Crisis in Vancouver
National Action Network
Vancouver residents have charged their local government, and institutions with permitting, and in some cases participating in racist acts against the public.
-When Mae Williams' son Lavel Lindsey was murdered by Jason Ferguson in a night club stabbing Vancouver's "Columbian" newspaper interviewed her. Mae whose family has faced numerous accounts of police harassment, soon found to her dismay, that her home address had been printed on the front page of their paper. When questioned by a citizen regarding the murder, the killer Jason Ferguson stated clearly "Yeah, I killed that nigger!"
Clark county Sheriff Sgt. Dave Trimble denies that the murder had any racially or gang related motive. He claims that the murder revolved around a disagreement between them and some friends that dated back to their middle school years. Yet Sgt. Trimble doesn't doesn't know what schools the men attended or what the disagreement was about.
Ferguson's bail was initially set at $150,000. However due to public outcry and a protests from both inside and outside the bail hearing, his bail was raised to $300,000. Even this number pales in comparison to the bail recently set for Joseph Vallejo for the charge of robbing two white drug dealers. His bail was set at $1,000,000. This discrepancy clearly demonstrates a racial bias against people of color in the Vancouver court system.
-Sky View High School (360-313-4200) White girls have threatened Mae's daughter with a gun and called her a nigger. Mae's son was not allowed to graduate from Sky View because a white kid that shared his name didn't turn in his school books. Mr. Benkowski a P.E. teacher at Sky View failed Mae's daughter rather than allow her the time to mourn the murder of her brother. An African American honors Graduate of Sky View applied for scholarships and received none, while her white classmates did.
-A young black man named Louis Gray and his friend were attacked by fourteen white males, kicked, stomped, and ran over by a car in their Heritage High School (360) 604-3400) parking lot last June. The police report to have made ten arrests concerning this case. Yet as of late the remaining suspects have not been apprehended. In letters to Sheriff Lucas and Sergeant Eastman, (the officers handling their case) the families of the young men who survived this hate crime expressed their frustration at the time it's taking to track down and prosecute the men who perpetrated this crime. They can not help but express their frustration that if this had been a crime committed against whites by blacks, arrests would have been immediate. As it is, months after the crime all of the perpetrators have not been brought to justice. One of more disturbing revelations about this case is that Vancouver NAACP contacted the "Columbian" (800-743-3391) newspaper with news of this hate crime and to date they have deemed this story unworthy to print.
-Reports have been made that Marshall Elementary (360-313-2400) puts children without learning disabilities, from low income families, into programs for the developmentally disabled in order to receive special funding.
Vancouver citizens have experienced numerous incidents of being racially profiled while driving.
Kristy Duell had an officer of the Vancouver police department watch her through her window as she nursed her infant son. Complaints were filed with Vancouver city manager, Pat Mc Donnell. Vancouver Police Department refuses to report findings of complaints filed by citizens.
Collen Bell worked for Freightliner for seven years and never received a bad review. Rather Mr. Bell received a racially motivated attack against his life in the form of loosened lug nuts on his vehicle. When questioning fellow employees and management about this incident Mr. Bell was attacked, and hit in the face by his supervisor. Collen soon filed a workplace grievance, only to be fired for insubordination. Three weeks later Freightliner called to tell him that his job had been filled by three other workers. Mr. Bell has filed a grievance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and may file civil charges.
Earnest Edsel is a hispanic American activist and Lawyer with National Civil Liberties of Washington (a public interest law firm.) Earnest filed a class action lawsuit against a group of Clark county judges for making collective efforts to bar him from practicing law. The basis of their attacks on his profession is that Earnest (a veteran radical lawyer) does too much activist work. The majority of clients that depend on earnest are too poor to afford other quality representation.
Call to protest!
National Action Network
The Citizens of Vancouver and Clark County
Washington are having a Citizen's rally at Clark County Public Service Center.
Come out and participate in your community rally. We are working together
for a better community in Clark County.
Affordable Health Care
Music, Speakers and Much More!!!!
Location: Public Service Center
1300 Franklin Street
Date: August 25, 2004
Day & Time: Saturday, 2:00 thru. 5:00pm
P.O. Box 9005
Tacoma, WA. 98409
Phone: (253) 255-2619
Abdullah Mustafa, President
Alton McDonald, Vice President
Rae Vallejo- Out Reach Coordinator (360) 721-3106