Press Conference and Speak-Out at Oakland City Council Meeting to Demand They Vote for Resolution: Justice for Oscar Grant
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, come to the demonstration and speakout at the Oakland City Council meeting to demand justice for Oscar Grant. Details in the press release below.
Full information about Oscar Grant and how we can win justice at:
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
Oakland students demand justice for Oscar Grant, demand that City Council pass resolution in support of:
Jailing all the cops who were accessories in the murder of Oscar Grant
Disarming the BART police, and keeping the BART police out of Oakland
Convening a public hearing to investigate the killing
Press Conference + Speakout at Oakland City Council
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
5:30PM Press Conference at Oakland City Hall, 14th + Broadway
6:00PM City Council Meeting begins
Oakland high school students and community supporters will hold a press conference and speak out at the Oakland City Council today to demand justice for Oscar Grant. They will call on the Oakland City Council to pass a resolution in support of (1) jailing all the cops who were accessories in the murder of Grant, (2) disarming the BART police, (3) calling on BART police to stay out of Oakland, and (4) for the Council to convene an independent public hearing to investigate the killing and make action recommendations to prevent further killings.
“If the BART police didn't have guns, then Oscar Grant would be alive today. I don't feel safe taking BART now knowing what they did to Oscar Grant,” said Tanisha West, a junior at Oakland Technical High School and organizer with the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). "Until the BART police stop carrying guns, I don't think any black student, or anyone for that matter, is safe from them."
Across Oakland, high school students are gathering thousands of petition signatures calling for the above demands.
“The youth of Oakland want all the cops who were accessories to murder to be arrested immediately," said Brenda Onofre, a student who is circulating the petition at Skyline High School. “If black or Latina/o teenagers had held down a man while he was shot and killed, and then tried to steal people's cell phones afterward to hide the evidence, they would be in jail right now and we all know it.”
Students will also call on the City Council to convene a public hearing to gather all the evidence available in relation to Grant's killing.
“It is unacceptable that BART and the District Attorney are hiding video footage and letting all those other cops go free,” said Ronald Cruz, Boalt Law School student and BAMN organizer. “The youth of Oakland are in the line of fire, and so we deserve to know the entire truth of what those cops did.”
Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights,
and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN)
(510) 502-9072 http://www.bamn.com
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