Sunday, February 20, 2011
Richard Brown & The SF8 Case
Freedom is a Constant Struggle TV show, September 5, 2008.
(NOTE: Kiilu regrets having to go solo, much preferring to have in studio guests. However, Richard was unable to make it to the studio on that date, so we opted for a phone interview since the interview was timely--immediately prior to a SF8 court hearing in 2008.)
Richard Brown is a former Panther and long-time community activist. He was employed for 20 years as a program coordinator at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center. For the past nine years, Richard has been a Community Court Judge Arbitrator working with the San Francisco District Attorney's office. Brown says: "We place a lot of emphasis on restorative justice, so most of the community service done will be done in our own community where the offender can give back to the community."
Brown is one of the San Francisco Eight. Since this show was filmed, the charges against him have been dismissed and Cisco Torres is the only one still facing charges. Torres has an evidentiary hearing on March 2, 2011, and an 8 AM rally prior to the hearing, where supporters are urged to attend. For the latest developments in the case and what you can do to help, please go to www.freethesf8.org.
RELATED EPISODES: Charles Bourdon: The San Francisco Eight (Feb. 8, 2008), Harold Taylor: The San Francisco Eight (April 25, 2008), Ray Boudreaux and Richard Brown: Free The SF8! (July 3, 2008), Dylcia and Cisco on Panthers and Independistas (Feb. 26, 2011), Francisco Torres: The San Francisco 8 (Oct. 2, 2009)