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Demand Justice from Oakland City Leaders!

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Quan, Santana and Jordan

The Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition will be attending an Oakland town hall meeting this week on public safety and other issues. The meeting is scheduled to include: Mayor Jean Quan, OPD Cheif Howard Jordan, City Administrator Deanna Santana and City Council Member Pat Kernighan.

Wednesday, 5:30pm at Edna Brewer Middle School, 3748 13th Ave, Oakland.

They’ll be talking about public safety (by telling us that the solution to our 120 murders is more police, gang injunctions, and youth curfews), infrastructure (because that pothole that’s about 3 feet deep on my street and has been there for the last 6 months speaks well to their ability to resolve infrastructure issues), attracting new businesses to Oakland (aka the new business development districts that are behind all this gang injunction nonsense in the first place), and schools (sure we closed down 5 of them and plan to further de-fund them to pay the $4.6 million dollar settlement that OPD stuck us with for repeatedly strip-searching people in public, but we swear this time we’re serious about our children).

Press conference at the DA’s office

Interfaith March for Alan Blueford

October 2, 2012
Meet at 4:30pm
Rally at 12th Street entrance to Alameda Superior Court, 1225 Fallon Street (location of the DA’s office)
March to City Council Meeting

Called to serve liberation and full aliveness for all people, we stand against the excessive use of force, harassment, and racial profiling regularly practiced by the Oakland Police Department.

We recognize that these practices played into the police killing of 18-year-old Alan Blueford by Officer Miguel Masso on May 6, just a few weeks before Alan’s high-school graduation. We grieve this tragedy, and we call upon the district attorney, the city council, the city administration, and the police department t
o meet the following demands of the Blueford family, their friends, and supporters:

* Release a police report that includes a thorough investigation of Alan’s murder
* Terminate Officer Masso’s employment with the Oakland Police Department
* Bring criminal charges against Officer Masso
* Hold Chief Jordan accountable for changing his story to the family about what happened the night of Alan’s death.
*End de facto stop-and-frisk and other racial profiling practices of the OPD
* Work with state legislators to repeal the so-called Police Officers’ Bill of Rights that shields violent cops from prosecution and keeps them on the street.

Logistics:

We will meet at the south entrance (on 12th St) to the Alameda County Superior Courthouse, 1225 Fallon St., at 4:30pm. There, we will deliver sign-on letters to the district attorney’s office and rally for a march to the city council meeting, which begins at 5:30 at Oakland City Hall and where we will deliver more sign-on letters.

This is a nonviolent march, and we are requesting no damage to property or violence toward persons.

INVITE ALL OF THE RABBIS, IMAMS, DHARMA TEACHERS, PASTORS, GURUS, AND OTHER SPIRITUAL LEADERS YOU KNOW TO COME IN ANY VESTMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR TRADITION.

All are welcome to join this march, regardless of faith tradition or lack thereof.