Friday, October 9, 2009

A Spirited Rally and Packed Courtroom for Francisco Torres

Some one hundred and fifty supporters rallied on October 9 for the court appearance of Francisco Torres, the last of the SF 8 defendants to face charges. San Francisco Supervisors John Avalos and Eric Mar joined the rally. Five of the SF 8 were present – in addition to Francisco Torres, Ray Boudreaux, Richard Brown, Hank Jones, and Richard O'Neal participated in the enthusiastic picket line.

Status Conference December 3

In a brief hearing before a packed courtroom, Judge Philip Moscone set a status conference for December 3 to pick a date for oral argument on the motion to dismiss the charges. The judge’s decision was welcomed by the defense, as until now Moscone had indicated that he would not hear a motion to dismiss until the preliminary hearing had been completed.

Support Continues Strong

Organizers were upbeat about today’s developments, stating that in the last week alone the publication of the new Open Letter in the SF Bay Guardian signed by hundreds (see previous post), the fax and phone campaign on October 5 that resulted in the Attorney General's fax machine and phone closing down – as well as the tireless work of outreach and calling – are examples of the pressure that we have to keep on building.

And see the video on SF Indybay.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Open Letter for Francisco Torres published: drop the charges

Today the Committee for the Defense of the San Francisco 8 has published an Open Letter to Attorney General Jerry Brown that appears in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. The Open Letter demands that all charges against Francisco Torres be dropped, citing the failed, costly and unethical prosecution.

Current signers illustrate the growing broad-based support that Francisco has both nationally and through out the world, including Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Cynthia McKinney, Cindy Sheehan, Danny Glover, members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the President and Vice President of the San Francisco Board of Education, as well as ministers, educators, organizers and supporters from all walks of life.

Click here to see a copy of the published Letter. (1 page PDF)