PLEASE show up to this.

Friday, July 9th
Demonstration in memory of Oscar Grant and in solidarity with prisoners suffering under inhumane conditions in the Richmond City Jail.

4pm-Demo at City Hall (8th and Broad)
5pm- March down Broad Street to Richmond City Jail- noise demonstration in solidarity with prisoners

Bring banners in memory of Oscar Grant, signs, fliers, etc

Bring ways to make noise so the inmates know we are out there. Buckets, sticks, guitars, horns, megaphones, boomboxes, etc.

Some information about Oscar Grant:

Oscar Grant was a young black man murdered by the police on Jan 1, 2009 in Oakland CA. Following reports of a fight on a BART train, transit police arrived, and detained Oscar and one other person.  Oscar Grant was prostrate, cuffed face down on the ground.  He was allegedly resisting arrest, and Officer Johannes Mehserle drew his firearm and shot him in the back.  The murder was recorded by several passengers on the train, and led to widespread riots in Oakland and international solidarity actions.  It also led to the first EVER murder trial for a police officer in the state of California.

The jury in the case is currently in deliberations.  The jury consists of 8 white individuals and 4 people of color, none of whom are black.  It has also been alleged that 6 of the jury members have law enforcement connections.

Some information about Richmond City Jail’s Inhumane Conditions:

On June 30th an inmate at the Richmond City Jail, died. RIP Kerry Wayne Bennett.

That was the 2nd death in the month of June in the City Jail. Previously, Grant R. Sleeper, died after being moved from the Jail to the Hospital.

These are not the first inmates to have died at the Richmond City Jail due to overcrowding, poor facilities, intentionally cruel management, lack of access to food, water, medicine, and medical care etc. The Richmond City Jail is an atrocity.

The proposed solution to the torturous conditions at the current Richmond City Jail is the construction of a new jail facility.

We call for the immediate release of all prisoners currently being held at the Richmond City Jail. Moving them to a different facility, even as a temporary measure, will undoubtedly result in the overcrowding of that or those facilities. It will likely also result in the removal of those inmates from the Richmond area which will make it more difficult for them to receive support and visits from their family, friends, and lawyers.

In the long term we also oppose the construction of a new jail facility, particularly if it is an expanded facility. When our prisons and jails are all over crowded, we question the need to have so many people imprisoned.

All of us are potentially Oscar Grant, Kerry Wayne Bennett, Grant Sleeper, or any of the other prisoners suffering at the hands of the state.  If we do not take action against these atrocities, we are complicit in their commission.

Smash the Prisons! Free all Prisoners!

  1. Dave Thompson says:

    “He argued, that if one slave refused to be corrected, and was allowed to escape with
    his life, when he had been told that he should lose it if he persisted in his course, the other slaves would soon copy his example; the result of which would be, the freedom of the slaves, and the enslavement of the whites. I have every reason to believe that Mr. Gore’s defense, or explanation, was deemed satisfactory—at least to Col. Lloyd. He was continued in his office on the plantation. His fame as an overseer went abroad, and his horrid crime was not even submitted to judicial investigation. The murder was committed in the presence of slaves, and they, of course, could neither institute a suit, nor testify against the murderer. His bare word would go further in a court of law, than the united testimony of ten thousand black witnesses.

    All that Mr. Gore had to do, was to make his peace with Col. Lloyd. This done, and the guilty perpetrator of one of the most foul murders goes unwhipped of justice, and uncensured by the community in which he lives. Mr. Gore lived in St. Michael’s, Talbot county, when I left Maryland; if he is still alive he probably yet resides there; and I have no reason to doubt that he is now as highly esteemed, and as greatly respected, as though his guilty soul had never been stained with innocent blood.”

  2. You may find this interesting:

    I originally published it as a pamphlet on the Richmond City back in 2000. Apparently, not much has changed since then, sorry to say.