top
Newswire
Calendar
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Tue Jan 8 2019 (Updated 01/09/19)
Oscar Grant Honored at Fruitvale BART Station
Oakland Remembers Oscar Grant on Tenth Anniversary of His Murder
Oscar Grant was shot and killed on January 1, 2009, by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle. Oscar’s case made history when bystanders took out their cell phones and recorded his murder, posting the videos online. In response to angry rebellion in the streets, Mehserle was charged with murder. He was ultimately convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served less than one year in jail.

Ten years later, on the first day of 2019, Oscar Grant’s mother Wanda Johnson, together with friends and supporters, hosted a vigil at Fruitvale BART station just below the platform where her son died. Wanda announced that a new mural honoring Oscar will be unveiled on April 23 at the same location. The family is also pushing for the station to be renamed in Oscar's honor, as well as a small nearby street.

Over 200 people gathered at the vigil in East Oakland to commemorate Oscar and condemn his murder by police. Speakers expressed gratitude for those who came out to show respect, including his daughter Tatiana Grant, who was only 4 years old at the time of his killing. Speakers proclaimed, “We are all Oscar Grant.” They recalled both his death and the movement against police murders that developed in its aftermath.

photo audio video 10th Annual Oscar Grant Vigil: photos and full audio | photo On Tenth Anniversary of Death, Oakland Remembers Oscar Grant | photo Photos from Vigil for Oscar Grant | photo On First Day of New Year, Oscar Grant Honored at Fruitvale BART Station | calendar 10th Annual Oscar Grant Vigil: Gone But Not Forgotten | calendar 10th Annual Anniversary Gala for Oscar Grant (March 23)

Related Features: A Celebration of the Justice for Oscar Grant Protesters | Justice for Oscar Grant Archive at Indybay.org
01/21/19 Northern California Stands Up for Martin Luther King's Fight for Justice Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | Health, Housing & Public Services | San Francisco | East Bay | Peninsula | U.S.01/16/19 Teachers Striking in LA and Promising to Strike in Oakland If Funding Needs Not Met Front Page | Labor & Workers | Education & Student Activism | East Bay | California01/15/19 West Oakland Gentrification Claims Yet Another Casualty as Qilombo Forced Out Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | Health, Housing & Public Services | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | Arts + Action | East Bay01/14/19 Millions of Public Housing and Section 8 Renters at Risk If Shutdown Continues Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Labor & Workers | San Francisco | East Bay | U.S. | Government & Elections | Immigrant Rights01/13/19 Once the Most Abundant Fish in the Delta, Smelt Numbers Dangerously Decreasing Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections01/13/19 Santa Rosa Park Built in Andy Lopez' Honor, Civil Settlement Reached for 2013 Murder Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | North Bay / Marin01/11/19 Kevin Cooper: My Thoughts on Governor Brown's Executive Order Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | North Bay / Marin | California01/08/19 Oakland Remembers Oscar Grant on Tenth Anniversary of His Murder Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay01/04/19 Without Rebellions and Protests, Oscar Grant Would Have Received Little Justice Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay | U.S. | Government & Elections12/29/18 Berkeley's Historic People's Park Facing Attacks from Police and Tree Cutters Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing & Public Services | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | Education & Student Activism | East Bay12/28/18 Pan-African Celebration Includes Principles of Cooperative Work and Collective Economics Front Page | Racial Justice | Health, Housing & Public Services | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | Central Valley | California | International