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Wed Feb 4 2009 (Updated 03/01/09)Arrestee Solidarity, March for Stolen Lives, & More
Wed Feb 4 2009 (Updated 03/01/09)Oakland 100 Rally & March by Supporters of Victims of Police Brutality Feb 6th
UPDATE: Former BART officer Johannes Mehserle made bail and was released Friday afternoon.
On Friday the 6th, many organizations called for a day of resistance to police brutality and the criminalization of a generation. Beginning at 9AM at the Wiley W. Manuel courthouse in Oakland, many of the over 130 people arrested for protesting the police murder of Oscar Grant had their arraignments. The Oakland 100 Support Committee called for a show of support inside and outside the courthouse. On Friday, the District Attorney chose not to pursue charges against 28 people who had been arrested for misdemeanors, while one misdemeanor and two felonies set to have arraignments Friday were to proceed. The next arraignments for those arrested in connection with Oscar Grant protests are February 9th, 13th, and 17th.
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On the same day at the same court building, a pre-trial hearing was scheduled (but postponed until April) for Stafani Tang stemming from World Cant Wait demonstrations at the Marine Recruiting Station at Berkeley. She is charged with obstructing a police officer, after one of the repeated incidents last spring when the Berkeley police in riot gear assaulted World Can't Wait's. Tang, a leading figure in WCW, is the only one to still face charges. Announcement
At 3PM, families of victim of police murder and supporters gathered at Frank Ogawa Plaza to protest the killing of people of color by the police. A "March of Stolen Lives" began about 4:30PM. The city of Oakland granted only one hour for the event and resisted allowing a march. Organizers had called on people to contact Mayor Dellums to demand a march permit. Demonstrators marched anyway, without a permit, while a heavy police presence corralled people onto sidewalks throughout.
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There were also several solidarity demos held around the country. Harlem report
Oakland Critical Mass met at 6:00pm at Frank Ogawa Plaza for their monthly ride and had asked for extra support with the heavy-handed police activity in the area recently.
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More: BART Board meeting disrupted Thursday Feb 12th 2009 | "Town Bizness" Townhall Meeting on Oscar Grant and Police Terror | Oakland Will Be Judged By Response To Youth’s Cries | Alameda DA Orloff Moving Ahead With Charges in Oscar Grant Rebellion | Public Safety Committee to Oakland Youth on Proposed Curfew - You Won | Upcoming Oscar Grant Mobilizations | Mumia Abu Jamal’s Reaction to Oscar Grant Killing | CAPE General Meeting 02.02.09 | Oakland Police Department Report on 2004-2008 Officer-Involved Shootings | Oscar Grant Memorial Arts Project | BART Police Officer Mike Zendejas asking for "Donations" for Johannes Mehserle BAIL | Notes from the Citizens Police Review Board Meeting, 2/5/09 | Justice for Moppin and Woodfox, Citizens Police Review Board Meeting, Thursday Feb 5th | Condemn The Police Murder of Oscar Grant — Enough is Enough!
Previous Indybay Coverage: Protest in Watsonville for Annette Garcia, Killed by Riverside Police January 23rd | Groups demand all charges be dropped against the Oakland 100 | Protests in Oakland as Mehserle's Bail Set | Mehserle Arrested, Protests Continue | Rally and Rage Over BART Police Murder of Oscar Grant | BART Police Shoot and Kill Man at Fruitvale BART Station