January 1st marks the anniversary of the murder of Oscar Grant, killed by BART Police at the Fruitvale BART station in 2009. A vigil is held every year by community members at the Fruitvale station to honor his memory, support his family and the families of all police victims, and to demand justice for the hundreds of black and brown people killed by police forces across the country.
We feature excerpts from the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture series, and a speech by Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace.
Then we have an interview with Kara Ellerby on her book No Shortcut to Change: An Unlikely Path to a More Gender-Equitable World, brought to us by former UpFront intern Anna Saldinger.
Finally, in the most detailed study ever of fatalities and litigation involving police use of stun guns, Reuters finds more than 150 autopsy reports citing Tasers as a cause or contributor to deaths across America. Behind the fatalities is a sobering reality: Many who die are among society’s vulnerable – unarmed, in psychological distress and seeking help. We speak with one of the report’s authors, Peter Eisler on the investigation and what they found.