Oscar Grant Memorial image by Dignidad Rebelde.
Today marks the 1-year anniversary of Oscar Grant's death at the hands of BART police officer Johannes Mehserle and the case is far from over. Grant's family has a lawsuit pending against BART, Mehserle is set to face trial in Los Angeles in 2010 and there are still cases against 3 activists that allegedly participated in the January 14th protests in downtown Oakland.
It's the dawn of a new decade and emotions in Oakland are running high-from renewed anger over police brutality, to BART announcing increased police patrols for the night to the collective hope that this tragedy will be the catalyst to address some of our most pressing issues.
And as Susan states in her essay, the Oscar Grant case was essentially the spark that stoked Oakland Local's fire. Frustration over with the way the media coverage unfolded and the lack of diversity in the coverage sparked its creation. Oakland Local was formed with the goal of providing a platform for the city's diverse voices across race, class, gender and political lines, a starting-place we lacked.
In recognition of Oscar's death--and the impact his killing has had on our city, Oakland Local has asked local leaders and just plain folks to look back at Oscar and the year. We've also collected compelling coverage from the past year, including testimonials, community news reports, essays, poetry, and video. This is our attempt to honor those opinions. This gallery is a collaborative effort by a wide range of individuals and we thank them all for their passion and participation.
As the new year rolls in let's take this time to reflect and ask ourselves how we can all do better in 2010. Not just for ourselves, but for the community, the city and our collective well being. There's a lot of work to be done. Let's make those 1st steps together.
Oscar Grant Memorial Tribute Index
Virtual Alter (leave your memories, comments and tributes here)