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Urgent Meeting @ Oakland Uhuru House: Stop the Billion Dollar War on the African Community
by Bakari Olatunji
Sunday Mar 22nd, 2009 10:06 AM
Meeting at the Uhuru House to Sum up the Events in Oakland
International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement
7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
(510) 569-9620
Oakland [at] inpdum.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!

WHAT: Urgent Meeting at the Uhuru House Today
Stop the Billion Dollar War on the African Community!
Remember Oscar Grant, Jody Woodfox, Casper Banjo, Andrew Moppin, Gary King Jr.
and all the Victims of the Oakland Police Department Policies of Police Containment

WHEN: Sunday, March 22nd, 4 to 6pm
WHERE: Uhuru House, 7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
CONTACT: Bakari Olatunji, 510-569-9620

Yesterday, in what the media is calling a "routine traffic stop,” four Oakland police officers, two of whom were members of the SWAT team were shot by a young African who was later shot and killed by police in East Oakland. Following the shootings of the first two officers, hundreds of police, sheriff, highway patrol and helicopters terrorized the entire community around 74th and MacArthur. 27 year old Lovell Mixon, the suspect described as having "an extensive criminal history" was killed at the scene.

These events are in direct response to what has been happening in the African community of Oakland. Every day, the notoriously brutal Oakland Police Department comes into the neighborhoods to attack us and we have a right to resist. Nearly half of the city's billion dollar budget goes to support a militarized policy of police containment while one in five families in Oakland communities live below the poverty line. African people are on lock down in their own communities and never see justice for the police killings of African people. Lovelle Mixon is a victim of the policy of police containment and economic embargo of our African community.

The International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement puts forward the following demands:
Jail the killer cops
Reparations to the families of the victims of police violence
Economic development not police containment to the African community