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Minister Keith Muhammad speaks first at September 26th Town Hall for Justice for Oscar Grant and tells the story of a man who was on death row in San Quentin, who had slapped and choked the warden while incarcerated, but then was later able to secure his own release. He notes that it seems like the fight now can't be won, but we are on the right side of justice. Reverend Henry WIlliams talks about a scene he witnesses in a liquor store at Fruitvale and Foothill just before the Town Hall. A woman was beaten by store workers and then taken away in handcuffs by OPD. Roxanne Lewis speaks, who also witnessed the beating, says she was an older woman, with a red/swollen face from the abuse, after she had thrown fruit at the workers. Police arrived, ready to tase the woman, but witnesses yelled not to. Police didn't listen to witnesses or take any statements and just left after the ambulance took the woman away. Minister Keith says our duty is to take care of people. He discusses the real meaning of the word Jihad. First, it is compassion for those suffering injustice. Second, it is raising one's voice against what's wrong. And third, it is to engage physically, mentally, and spiritually for change.
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