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Justice for Oscar Grant: Fighting Racism in Obama's America

Date:
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Time:
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Event Type:
Meeting
Organizer/Author:
Jeremy Tully
Location Details:
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
151 Barrows Hall
San Francisco, CA

In front of dozens of witnesses, and captured on video, BART cop Johannes Mehserle shot 22 year old Oscar Grant III while he was lying face down on the platform of the Fruitvale BART station in the early morning of January 1.

There have been protests of police shootings in the recent past, but none have matched the scale and effectiveness of those surrounding the shooting of Oscar Grant. In the face of this movement, growing in both size and anger, officer Mehserle was arrested on January 13th. But with Mehserle now out on bail, the fight for justice continues.

What will the impact of having our first Black president have on the outrageous history of police brutality in this country? The criminal justice system is an ideological and economic crisis. In this new political period we can organize with the confidence that we can make change and win justice for Oscar Grant and countless others who have been brutalized by this system.

Come to a forum on how we can win justice for Oscar and build a new Civil Rights Movement.

Featuring:

Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor, author of the forthcoming New Orleans: An American Travesty.

Dana Blanchard, organizer with Campaign to End the Death Penalty and Coalition Against Police Execution (CAPE).

Thursday, March 19th at 12:00pm
San Francisco State University
151 Barrows Hall
San Francisco, CA

This meeting will also take place later the same day in Berkeley, the following day in Santa Cruz, and the next week in the San Francisco Mission district.

Sponsored by Haymarket Books.
Added to the calendar on Sun, Mar 1, 2009 2:45PM
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