organizers were forced to make a quick decision,
so to protect the space and the people at the event we said we wouldn't let them inside.
The police then called the
fire department to come in and see if they can shut down the event. The fire department showed up and came inside the event
along with the LAPD. The fire department called a fire inspector to come to see if they can shut down the event. Fire inspector
Hernandez also came into the space taking pictures with his digital camera and then called the chief of the fire department
to make the decision. Chief Clemons showed up minutes later to say that the event had to be canceled due to a fire hazard.
The space does not have a door at the back of the building so they said they are not allowed to have any sort of events there
in the future. They are not allowed to have more than 10 people, if they violate this they will be fined. The organizers had
to explain to Clemons that it is a community space safe for children in the community so they wouldn't condemn the building.
was an act of state repression, and that is clear. The LAPD was looking for any excuse to shut the event down, and to attack
the community center. First they came because of the parking. They couldn't say it was a noise violation because the space
is not near a residential area. So they try to say that the space is a commercial building and it's not fit to have shows,
according to Pig Gutierrez.
There was also a detective in civilian clothes who came out from across the street from
an abandoned building, who was watching to see who was coming in and out of the event. When we took a picture of him, he asked
if we have ever been to the space before, and he said he had seen us there before. This shows that the police have been watching
the space for a while now. They used the Southern California Anarchist show as an excuse to attack the work of the Centro.
Centro de Accion Popular has English classes for the community and does community, educational, and cultural events out of
the center. They will not be able to do all that anymore until we are able to make the space "fire safe" and add another door
in the rear. They had an event scheduled for Saturday, December 22nd to commemorate the massacre in Acteal, Chiapas, but that
will have to be moved (more information on location later - either at the East Side Cafe in El Sereno where another event
for Acteal is scheduled earlier or the SpaceArk Gallery in Highland Park). They are also looking for a space to use.
need to defend the Centro de Accion Popular. There will be a show organized in January to raise funds for expenses that are
needed for the Centro to reopen (put on by the Organizing Collective of the Southern California Anarchist Conference).
Comite de Pro-Democracia en Mexico (an organization that runs El Centro de Accion Popular) can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org,
A message from El Comite
This is a call to all activists whom are familiar
with El Comite and the work and space they provide for us. As you may or may not know Sundays Anarchist conference at the
Comite was interrupted and sanctioned by the city of L.A.
The Comite is not allowed to have any more events or more than
10 people in the facilities due to bullshit they (the state) made up, which means that all those of you whom want to have
an event to raise funds for your causes ca no longer do it!!!
Now my proposal to you is that we need to maintain a space
for community events and those of you whom have used the facilities before...if you really are down with the movement should
help out our friends at the Comite to find a space to continue to have something for our community.
It is sad to know that
many of us talk of revolution, consciousness, etc etc, but when our comrades are in need we don't give a damn. The comrades
at the Comite need our help
will you answer the call? help us find a space where we can continue to have community events
as it has been done in the past.
Any questions or concerns? let me know.
de Pro-Democracia en Mexico (an organization that runs El Centro de Accion Popular) can be contacted at: email@example.com,
Picture from the Original Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party
-- Southern California Anarchist Conference 2007 -- Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
Hollenbeck Officer De La Cruz
Hollebeck Officer Harden (threatened to give us tickets for walking on the street for helping a band with their equipment)
Police wasting our time (notice also the Union Police Truck)
Fire Inspector Hernandez (taking pictures of the event)
Hollenbeck Sergent Gutierrez with Fire Department
Detective in Civilian clothes
Detective with the police
Detective with Sergent Gutierrez
Officers there from Hollenbeck:
De La Cruz
Police Car Numbers:
Union Police Truck License Plate Number:
Fire Inspector Hernandez