1 Week Later - Protests Almost Peaceful [UPDATED]
Posted by Denise Tejada on January 14, 2009 at 09:15pm
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This evening another peaceful rally went down in support of Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old was shot and killed by a BART police officer on New Year’s Day. The rally took place in Downtown Oakland where just one week ago angry protestors vandalized cars and local businesses. Today's vibe was much different though.
The protest began at 4 PM in from of Oakland City Hall where community organizers, Grant's family members, musical artists, members of the clergy, and Oakland mayor Ron Dellums addressed the crowd. Supporters chanting "I am Oscar Grant" marched to an Alameda County Administrative building where young people sang and read poetry, and made repeated calls for justice before returning to city hall. While people marched volunteers made sure businesses were not being damaged by forming a human line through the sidewalks.