On July 8, 2010, Officer Johannes Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the killing of Oscar Grant. He was absolved of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter charges. Protesters convened in Downtown Oakland, California the day the verdict was announced.

 

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CAUSING KINGS TO DISAPPEAR


The title of this series is borrowed from Maya Angelou's poem, "These Yet To Be United States." It begins:

Tremors of your network
cause kings to disappear.
Your open mouth in anger
makes nations bow in fear...

While our country's international relations are the focus of Angelou's piece, it is that same warring temperament, perpetuating violence overseas, which also governs us domestically.

Police lines formed a blockade to contain rallies within blocks of Downtown Oakland's City Center on July 8, 2010.

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Panoramic image of a rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California on November 5, 2010. Bay Area union port workers, community organizers, labor unions, youth and education associations, and the local community attended in support of justice for Oscar Grant and his family.

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"This is the world she's growing up in... i think we hurt for our kids more than anyone else. It's not fair, she's nine years old. We should be at a park, or Chuck-E-Cheese." - Cat Brooks and her daughter at a demonstration honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in front of Walmart in east Oakland, California, January 18, 2015.

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Grant's six year old daughter Tatiana at a rally in Frank Ogawa Plaza, downtown Oakland, California on October 23, 2010.

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Dinyal New holding portraits of her two sons who were killed within weeks of each other. Oakland, California.

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Pastor Michael McBride leading a Black Lives Matter demonstration in front of The Way Church of Berkeley, California.

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Demonstrators lay on University Avenue in Berkeley, California, as part of a Black Lives Matter demonstration.

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A rally in support of former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle convenes in front of the Contra Costa County Courthouse in Walnut Creek, California on July 19, 2010. Many in support of a longer and harsher sentencing were also in attendance.

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A Foot Locker and other nearby businesses are looted after a peaceful rally on July 8, 2010.

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Grant's family asked that Mehserle serve 14 years, the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter. On November 5, 2010, Mehserle was sentenced to two years and was granted unsupervised parole. He served a total of one year.

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City officials and members of the Michigan Citizens for Justice unveil a plaque in memory of Vincent Chin in Ferndale, Michigan on December 22, 2010, 28 years after Vincent's death.

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Plaque In Memory of Vincent Chin


The State Bar of Michigan 34th Michigan Legal Milestone marker commemorates Ferndale as the birthplace in 1983 of the pan-ethnic Asian American civil and victim's rights movement resulting in the formation of the civil rights organization American Citizens for Justice. In response to the injustices in the 1982 beating death of Vincent Chin in Highland Park, Michigan, members of the Asian American community assembled at 22828 Woodward Avenue, the former Golden Star Chinese Restaurant located in the northeast block of Woodward and Nine Mile, where Chin was employed. The people of Ferndale are proud to host this memorial and we stand united for the fairness and justice for all people as we celebrate and value American's diversity.

Dedicated in 2010 by the 42nd Ferndale City Council
Craig S. Covey, Mayor
Michael B. Lennon
T. Scott Galloway
Kate Baker
Melanie C. Piana

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