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Town Hall for Justice on Mehserle Case and West Oakland Gentrification, 12/5/09: audio
In this Town Hall, Minister Keith Muhammad spoke about upcoming December events related to justice for Oscar Grant and the trial of Johannes Mehserle. Marcel Diallo and San Francisco Minister Christopher Muhammad spoke about the ongoing gentrification in West Oakland.
Minister Keith Muhammad reiterates that the purpose of the Town Halls is to secure justice. He notes that there have been about 47 Town Halls since January 2009 and discusses how the trial of Johannes Mehserle has been ordered moved to Los Angeles. He points out that the final Alameda hearing in the case was set for December 15th. He talks about the importance of uniting with LA residents once the trial dates are known. He mentions the upcoming January 1st vigil at 2pm at Fruitvale BART station where Oscar Grant was killed one year ago. Minister Keith adds that a public meeting on BART's hiring of a new police chief was scheduled for December 17th at the Metro Auditorium in downtown Oakland, and that the California Assembly was set to discuss BART police oversight again in January. OPD killed another man on the Thursday prior to the Town Hall (12/3/09) around 63rd and MacArthur, and Minister Keith is trying to learn more details.
Minister Keith Muhammad introduces Marcel Diallo of the Black Dot Cafe by way of noting that there is talk of closing down public schools in West Oakland. Marcel Diallo points out that the racial makeup of West Oakland is changing. Mayor Dellum's childhood home was recently sold for just $57,000. Marcel Diallo is trying to create a cultural foothold in historically African American West Oakland with the Black Dot Cafe, Black New World, and other projects.
Minister Christopher Muhammad asks if West Oakland is becoming San Francisco East. He says the policies gentrifying West Oakland are by the same forces dedicated to decimating the poor and populations of color worldwide. We are not powerless, he says, but... African American leaders in Oakland are not standing up for their own communities.
previous recorded Town Hall on Environmental Justice in Oakland and Mehserle Change of Venue, 11/7/09: audio
[November 14th Town Hall was not recorded due to the 10th Anniversary of LA IMC being on the same day. No Town Hall held on November 21st or 28th.]
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