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The People Vs. Mehserle Teach-In, Oakland, 5/17/09: photos and audio
On Sunday, May 17th, one day before the preliminary hearing of Johannes Mehserle is set to begin, the group New Year's Movement for Justice held a teach-in at the Humanist Hall in Oakland. A panel of four attorney's discussed what to expect in the coming trial and took related questions from those assembled. The second half of the teach-in was an open discussion and speak-out that looked at the wider issues of activism related to the the trial and seeking justice for Oscar Grant III.
Nearly everyone at the Humanist Hall took turns contributing to the discussion.
Diana spoke first and thanks all of the supporters from the community who have been actively working for justice. She offers thanks for those who the wished the family well on the 5th birthday of Tatiana, Oscar Grant's daughter, on Saturday, May 16th. She speaks of how important it is for as many as people as possible to send a clear message of "no more lynching" by standing up in large numbers throughout the trial of Mehserle and into the future.