Idriss Stelley Action & Resource Center
I S A R C Redstone Building, Suite # 209,
2940 16th Street, SF CA 94110
* ISARC general mailbox
CC: ISARC Board of Directors
Dear Comrade Hali Reiskin,
I just read Mary Ratcliff (SF Bayview paper' editor)'s mail to you re:
Middle Point & West Point, and the "West Mob"
4 years ago, we spearheaded a rally, march and protest from Middle Point &
West Point called "Shape Up or Ship Out SFPD", that marched down to the
Bayview Opera House for a press conference.
The rally was attended, by over 400 participants,
Matt Gonzalez, Chris Daly were among the keynote speakers, Hip Hop reknown
Bayview Rap Artists Javier Reyes of Colored Ink, Mac Mall and Ray Love
performed, and Michael Franti of Spearheads Vibrations/ BVHP resident
attended, and Minister of Information (for Chairman Fred Hampton) J.R, and
KPOO Anchor DaveyD took pictures of the event for the SF Bayview Black
National Newspaper, and the event was also featured in Indybay under Police
We brought our own security, and the event, attended by a number of local
Black Youth in spite of "turf issues" (various neighborhoods territorial
problems) unfolded without any incidents or arrests.
Sophie Maxwell was caught at a stop light on 3rd and Newcomb, after the
event was over, alleging that she was "trying to come" to the last rally
check point at the Bayview Opera House but had been "delayed in Traffic".
The event shone by the absence of any other city officials.
This was held as a public response to the Bayview PD's arrest and beating of
Baby Finsta, Marcus Law (now deceased) on Middle Point and West Point,
while families and small children were held at gun point and a mother was
told "Back off, Black B. or I'll shoot you"
Earlier that month, we held a press conference and community forum about
the assault (Finsta has been held unconscious in an ambulance for 45 minutes
alone, with no medical supervision) at the "green house" then managed by
ISARC and the SF Bayview below the newspaper, attended by then Bayview
Captain Puccineli, Commander Greg Surh, Public Relations Ldt. Gittens and
chief Fong, who blurred lame excuses to our concerned community members
attending the Press Conference.
Later that year, we held another press conference at the same location,
(this time all police top brass refused to show up),
(facilitated by then Police Commissioner Gayle Orh Smith and attended by now
SF Police Commission President Theresa Sparks), addressing yet another
police assault at the very same street corner, officers yelling racial slurs
from a patrol car which licence plate started with "KK_____", which had the
community laughing in spite of their outrage,
When Marcus Law was killed in a drive-by shooting on Northridge, kids who
witnessed it yelled at a passing patrol car "Quick ! The white van that went
up on Kiska Road!".
The officers glared at the kids and proceeded to slowly drive down towards
3rd Street instead.
Marcus Law previous case of police excessive force at 14, about which we
protested at "Shape Up or Ship Out SFPD", was a winning case, coming up in
Federal Court that year, when he died at 17 on a "Drive-By Shooting"
Not surprisingly coincidental was the case of Tyrelle Taylor, a former
complainant through his family at the age of 14 yr. for the Kiska Road
Police Assault on 6 teenagers on MLK Day 2002, when the 14 yr.daugther of
Sue Martin's breasts where fondled by a Bayview precinct male officer and
she was called a "Black B", and 14 yr. Jerome Johnson was given a concussion
and broken jaw.
The incident was also witnessed by public housing residents Tenisha Williams
and Sister Inelle.
the Kiska Road excessive force against Black children incident went to
posterity on SF Hall of Shame for the words of a Bayview officer at the
scene, caught on audiotape, in response to parents crying out "Why are you
doing this???" (and Sister Sue, then president of a BVHP neighborhood tenant
association being told: "Take one more step, B., and I will shoot you),
"AS LONG AS YOU PEOPLE ARE HERE,
WE WILL CONTINUE DOING THIS"
When Tyrelle, also then 17, was shot 5 times in the back, then beaten up by
Bayview PD, his MLK DAY case of excessive force was also coming up in
Tyrelle Taylor, recriminalized twice since MLK Day 2002
Our services were relocated to the Mission District
on Feb 15 2008, to a cheaper location fir our office,
but we continue working in close collaboration with the SF Bayview, and
submitt regular Police State
related articles to the paper.
However, we want to remain active and support the Poor, Black & Brown
People's struggle against Environmental Racism, & landgrab in
BVHP where I still live on Ingerson Avenue, and challenging the subsequent
bogus "Gang Injunctions" (such as the elusive Oakdale Mob Injunction and
Restraining order orchestrated by Herrera and Judge King), and continued
police repression and their "Operation Impact" collaboration with CHP
primarily concentrating on Bayview and other SF Poor Neighboorhoods of
Color to accelerate "Poor, Black & Brown Removal" and make readily room for
gentrification, through "Protecting and Serving Corporate Interest"
151 members nationwide, spearheaded by ISARC
Joanne Albernathy, P.O.W.E.R. member, Gang task Force assault last
set up by ISARC
For several months, we hosted the weekly meetings of the SF African American
Community Policing Relations Board, South East Branch at our 3rd street
AACPRB is now a part of the "Ground Zero" movement that meets every Thursday
evening at Reverend Ernest Jackson Grace Tabernacle Church on Ingalls "up on
that comprises a conglomerate of Justice & Interfaith entities such as John
Coltrane Church, NOI 3rd Street, Environmental Justice org. headed by
Francisco DaCosta, POWER, SF Bayview publisher Willie Ratcliff, ipso facto
"mayor of Bayview" Espanola Jackson, and a growing number of concerned and
aware BVHP residents.
SFPD top brass also boycotted the Press conference we held at the Green
House on the month of the release of the infamous "Bayview PD Videotapes",
portraying the Homeless, Black Women, Transgender individuals and Asian
Officers in a racist and vilifying manner.
We also hosted the SF Bayview Campaign to End the Death Penalty (CEDP) and
Free Kevin Cooper/SaveTookie Williams monthly meetings,
as well as Free the Jena 6 Bayview Task Force meetings until our relocation
to the Mission District.
among 116 websites we set up
for local and nationwide Survivors of Law Enforcement Misconduct,
and Social/Racial Justice activists,
we also moderate:
and the National RacialJusticeBrigade activists websites,
We are currently involved in the fight to ban ROTC from San Francisco and
27 members, bioremediation
set up by ISARC for SF Barrio Unido and Compañeros del Barrio,
Stop the SF Violations of Sanctuary ordinance/ stop ICE RAIDS in SF
SF Black&Brown Equitable Drug Policies Coalition
( I am a candidate for the vacant seat on the SF Community Drug Policy
Reform Reviewing Board / Marijuana Offenses)
La Voz Latina/SF Tenderloin Housing Clinic.
I hope that we can soon get in touch, please let us know
how we can support your local efforts ?
In Unity &Respect,
meshá Mongé_Irizarry, executive director,
* Education Not Incarceration, SF Chapter, ENI_S
* Black&Brown Equitable Drug Policies Coalition, BEDPC
24 HR Bilingual Crisis line (415) 595-8251
Idriss Stelley Action & Resource Center (ISARC)'s primary goals are:
* To create systemic changes to End Law Enforcement brutality and Racially
Biased Policing through grassroots campaigns;
* To Empower Victims and Survivors of law enforcement misconduct,
towards true social and racial justice for All;
* To provide Technological support and professional development for
organizations and individuals working to address police accountability;
* and to organize grassroots campaigns and events to raise awareness and
create policy change.
ISARC was created in 2003 through the settlement of
Meshá Irizarry s vs. City &County and SFPD
and its allocation to Irizarry, mother of Idriss Stelley.
meshá's only child, 23 yr. African American honor student was killed by the
San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) at the Sony Metreon on June 13, 2001,
with 48 shots by 9 officers, as he sat alone in an emptied theater,
experiencing an emotional breakdown.
Idriss Stelley's case is at the root of:
* the 40-HR mandatory SFPD Mental Health Training, ratified in SF in March
* and of the San Francisco Police reform proposition (Prop H) that passed
by a substantial margin on the November, 2003 San Francisco ballot.
Description of Services:
Direct Services for Victims and Family Members:
* 24-HR trilingual Spanish/French/English Hotline;
* Weekly drop in intake Clinics;
* Know Your Rights workshops;
* Monthly Victory Over Violence Support Groups;
* Individual Peer Counseling;
* Pro Bono Attorneys referrals;
* Stolen Lives Community Altars for families of victims in the greater Bay
* Volunteer and undergraduate program for Youth who want to acquire
knowledge in grassroots action to End Police Brutality.
* and Emergency Funds for funeral expenses.
Organizational Services for Survivors,
Families &Police Accountability agencies:
* Website hosting and development
* "SF_Village Voice" Community Radio
* Word for word Translation services (Eng/ Spanish/French, sliding scale)
* Technical and programmatic assistance to law enforcement accountability
* Cultural awareness and organizational behaviors seminars for progressive
* Host of Education Not Incarceration (ENI) SF Chapter to work for justice
in SF's schools
* Spearheading or technical assistance in terms of Rallies and Protests for
Grieving Families and Survivors of Police Brutality.
Grassroots Campaigns & Events:
* Grassroots campaigns to create policy change
* Speakers bureau and workshops at events covering police accountability
* Bang for Change Civil Rights Revival Festivals with speakers and
"Local Heroes of the Year" ,San Francisco Bay Guardian,
"Best of 2004" edition, July 28, 2004
"Unsung Heroes" Award December, 2006, SF Beyond Chronicle
International Award, celebrating 1,000 Women and Ancestors in the World Who
Are Making or made a Substantial Difference Towards Global Peace."
(spearheaded by L.A. Latino Cultural Worker and Author Dorinda Moreno)
meshá Mongé_Irizarry, executive director
* Education Not Incarceration, SF Chapter, ENI_S
* Black&Brown Equitable Drug Policies Coalition, BEDPC
* Hurricane Relief Board
* Education Not Incarceration National Executive Board (ENI)
* National RacialJusticeBrigade
* BlackBrownUnity Movement
* SF Brigadas Contra Las Regadas (Stop the Ice Raids)
* Justicia Brigade (SF LA Voz Latina)
* Black &Brown Equitable Drug Policies Coalition
* No_2_Gang_Injunctions National Web Network
* SF Bayview National Black Newspaper Reporter sfbayview.com, police
* Free lance on Indymedia and Changester Magazine under "Police State" and
"Racial Justice" ;
* Seeing_Black.com blogger "BlackBrownUnitySista";