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L.A. peace and civil rights groups protest Attorney General Eric Holder

By staff |
January 19, 2011
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Protest in Los Angeles against US Attorney General Eric Holder
Protest in Los Angeles against US Attorney General Eric Holder (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Los Angeles, CA - Angry Black and Latino activists held a protest at a fancy dinner party where U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was speaking to honor Martin Luther King, Jan. 17. The Martin Luther King Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Peace; LA Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant; Latinos Against War; Fight Back News and other allies protested the visit of the attorney general at the annual MLK SCLC gala dinner to call out how the FBI attacked and harassed Reverend King and continues those same attacks today.

Protesters demanded that U.S. Attorney General Holder stop the current FBI attacks against anti-war activists and prosecute the police who killed Oscar Grant and Manuel Jaminez.

The Los Angeles area has seen a spike in police killings and the FBI has recently served subpoenas on anti-war activists to appear before a federal grand jury on Jan. 25.

Eric Holder is target of protest because he, as the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the U.S., has the power to call off the FBI investigations. He can also order federal investigations into civil rights violations of Oscar Grant and Manuel Jaminez, who were murdered by the police.

The protest showed unity and solidarity with the Black, Latino and anti-war movement in Los Angeles. The groups say Holder represents the U.S. governments attack on the anti-war movement and its lack of action in prosecuting killer cops.