From Ferguson to Charleston, Hempstead to Oakland.
In recent months, there has been a horrifying number of accounts of police and white supremacist vigilantes murdering Black people; from Charleston to Cleveland to Ferguson. Now, our attention is turned to Hempstead, TX and the suspicious death of Sandra Bland who was found hanged in a jail cell. Only 28-years old, this young woman had been detained and labeled "high risk" after failing to signal a lane change. And just as we begin to collect ourselves to respond, we find that another young Black man has died after a routine traffic stop on Sunday evening in Oakland.
We are organizing this gathering because white communities are too often insulated from the violence meted against Black people and Black communities. When we ignore or remain silent in the face of the daily violence that results from living under white supremacy, we become complicit in the deaths of our neighbors.
Everyone is invited to participate and we are especially calling on white people to stand up and speak out in neighborhoods so sheltered from this lived violence and trauma.
Join us in amplifying this call, please bring signs and candles!
5:30pm :: Collect at Rockridge BART Station.
6:00pm :: Short walk up College to Oak Grove Ave and take intersection for Vigil to honor black lives lost to police and vigilante violence.
7:00pm :: Walk back to Rockridge BART, travel home safely.
5660 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
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