Revolution #158, March 8, 2009
The Murder of Oscar Grant and the Nationwide Epidemic of Police Brutality and Murder
Revolution Books and the Bay Area Revolution Club announce a People’s Tribunal on the murder of Oscar Grant and the nationwide epidemic of police brutality to be held in Oakland on Sunday, March 22 from 2-6 pm.
A People’s Tribunal is crucial because Oscar Grant and thousands more nationwide have been shot, tasered, pepper-sprayed or beaten to death by law enforcement. Yet in the last 15 years, only 6 cops were even charged with murder—and none convicted!
The full story of Oscar Grant’s murder has not been told. The system must not be allowed to cover it up and let killer-cop Johannes Mehserle walk free. The People’s Tribunal will expose the truth about the killing of Oscar Grant and the nationwide epidemic of police brutality.
Attendees will hear relatives of victims of police murder, journalists, legal experts, arrested activists, and others present testimony, evidence and analysis of:
- Oscar Grant’s murder—what happened and why: the system’s response; Mayor Ron Dellums’ role; the District Attorney’s “prosecution”
- the nationwide epidemic of police brutality and murder—torture, tasers & extra-legal executions
- racism, national oppression—the targeting of Black, Latino and other youth of color
- the systemic roots of this epidemic: why courts, politicians and media protect killer cops
- repression, media lies, and vilification of Oscar Grant protests
- winning Justice for Oscar Grant and all victims of police murder, halting police brutality
Zeporia Smith: Auntie of Oscar Grant, mother of Oscar's best friend
Oscar was killed by BART Police on January 1, 2009
Robin Glenn: Auntie of Jody Mack Woodfox and Aisha Coleman, former partner of Jody and mother of Jody's son
Jody was killed by Oakland Police Officer Hector Jimenez on July 25, 2008
Family of Jose Buenrostro
Jose was killed by Oakland Police on March 19, 2008
Patricia Johnson: sister of Anita Gay
Anita was killed by Berkeley Police on Feb. 16, 2008
Sonya Wahnee: mother of Andrew Moppin
Andrew was killed by Oakland Police Officer Hector Jimenez on December 31, 2007
Ara Jo: Cousin of Michael Chou
Michael was killed by La Habra Police on Dec. 31, 2007
Meesha Irizarry: mother of Idriss Stelley
Idriss was killed by San Francisco Police, June 13th, 2001
Danny Garcia: brother of Mark Garcia
Mark was killed by San Francisco Police, April 6, 1996
Rashidah Grinage: Wife of Raphael, Mother of Luke
Luke and Raphael Grinage were killed by Oakland Police on December 15, 1993
Cornelius Hall: father of Jerrold Hall (written testimony)
Jerrold was killed by BART Police November 15, 1992
Karen Saari, researcher and director of the Stolen Lives Project
Clyde Young, Revolutionary Communist Party
JUSTICE FOR OSCAR GRANT! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! NO MORE STOLEN LIVES!
THE WHOLE DAMN SYSTEM IS GUILTY!
NEW DATE & TIME: Sunday, March 22nd, 2-6pm
Where: Calvin Simmons Middle School Cafeteria
2101 35th Ave, Oakland (south of Fruitvale Avenue, east of Foothill Boulevard. Enter 35th Avenue Gate for parking lot.)
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