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POEM FOR THE FAMILY OF OSCAR GRANT

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    POEM FOR THE FAMILY OF OSCAR GRANT Date: 3/3/2009 10:17:19 PM Pacific Standard Time From: dragonlibre@california.com (Raul Estemera) To:
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      POEM FOR THE FAMILY OF OSCAR GRANT
      Date: 3/3/2009 10:17:19 PM Pacific Standard Time
      From:    dragonlibre@... (Raul Estemera)
      To:    iolmisha@... (ISARC)


      FORTY ONE SHOTS AND NINETEEN HITS!

      That terrible nine millimeter sound-
      With hollow point bullets strewn all around.
      And  Amadou Dialo WAS DEAD before he hit the ground.
      A life- snuffed out in the wink of an eye.
      Then the killers went free, while a mother cried.

      Forty one shots and nineteen hits!

      Oscar Grant the third
      Whose young voice will never be heard!
      Because of a coward, and racist RAT.
      Who put a bullet INTO HIS BACK
      Then took his hate, along on his flight.

      But throughout days and half the night
      The people raged and took up the fight.

      A community’s pain, and struggle, so well invested.
      That  Johannes  Mehserle was finally ARRESTED .

      But the struggle it seems was to no avail.
      When a racist judge granted him bail.
      But don’t worry good mothers, let’s remain as ONE
      Because our struggle for his justice, has only begun.

      So don’t stop the March, or n either the rally
      Till the whole group of that night will face the tally.
      We have marched it seems throughout our history
      But the year 09 will see us through victory.

      Forty one shots and nineteen hits!

      Abner Louima- dancing to the rythm of a third world beat.
      Stepped out of a club, and onto the street.
      Was suddenly arrested and brutalized,
      Then after the beating was—SODOMIZED
      And this heinous crime was done by who?
      You guessed it my people- the boys in blue.

      Forty one shots and nineteen hits!

      Patrick Dorismond,  MURDERED and put to rest,
      By New York’s finest, Ghouliani’s best.
      Thousands came to join the family
      To pay their respects in peaceful harmony.
      The police then attacked them –WOE AND SHAME
      But the people responded with some of the SAME.
      They burned the flag and overturned barriers.
      Then policemen responded with personnel carriers.
      But the people united and had their way.

      And so the cops learned that dreadful day,
      What even Al Sharpton would have to say-
      Not to mess with the people when they come out to pray.

      Forty one shots and nineteen hits!

      To the murderers in blue, hear my accusations:
      You serve as the soldiers of the ruling class,
      But your days are numbered, and your killings passed
      Cause it’s time for the people to whip some  ass.
      To serve and protect- you claim in apathy
      Yeah, you SERVE the rich and PROTECT their property.

      We’ve seen you murder workers and persons of color.
      Destroyed Native people and other CULTURES.
      Then laid claim to some EAGLE,
      When you’re really VULTURES.

      Forty one shots and nineteen hits

      To the people in the audience I’m here to say:
      Will you heed my message or turn instead.
      Go back to your computer and live in your head.
      While they’re MURDERING BLACK FOLK.,
      Just shooting them dead

      There’s only one way to clear the confusion,
      And one clear path to a sound solution.
      We’ve tried everything else
      WHY NOT REVOLUTION!
      Why not revolution!
      WHY NOT A REVOLUTION WITHIN YOURSELF?

      Forty one shots and nineteen hits!

      To the family of Oscar Grant III

      - ‘Curly’ Estremera


      Member -     Labor Action Committee to free Mumia Abu-Jamal
      Coordinator- Committee in solidarity with Cuba and Latin
      America.
      Former member- Black Liberation Army.
      Former- Political Prisoner
      Former member- CitizensTtribunal (against police
      brutality).
      Former chairperson- South Bay Mobilization to free Mumia.
      Former chairperson- Mexican American Self Help Organization
      (Lompoc, Ca.)
      Former Vice president- NAACP (Lompoc, California chapter).
      Former executive director- Western Region Puerto Rican
      Council.
      Former chairperson- Antillanos y Sur Americans Unidos.
      Former chairperson- People’s United Front.
      Former chairperson- Pueblo Unido (to stop the installation
      of the Fallon statue),
      Former coordinator- CAP APP0 for Oaxaca


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