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Town Hall Addresses Lovelle Mixon, Oscar Grant, & the OPD, Oakland, 3/28/09: photos and audio
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The Town Hall on March 28th continued to focus on the issue of justice for Oscar Grant and began to address the challenges that have arisen for the community with the shooting deaths of Lovelle Mixon and four Oakland police officers in East Oakland on March 21st. Speakers included Reverend Daniel Buford, Minister Keith Muhammad, Reverend Ramona Tascoe, Wilson Riles Jr, Deacon Reggie Lyles, Wanda Johnson, Minister Christopher Muhammad, Willie Radcliff, Diana Davis-Marks, Bishop Smith, and several community members. Family and friends of Oscar Grant are asking for supporters to write 6,000 letters demanding justice for Oscar Grant that they will deliver to President Barack Obama via certified mail. Letters can be left with the family at the next Town Hall for Justice on April 4th. The next Caravan for Justice to Sacramento will be on April 8th. Organizers hope to double their numbers to one thousand next time in order to press California state legislators on issues such as revising the "Police Bill of Rights" that shields misconduct records from the public, repressive gang laws, reforming the Three Strikes law, dropping the charges against the San Franciscso 8, environmental justice, and other laws and issues that criminalize urban youth and negatively effect communities of color. Reverend Daniel Buford of People’s Institute West spoke first, offering an opening prayer and words on how the system failed both the police officers and Lovelle Mixon.

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