On February 21, 2014, Antonio Lopez was shot to death by San Jose State University police officers. While the police contend Lopez charged at them with a weapon, the medical examiner concluded he was shot twice in the back. The family believes this is a cover-up and the campaign Justice For Josiah [the name of Antonio Lopez’s son] has formed to demand answers and launch their own people’s investigation into what happened.
The topic of this week’s “Decolonizing the Anti-Violence Movement” series is carcerality and militarism. As we re-conceptualize violence, and particularly focus on the state as being a perpetrator of it, addressing police brutality against people of color is important to center. It’s also necessary to see how the harsher criminalization of college campuses and the empowering of school police forces [especially under the guise of targeting race, gender, and sexual violence issues] corresponds with justifying shooting and killing people deemed threatening.
Justice For Josiah plans to join the 4/12 #DecolonizeSAAM conversation on Carceal Feminism, as part of their community-building efforts, online and on-the-ground. We encourage you to support them.
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Justice for Josiah is a San Jose, CA (Santa Clara County) based campaign struggling for resolution, prevention, justice, and healing for the communities, families, and victims of police violence, abuse, and murder. We are centered on the love we have for one another, not a hatred of those whose aim seems to only be doing our communities, our families, and our loved ones harm.
We’ve been addressing the problems with the increased criminalization of college campuses under the idea that this is what schools need to stop sexual assault. Part of the increased criminalization under new policies has resulted in expanded and more empowered police forces - which always backfire on people of color. Here is an incredibly unfortunate example. Please spread the word and please continue to join us this month as we reassess what anti-violence means and navigate it outside of the state, even as mainstream white anti-violence continues to adore the legal system and reinforce it at every step.