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Oakland/Los Angeles Oscar Grant Town Hall, Los Angeles, 2/18/10: photos and audio
At the Oakland/Los Angeles Oscar Grant Town Hall held at the Kaos Network the night before Johannes Mehserle's second court hearing in Los Angeles, speakers addressed the murder of Oscar Grant, the broader issue of police violence against African Americans and other people of color across the United States, and the growing alliances for justice being formed amongst community activists in Los Angeles, Oakland, and beyond.
Speakers included JR Valrey of Block Report Radio and the SF BayView; Kenneth & Cephus Johnson, uncles of Oscar Grant; Jack Bryson, father of two of Oscar Grant's friends; Fred Hampton Jr, Chairman of the POCC and son of Black Panther Fred Hampton; Dedon Kamathi of Freedom Now on KPFK; Minister Keith Muhammad of the Nation of Islam; Keishia Brunston, aunt of Deandre Brunston, murdered by LA Sheriff's deputies in 2003; Hank Jones & Ray Boudreaux of the SF8, and SFSU student Erika Walker. The final half hour of the Town Hall was opened up to community members in attendance to speak to the issues raised earlier and to relate their own experiences.
Oakland/Los Angeles Oscar Grant Town Hall event announcement: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/02/08/18637315.php