Interfaith leaders and community residents held rituals, services and a rally this week to demand Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley drop the charges against the Black Friday 14, a group of Black Lives Matter activists who have been selectively prosecuted by the D.A.
They protested because instead of citing and releasing the 14 Black activists who blocked a BART train for several hours on Black Friday in November 2014, District Attorney O’Malley is pursuing criminal charges.
Speakers said Black Friday 14 courageously confronted the war on Black Lives with their bodies, and should not be punished for speaking the truth.
Faith leaders wanted to remind District Attorney O’Malley that she should stand on the side of justice, and do her part to end the war on Black lives by dropping the charges
The gathering at the Wiley Manuel Alameda County Court House at 661 Washington St. in Oakland included faith rituals creatively reimagined to challenge the war on Black lives and speakers from a wide range of faith traditions. The Interfaith Committee in Support of the Black Friday 14 anointed and celebrated the Black Friday 14 for their prophetic work.
Speakers included representatives of the Black Friday 14 and diverse faith leaders from Jewish, Buddhist, Unitarian Universalists, Ifa, Pagan, Kemetic, Christian, Indigenous, and Muslim faiths.
People participated from the First Congregational Church of Oakland, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Shomeret Shalom, First Unitarian Church of Oakland, The Way Christian Center, Nafsi Ya Jamii, Plymouth United Church of Christ, Bay Area Christian Connection, Congregation Beth El, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Pacific School of Religion, and Starr King School for the Ministry