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Two Martinez Residents Charged with Hate Crime for Defacing Black Lives Matter Mural

by ECT

Martinez, Calif. – Today, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office charged Nichole Anderson (42-years old Martinez resident) and David Nelson (53-years-old Martinez resident) with three misdemeanor counts, including a hate crime, for their alleged actions on Saturday, July 4, when defendant Anderson covered up a Black Lives Matter mural with black paint. Nelson directly aided in the alleged criminal conduct. The incident was captured on video by witnesses.

On July 1, a local Martinez resident applied for a permit to paint a Black Lives Matter temporary mural in downtown Martinez in front of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse. The permit was approved by the City of Martinez and the painting was done on July 4.

Nelson and Anderson arrived at the scene of the mural after it was completed with paint supplies. Anderson started to paint over the yellow letters “B” and “L” in the word “Black.” She used black paint and a large paint roller to do so. The video has been shared widely by witnesses and shared on social media.

“We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country. The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention,” stated Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton. “The mural completed last weekend was a peaceful and powerful way to communicate the importance of Black lives in Contra Costa County and the country. We must continue to elevate discussions and actually listen to one another in an effort to heal our community and country.”

In total, both defendants are charged for the following alleged offenses:

  • Violation of Civil Rights, PC 422.6(b)
  • Vandalism Under $400, PC 594(a)
  • Possession of Tools to Commit Vandalism or Graffiti, PC 594.2(a)

If convicted, both defendants face up to a year in county jail. The alleged offenses are exempt from a specific bail amount due to the current county bail schedule in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Case information: People v. Nicole Claudia Anderson and David Richard Nelson, Docket Number 01-194031-1

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The other BLM Jul 7, 2020 - 3:41 pm

Dumbest shit ever! The city shouldnt have approved this racist paint job in the first place. People are sick and tired of all this BLM bs!!
Quit crying, go to work and be a productive member of society.
Dont commit crimes and you have nothing to worry about from the police!!!
All Lives Matter!
Especially Blue Lives!!!

No to racism Jul 7, 2020 - 9:35 pm

Look at all these people crying because people don’t want to be treated bad anymore by people like you. Despicable! Stop trying to make other people’s lives hard bigots!

thedude Jul 8, 2020 - 8:03 am

any side that is one sided will support a division. BLM is a one sided argument who supports division, which is in return a variable of racism. all lives matter* People are so ignorant. To think that city leaders would allow this racial division through this message is a disgrace.

William Jul 9, 2020 - 7:10 pm

I’ve never treated anyone badly. I treat people the way I want to be treated and the way I want my dad and mother treated!

Samantha Drake Jul 12, 2020 - 5:15 pm

If someone is treated badly, it’s because of their behavior and not their skin color. You act civilized and you will be treated civilized. Not that hard!

Karla love Jul 7, 2020 - 10:01 pm

Well said!!!!!

mylifematters Jul 7, 2020 - 10:30 pm


Drake Jul 8, 2020 - 5:34 pm

Who is the fat-assed idiot in the pink pants yelling expletives at those people? She should have gotten a mouthful of black paint.

Christopher World Jul 9, 2020 - 12:36 pm

Somebody painted the words “WHITE LIVES MATTER” over on Howe Road and now the City idiots are having kittens over this. They say it’s an “illegal” mural. Funny!

Alda Spraggins Jul 9, 2020 - 4:27 pm

We never said all lives don’t matter. You just don’t get it….go sit down somewhere.

Diana Lynn Jul 10, 2020 - 12:15 am

I am sitting down .. somewhere ….. in a nice, comfy chair watching the ocean waves. So, what are you trying to say?

Lucy Brown Jul 10, 2020 - 1:39 am

Where would you suggest we sit down? All ideas are welcome

zeecom Jul 10, 2020 - 8:52 pm



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David B Benjamin Jul 20, 2020 - 8:05 pm

You ma’am/sir/idiot…Treat people fairly and you wont hear us “crying”..You are the worst sort of idiot, as you assume to know your audience..your job at Amazon is secure, most of us are working…and the next time you see a BLM member (which you cant tell, it’s not like they have membership cards), tell him how you feel. Dont be a bitch and send msg’s online to no one…Tell the next BLM member, preferably a male, exactly how you feel…Coward!!!!…

Shane Smith Jul 7, 2020 - 3:44 pm

We need to find out what officials approved this “mural” and vote them out. The DA is really reaching with a hate crime since to pander to leftists.

Mark Welch Jul 7, 2020 - 4:53 pm

Vote them out for showing support for the biggest movement in the past 100 years. You want to vote them out to support your own bigotted agenda. Grow up you sill little boy. The earth is going right past you and you want to vote them out?

Peter Benchley Jul 7, 2020 - 6:27 pm

The “hate crime” is having those scumbag BLM people vandalize our streets! I hope someone takes a wide truck full of tar and obliterates that phrase off that street! I’m voting out the entire Martinez City Council. We don’t need to have our streets vandalized!

Alda Jul 9, 2020 - 4:29 pm

Is this your real name Peter? Hmmm…..let’s see if we can make you famous!! ?

Peter Benchley Jul 11, 2020 - 1:52 am

Yes! As a matter of fact, my name is Peter Benchley. Is that a problem?

Mercedes Martinez Jul 7, 2020 - 6:33 pm

“Movement?” Are you referring to the Black Lives Matter BOWEL Movement! You are FOS, Mark! The people who were painting over that phrase, should be given gold medals and a key to the City.

Lola Saavedra Jul 7, 2020 - 6:48 pm

I think I can refer to the “movement” you’re referring to. That “movement” needs a lot of toilet paper!

Madeleine Jul 7, 2020 - 10:11 pm

A a resident of Martinez, I will work as hard as I can — along with my family members, relatives and friends to make sure that the whole rotten City Council bunch is kicked out of City Hall! This stupid act on their part has really been an inspiration!

A. Ramon Rivera Jul 7, 2020 - 11:01 pm

This “movement” is calling for the overthrow of our government no matter who is in the White House. They are a domestic TERRORIST organization. Looks like the Martinez City Council is supporting a terrorist organization. Isn’t that nice?

Treddis L Campbell Jul 9, 2020 - 8:15 am

Biggest movement in the last 100 years? did you miss the civil rights movement? Martin Luther King/

Chelsea Jul 9, 2020 - 7:14 pm

What has the Civil Rights Movement done? Gave us more gang members, out-of-wedlock births, more criminals. Caused more problems than it ever solved. Gave the letters “NAACP” another meaning.

Elaine Bloom Jul 7, 2020 - 6:30 pm

Who are the hooligans permitted to paint that crap on our streets? They should be hunted down and arrested along with the idiots from the City who gave them permission to do it. Who are these morons, anyway?

JBC Jul 8, 2020 - 5:13 pm

So many people are pissed off BIG TIME at what these idiot city council members did! I think they’re just as good as GONE! I’ve spoken with people o the street, with my neighbors, relatives and friends. All are disgusted with the city government. A few said that the council members are simply not up-to-par with what has been happening in this country and who the BLM people are comprised of. Ignorance is bliss.

Robert C. Jul 7, 2020 - 3:53 pm

Vandalism offenses, yes. “Violation of Civil Rights” – not so sure about that one.

The problem “hate crime” legislation is that it attempts to criminalize the offenders’ motive rather than the act. That’s a slippery slope to walk. The act is the crime. Once found guilty of that, then motivation can be considered in sentencing.

Barack Jul 7, 2020 - 5:10 pm

That’s a misinterpretation of the violation of civil rights.

The violation here is that these individuals infringed upon the rights of those who sought approval for and received the right to paint Black Lives Matter on the street on the basis of a hate crime.

You’re not wrong in that, sometimes, people stretch and attempt to criminalize motive rather than the act, and it is indeed a slippery slope.

Robert C. Jul 7, 2020 - 7:04 pm

What they did was obviously stupid and intended to provoke but so is much of what left wing activists do. I have trouble accepting that anyone’s “civil rights” were violated by this vandalism. That’s a major overreach.

You could make the same argument that someone’s “civil rights” are violated by the current fad of toppling statues that someone or other doesn’t like. We should be careful of trivializing what civil rights really mean.

Rosemary Ross Jul 8, 2020 - 12:29 am

The two people spreading black paint over the BLACK LIVES MATTER nonsense were cleaning up VANDALISM The actual vandals were those who painted that “mural” in yellow.

Vito Corelli Jul 11, 2020 - 10:37 pm

They should have used black tar with some rough sand in it and it would have been difficult for the BLM idiots to paint over There is a type of tar which dries really fast. Also, they should have done it in the dead of night.

tom Jul 8, 2020 - 9:35 am

As written, the Declaration of Independence, today, would have been registered as a ‘hate’ filled document subject to criminal charges by contemporary standards and applicable to all penalties therein.. There has been a gradual infiltration of elected officials who want to substantially
increase government control over our very lives in the most minute detail, something our Founding Fathers sought to prevent… True Freedom comes at a price if we are willing to pay it… it takes only one generation to undo what took 244 years to grow. The momentous work of MLK Jr. is being undone and that is shameful.. Let’s not let that happen

Frank Jul 7, 2020 - 4:06 pm

If painting over things is a hate crime now we need to arrest every tagger there has ever been. They write hate all day long.

Barack Jul 7, 2020 - 5:00 pm

You know that’s a crime, too, right?

Stephanie Kennedy Jul 7, 2020 - 4:22 pm

What they did is ok to some just like it was ok to own Slaves? Gtfoh!

Idris Jul 7, 2020 - 6:36 pm

Those were different times with much different attitudes! You’re looking at this through contemporary eyes. Are you even aware that many blacks owned slaves?

Dawn Marie Jul 8, 2020 - 5:18 pm

Hey! I sure could use a few slaves right now! I’m sick and tired of cooking and scrubbing after all thee people here at the house sitting out the SIP orders.

MAUREEN Jul 8, 2020 - 11:48 pm

Me too! Tired of being the chief cook and bottle washer for these ingrates! All they do is play video games, stuff themselves on pizzas, drink all the beer and fart around. At least the dogs get their own food and water!

Michael Walker Jul 7, 2020 - 4:41 pm

Painting over the letters as a hate crime would have been a stretch open to debate, but then they had to open their mouths on the camera and say the things they said.

Fred murtz Jul 7, 2020 - 4:42 pm

Wow so the leftist marxist blm can riot loot and topple statues and take over cities and terrorize our country get arrested and released without charges these two express their free speech and protest by nearly painting over a couple of letters. Boom hate crime. What’s next burn them at stake. For going against the cult. Wow god save us.

Barack Jul 7, 2020 - 5:03 pm

Fred, this was approved by the city. They defaced a sanctioned painting. Regardless of what was painted is, it was lawful.

Defacing a public area is not freedom of speech. They broke the law.

Willie Block Jul 7, 2020 - 6:40 pm

The ones who used the yellow point to create that saying are the ones who defaced our street. They should be forced to clean it up. Now, where are the pigeons when we need them? Pigeons tend to be attracted to things which are yellow.

MS Jul 8, 2020 - 7:45 am

Pretty simple explanation yet some of these folks are oblivious to reality, and simple explanations.

Willow Jul 8, 2020 - 5:21 pm

Sanctioned, MY ASS! That’s nothing but street graffiti!

Treddis Campbell Jul 9, 2020 - 8:26 am

But a hate crime? Isn’t toppling statues on public property a crime? What hate crime have the BLM protesters been charged with/

Diana Sands Jul 12, 2020 - 12:54 am

The City folk made a huge mistake. What right do they have to give a permit to vandalize our streets? They don’t and they will pay dearly for it. Hope they have some jobs lined up.

Desert Dao Jul 7, 2020 - 5:20 pm

Aren’t you just a precious and delicate little snowflake?

Omar Alcazar Jul 7, 2020 - 10:15 pm

Did you hear that they even want to topple the status of JOHN MUIR?

MS Jul 8, 2020 - 7:57 am

Not true. You apparently are making a statement like this because of the Martinez / Muir connection.
Muir was sympathetic to the Indians plight in the 1860’s so that wasn’t going to happen.


Debra St. John Jul 11, 2020 - 2:38 pm

So? John Muir supported Indians scalping white people? If that’s true, then off with his statue!

Diana Reed Jul 9, 2020 - 5:52 pm

I’d love to see some of those statues topped on top of those cretins! That would be justice!

Jesus H Christ Jul 7, 2020 - 6:04 pm

Good GTFO of my town. I heard Florida is doing great

Daniel Wicks Jul 12, 2020 - 2:52 pm

Not going anywhere, Jesus H. — staying here and blasting the BLM crowd at every point. They should be run out of town, but then most of them don’t live here either.

Jg Jul 7, 2020 - 6:27 pm

Looks like the DA may be instigating and making things worse. This in itself are stupid charges. The DA shouldn’t promote racism and divisions by making this a huge issue. Graffiti is just as serious yet you don’t see this kind of attention. I can’t wait for the election to be over with. Fix it and move on. It’s done on freeway walls all the time.

Bearman Jul 7, 2020 - 6:42 pm

This DA (Becton) is about as useful as fart in a windstorm!

Robert C. Jul 7, 2020 - 7:37 pm

Unfortunately, all of the Bay Area county DAs have the same defect: their responsibilities as law enforcement officials takes a back seat to political posturing. They are, first and foremost, politicians.

Jean Lemieux Jul 7, 2020 - 11:13 pm

Ah! Diana Becton opens up her big, ugly mouth!

Jamie Jul 7, 2020 - 6:42 pm

We are gonna fight back!! You are all sheep and obey the law. They painted a racist slogan first. They should have painted it over with White, because white lives matter.

Martin Jul 7, 2020 - 6:46 pm

I know a guy in Martinez who has a large truck which leaks a lot of oil. Maybe I could talk him into driving that vehicle back and forth on that block like 100 times, for starters!

Damn Daniel Jul 7, 2020 - 7:02 pm

If that ain’t contra costa…I’ll kiss your Heineken.

TSG Jul 7, 2020 - 7:46 pm

Nichole Anderson and David Nelson, I applaud your action. The majority of Americans is on your side and does not support violence instigating, Marxist organizations.

Nestor Alonzo Jul 7, 2020 - 11:18 pm

I hope they insist on a trial by jury and I would LOVE to be on that jury! I would make sure they were found NOT GUILTY!

Raymond Chin Jul 12, 2020 - 2:56 pm

Me too, Nestor! I’m getting calls and emails from relatives and friends in other states AND in China! The news of these two patriots cleaning up the BLM graffiti is now international news.

I would love to be on that jury!

Phyllis Jul 7, 2020 - 8:00 pm

Unbelievable comments, smh. I wonder if it were a confederate flag painted there instead of BLM, would there be the same uproar. Black people have had to deal with KKK for centuries, a symbol of hate and division, but some of you can’t live a day with BLM, a symbol of eroding racism. Let BLM be a daily reminder in Martinez that when we recognize that Black Lives Matter, we can say with conviction that All Lives Matter.

Jg Jul 8, 2020 - 8:24 am

Phyllis, I suppose you may vote for Biden too. Biden supports a KKK leader. This is all about power and money. Don’t think for a minute this entire year of BS is about anything else. You are just being used by the left for your vote. Think about it.

Mary Ann Johnston Jul 9, 2020 - 7:05 pm

Jg, the problem with liberals is that they DON’T THINK! Everything with them emotion.

Elsa, the Rhine Maiden Jul 11, 2020 - 2:43 pm

Sorry to tell you, Phyllis. but the more things “change,” the more they stay the same. The liberal press has hyped this whole thing up in order to sell more papers and watch more TV and enrich the advertisers. Human nature is just that . . human nature. That’s existed even before humans started walking upright.

Eve Starr Jul 12, 2020 - 12:58 am

Centuries? Like how many? The KKK was founded in the late 19th Century.

Lynn Landon Jul 7, 2020 - 8:16 pm

I’m glad I don’t live in Martinez with all you racist assholes.

MS Jul 8, 2020 - 7:39 am

Always thought it was a pleasant enough place with its downtown and the water views but now realizing how many effed-up folks live there will keep me away.

Lauren Hughes Jul 8, 2020 - 4:59 pm

How many people are holding guns to your head forcing you to stay in Martinez? We seem to be objecting to us not wanting a Marxist organization creating havoc in our city! BLM’s tenets are to dismantle this country, get rid of the Constitution, The Bill of Rights . . and that’s just for starters! Wake up and smell the yellow paint!

What the heck? Really? Jul 9, 2020 - 12:45 am

Who is trying to get rid of the constitution? What? Black Lives Matter is a statement that it’s time that we started considering the value of a Black Life. If a white guy steals: he will get thrown in jail, maybe. If a black guy steals, he could die. The systematic racism is very much alive and well (according to this thread, my stomach literally hurts reading it, and I am thanking my lucky stars I don’t live in Martinez…) and after this bout with George Floyd who died with a guy on his damn neck for 9 minutes straight, bastard…American said ENOUGH. Enough’s ENOUGH! And THAT is why the uprising. So, if someone was stepping on YOUR damn neck for 200 years, and your Moms, and your grandma’s and your Dad’s and your siblings, after 200 years of slavery and wondering if you’re going to steal their things when maybe you’re just shopping in a store with your kids, you would also say: ENOUGH!!!! THAT is what this is about. So, if someone goes and gets a PERMIT to paint this street (read: PERMIT, it was PERMITTED, not vandalism), and then some white racists want to throw black paint on it: THEY are, obviously the vandals.
I like to think that most human beings are kind, and I grew up thinking there wasn’t much racism (being hispanic myself) so my heart really wonders WHY people are so callous to the terrible predicament that black people in our country find themselves in. WHY? What if you were born black? Just by luck you were not. I don’t understand the hate, it must come from feeling uncomfortable with someone different from you: but that, is just ignorance. I am sad there are so many people commenting terribly on here, it makes me want to tell you to read a few books on racism, tolerance, books by black authors (The Mothers is a great one, by the way) and to make a black friend or two and re-assess the way you look at life. Because if I knew you in real life, I would think you were a really pitiful, sad person who did not have a heart.

Lola Saavedra Jul 9, 2020 - 12:55 pm

Question! What RACE are “Hispanics?” Think about it. Another question: have you actually read the BLM manifesto? I think you should. You’ll learn a lot.

Harry Tutor Jul 9, 2020 - 1:01 pm

I live in Martinez and love my town. Now, if I were born black, I’d move to South Africa or Bothwana and start a business. Those countries will even give you start-up money.

Olivia Sanchez Jul 9, 2020 - 1:07 pm

That street does not belong to the BLM people! It belongs to the people of Martinez — ALL OF US! The stupid city council people made a huge mistake and now they will pay the price. Doing that to a street for which we pay with our taxes is VANDALISM, no matter what you think! The city council then gave a permit to VANDALIZE one of our streets and that doesn’t sit well with us.

Nothing is as pitiful as some bleeding hearts trying to justify a big mistake!

Phillip Jones Jul 9, 2020 - 5:40 pm

Oh, knock it off already, What the heck? Really? — George Floyd died in the hospital of a heart attack from all the illegal drugs he had in him. take a look at Floyd’s rap sheet for starters! If you’re black like me, when the police pull you over, be polite and do as they say and then you don’t get hurt. You don’t mouth off or try to run! You obey the law! Laws are there for a reason! You also don’t go around stealing wallets from the purses of elderly women like they did in Walnut Creek last year! Cameras are everywhere now and they will get you.

Jack Reed Jul 10, 2020 - 12:30 am

Get off your butt, What the heck? and go to the BLM website and read their manifesto and then you will find out what they are promulgating (you can look up that word in the dictionary) — You will read about their MARXIST training. Hell, you can then start reading about Karl Marx himself and learn a few things. You might even pick up a copy of DAS KAPITAL and read that. It comes in many translations, if you can’t read GERMAN. If you’re the adventurous kind, you might even take a trip to London and go visit his grave there. However, you won’t be able to get very close because it has been blocked with wrought iron fencing so that people don’t go there and piss on it like so many have been doing.

Missy Jul 8, 2020 - 7:59 am

Same. Martinez seems to be a hotspot for racists…

Mark J. Mason Jul 8, 2020 - 5:03 pm

The BLM people are the racists! Do your homework, Missy! The founders of that organization themselves spelled it all out for you. Clear as can be! Don’t be an ostrich!

Roxanne Fox Jul 9, 2020 - 12:49 pm

BLM Leader Yusra Khogali: “White People Are Genetic Defects!” —

Ilham Omar calls for “Dismantling” USA

These two low-lives make no bones about what they are planning. You’re just going to sit there and take it? I sure won’t!

Medussa Escarlata Jul 9, 2020 - 5:49 pm

Actually, Yusra Khogali is the one who is a GENETIC DEFECT! I’ve seen photos of her. She also suffers from a cranial/anal inversion.

Lorenzo Jul 8, 2020 - 5:26 pm

Lynn, and we’re overjoyed that you don’t live here either! You would undoubtedly approve of those who want to dismantle our country. Stay where you are or move to CUBA or Venezuela – you’ll like it much better over there, I’m sure!

Elizabeth E. Parker Jul 9, 2020 - 12:53 pm

Lorenzo, I’ll even lend Lynn my top-o-the-line suitcases and even volunteer to pack her stuff and take her to the airport with her ONE WAY ticket to Cuba and/or Venezuela. Adios, Señora! Buena suerte!

Leslie Downs Jul 9, 2020 - 7:07 pm

Hey Lynn,

I’m glad you don’t live in Martinez either!

Chuck Davis Jul 10, 2020 - 2:36 pm

I’m very glad you don’t live in Martinez, Lynn. Hope you’re content wherever you live.

Dan Jul 7, 2020 - 8:24 pm

Incredible the city of Martinez would give this Marxist group approval for this garbage, especially near the building that upholds American law. BLM was founded on the tenets of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. The founders of BLM openly state as much. This is disgraceful appeasement.

Karen Burns Jul 7, 2020 - 9:39 pm

Ever since the death of the lifelong criminal, George Floyd, a whole new culture has emerged known as the cancel culture.  This culture was founded and promoted by the three black self-admitted MARXIST women of BLACK LIVES MATTER, who want to transform this country into something it was never meant to be.  They are attempting to erase our history and cancel anything to do with what they consider “racist” and western culture as a whole.

They are doing it through fear, intimidation, white guilt and racism and city administrators and companies are cowering and caving into them like sniveling cowards in the corner (“We’ll give you anything you want, just don’t call us racist.”

Then they started tearing down statues of figures THEY deemed racist such a George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee because they owned slaves.  Many black people also owned slaves!  They also strongly encouraged the removal of statues of leaders who fought to eliminate slavery:  Gandhi, Lincoln, Frederick Douglas, etc. 

These three Black Lives Matter co-founders and admitted MARXISTS (Matrisse Khan-Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi) are also fans of President Maduro of Venezuela and want to overturn this country into something resembling the much troubled country.  But, guess what!  We won’t let them destroy our country!   That’s a guarantee!

Rose Del Vecchio Jul 8, 2020 - 11:58 pm

Three co-founders of BLACK LIVES MATTER spell it all out on the organization’s website for those who want to read it for themselves. They even brag that they are “Trained MARXISTS” — and make no bones about it. It seems that those who are so protective of them, also want to overthrow the very existence of this country.

Laurie Leland Jul 9, 2020 - 2:36 am

I watched their speeches. They are chilling! They were calling for the overthrow of our government no matter which party is in control — and that’s SEDITION! Those three co-founders are in hiding because they know what’s coming.

Susan Blanchard Jul 11, 2020 - 1:00 am

I found out which organization contributes money to this BLM garbage. Thousand Currents, a non-profit foundation that sponsors the fundraising and does administrative work for the Black Lives Matter Global Network, among other clients. What’s funny is that BLM is not a “GLOBAL” anything. It’s just a word they use.

Ginger Jul 12, 2020 - 1:04 am

Amnesty International is also a big financial backer of BLM. There are over 30 such organization here in the states that help such sedition groups with money.

Renata Rossi Jul 7, 2020 - 10:06 pm

It’s those idiotic Black Lives Matter creeps who DEFACED that street! Mr. Anderson and Mr. Nelson were cleaning up that VANDALISM

Charlie Morgan Jul 7, 2020 - 11:08 pm

How could someone who is cleaning up a vandalized cite be accused of a “hate” crime? I have vandalism as much as the next guy! Something here just doesn’t sound right.

Charlie Morgan Jul 7, 2020 - 11:09 pm

Opppps! Meant to type “I hate vandalism” — my finger slipped. Sorry!

Eqes S Jul 8, 2020 - 1:12 am

Children! Children! Temper! Temper! My, what tiny bittsy bent fascist minds most of you have. Where did you acquire such antisocial unpleasantness?

Lola Saavedra Jul 8, 2020 - 5:08 pm

Do you have a problem rejecting an organization which wants to overthrow the government of the United States of America and has plainly said so? Is that where you’re coming from? These people think they started something but they can be assured that we will fight them tooth and nail. They have been warned!

Antioch-Pittsburg Highway Jul 8, 2020 - 8:21 am

Ms. Anderson and Mr. Nelson went about their protest the wrong way. You can not use the left’s playbook to achieve your goals. The left is too knowledgeable in how to counter such a move. All those in favor of the action taken by these two need to hire their own professional protest group not aligned with the left. Your goal must be clearly stated that no mural shall be approved that is considered a permanent message of protest. By no means have any signs or give oral statements in support of the accused. They will be OK fighting on their own. Everyday during the trial of these two you need to get out in mass and cause chaos for this city. It worked for the left and it will also work for you.

joepete Jul 8, 2020 - 8:27 am

Takes 40 days for Permit approval in Martinez. This was approved in 2 days ? Contra Costa DA is Soros plant. Mural was denied the first time as they wanted it in Plaza Ignacio Park. Denied on 6/30/2020…then magically gets approved 2 days later, without consulting Board. Recreation Dept. leader gave Go Ahead /Temporary Permit they said.
Follow the Money. Looks like a hazard, as Lane lines are obstructed.

Elaine Ford Jul 9, 2020 - 2:19 am

The City people obviously gave into the mob! NOT a good move!

Jaime Jul 8, 2020 - 9:50 am

I wonder if the City would grant a ‘Permit’ for someone to deface a street with…


Surely they would treat us equally and grant that ‘Permit’ as well.

They would not think of discriminating against one particular race/color of People, now would they?

-Now, surely, I’ll be called a ‘racist’ for asking those questions.

Antioch-Pittsburg Highway Jul 8, 2020 - 1:09 pm

Testing. Testing 1….2….3. Traffic light here, there, OK. Crosswalk lines on this one, that one. Excellent! Not a robot. What? Where my comment go?

Antioch-Pittsburg Highway Jul 8, 2020 - 1:22 pm

Posted on BLM website: The Black Lives Matter Global Network is as powerful as it is because of our membership, our partners, our supporters, our staff, and you. Our continued commitment to liberation for all Black people means we are continuing the work of our ancestors and fighting for our collective freedom because it is our duty.

Every day, we recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported.

We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities.

We work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.

We intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.

We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a prerequisite for wanting the same for others.

We see ourselves as part of the global Black family, and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black people who exist in different parts of the world.

We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.

We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.

We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.

We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.

We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.

We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.

We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable. We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).

We cultivate an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, show up with the capacity to lead and learn.

We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.

Steve Williams Jul 8, 2020 - 5:28 pm


Robert C. Jul 9, 2020 - 11:41 am


This thread has degenerated into idiocy. Time to lock it down.

Melissa Jul 9, 2020 - 12:41 pm

Hey buddy! I haven’t had a chance to add my comment and I live in Martinez. What these city “leaders” did was an abomination! Obviously, our city is run by people who have no clue about what the BLM group is all about. They want to destroy this nation and they make that quite clear in their manifesto. Find it and read it for yourselves. I’m calling the city and raising bloody hell.

Jon Gross Jul 9, 2020 - 1:23 pm

Knock it off, Robert C! We haven’t even started.

Robert C. Jul 9, 2020 - 5:01 pm

Probably not, but nothing you post here is going to change anyone’s mind.

Jon Gross Jul 9, 2020 - 7:17 pm

Actually it has. I spoke with a number of people in my neighborhood here in Martinez and directed them to this site and they had no idea about what is really behind the BLM movement and now they do. I also gave them some links to look at and they were shocked. Knowledge is power!

Pat Hamilton Jul 10, 2020 - 12:39 am

Many people not only here in CA but other states, how absolutely no idea what the BLM movement is all about. It’s not what you’ve been told. Time to get off your asses and take a good look. They are lying to you and you’re eating it up. It has nothing to do with that criminal George Floyd who assaulted pregnant women, threatened to shoot them in the belly killing them and the fetus, committed home invasions, theft, illegal drug dealing, etc. . . and scared the living daylight out of people with his HUGE NOSE! Ever see a bigger nose on a person? Neither have I.

Richard Jul 10, 2020 - 1:20 am

I met with a very large group of people (ALL wearing masks) and showed them the postings and they sure learned something. Now, they will take more time to study the tenets of this BLM movement.

Phil Kern Jul 10, 2020 - 5:01 pm

Robert C — It sure changed my mind after reading the postings and then pulling up the BLM website and seeing what they are all about. They spell out their intentions very clearly. I had no idea. The news media seems to portray them as some sort of heroes trying to improve the lives of the downtrodden. All fake! These are “trained Marxists” who want to dismember this country.

Darren Jul 10, 2020 - 1:17 am

I heard that all 5 of the city council members (mayor as well) were the ones who OK’d for that vandalism of our street. I will do my part to vote them out.

Tiger Lily Chan Jul 10, 2020 - 2:31 pm

Maybe the mural “BLACK LIVES MATTER” should be painted with BLACK paint. Kind of goes with the theme, don’t you think? The YELLOW paint might be better used to create an “ASIAN LIVES MATTER” mural and RED paint for “NATIVE AMERICAN LIVES MATTER” … just a suggestion.

Anyway, this was done on a PUBLIC thoroughfare and that’s an affront to us Martinez taxpayer.

James Connor Jul 10, 2020 - 4:37 pm

Why are these BLM cretins picking on our city of Martinez, of all places? How about heading for Blackhawk, Alamo, Danville or the Silicon Valley towns? Probably because their asses would be kicked out of there so fast, they wouldn’t know what hit them!

Lauren Hall Jul 11, 2020 - 1:56 am

Some great comments on this situation on YouTube. People are so sick of the BLM and now it’s becoming a joke.

Kweiku Gabra Jul 11, 2020 - 3:41 pm

I watched the Nelson/Anderson interview on Tucker Carson’s show! David Nelson said that BLM has “a hidden agenda.” Actually, they don’t! BM’s agenda is crystal clear and spelled out in detail on their website. Claiming they are a “global” movement is a bunch of nonsense. This “movement” consists of maybe 6% on a world-wide scale, which is nothing. From information I get from friends and relatives living all over the world, even black people are disgusted with the BLM. Some referred to it as “Bowel Leaking Movement.”

Damn Daniel Jul 12, 2020 - 5:39 pm

Looks like some female is getting punished for getting caught watching interracial pornography by her husband and this was her punishment. I think Karen might have had what white men call the,”the fever.” Karen n Karl Kounty I mean KKK, I mean CCC

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