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Uhuru Meeting for Economic Justice!

Saturday, June 04, 2005
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Temescal Library Community Room, 5205 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Stop the Land Grab!
Defend the African Community Against Ethnic Cleansing!
Community Speak-Out

In Oakland and in cities across the country, African people are being pushed out of their neighborhoods through heavy-handed police tactics and a policy of police containment where the police are given an open license to kill, harass, intimidate and arrest African people in an effort to keep the African community silenced and docile.

A majority black city at the height of the Black Power Movement, African people now represent less than 35% of Oakland’s population. The city of Oakland is clearing out the community to facilitate a gentrifying land-grab as speculators and regular white people flock to traditionally black neighborhoods to buy up every piece of property they can find.. Much like white people’s historic attack on indigenous peoples to obtain land during the California Gold Rush and the governor’s support for the attack on Mexican people by the Minutemen, police violence and vigilanteeism is being encouraged by the city of Oakland. In this gold rush atmosphere, the public policy of police containment is looking more and more like "ethnic cleansing," With the armed elements of the State being the primary means of carrying out the mission.

Police Containment and Vigilante Violence Encouraged and Rewarded!

The city of Oakland and white homeowners rewarded Patrick McCullough, the North Oakland vigilante, for shooting 17-year old Melvin McHenry, whose family is being forced out of town. The city continues to give McCullough police protection and special treatment while supporters of the McHenry family are treated as criminals and deviants by the city.

Recent reports state that the Oakland Police Department failed to investigate 775 complaints of misconduct to internal affairs while the Oakland Riders, the four Oakland police officers accused of beating and framing African people, were acquitted on more charges.

Support Economic Development and Democratic Rights for a Positive Future!

The Uhuru Movement calls on African people and their allies get to organized for economic investment that will uplift the entire black community of Oakland. If we want peace and unity in our city, we need to support a future for young people like Melvin McHenry. It’s time for all of us in the white community to stop building our lifestyle at the expense of the African community!

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