Acevedo & Huizar Working With Radicals On March to Honor Anniversary of Anaheim Riot

anaheim-demoRadicals, working with Genevieve Huizar and Donna Acevedo, are planning a long-hot summer for the good people of Anaheim. This is from the website of Answer – LA, a radical left-wing organization, and was e-mailed out last week to left-wingers around SoCal:

A letter from the mothers of Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo, murdered by Anaheim P.D.
Call to action on the anniversary of their sons’ murders

May 23, 2013

The following is a personal appeal from the mothers of Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo, the two men murdered on July 21 and 22 by Anaheim police which sparked the historic community mobilizations against the scourge of police brutality. They are joining with other family members who’s loved ones are victims of police brutality, the ANSWER Coalition and other community groups for a Southern California Unity March Against Police Brutality on the 1 year anniversary of the events. We urge everyone to read their letter below, and learn more about march by clicking here.

To the people of Southern California:

Our names are Genevieve Huizar and Donna Michelle Castro and we are writing to you and all organizations concerned with fighting police brutality and racism. Our sons were murdered on July 21 and July 22 of last year in the city of Anaheim, sparking weeks of rebellion and resistance to the epidemic of police violence that is affecting communities throughout Southern California and beyond.

These mass protests were made possible through the broad unity of local communities and activist organizations. We call on all of you, from Bakersfield to San Diego, to converge in Anaheim again, on the one year anniversary of those dramatic events. We will march united, in the name of our fallen sons, Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo, to demand an end to police brutality throughout the region.

Our demands for the July 21 march, which are our points of unity, have come from our experiences for the past year as steadfast activists in the police brutality movement throughout Southern California, fighting alongside countless grieving mothers.

We demand:

  • Justice for Manuel Diaz, Joel Acevedo and all victims of police violence!
  • Jail all killer cops! Fire the Los Angeles and Orange County District Attorneys!
  • End racial profiling, gang injunctions and police checkpoints!
  • Community control over all police and prison guards!

We know that the people hold the power to stop police violence and that this change can only come from our collective, direct action. We will gather at Little People’s Park in remembrance of the 1978 uprising against racist Anaheim police violence. We will march on Disneyland, a world icon of Southern California, and expose the real life experience of working people that are pushed outside the bounds of Southern California tourism and affluence.

Join us in the streets on July 21st! Please endorse and/or RSVP by clicking here.

In solidarity,

Genevieve Huizar Donna Michelle Castro
Unity March inititated by:
Family of Manuel Diaz (murdered by police in Anaheim on July 21, 2012);
Family of Joel Acevedo (murdered by police in Anaheim on July 22, 2012);
Family of Martin Angel Hernandez (murdered by police in Anaheim on Mar. 6, 2012);
Family of Jose de la Trinidad (murdered by police in Willowbrook on Nov. 10, 2012);
Family & friends of Mike Nida (murdered by Downey police on Oct. 22, 2011);
Elizabeth Bustamante and John Cabrera (shot by Long Beach police on May 14, 2011);
Family of Andres Avila (murdered by Pomona police on Oct. 16, 2011);
Family of Caesar Ray Cruz (murdered by police in Fullerton on Dec. 11, 2009);
ANSWER Los Angeles; United Survivors of Anaheim; Nida’s Rydas; Jeremy Marks Defense Committee; Long Beach Campaign to Stop Police Violence, Women Organized to Resist and Defend (WORD); KmB Pro-People Youth; March Forward!; Party for Socialism and Liberation; Worker Student Alliance (UC Irvine); and more (Click here to endorse)

Get involved!

Click here for the event information. Please share widely!
Click here to endorse and/or RSVP to the July 21 march as an individual or organization.
Click here to make a donation to help build this action.

Where to start?

I don’t know if Huizar and Castro-Acevedo actually wrote this letter or if they read, approved and signed it. Given the revolutionary, the-oppressive-power-structure-is-racist tenor, it sounds like it was written by a Chicano Studies student (pardon me – Chicano/a Studies. Mustn’t be politically incorrect).

This letter is not reasonable. It is not a tempered call for reform. It is not kind. It is devoid of goodwill and charity. Huizar’s and Acevedo/Castro’s screed is the rhetorical clenched fist of the revolutionary. It’s oozes the radical’s impulse to smash.

Huizar and Acevedo/Castro claim their sons were murdered, and are therefore claiming the police officers who shot them are murderers. Yet, they have no evidence to substantiate such a serious  (and recklessly hurled) charge.

Huizar, Acevedo/Castro and the other radicals attached to this letter demand “Justice for Manuel Diaz, Joel Acevedo and all victims of police violence!” but have nothing to say in this polemic about the far more numerous victims of far more real gang violence.

Huizar, Acevedo/Castro and the other radicals try to ennoble last summer’s rioting as “rebellion and resistance.” Tell that to the citizens whose businesses and property were attacked and vandalized by the rioters. Huizar and Acevedo/Castro, who are being celebrated by those who should know better as crusaders, are lionizing criminal behavior and implicitly calling for more of the same this July 21. Praising last year’s rioting while issuing an inflammatory call to march in celebration of that rioting is a de facto invitation for more rioting.

Review the roll-call of groups working with Huizar and Acevedo/Castro to organize this ambulatory paean to mayhem — these are hard-core radicals, not the League of Women Voters.

When not denouncing the Anaheim police as racist, homicidal maniacs, Huizar and Acevedo/Castro have been active advocates of policies such as carving Anaheim into single-member council districts, creating a fifth layer of oversight in the form of a civilian police review board and various other planks in the Left’s political platform for Anaheim.

It is tragic and deeply sad for any parent to lose a son or daughter. I have four children and cannot imagine the grief. But the hard truth is that the distinct possibility of meeting with a violent end is concomitant with life as a criminal gang member. It is no favor to anyone to gloss over that reality and claim — as an astonishing number of people do — that the opportunities for a better life for residents of neighborhoods like Anna Drive and Guinida Lane would improve if the police would just go away.

It will certainly be interesting to see who shows up on July 21 to show “solidarity” with the assortment of leftists, radicals and police-baiters in honoring last year’s rioters.

[POST-SCRIPT: In a post last week, I referred to Donna Acevedo as Donna Castro, which prompted local left-winger Vern Nelson to claim that I was attempting to link her in readers minds with Fidel Castro. Absurd on its face — but that’s the mind of Vern Nelson at work. Since Donna Acevedo singed her name here as Donna Castro, I await Vern’s publicly accusation that she is linking herself to the Cuba dictator.]


  1. Attempting to make two gang members into heroes? Just plain WRONG. No surprise though, these two mothers seem to have made a life out of doing wrong.

    Sidenote: All four demands made by these so-called “mothers” have already been met.

    • All four demands have been met? Really?

      You hear that Donna? Somehow, while we slept last night, not only has justice happened and killer cops been jailed, Tony Rackauckas has somehow been “fired” by someone, and gang injunctions have been dropped as the unconstitutional monstrosities they are. Oh frabjous day!

      • … said the anarchist.

      • Sick of Politics

        I am guessing Vern is not a fan of DUI checkpoints either.

      • Unconstitutional monstrosities? Are you saying violent gang activity in no way constitutes a public nuisance worthy of abating?

        • That’s called taking it to the other extreme, or creating a strawman. Am I saying that “violent gang activity in no way constitutes a public nuisance worthy of abating?” Um. No. Violent gang activity is certainly a public nuisance or worse, and should be combated in many ways. Of course.

          I have a feeling there’s a lot involved in gang injunctions that you’re probably not aware of. I’ll be writing about it soon, on my blog, for the benefit of the vast majority of those of us like you and me who aren’t cursed to live in a gang injunction zone.

  2. Is Donna Acevedo ready, willing and able to apologize to the Lexus owner for her son’s grand theft auto?

    • Is Orange County California law enforcement ready, able and willing to apologize for harassment, intimidation, intentional property damage, intentional reputation destruction, heinous privacy violation and attempted murder?

      • OC’s Law Enforcement doesn’t have to apologize for false accusations aimed at them by knee-jerk radicals.

        • Ha Ha me radical. Thanks for the laugh. I was so radical that I was risking my life providing tools for foreign police agencies.
          And then I discovered how criminal police could be. Literally indistinguishable from those that they arrest.

          • “I was so radical that I was risking my life providing tools for foreign police agencies.”

            Nice job at being vague. You seem to be good at being vague, especially when it supports your anti-LE agenda.

            Sure there are bad cops. There are also good cops who, unwittingly, make bad decisions (albeit in a life-or-death situation). But the vast majority are good. Especially when compared to their counterpart. You’re attempting to make it sound as if a good cop is the exception, not the rule. You’re wrong. Period.

  3. Sick of politics

    You’ve got to be kidding me. No more gang injunctions? You mean the very lawful order that would help prevent gang violence in their neighborhoods and our entire city? Certainly a parent always grieves the loss of a child. But this letter illustrates how devoid of reality they are. Resident are fed up with gang violence.

  4. I’d like to know what Cynthia Ward thinks of this letter? Ward stood up there with Acevedo at her press conference last week and went on about police abuse, etc.

    Do you sign on to this crazy radical agenda, Cynthia? Do you want the DA to drop the anti-gang injunctions? Do you want “community control of prison guards”? Do you think Acevedo and Diaz were murdered? Do think the Anaheim PD is racist?

  5. The “” link’s opening statement is a complete lie!
    “Anaheim police murdered Manuel Diaz while he was surrendering and following police orders”
    Excuse me, but since when is running from an officer considered following police orders? What kind of warped world do these people live in?
    The WHOLE PAGE is a complete farce!

    These groups are truly reaching out to the uninformed minority groups. Just because someone has the same ethnicity and culture doesn’t mean we should support their radicalism ways.

    These groups are preying on the weakest of the Chicano community. Thank goodness there are some of us (I’m a Chicana) who actually do the research and refuse to be part of the problematic sheep. Many of us Chicano’s are actually law abiding citizens. I wish we could form our own Counter Protest to outnumber these anarchists; fortunately most of us have better things to do then acknowledge a bunch of Gang Bang supporters by marching against them, on a MONDAY, at 1pm! Great timing guys, most are at work or doing something productive with their lives.

    I hope more people do their own research and read the reports and witness statements before deciding on attending these future riots.

  6. I want to See Mayor Tom Tait and Cynthia Ward right up front at this so-called “March” on July 21. They both have no problem taking full advantage of the grief of these mothers in order to further their own personal agenda of attack on the Anaheim Police, the Anaheim City Council and anyone else who dares to disagree with them. I would like to see them associating with the very people who will be tearing apart businesses and looting once this fiasco gets going. And where will Jose Moreno be? At home in his nice quiet Long Beach suburban home, waiting for the dust to settle. Where will Bill Fitzgerald be? At home, writing his next speech, vilifying the “all-white, racist Anaheim City Council” instead of rising up with the very people he claims to feel so much compassion for. They are all hypocrites and cowards, every one of them. If they really walked the walk of what they spout off, they would all be there, marching and chanting with this group.

  7. Donna ONLY calls herself Castro on Facebook – some short-lived idea about getting some privacy there. (Wimmen.) Now half the world seems to think that’s her name. Obviously ANSWER found her on Facebook. She did give them permission to use her name, as they seemed sympathetic. Not exactly a seasoned political activist, having been yanked into the public arena only 10 months ago, she doesn’t hardly seem to distinguish between far left from moderate left from even humane conservatives like Tom and Cynthia. But congratulations on finding another little truffle – a distant connection between Communists and district elections!

  8. Thank you for posting our link 🙂

  9. Donna Acevedo (aks Castro) also uses this name when posting videos on YouTube of her and her son driving Anaheim streets and harrasing law enforcement. Vern Nelson and Cynthia Ward try to paint her as an innocent grieving mother but she is actively and purposefully engaging with anarchist groups to continue unrest and rioting in Anaheim- why would this woman not spend this level of activity keeping her younger son from gangs and helping other children in her neighborhoods from being caught up in this criminal activity. Instead, she’s promoting anarchy and Mayor Tait is her local champion – well done Mr. Mayor. Check out Mayor Tait’s FB page for pictures of Donna Acevedo – curious to know if she actually contributed or was just a special guest…

  10. Just wondering. Will this group be marching in Santa Ana as well? Seems to me that if they base the march on officer involved shootings the last 10 or even 5 years, then Santa Ana would be the place to March.

    But wait, those are Latino elected leaders in Santa Ana, one a former gang member, and that would prove whatever city you consider police are human and put in a position to shoot someone by the bad guy.

    I dont believe Anaheim police officer go to work saying I want to take a human life or kill a gangbanger. But, I wont be naive and say police abuse does not happen either or that mistakes or even tragic mistakes are made in an officers term. Heck, i even hate when I see or hear a officer who looks down on everyone. But,

    Vern, Do you think or believe they(officers) believe/want to kill someone?

    Also, the Dr.of Chicano history lives in Lon Beach? Is this true?

  11. Huizar and Castro-Acevedo are just a “tool’ for the leftists, radicals and gang banging community. Unfortunately they fail to realize that they are being used by these groups in the name of their own dead children.
    These groups are shameless.


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