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Art, Cultural Resistance & Transformation

Oscar Grant Memorial Arts Project

Creative Expressions, a Catalyst for Social Change 

Editor's Note: Early morning on New Year’s Day 2009, 22-year-old Oscar Grant III was shot and killed in Oakland, California by a Bay Area Rapid Transit agency police officer. Grant was unarmed.  His face—pressed down against the cement. Onlookers video-phoned the horrific spectacle as his life was taken from him.

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Oscar Grant; Rest in Power

By Christine Joy Ferrer

People are angry.  Sometime after the midnight hour, a 22-year-old black man was murdered on New Year’s Day—another innocent victim of police brutality. His name was Oscar Grant, shot and killed in Oakland, California by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) agency policy officer. Onlookers video-phoned the horrific spectacle: Grant surrounded by officers, unarmed, bleeding to death on the station platform, his arms shackled behind his back, his face pressed against the cement.

Several hours later, Laron Blankenship, a friend of the deceased, locked himself in a sound studio. He flashed back to the words Grant had spoken to him one day, “No matter what happens, even if I was to die, don’t quit doing this music thing.” His hands trembling, crying and near broken down, Blankenship produced a compelling rap anthem dedicated to Grant, “Never be Forgotten.” He sings, “I know for a fact your soul is still alive and you will never be forgotten.”            

 

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I Am San Francisco Exhibit - Closing Reception, Feb. 22, 2018 - 6-9pm Free!

Closing Reception: Exhibition of I Am San Francisco (IAMSF) (February 22, 2018, 6-9 pm)

Including special guests: Urban Funk Machine and SF Poet Laureate Devorah Majors.

IAMSF explores San Francisco’s social and cultural values and concerns through the lens of its Black natives, residents, and leaders. Curated by Jarrel Phillips, with art by photographer Michole “Micholiano” Forks and muralist Sydney “Sage” Cain. The exhibition brings to life the some of the scores of interviews published in RP&E over the past 2 years. (See below for links.) Meet the artists, eat the free food, all are welcome! Exhibit continues through Feb 2018.  Join us for the Closing Reception on Thursday February 22, 2018, 6-9 pm at SF State University. Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery, 1600 Holloway Street, SF.

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Restorative Justice for Families

By Jo Bauen, Ed.D.

I work for Oakland’s Community Works West, a non-profit aimed at mitigating the impact of incarceration on individuals by using principles of Restorative Justice. Between 2013 and 2016 I taught a parenting class called Parenting Inside-Out to men in Solano Prison in Vacaville, California. The incarcerated fathers and I are now collaborating on what we call “Restorative Justice for Families.” Here’s our story.

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