Oakland: 500 March Through the Streets

December 4, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


Oakland, December 3

Oakland, December 3

Oakland, December 3

From a reader:

December 3—In Oakland as soon as the grand jury’s decision not to indict the cop who choked Eric Garner to death was announced, messages started going out via twitter, email and other means saying to gather as soon as possible at 14th and Broadway to protest this outrage. The intersection, one of the busiest in Oakland, was the site of many protests last week after the Ferguson grand jury let Michael Brown’s killer go free.

Soon hundreds had gathered and protesters took turns speaking over a bullhorn expressing outrage and determination that the murder of Black men by the police has to stop. Soon a march of 500, made up of people of all nationalities took to the streets. Shouts of “I Can’t Breathe” echoing the last words of Eric Garner as he was choked to death by the cops, rang out along with chants against the murder of Michael Brown. Many signs said, “Black Lives Matter.”

Protesters marched for hours covering more than five miles in often heavy rain. As the march went by cafes, gyms and bars people raised their fists (or put their hands in the air) and more than a few joined the protest. The protesters marched down Telegraph Ave. to Piedmont Ave, a more well off area of shops and restaurants.

Oakland, December 3.

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