Last month our friend, Brian Galaviz. became a victim of police brutality and racial profiling. Brian is an amazing educator and activist and has worked for years alongside many of us- showing up at our fundraisers, marches, and events-and supporting young people and others who are the most vulnerable in our communities. In the past 7 years in Chicago, Brian has become an integral member of many movements-teacher unionization and worker’s rights, immigrant justice, anti-militarization organizing, anti-prison and LGBTQ justice work. Thoughtful, hard working, and kind, Brian is one of the people many of us can count on to make events happen, to raise hard questions at public forums, to show up to our events with friends and young people, to DJ our fundraiser for free, and to press back on power when it matters most.
Brian was DJ-ing a party when the cops entered the backyard, and Brian approached them to speak-in a non-confrontational manner. Brian was then choked by police officers as he was dragged to the alley where he was hit and choked again by the arresting officer. He was arrested at the party, processed, and spent the night at 26th and California. Falsely accused of pushing and punching a police officer, Brian is now facing a felony charge of aggravated battery of a peace officer. The preliminary hearing occurred a few weeks ago and the case will go to trial.
This is an example of police brutality and racial profiling.
He needs resources to get a good lawyer, which will cost around $10, 000.
His full time job as a mentor at an alternative school in Humboldt Park will not cover the cost of a lawyer. He needs help from us.
Consider donating anything you can either by the we pay account:
OR check (made out to Brian) and mailed to:
2245 S. Marshall Blvd
Friends of Brian Galaviz
Kay Fujiyoshi, University of Illinois Chicago
Erica R. Meiners, Northeastern Illinois University
Laura Ramirez, University of Illinois Chicago
Dave Stovall, University of Illinois Chicago
Rachel Wallis, AREA Chicago
Eric (Rico) Gutstein, University of Illinois Chicago & Teachers for Social Justice
Therese Quinn, School of the Art Institute
Sam Finkelstein, Deputy Director, Gamaliel Foundation
Jorge Mujica, Regional Vice President, Mexican-American Coalition
Pauline Lipman, University of Illinois Chicago & Teachers for Social Justice
La Voz de los de Abajo
Darlene Gramigna, American Friends Service Committee
Nadia Sol Ireri Unzueta Carrasco, Immigrant Youth Justice League
Jesus Palafox, National Network Opposed to the Militarization of Youth
Dulce Quintero Director Of Operations, Casa Corazón and Esperanza Trabajando Program; Manager La Casa Norte
Al Ramirez, co-chair Caucus of Rank and File Educators
La Tony, Mentor Program Coordinator, Broadway Youth Center