Sunday, May 1, 2011

Who is Sumiko Braun AKA Sumi, and Why she can't be Trusted

This information is presented to inform others in our community about the deliberate actions and informant-like behavior of an individual who has infringed on the safety and overall security of our community and organizations.

This person is known as Sumiko Braun , AKA "Sumi".

Sumi used to be a member of Cop Watch LA and R.A.C (Revolutionary Autonomous Communities) until she was kicked out in 2007 for her distrusting and deliberate attempts to infringe in the security of the organization, the personal safety of others and the working relationships between members.

While Sumi was a member of Cop Watch LA, the organization was well under surveillance and closely monitored by various law enforcement agencies including the LAPD, FBI, US Probation Office and others. All members of Cop Watch LA were well aware of this and had a very direct and frequently reminded understanding of security culture. The organization was successful in helping to expose police brutality incidents on an international level and therefor attracted a great deal of attention , especially from law enforcement. Members of the organization were frequently targeted and closely monitored by local police and federal authorities (FBI, USPO, DOJ, ATF, etc.).

In early 2007 Sumi was in a relationship with another member, Joaquin, who was also a member of Cop Watch LA and RAC. Both got married but separated just a few months afterward. . ."Relationship drama" is no interest to us, it is an exclusive matter and should be consulted within the appropriate private enviornment.

However, at the time of these divorce court and custody hearings , Sumi deliberately made a number of statements on signed affidavits to a judge which had nothing to do with Joaquin or their past relationship, but instead focused on falsely accusing Cop Watch LA and RAC as being involved in illegal underground violent activity. She made these statements knowing both organizations were still closely watched by police and federal authorities.

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These affidavits and documents were signed by Sumiko Braun and presented and filed on record in a court.

Why would an individual make such a statement jeopardizing the safety of those in or affiliated with these organizations whom she used to be a part of? Why would Sumi make such statements indicating that both organizations run an underground armed wing with a "violent agenda"

As some of you may know, given the line of work both organizations are involved in , federal prosecutors interpret such rhetoric as a group with a politically motivated intent to commit acts of violence against the government and or government employees , and conspiracy to commit acts terrorism in the instances of a foreseeable risk. Section 809 eliminates the statute of limitations for any federal crime of terrorism (as defined by 18 U.S.C. ? 2332b(g)(5)(B) and as amended by section 808) for instances in which " the commission of such offense resulted in, or created a foreseeable risk of, death or serious bodily injury to another person".

This alone carries 8-20+ years in prison.

In another statement , Sumi refers to both organizations whom she belonged to as an "extremist cult" and that the only time she embraced a "violent ideology" was when she associated with "the cult"

Interestingly , Sumi has pistol, rifle and shotgun shooting listed as a 'skill' on her online resume (

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Nonetheless, Sumi's actions speak louder than her words. After Sumi was kicked out of Cop Watch LA, she resulted to death threats. Sumi stated that she was visiting the shooting range with another individual (pictured below holding her Glock 9 MM) to get target practice. She briefly stated to other members of Cop Watch LA that she was training to "blast" another member of Cop Watch LA whom she apparently did not like.

Two days later this photo with Sumi's GLOCK 9MM pistol pointed at the camera (being held in shooting position by her new participant who was never a member of either organization) had been sent via text message to another member of Cop Watch LA.

When Sumi was asked about the death threats and the photo she attempted to deny all responsibility stating she had nothing to do with it. Her friend , however , who's holding Sumi's gun in the photo was also confronted. She stated both her and Sumi were both mutually involved in the act.

Shortly after the threats Sumi claimed her Glock 9MM pistol went missing. She claimed it was stolen and called the LAPD and filed a report stating her ex-husband stole her gun making him in illegal possession of a stolen firearm. Of course without any evidence or witness.

Why would an individual join an organization and carry out such behavior? Sumi's initial intentions of joining Cop Watch LA have long been questioned. Is she just crazy and feels a need to break apart organizations , carry out informant and snitch-like behavior, and make false accusations without considering lasting consequences? Or is she truly an undercover informant on a payroll?

Regardless of what it may be , when Sumi was part of these organizations EVERYTHING she said and everything she did was a lie. Her actions and infringement on the safety of others was not by mistake it was deliberate.

And one thing is for sure: We can no longer allow snitches, rats, infiltrators and informants, as well as those who simulate such behavior to come into our organizations, our work spaces, our community spaces, our safe spaces, and deliberately infringe in the safety, security and working relationships of others. Then at the same time join other organizing circles and simulate working roles in the community without ever being held accountable.

Such persons must and will be confronted.
These situations must and will be addressed.

Otherwise we will never build strong communities and 20 years from now we will not be able to pass down a practical idea to our children of a revolutionary community to live for.

Sumi must be held responsible. One of the most effective ways to hold an individual responsible for something is to simply inform others. That is the purpose of this information. You do not have to believe this information simply because it is here. You can consult others in the community in person as there are countless people who can vouch for every word in this document.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Join Cop Watch L.A. GC Emergency Response Network and Create Your Own

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Links to Download the Film, "We're Still Here, We Never Left" / Link para bajar la pelicula, "Todavia Estamos Aqui, Nunca nos Fuimos"

Here are the links to download the film "We're Still Here, We Never
left" in its entirety, we hope folks can set up screenings and fundraisers
with them for their organizations and for our defense fund. We want people to
see it all over, we're are still open to going out to cities and different
places and speaking if that is possible and if that can be organized. If not,
then folks should still screen it.

If you want a physical copy of the dvd, let us know and we'll send one out
to you, please help with cost and shipping.


Also we encourage people to donate, whatever you can, to help the community programs of the Revolutionary Autonomous Communities.

You can send donations to
P.O. Box 292344, Los Angeles, Ca. 90029. USA

Also through PayPal on our blog:

English Version of film:

El link para bajar el documental entero en espanol / Film in Spanish

The Revolutionary Autonomous Communities is putting out a call
for their film, "We're Still Here, We Never Left" to be screened
your university, community center, church and anywhere else.

film documents the truth about the police repression on May 1st, 2007,
and also shows the growing popular movement in oppressed communities.

It has footage never before seen on the mainstream media.

We hope to create dialogue with the film, a space for popular education, and a

We want this film to be seen all over, in different cities and possibly
different nations.

The film will also ready for distribution.

Contact us at if you're interested in organizing an event.

"Todavia Estamos Aqui, Nunca Nos Fuimos"

Las Comunidades Autónomas Revolucionarias están
haciendo una
llamada para su película, "Todavia estamos aquí, Nunca nos fuimos"
que sea ensenada en su universidad, centro de comunidad, iglesia y en
cualquier otro lugar.

La película documenta la verdad sobre la
represión de la policía el 1 de mayo de 2007, y también demuestra el
movimiento popular que esta creciendo en comunidades oprimidas.

Tiene imagenes que nunca se han visto en los medios de comunicacion.

crear diálogo con la película, un espacio para la educación popular, y
un movimiento. Quisiéramos que esta película se vea por todas partes,
en diversas ciudades y posiblemente diversas naciones.

Tambien pedimos que manden una donacion para apoyar los programas comunitarios de las Comunidades Autonomas Revolucionarias

Pueden mandar donaciones a:
P.O. Box 292344, Los Angeles, Ca. 90029. USA

Tambien por nuestro PayPal en nuestro blog:

Nuestro correo electronico

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Family of slain LA teen sue county, sheriff

Family of slain LA teen sue county, sheriff

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Relatives of a high school football player who was murdered, allegedly by an illegal immigrant, have sued Los Angeles County for wrongful death.

The parents and brother of Jamiel Shaw filed the lawsuit Friday, seeking unspecified damages.

They say the county and sheriff’s department were negligent and violated immigration laws and their civil rights by allowing the alleged killer, Pedro Espinoza, out of jail.

He had been in custody on weapons charges and was released a day before the March 2, 2008, killing.

The suspected gang member has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore declined to comment on the lawsuit’s specifics but says he’s pleased the full story will be told.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Gallery 1927 Announces the Opening of the Work of Michael Cho - Thursday, May 14th 6-10PM

The Work of Michael Cho, a mass of ceramic works by the late Michael
Cho, will be presented at Gallery 1927 in Los Angeles, CA. The
exhibition opens with a public reception on Thursday May 14 from 6-10
pm, featuring live musical performances enshrining his craft in its
natural culture. The exhibition will remain on view through June 5th.

Opening Reception
811 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
May 14, 2009; 6-10PM

Gallery 1927 is located in between Flower and Figueroa on 7th street
in Downtown Los Angeles in the Historic Fine Arts Building. Gallery
1927 is open 7 days a week, 7am-8pm or by appointment. Gallery 1927 is
accessible by the Metro and there is ample parking lots and metered
parking. For more information please refer to Gallery
1927 is part of the Downtown Art Walk.

It will be a beautiful show. We look forward to seeing you!

Gallery Opening Flyer:

Press Release:

Stop the Killer Cop Awards

Kodak Theater
Hollywood & Vine
Thursday May 28
At its most prestigous ceremony the LAPD will
be awarding its highest honor, the Medal of
Valor, earned by cops who have “distinguished
themselves by conspicuous bravery or heroism
above and beyond,” to 10 of the SWAT officers
involved in their 2005 assault on Sr. Pena’s auto
shop on Avalon & 104. $25k sponsors a table by
the mayor. ($65 to get in
Mayor Villaraigosa attended the funeral promising
to “uncover every fact,” but there is no report
& the family’s lawsuit is on a shelf while
Bratton seeks a coroner to deny his shooters’
bullets killed 18 month old Susie.
The Police Commissioners, appointed by the
mayor, voted to approve the awards.
Since Rampart, LAPD is under Federal Consent
Decree jurisdiction to the U.S. Dept of Justice &
Atty Genl Eric Holder, ducking a Justice Dept
lawsuit for the "pattern and practice" of civil
rights violations by LAPD officers.
In May 2006, U.S. District Judge Gary Feess extended
the consent decree for another three
years because all the requirements had not
been met...
Coalition for Community Control Over the Police
contact Jubilee Shine 213.663.6316
We need
police control boards