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    An Open Letter to the Community

    Oscargrant 2009

     An Open Letter to the Community from Black Elected Officials and Clergy of the Eastbay

    Within the next couple of days and/or weeks there will be a verdict in the Oscar Grant case. This case has struck a nerve in Oakland and around the world. In anticipation of the verdict the Black Elected Officials and Clergy of the Eastbay wanted to share some information with our community.

    Representatives of our organization have been monitoring this case since Oscar Grant was senselessly murdered by Johannes Mehserle on January 1, 2009. We demanded that a reluctant District Attorney file criminal proceedings against Mehserle; we helped to organize community pressure on BART to bring about organizational change and implementation of polices and procedures to ensure that a tragedy like this never happens again; we have attended all of the court proceedings; and most importantly we have demanded justice for Oscar Grant, his family and everyone that Oscar represents – because we all could be Oscar Grant.

    A community needs to know that its leadership will stand to protect their interests. While we are hopeful that our Justice System will be just; we are mindful of incidences where it has failed us. When the system failed us in the Rodney King case, the Justice Department stepped in to ensure that the Community’s interests were protected. We, the Black Elected Officials and Clergy of the Eastbay, stand prepared to call upon all State and Federal agencies to seek any and all recourse if an unjust verdict is rendered in this case.

    We know that emotions may run high depending on the outcome of Johannes Mehserle’s criminal proceedings. The current State Court proceedings are just one step on the road to justice for Oscar Grant. As such, we are asking that you work with us to shut down anyone who would engage in destructive behavior in our community. We are also asking that you work with us as we continue to demand justice for Oscar. We have been assured that the Justice Department is monitoring the Mehserle case.

    Martin Luther King said that peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. In the same vein as Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Rodney King, and many others we will receive JUSTICE FOR OSCAR GRANT.

    The struggle continues,

    Hon. Desley Brooks
    Hon. Keith Carson
    Minister Keith Muhammad
    Rev. Dr. Harold R. Mayberry
    Rev. Zachary Carey
    Hon. Darleen Brooks
    Hon. Kathy Neal
    Hon. Marlon McWilson
    Bishop Keith Clark
    Rev. Dr. Kevin Barnes
    Hon. Darryl Moore



    I AM OSCAR GRANT! THE VERDICT (Emergency Townhall)
    Saturday, July 3, 2010 (4:00pm – 6:00pm)


    Olivet Institutional Missionary Baptist Church
    807 27th Street, Oakland, CA

    Emergency meeting to discuss:
    * Report from court, closing arguments, potential outcome from jury
    * Plans and preparation for post-Verdict Activism
    * Ensuring Justice is Served

    Remember: “Peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of Justice.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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