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Press Conference 5:00 PM

For immediate release: December 10, 2005

Contacts: Dan Mayfield 408-287-1916
Tahnee Stair 510-435-9969

MEDIA ADVIOSRY

Press Conference 5:00 PM, Monday December 12, 2005 With Muslim & Youth of Color Racially Profiled & Brutalized By Police at Anti War Protest. Also Speaking: Their parents, Their Attorney Dan Mayfield, and Community Support Organizations.

Outside the Office of the Human Relations 1880 Prunridge Santa Clara, CA 95050

The arrestees from the protest against Colin Powell, who have come to be known as the De Anza 8, their lawyer, and community groups will hold a press conference protesting the racial profiling that occurred in the arrests the eight individuals during the anti war protest at Flint Center on November 11, 2005. They are demanding that the charges against the De Anza 8 be dropped. Over 1500 letters have been delivered to Santa Clara County District Attorney George Kennedy demanding that the charges against the youth be dropped.

At 5:30 the Human Relations Commission will conduct a hearing raising this case.

The arrestees from the De Anza protest, their attorney, and community members who are witnesses to the arrests and the racial profiling that occurred will make statements in the hearing.

WHAT OCCURRED ON NOVEMBER 11:

There were three days of demonstrations, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. (November 9, 10, and 11, 2005.) Eight people were arrested at the Friday November 11 demonstration. One was arrested inside disrupting the event while seven were arrested outside the event. The seven youth arrested outside were all youth of color - six were Muslim. They were singled out and brutally arrested though they had not broken any law. Santa Clara County Sheriffs claim two of the students committed felonies though there were numerous witnesses who have stated the law enforcements claims are false.

To schedule an interview with the attorney, one of the parents, or the De Anza 8 Support Committee please call the contacts above. Community organizations will be on hand at the December 12 press conference and available for interview on issue of racial profiling of members of the Muslim community and the Arab, African American, Latino, and Asian communities.
 


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