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hard-knock-radioLUMPENPROLETARIAT—On Tuesday (14 APR 2015), Davey D, co-host of Hard Knock Radio (Pacifica Radio:  KPFA, Berkeley, CA), provided live coverage from the streets of protest demonstrations on the UC Berkeley campus in response to police brutality, killings, and terrorism waged against the public, killing unarmed civilians with impunity.

Listen (here) to Davey D speak with activists on free speech radio, including Carmen Perez (GatheringForJustice.org; #March2Justice; @NYJustice on Twitter), about the increasingly visible police terrorism across the USA.  Carmen Perez discussed a march, which is currently underway to Washington, D.C. to carry a voice of resistance against police terrorism to Congress.

KPFA March-370x230Also, in the second segment, Hard Knock Radio co-host, Anita Johnson took to the streets as well to cover public resistance against police terrorism.  Anita Johnson spoke with Needa Bee, a spokesperson with Anti Police-Terror Project, based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Needa Bee and the Anti-Police Terror Project were raising awareness of the brutal slaying of unarmed 38-year old Yvette Henderson on 3 FEB 2015 across the street from a Home Depot in Emeryville, CA (“on the Emeryville side of the city line with Oakland”).

Yvette Henderson’s brother, Jamison Robinson, publicly mourned the murder of his sister, who had just recently become a grandmother, and spoke before supporters outraged by the latest cold-blooded murder by cops.

Jamison Robinson:  “[Yvette] always put God first.  And that’s one thing that she always made sure that I—she would call me and tell me to thank God for breathing.  And she’d be mad if I didn’t do it.  She would call me:  Did you thank God, today.  If you didn’t, you’d better do it now.

“She always was talking about:  Tomorrow’s never promised.  And I believed her.  Tomorrow’s never promised.  But I’m here to get answers.  I got you guys right behind my back 100%.  I feel like she’s—the energy is coming from her through all of y’all. She wouldn’t have—if it was the other way around, she wouldn’t have let this stuff rest at all, if it was me.

“I know that she was a beautiful woman.  And the way they made her seem on the news like she was some type of monster or she was some type of crazy woman, like she deserved for that to happen to her.  She was just like every other woman out here, not just every other woman, every other human being, every child, man, everything.

“But I know one thing.  I’m gonna fight for my sister.  And I’m gonna fight, if it’s the last thing I do.  Because I don’t want none of this to happen to nobody else in the future, nobody else in the future, not my kids, not your kids, not they kids’ kids, you know, because it’s not right.  It’s not right.  And I’m ready to, um, make some noise—[supporters cheer and applause]—for my sister, Yvette, man.  Yvette Henderson, I love you.  I love you.”

The audio archive should be available for at least two weeks after broadcast, in this case, available until at least 28 APR 2015.  (Protest coverage begins after the KPFA News Headlines.)



“Yvette Henderson’s Brother Jamison Robinson addresses supporters”


THE DAILY CALIFORNIAN—A group of about 50 students and some community members gathered at Sather Gate on Tuesday, protesting police brutality and what they called a hostile campus atmosphere for the underrepresented minority population.  [Davey D, of Pacifica Radio/KPFA, reporting for Hard Knock Radio, estimated less than one hundred.  He was reporting live from the scene.]

Initially led by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, the protest was organized as part of a series of coordinated responses nationwide to police brutality. According to Rafael Malik, a member of the network that organized the event, the protest was meant to drum up support for the cause on campus. After Malik and other members of the network left the protest, a diverse group of students continued protesting through the afternoon.

At 11:30 a.m., the group convened outside Sproul Hall and by 1 p.m., more than 50 individuals blocked pedestrian traffic through the passageway under Sather Gate.

On a few occasions, passersby’s attempts to break through the blockade were met with violent responses. UCPD spokesperson Lt. Marc DeCoulode said there were three reports of assault during the protest, while no arrests were made.



[last updated 03:04 CDT 15 APR 2015]