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Oakland Response to Mehserle Verdict - Community Gathering: photos (1 of 3)
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The Oakland General Assembly for Justice for Oscar Grant called for a community gathering in the intersection at 14th and Broadway at 6pm on the day of the Mehserle verdict. It was publicly announced in late May, before the trial even started. No permits were sought nor granted. It was simply declared that it was happening, and word spread. The event was to be an opportunity for people to gather to express themselves regardless of the outcome of the trial, with an emphasis on allowing young people to speak their minds unfiltered. Despite the efforts of city leaders and local non-profits to scare people away from the community gathering and to counter-organize with their own last-minute events, perhaps 1500 or more people gathered in the streets downtown after the verdict. On July 8th, 2010, there was much sadness and anger, yet it was a beautiful thing for so many people to come together to hear and be heard on the injustice of the Involuntary Manslaughter conviction of Johannes Mehserle.

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