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People's Tribunal: Oscar Grant & the Epidemic of Police Brutality, Oakland, 3/22/09: audio
by dave id
Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 2:45 AM
On Sunday, March 22nd, Revolution Books and the Bay Area Revolution Club held a "People's Tribunal" at Calvin Simmons Middle School in Oakland to examine the police murder of Oscar Grant III and countless others. Activists, an academic, a former BART employee, the author of Stolen Lives book, and families spoke to share their experiences and learnings from being the victims of police abuse and/or confronting the issue.

Reiko Redmonde introduces Oscar Grant's aunt, Zeporia Smith, who speaks here:
(audio 4:32)

from the printed flier for the event:

Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, Tyisha Miller, Jerrold Hall, Gary King, Anita Gay, Jerry Amaro, Andrew Moppin, Jody Woodfox, Mark Garcia, Jose Buenrostro, Asa Sullivan, Michael Chou, Julio Paredes, casper Banjo, Idriss Stelley, Oliver Lefiti, Lukke Grinage, Raphael Grinage, Glen Willis, Richard, DeSantis, and thousands more...

...have been shot, tasered, pepper-sprayed or beaten to death by law enforcement. Yet in the last 15 years, only 6 cops were even charged with murder -- and NONE CONVICTED!

The system must not be allowed to cover up his murder and let killer-cop Johannes Mehserle walk free!

The People's Tribunal will expose the truth about the killing of Oscar Grant and the nationwide epidemic of police brutality. Come hear relatives of victims of police murder, journalists, legal experts, arrested activists, and other present testimony, evidence, and analysis.

online announcement:
§Opie Santos - Bay Area Revolution Club
by dave id Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 2:45 AM
(audio 1:18)
§Reiko Redmonde - Bay Area Revolution Club
by dave id Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 2:45 AM
(audio 5:54)
§Larry Everest - Bay Area Revolution Club
by dave id Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 2:45 AM
(audio 4:36)
§Reiko Redmonde & Larry Everest
by dave id Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 2:45 AM
(audio 22:48)

Reiko Redmonde examines the known video footage of the murder of Oscar Grant and the abuse of Oscar Grant and his friends. Larry Everest begins the discussion of police racial profiling.
§Zeporia Smith - Oscar Grant's aunt
by dave id Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 2:45 AM
(audio 8:12)
§Lita Gomez - sister of Sophina Mesa, fiance of Oscar Grant
by dave id Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 2:45 AM
(audio 8:24)

Lita Gomez reads a letter she sent to Oakland and Hayward city officials.
(audio 5:27)

Cornelius Hall was not present. A pre-recorded statement was played.
(audio 9:57)

Tryon Woods speaks about racial profiling.
(audio 10:56)

Families Against Murder by Law Enforcement (FAMLE)
§Lou Brown - Bay Area Revolution Club
by dave id Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 2:45 AM
(audio 5:20)

Lou Brown speaks about the felony case against David Santos that arose from the Oscar Grant Rebellion of January 7th.
(audio 4:14)

The same OPD officer, Hector Jimenez, also killed Andrew Moppin in July 2008 and has been on paid leave ever since.
§Clyde Young - Revolutionary Communist Party
by dave id Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 2:45 AM
(audio 24:54)
(audio 13:26)
§Teresa Tims - mother of Richard Tims, killed by SFPD in 2002
by dave id Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 2:45 AM
(audio 4:53)
§Gene Pepi - retired BART station agent, union VP
by dave id Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 2:45 AM
(audio 13:05)

Gene Pepi speaks about BART's long-time racial profiling and the lessons learned from the BART police murder of Jerrold Hall.
(audio 12:46)
(audio 14:40)
§Opie Santos - Bay Area Revolution Club
by dave id Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 2:45 AM
(audio 4:05)

Opie Santos closes out the event with a statement on America in 2009.
photos of most of the speakers can be found here:

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Great job 'dave id' with this audio set. This is really useful in this form. It was a four hour program with a ton of information and testimony and you got this online in less than six hours. Rock on! The program presented an unprecedented study of the evidence painting a detailed picture of the police riot that led up to the shooting - in the context of the so-called epidemic of police murder and the reality that this system is "thoroughly rotten" with great vision from the families of of the police murder victims and leading national organizers against police murder showed great vision on how to fight this. WOW!

Does anyone-one (or dave id) have a picture (they can post here in the comments) of the event displaying the incredible Stolen Lives wall in the background commemorating the thousands murdered by police in the 1990s?


"In a world marked by profound class divisions and social inequality, to talk about “democracy”— without talking about the class nature of that democracy and which class it serves—is meaningless, and worse. So long as society is divided into classes, there can be no “democracy for all”: one class or another will rule, and it will uphold and promote that kind of democracy which serves its interests and goals. The question is: which class will rule and whether its rule, and its system of democracy, will serve the continuation, or the eventual abolition, of class divisions and the corresponding relations of exploitation, oppression and inequality." -Bob Avakian
by MyView
Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 12:52 PM
We all remember the irrational wave of pro-militaristic sentiment that swept the nation after 911. Similarly, there will be an irrational wave of sentiment for Oakland police following last weekend's killings. It will be particularly important, therefore, to do what's necessary to keep the Oscar Grant story and similar stories in the forefront. If we don't, we can be certain that the post 911-like sentiment will cause political officials to roll over for anything the Oakland police ask for. We need to remember that it is a substantially corrupted police force, and that doesn't change when cops die in the line of duty: if anything, cop deaths only foster police state mentalities because of the way the corporate medias report them.
by a-feminist
Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 2:01 PM
"Great job, Rock on, WOW!, Stolen Lives, Chairman Bob, etc."




Seriously, thanks for the info, but I know a planted shill when I see one...I know somewhere, somehow underneath all that indoctrination, you can do better than this. Meanwhile, I'm gonna pull up a lawn chair, grab some popcorn, and wait for you to lay into me for being reactionary. Have fun, I know I'm gonna! :p
by a-feminist
Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 2:07 PM
I'm sorta fuckin' with you here with the "WOW!" business, but you all do have a trademark way of doing things. :p Nevertheless, thanks for speaking up for Oscar Grant, and giving his fam and the community a chance to speak. Meanwhile, I'm off to enjoy the sun and wait for you to accuse me of whatever it is I happen to be doing at the moment. ;-D
by anarchist
Wednesday Mar 25th, 2009 3:38 AM
Cops kill people all the time, some armed and fighting back, others unarmed and pressed against the concrete. You look at this like the war it is and these officers are just enemy combatants.