Tag Archives: Oscar Grant

Protesters block streets after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

State Bans Grand Juries in Police-Involved Deaths The ban is not a significant change to the pre-existing process, say civil rights experts

  Public reaction was enormously positive last week when California became the first state to ban the use of grand juries in police-involved killings, but civil rights experts say the change is not significant. Signed by [...]
Oakland artist Young Gully.

OP-ED: Oakland Hip Hop Artist Young Gully Speaks to Youth’s Experiences

Oakland is internationally recognized for supporting humanitarian causes and opposing police brutality. The city continues to be on the forefront through hip hop artists who are influenced by the area’s rich political history and the [...]
The six Baltimore officers charged in Freddie Gray's death.

OP-ED: Police Corruption: “Your eyes aren’t lying and your ears aren’t deceiving you” The Oakland Riders Case should be compared to the recent rash of police misconduct cases, Tulsa killing is Oscar Grant déjà vu

By Richard Wembe Johnson, Folsom Prison   As we daily witness police officers from around the country committing undeniable acts of aggression, assault and murder against people of color, it reminds us of the infamous [...]
Panelists Cephus "Uncle Bobby" Johnson, Paul Henderson, John Burris and Adante Pointer address questions during the Save Our Sons event.

“It Is Critical That We All Become Our Brother’s Keeper,” Say Speakers at Covenant Worship Center

On the day set aside to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., nearly 400 people packed into the sanctuary of Covenant Worship Center in Berkeley to both celebrate the day and to talk about securing [...]
Speakers lined up at two microphones Wednesday to express their views at the town hall meeting orgnaized by Black Elected Officials and Faith Based Leaders of the East Bay. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Town Hall Meeting Seeks Solutions to Police Impunity

A town hall meeting seeking solutions to the “strained relations between law enforcement and our communities” was held Wednesday night, hosted by Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and Black Elected Officials and Faith Based Leaders [...]

OP-ED: Choked Out 

  By Ron Busby, Sr., President of U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce   This one is different. We didn’t see George Zimmerman kill Trayvon Martin or Darren Wilson murder Michael Brown. Having only the perpetrators’ [...]
After dialoguing for nearly an hour about police violence against people of color and methods for change, students at Emiliano Zapata Street Academy in Oakland and Rev. Jesse Jackson chanted together, 'I am somebody. Respect me. Red, yellow, brown, black and white; I am somebody. We're all precious in God's sight.' Photo by Ashley Chambers.

High School Students, Rev. Jesse Jackson Say Black Lives Matter

In an impromptu visit to Emiliano Zapata Street Academy in Oakland on Tuesday, Rev. Jesse Jackson sat down in a circle with students to discuss police violence against people of color and how today’s movement [...]
Mass Incarceration

Growing Movement in Oakland Calls for End to Mass Incarceration

A daylong summit to discuss ways to work to end mass incarceration and implement restorative justice was held recently in Oakland.   The summit, called “Fruitvale, Florida, Ferguson and Beyond,” was held Nov. 15 at [...]