In this interview, Omorede “Rico” Hamilton expands on remarks made at one demonstration and makes a case for addressing some of the damage done by racism with reparations.
Last Monday, for seven hours, the Rules Committee of the Board of Supervisors met to grill two of Mayor London Breed’s nominees for the city’s Police Commission, Nancy Tung and Geoffrey Gordon-Creed. The commission acts as an oversight body for the police department. Lydia Chávez, executive editor of Mission Local, covered the meeting and noted that in the current climate of protests against police brutality and advocacy for reform, the supervisors found the candidates inadequately prepared to answer questions about local topics in police reform. The supervisors on this committee voted a motion to their colleagues on the full board, which is slated to vote on whether or not to reject the appointees Tuesday, June 9. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. and this is item 13.
Thousands of Black Lives Matter marchers filled the sidewalks of Golden Gate Bridge on June 6 to protest racism and police brutality. Protesters eventually spilled out into traffic, blocking the southbound lanes and marching through the MacArthur tunnel on their way to City Hall.
An estimated 10,000 people packed the streets around Mission High School on Wednesday, then marched around the city to call for justice for George Floyd, killed on May 25 by Minneapolis police officers, and other black people and other people of color disproportionately killed by police.
Rubin Perkins, a 21-year-old black man, joined a crowd of thousands at Mission High School on Wednesday with a sign proclaiming his demands. “I want to live beyond 25. I want to raise a family, and I want to live,” he said, echoing his hand-lettered cardboard sign. “I don’t feel like that’s asking too much.”
Over the last 10 days, marchers thronging the streets of San Francisco to protest the police killings of black men like George Floyd and other people of color have hammered at a central theme: Their fight against racism and police brutality is a matter of survival. In conversation with the Public Press over the last week, they shared their hopes that this moment will cause lasting change, their fears that it will not and concerns about how the COVID-19 pandemic raises the stakes for speaking up in the first place.
Demonstrators began gathering before 3 p.m. Friday near Mission and 24th streets to protest the police slaying of San Francisco resident Sean Monterrosa. Vallejo police shot and killed the 22-year-old man Tuesday morning while he knelt on the ground with his hands raised in the air.
“Civic” interviewed marchers in San Francisco to find out why they were there, and how this watershed moment might push society to change for the better.
Oakland’s City Council ended the city’s contentious curfew order Thursday afternoon, Mayor Libby Schaaf announced in a tweet. “Effective immediately, Oakland is lifting the curfew. We will continue to facilitate safe spaces for our residents to demonstrate and express themselves peacefully and passionately,” Schaaf wrote. The decision came hours after the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office rescinded its curfew order following days of demonstrations lasting well past the curfew.
Public Press reporters were in the thick of Sunday’s march over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
San Francisco remains under an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in the wake of a nationwide civil uprising over the death of George Floyd, an African-American man killed at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. During a Monday morning press conference, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said he is cautioning Mayor London Breed not to end the curfew too soon.