For Immediate Release
November 27, 2014

Filipinos in the U.S. Disagree with Grand Jury Decision on Ferguson Killing

“Power concedes nothing without a demand.” – Frederick Douglass

On Thanksgiving 2014, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) stand united with Mike Brown’s family and friends, and the community of Ferguson. NAFCON gives thanks to all those who continue to fight for peace and justice, including the families of victims of police brutality, military repression, and militarized borders around the world.

On November 24, the nation was horrified to learn that a grand jury chose not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown. Brown was unarmed, and kneeling, with his hands in the air, when Wilson shot him six times.

NAFCON SoCal Coordinator Alex Montances tells the media why Filipinos want justice for Michael Brown during a solidarity protest in Los Angeles

NAFCON Southern California Coordinator Alex Montances states, “Filipinos care about this issue. Immigrant communities are harassed by the police too and are threatened with deportation. If the police can shoot an unarmed 18 year old teen, they can do that to us too! We have to stand with Ferguson, we have to stand for justice!” Montances marched and protested with 300 people from other community organizations from Crenshaw to the 110 Freeway in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and New Jersey, Filipino people also marched in solidarity. In New York, NAFCON members alongside BAYAN-USA, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), and other groups and allies, marched and closed down the West Side Highway in Manhattan.

“There is a long history in this country of allowing law enforcers to walk free after an act of racism and police brutality. We as a people must continue to stand up in protest and uphold our constitutional right to assemble, voice our opinions, and push at all levels for the justice that our communities need,” says Las Vegas resident and NAFCON Finance Officer Annie Sayo.

NAFCON honors and commemorates the many victims of police brutality including Fred Hampton and Mark Clark who were Black Panther leaders slain in a police raid where the Grand Jury also did not indict; Amadou Diallo, a 23-year old Guinean immigrant who was shot 19 times when he reached for his wallet.  Officers were indicted for second degree murder and the case was moved to upstate New York, where a jury acquitted the officers; Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old African American who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was tried in Martin’s death and a jury acquitted him of murder and manslaughter in 2013.

“Unfortunately, the list continues, but the pattern and practice of high profile cases represent only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cases where racist police violence has not been subjected to equal justice under the law,” concludes NAFCON President Terry Valen.

NAFCON encourages the community to continue to join actions that push for true justice for Mike Brown and the many victims of police brutality and repression be it in Ferguson, Florida, Mexico, Palestine or in the Philippines.

For more information and ways to get involved, email NAFCON at info@nafconusa.org or call us at 415-333-6267.

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