Nov. 1 Hanal Pixán, Feast for the Beloved Deceased, 6pm Asociación Mayab
The family of Luis Góngora Pat invites supporters who assisted in anyway in making the Community Quilt to a special and small ritual celebration of Hanal Pixán at Asociación Mayab (3012 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103) on November 1. Hanal Pixán is the communal meal with the deceased in Mayan culture, also known as All Saints Day in Catholic culture. Either way, the date represents a communion with the beloved deceased. Please RSVP if you are coming so the family has a sense of how many people are coming. A documentarist Rafael Flores will be filming the celebration. https://www.facebook.com/events/1672862013027724/
Nov. 2 Day of the Dead procession and post-procession prayer at altar
The 34th Annual Day of the Dead Procession in the Mission District starts at 7pm from the corner of Bryant and 22nd Street. https://dayofthedeadsf.org/the-procession-2/ . The family of Luís Gongora Pat in his honor during the procession and afterwards, a prayer will be said for Luis Góngora Pat at his altar at Shotwell and 19th
Nov 1-5 Traditional Mayan Altar in Honor of Luís Demetrio Góngora Pat at SOMARTS
The family of Luís Góngora Pat is participating in the Annual Day of the Dead exhibit at SOMARTS: Promise Not To Forget with a traditional Mayan altar and informative exhibit in honor of Luis Góngora Pat, killed by SFPD on April 7, 2016. Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm, Saturday 11am–5pm & Sunday 11am–3pm More information at somarts.org/promise
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Nov. 3 Simultaneous press conference Mérida, Yucatán and San Francisco, CA
The parents, widow and children of Luis Demetrio Góngora Pat —a Mayan, indigenous father, husband, brother, son, uncle, cousin, killed by SFPD officers on April 7, 2016— will receive a community delegation from San Francisco, California in Merida, Yucatan during Day of the Day festivities to raise awareness about this international incident and their joint cross border struggle for justice.
At the press conference, a quilt made by community members in San Francisco will be delivered to the family by representatives of the Justice and Honor for Luís Góngora Pat Coalition —Adriana Camarena, Chris Carlsson, Tiny Lisa Gray-Garcia and the youth Tiburcio Garcia—as a Day of the Dead offering and a symbol of solidarity across borders in the struggle against police violence. Poor Magazine and Deecolonize Academy school of San Francisco will also be represented by members of the delegation.
At the press conference, the family attorney, Adante Pointer of the Law Offices of John Burris will provide information about the federal civil rights lawsuit filed in the United States of America on October 7th, 2016 against Sergeant Nate Steger and Officer Michael Mellone, who fatally shot Luis Demetrio Góngora Pat.
The family and their community of supporters in both countries hope that increased knowledge of the facts will generate pressure on the Attorney General and Department of Justice of the United States of America at a federal level, and the District Attorney of San Francisco, George Gascón, to pursue an independent federal investigation and press federal criminal charges against these officers.
Press conference in Mérida Yucatán will be local time 11am at Hotel Castellano Gamma Merida, Salon CID and we will connect via social media in San Francisco local time 10am at Asociación Mayab, 16thStreet and Mission.