If a "not guilty" verdict comes down in the Mehserle/Oscar Grant murder trial, we know many young people will feel a sense of outrage, anger and injustice. We ask that you be BOTH committed to social justice by putting an end to police brutality AND a peaceful and thriving Oakland.
- There's no question - Police brutality is wrong.
- Many Oaklanders will be angry, but the question is what do we do with our anger? Do we use it to make change or do we use it to destroy each other and our community?
- There are constructive ways to have your voice heard - join a speak-out or make music to express yourself. Check out websites of some of the many Oakland organizations dedicated to social justice issues:
o Urban Peace Movement - http://urbanpeacemovement.org
o Ella Baker Center for Human Rights - www.ellabakercenter.org
o Youth Together - www.youthtogether.net
o Youth UpRising – www.youthuprising.org
- Beware of 'outside agitators' who are not from Oakland and who will try to incite violence. Oakland is OUR HOME, it's not theirs, and they don't care if we mess our city up. And, they won't be there for you if YOU get caught-up by the police.
- Let's not let these agitators make a bad situation worse.
On the day the verdict is released the following Parks and Recreation Centers and youth serving organizations will be open as places for you to cool off and express yourself in positive ways:
- East Bay Asian Youth Center – 2025 East 12th St/ 533-1092
- Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center – 7701 Krause Avenue/615-5755
- Mosswood Recreation Center - 3612 Webster Street/597-5038
- Youth UpRising – 8711 MacArthur Blvd./777-1163
Go to www.oaklandnet.com for more information about preparations for the verdict and for updates on street closures, etc. on the day of the verdict.
Thank you to the Urban Peace Movement for formulating some of the above content.