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Friday, January 15, 2016

Bay Street Mall to be Site of Major Protest Action

A protest action to call attention to an uptick in unwarranted police killings of people is planned for Emeryville's Bay Street Mall on Monday that may end up being the largest protest march in Emeryville history.  A consortium of Bay Area social justice activist groups including Black Lives Matter, Reclaim Martin Luther King, MLK Shut it Down and the Anti-Police Terror Project sponsored by the activist collective 96 Hours of Action will conduct a march from Oscar Grant Plaza at Oakland City Hall at 14th & Broadway to the Bay Street Mall in Emeryville to protest the killings by police in general and specifically in Oakland (some eight black men killed since last June alone) and the Emeryville Police killing of Yuvette Henderson last year are cited by organizers as among the reasons for the protest march.
Oakland ranks third in police killings per million people in 60 of the nation's largest cities.
More than one thousand people have indicated a willingness to participate in Monday's march organizers have noted.

The largest protest march in Emeryville history up until now was a hundreds strong November 2008 march from the Bay Street Mall to City Hall to protest the Woodfin Suites Hotel and their refusal to pay their workers the increased minimum wage mandated by 2005's Measure C, the Living Wage for Hotel Workers.

Monday, protesters will march from downtown Oakland to Bay Street in Emeryville from 11 AM to 4 PM organizers say.

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