On October 12, 2012 Corey Kanosh, a 35 year old father and member of the Paiute tribe of Utah was shot and killed by Millard County Sheriff Deputy Dale Josse. His mother called police because she was concerned of him riding in her car and drinking alcohol with his best friend Dana Harnes. She was in fear of them being in an accident and hurting someone they know in their small community. After speaking with the sheriff's deputy, authorities where then alerted that he was searching for armed suspects with a stolen vehicle. Harnes, who was driving the vehicle, and Kanosh where on their way back to the reservation when police attempted to pull them over. Harnes drove away past the reservation into off-road terrain until they hit the rocks and where stuck. Harnes remembers running out the car, west towards the reservation and Kanosh ran east, towards the mountains. “I was running and fell, and I heard the cop talking to Corey, and then the ground disappeared beneath me and I ended up in a ravine. I came up on the other side and heard two guns shots, and then I heard Corey scream" His constitutional rights where also violated by the officers neglecting to provide medical attention after he was shot. Both men where unarmed. Corey Kanosh was well known for his traditional Native American artwork. He was also a champion traditional dancer and a Paiute “Salt Song” singer who performed traditional songs for those who had passed away. Download and SHARE this image www.justiceforourlives.com/corey-kanosh
On March 18th 2014 Errol Chang was murdered by Pacifica Police and the Daly City SWAT Team after a 6 hour stand off inside his house during a schizophrenic breakdown. Barricading himself inside, police worried he would find a rifle hidden in the house so after several attempts to convince Errol to surrender, they threw flash grenades into the house knowing they where dealing with someone in a severe psychiatric crisis which by no means helped de escalate the situation. At dusk, police breached the room and upon approaching him, Errol stabbed an officer in the arm. At that moment, two other officers fired at Errol at least 8 times, killing him. In the Bay Area and around the country, half of people killed by police have a mental illness. Crisis Intervention Teams have been deployed in several departments to assist officers when facing these confrontations but more needs to be done that will ensure police officers will be more empathetic to folks with mental illness. Download and SHARE online www.justiceforourlives.com/errol-chang
By Jonathan Curiel
Wednesday, Apr 6 2016
Two years ago, in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Oakland artist Oree Originol began creating posters featuring the faces and names of people killed by police in controversial shootings. The art — done in black-and-white, in a simple and dignified style as if from a graphic novel — featured the likenesses of victims like Alex Nieto, the San Franciscan shot by police in Bernal Heights Park. Originol made his work free to download, so people could use them everywhere, and plaster them wherever they could...
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BY JAMIE MALESZKA
It’s been said that the role of the artist is to not look away. That despite the darkness, the all-too-often chaos, they are called to stay, to stand—to bear witness. And when our future’s tomorrow inevitably arrives, theirs is the work that will testify to our days and ways. This is who we were.
Oree Originol, like many whose creative practice is steeped in the rich history of art as an agent of change, is propelled forward in pursuit of justice. The Bay Area-based artist—primarily a painter, but also established in the realms of printing and digital media—was inspired to create the Justice For Our Lives project. The impactful portrait series eulogizes those individuals from marginalized communities killed by police.
The simple graphic rendering of 50 “ancestors,” as Originol refers to them—Rekia Boyd, Oscar Grant, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice among them—are readily available online for anyone to download and make their own. Thus, given true breath by the people, the Justice For Our Lives portraits have appeared on protest posters marched down the avenues of nearly every major U.S. city, on banners hoisted on courthouse steps, on T-shirts, and wheatpasted on to walls.
The project fights to ensure that the contours of each individual life lived, and cruelly lost, are not forgotten. It combats the dismissing of murder while Black, Brown, trans, undocumented, or mentally disabled into some bogus category of dispensable other. Instead, it affirms. It ignites. This is who we are.
We caught up with Oree Originol to learn more......
In Lawton, Oklahoma, Christina Tahhahwah was arrested by police at her grandparents house. She lived with bi-polar disorder and stopped taking her medications which led to her family calling the police to aid in taking her to the hospital for medical care. When she refused to leave the property, the police arrested her for trespassing and took her off to jail instead. The following day on November 14, she was “found” unresponsive in her cell. She was in cardiac arrest and was transferred to the hospital, where she later died. Her family was not notified of her heart attack until they received a Facebook message from family friend, who works at the hospital. When the family arrived at the hospital they received reports from fellow jail inmates that Christina Tahhahwah had been tasered for refusing to stop singing Comanche hymns. www.justiceforourlives.com www.gofundme.com/justiceforourlives
Join us this Friday at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts in SF for the group show, "Take This Hammer: Art + Media activism from The Bay Area feating a bunch of badass creative movers and shakers like Favianna Rodriguez, Culturestrike.net, Cat Brooks (BLM/APTP), Anti-eviction mapping project and others! My installation covers a 10x30ft wall, the largest wall ive done a #justiceforourlives installation on. Check out the progress shots below. Hope to see you there! For more information check out http://www.ybca.org/christian-frock-take-this-hammer
February 3, 2015, Yuvette Henderson, a 38-year-old mother of four children was shot and killed by the Emeryville Police on the Oakland-Emeryville border. Police received a call from Home Depot security of Yuvette allegedly shop lifting who appeared to be armed with a gun while attempting to run away. Witnesses say they saw Yuvette with both hands in the air, waving down a bus when she was shot by police and did not report seeing her with a gun, contradicting the report from police, saying Yuvette attempted a car jacking and asked her to drop her weapon and when she refused, shot and killed her. One of the officers who shot her had his body cam turned off and decided to turn on after the incident. The events leading up to the shooting have been obscured because Home Depot, Oakland PD, and Emeryville PD have refused to release any related video footage. Yuvette was shot within feet of Extra Space Storage’s surveillance cameras, the tapes from which are also being withheld from the public with the police claiming that the surveillance video system in this brand new storage center was “broken” on the day she was killed. To DOWNLOAD & SHARE this design, visit www.justiceforourlives.com and to DONATE to this art project, please visit www.gofundme.com/justiceforourlives
Mario Michael Martinez was a young man who died while in police custody at Alameda County's Santa Rita Jail. On July 15, Martinez suffered an asthma attack in his pod several minutes after his last request for medical assistance. The failure of Santa Rita’s staff and officers to respond, along with the three ignored court orders for the jail to recognize medical procedures to alleviate Martinez’ asthma condition is what cost him his life. In Alameda County's jail, the health care services are not run by Alameda County, they are contracted out to America's largest for profit provider of correctional health services named, Corizon. Whenever an inmate needs to see a specialist, Corizon has to flip the bill which means it cuts into their profits. In Mario's case, he was not going to be in jail long term as he was only in there waiting for a trial. It seems Corizon decided to postpone treatment in the hopes of eventually not having to pay for Mario's urgent condition. Mario's family, friends and supporters are demanding - An open investigation including the suspension of the deputy who was present at the time of Mario's death, until the conclusion of the investigation - Cancel all contracts to Corizon Health Inc. - Audit the Sheriff's practices and protocols on responding to grievances and support of those being held who suffer from chronic medical issues! Visitwww.justiceforourlives.com/mario-martinez
On May 26, 2014, two Los Angeles County deputies killed 23-year old father, Noel Aguilar, in Long Beach, CA after being detained for riding his bike with headphones on. Nineteen months after the killing, a video of the incident emerged which shows #LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Jose Ruiz and his partner, Deputy Albert Murad, struggle to pin down and disarm Noel Aguilar. In the scuffle, Jose Ruiz is seen accidentally shooting his partner Deputy Albert Murad in the stomach. He did not immediately admit the fault and continued with one more shot, this time into Noel Aguilar. Murad, who was injured from the shot, immediately responds with 3 additional shots into Noel that where fatal. The officers sat on his back and made sure to squeeze the life out of him until back up arrived. Not only did the officers accidentally shoot at one another, they shot and killed an unarmed man to quickly cover for their mistakes. Its a risk to our public safety to have such a menace present in our neighborhoods, these policemen need to be fired and prosecuted for murder.
Its the start of 2016 and I have just finished my first #justiceforourlives portrait of the year to tell the story of a young father who was a victim of blatant police misconduct and criminal behavior. Feel free to visit www.justiceforourlives.com, download this image & share with your community so we can ultimately put an end to police terrorism in black and brown neighborhoods!
I was a gifted a ticket this year as part of the Radical Inclusion Project headed by my campmate Laura Diamond. This was my second migration to Black Rock City since the 2013 burn. As an artist of color I was invited back to share my artwork at Burning Man in which I decided to take my "Justice For Our Lives" prints to do wheat paste installations throughout the playa. My project coincided perfectly with our racial justice themed camp, "Que Viva!" which is dedicated to bringing visibility to the issues of migrant rights through artist, Favianna Rodriguez's "Migration Is Beautiful" campaign. I had secured wall space at Center Camp prior to the event and also set plans to find any other wall space that was available at the festival. I came in on early arrival so I had the advantage of seeing the city built and scope out the possibilities. The first installation happened at The Temple shortly after they finished constructing it. I was able to wheat paste every portrait on a beam close to the entrance. Then I did the installation at Center Camp with help from members of my camp, an installation on a small building out in the playa that was one of the first burns of the week, and one on a piece of tyvek that was taped to a Bounder in our camp but it was blown down by the wind storm. Finally, I painted a "Justice For Sandra Bland" banner to match the Mike Brown banner installed opposite of each other at our camp's entrance. Im really glad I got to go out and participate in adding an element to Burning Man that is so uncommon. For the most part I either got good or impartial responses to my work out there. The worst was a post I came across on a Burning Man page on Facebook of a white guy complaining about my posters being place in The Temple. Im glad I pissed some people off. I wasnt so prepared for this year and this time around I know ill be there in 2016 which means I have an entire year to plan out something that will have a greater impact out on the playa. Thank you to everyone who vibed out on my designs and I hope everyone can take this message back into your own communities which is the intent of producing this work for Burning Man. See ya next year!