Sad News

From: Dara G (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Oct 29 2006 - 17:37:53 PST

Brad Will was a video documentarian from NYC who was killed by
paramilitaries in Oaxaca, Mexico this weekend while documenting the
strike. He was shooting video when he got shot in the chest. He was
well known in NY for working with community gardens, documenting
social movements, and generally being a wonderful person. He is
greatly missed.

This is his last video document:

Below are more links and the press release.

For Immediate Release

October 28, 2006, 12:40 a.m. Contact:
Beka Economopoulos, (917) 202-5479
Brandon Jourdan, (646) 342-8169
Eric Laursen, (917) 806-6452


William Bradley Roland, aka Brad Will, a U.S. journalist and
camerman, was shot and killed yesterday in Oaxaca, Mexico, by
paramiliaries affiliated with the PRI, the former Mexican ruling
party. Will was in Oaxaca covering the continued resistance of
teachers and other workers against the PRI-controlled government of
the State of Oaxaca. According to reports from New York City
Independent Media Center and La Jornada, Will, 36, was shot at the
Santa Lucia Barricade from a distance of 30-40 meters in the pit of
the stomach by plainclothes paramilitaries and died while enroute to
the Red Cross.

Centro de Medias Libres ( in Mexico City reports that from Will's
recovered videiotapes, they have identified his killer as a
paramilitary named Pedro Carmona, ex-president of Felipe Carrillo
Puerto de Santa Lucia del Camino, a colonia in Oaxaca.

At last report, Will was one of five people who died in the last day,
along with 17 wounded, as paramilitaries and federal police poured in
to retake the city, according to Centro de Medias Libres. The city
had been in the hands of the workers for five months. Will is the
first American to be killed in the months-long confrontation. A
longtime journalist and activist, he covered land occupations in the
Pacific Northwest of the U.S., direct actions and rebellions in
Argentina and Ecuador, land occupations in Brazil, and anti-
privatization struggles in Bolivia. He was a much-beloved figure in
the global justice movement in the U.S. and leaves behind many
grieving friends.

Friends of Brad in the U.S. will be calling actions in the next day
to demand that the U.S. State Department press the Mexican government
to investigate Brad's murder and address the terroristic regime that
made it possible. Additionally, they will press for solidarity in the
U.S. with the Mexican movement for social justice that Brad gave his
life to document in Oaxaca.

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