In response to the killing of Frank, the Direct Action Monterey Network called for a rally on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the corner of S Sanborn Rd & Fairview Ave in East Salinas against police violence and to demand justice for Frank Alvarado. Demonstrators, including friends and family of Frank from Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, held signs with messages such as “Stop Police Brutality. Justice For My Uncle!,” “SPD Don’t Shoot Me. I’m On My Phone,” “Another Murder Brought To You By The SPD,” and “Stop Giving Cops Paid Vacation For Murder!”
Speakers at the July 12 rally included Frank Alvarado’s sister, Angélica Garza; Frank’s niece, Natalie Mendoza; as well as Courtney Hanson and Tash Nguyen of Sin Barras, a prison abolition group based in Santa Cruz.
Frank’s sister Angélica said she was born in Watsonville and Frank was born in Salinas. Angélica’s statements included, “I want justice for Frankie,” “He had a big heart,” and “I want to thank every single one of you from the bottom of my heart.”
Frank’s niece Natalie was calm, sad, well-spoken, and angry. She righteously proclaimed, “It’s not right. I’ve never had this much hate in my life for anything else. I’m sad, but I’m more angry than anything else because of how he was gunned down. There was no reason for how he was killed; no way to justify their actions. He wasn’t even armed. We just need justice for him, and everybody else, all the other cases that have gone like this. There needs to be justice, and SPD needs to have a taste of their own medicine.”
Frank Alvarado’s Sister Speaks After his Killing by Salinas Police: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o6q7C_v2LY
Frank Alvarado’s Niece Speaks After his Killing by Salinas Police: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvfv_ryhcY4
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Frank’s sister and niece expressed their love for Frank at the rally in East Salinas on July 12, 2014. They also thanked everyone who has given their support to the family as they grieve and fight for justice.
“I cannot thank you enough for the support and goodness that you have shown both my daughter and I. This was like drinking the strongest energy drink ever. When I thought I had to walk this road on my own in the dark, you came to light it up for me and show me that there is a voice and hand there to help. I am so happy to have met each one of you and am extremely thankful for your time, your prayers, and your support for my brother Frank Alvarado. Thank you again for your support. May the fight go on in order to change the injustices done. From Angelica Garza & Natalie Mendoza.”