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LA Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant Press Conference, 1/8/09: photos and full audio

by dave id Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM

The newly formed Los Angeles Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant held a press conference in front of the LA court house just before the first Southern California hearing in the murder trial of Johannes Mehserle was set to begin. The LA Coalition, along with several Oakland community activists who traveled south for the hearing, spoke about their determination to end the wanton killing and abuse of people of color by police. Full audio of the press conference is below.

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Pictured above are the indigenous Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc who blessed the press conference space with the blowing of a conch shell, singing, dancing, drumming, and the burning of sage.

The scene inside and outside of the court room revealed just how disingenuous was the change of venue order by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jacobson. Amongst the reasons offered for venue change by Mehserle's defense team and cited by the judge in his order -- besides a non-scientific and racist argument that African Americans in Alameda County could not be impartial jurors, based on a poll that included less than twenty African Americans -- was that media coverage and social justice activism in the Bay Area would interfere with a fair trail for Mehserle. Any reasonable person could have easily concluded that both would be present in any county the trial was moved to when the case represents the first time ever a police officer has been charged with murder for an on-duty shooting in the state of California. The rarity and magnitude of this trial is made all the more clear by the reported 1,000 people killed by police in California over the last ten years, 310 of whom died in Los Angeles alone -- every single one of which was determined to be justified by various police departments, district attorneys, and other authorities. A change of venue cannot hide this simple fact.

A report from inside the court room by community media activists will be forthcoming. The trial is currently set to begin in mid-May, with another hearing on February 19th.

January 12th: Demand Strong Civilian Oversight at Assembly Hearing on BART Police Oversight -

State Capital Building

Room 126

Sacramento, CA

January 13th: Anniversary of Mehserle's Arrest Fundraiser for O100 Holly Works and JR in West Oakland -

Black Dot Cafe

1195 Pine St.

Oakland, CA

January 17th: The next public meeting of the Los Angeles Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant will be held at 5pm on Sunday.

Chuco's Youth Justice Center

1137 E. Redondo Blvd

Inglewood, CA

323- 235-4243

Jan 21st: The next meeting of the Oakland Assembly for Justice will be at 7pm in West Oakland.

Continental Club

1658 12th Street

Oakland, CA

February 19th: At the next LA hearing, Mehserle's defense attorney Michael Rains will argue to have Alameda DA's office removed from case and for a reduction in Mehserle's bail even though Mehserle made bail within weeks of being arrested for the murder of Oscar Grant.

Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center

Los Angeles County Superior Court Complex

210 West Temple St.

Los Angeles, CA

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Mehserle and his defense team can run but they can't hide from social justice activists and the media

by dave id Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM

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Full audio of the LA Coalition press conference

by dave id Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM

audio: MP3 at 18.8 mebibytes

(audio 54:36)

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Aidge Patterson, of the October 22 Coalition, introduces LA Coalition speakers

by dave id Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM

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Keishia Brunston, aunt of Deandre Brunston, shot 80 times by LA County Sheriff’s deputies

by dave id Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM

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From the LA Watts Times at

Keishia Brunston might be one of those people.

The 38-year-old Compton resident said she came to the [LA Coalition] meeting, “because it’s for Oscar Grant and his family … we’re all Oscar Grant, Deandre Brunston, same thing. Everybody knows the situation with my nephew Deandre … And it’s just been happening ever since, back-to-back. So, I’m here to support all the families and Oscar Grant’s family when they come to L.A.”

Deandre Brunston was a 24-year-old male whose shooting by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on Aug. 24, 2003, was caught on video and also widely distributed.

Brunston, who had been sought for questioning in a domestic dispute, was cornered in a doorway by deputies and repeatedly stated he had a gun, which turned out to be false. He said he would fire on deputies if they released a police canine on him.

Deputies released the canine, and when Brunston made a sudden move, fired more than 80 shots at him and shot the dog in the process. The canine was then airlifted to a hospital while Brunston was allowed to bleed to death.

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Porfiria Rivera, mother of Carlos Rivera, 17 year old killed by LAPD in 2008

by dave id Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Porfiria Rivera, mot...
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Statement by Margarita Rivera, sister of Carlos Rivera, read in English and en Español. Porfiria Rivera speaks about the trauma since she lost her son, another assassination by police of an innocent man.

List of 27 People Murdered in 2008 by Law Enforcement in Los Angeles

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Jubilee Shine of the Coalition for Community Control Over the Police

by dave id Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM

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Bambu of Kabataang Maka-Bayan

by dave id Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM

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Comrade Sergeant Che from the Black Riders Liberation Party

by dave id Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM

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Nicole Lee and Rekia Redmond of Libros Revolucion in LA and Rev Books in Berkeley (RCP)

by dave id Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM

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[Apologies for first twenty seconds of audio here missing due to needed battery change for recorder, as indicated by tone in audio above.]

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Kayla De Los Reyes of AnakBayan Los Angeles

by dave id Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM

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Hannibal Shakur of Oakland

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Michael Murray of the Youth Justice Coalition

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Shango Abiola of Oakland and Commemoration Committee for the Black Panther Party

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Rachel Jackson of the Oakland Assembly for Justice for Oscar Grant

by dave id Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM

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Jan 21st: The next meeting of the Oakland Assembly for Justice will be at 7pm at the Continental Club, 1658 12th Street in West Oakland.

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Donna from A Time for Real Change and Cease Fire

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Noel Andrade of Anarchist Black Cross Federation

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Larry Aubry, long-time fighter for justice in Los Angeles communities

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Dedon Kamathi, KPFK journalist

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Cory of the ANSWER Coalition, Los Angeles

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