In the 209, activists and community organizers from the RHHR, Modesto Copwatch, Aztlan Rising, Nation of Islam-Stockton, Modesto Brown Berets, Modesto Anarcho Crew, Sol Collective in Sacramento, DQ University, and K- Cizzl Productions came together to further address these issues on a local level. On Sunday, October 11th at Plaza Gil on Crows Landing Road in South Modesto, they hosted the “Keep Ya’ Head Up Hip Hop Festival” as an anti-Columbus Day event to fight local police brutality, stop racist gang injunctions, and support immigrant rights. The event included performances from LA’s El Vuh, Sherman Austin, and Sacrifice, SF’s Sellassie, and 209’s Cob@lt, Nikfuq, True2Life, Los Punks del Norte, TruthBTold, Juggernaut Records, Pen-Point Ent, Tha Thurd, Koshae, ILL CRW, Bob Dizzle & Vel, Sont, Anthony K, DJ Ogre & DJ 5on5. The day also featured free food, raffles, guest speakers, a bounce house, face painting, vendors, film screenings, and a graffiti wall.
Around 300 people from LA, the Bay, Sacramento, Stockton, Manteca, Merced, Los Banos, and of course Modesto attended the 7 hour long event
without a single act of violence, drama, or set-trippin.’ This is our way of taking our community back to empower ourselves against the system that is obviously formatted to incarcerate and criminalize urban youth and people of color. Show your support and build community with us. Let’s change the Central Valley for the sake of our children’s future…POWER TO THE PEOPLE!