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|Racist Police Brutality and Judicial Oppression Forum|
|Date||Thursday May 07|
|Time||7:00 PM - 8:30 PM|
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|210 Wheeler Hall @ UC Berkeley|
|Event Type||Panel Discussion|
|end_police_violence [at] yahoo.com|
This forum will explore some of the most important and pertinent issues of today concerning race, justice and incarceration in this country.Added to the calendar on Sunday Apr 12th, 2009 12:48 PM
Do we really live in a land of the free?
Or are the prison systems our new plantations?
Is slavery a thing of the past if the majority of people who are imprisoned are the same people this country once enslaved?
Why is our prison system filled with people of color? Why are so many young men of color still gunned down on the street by cops?
And why, in the entire history of our country, has a police officer never been convicted of murder?
In light of the tragic slaying of Oscar Grant and so many more innocent men and women, it is our obligation and responsibility to question the system we live in.
Please join us for an evening of intelligent and compelling discussion with people who have suffered at the hands of this racist and unjust system, and the people who are trying to bring about change.
Featured Speakers include:
Jack Bryson - uncle of Oscar Grant, a young father who was shot and killed by the BART police.
Stephanie Montoya - sister of Jerry Amaro, a young man beat to death nine years ago by the officer who went on to become the head of Internal Affairs for the Oakland Police Department.
Jeff Mackler - head of the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, a brilliant journalist, author and activist framed for the murder of a cop and sentenced to death because he encouraged the people of Philadelphia to fight police corruption.
Rebecca Doran - a death row activist who has seen the deplorable conditions of life on the "inside" and the way prisons continue to drain the limited finances of working class families on the "outside".
Everyone is welcome to attend and engage in discussion after the presentation.
This event is free, but donations are welcome.
Wheeler Hall is in the middle of the UC Berkeley campus, a short walk from BART, Shattuck Ave and North Gate.