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OSCAR GRANT FAMILY & ATTORNEYS MEET AGAIN WITH ALAMEDA COUNTY D.A. O’MALLEY URGE D.A. TO CHANGE DECISION CHARGE BART OFFICER PIRONE WITH FELONY MURDER OF OSCAR GRANT

 The Oscar Grant Family and attorneys will announce results of today’s meeting with D.A. Nancy O’Malley in the murder case of Oscar Grant. The attorneys will present the D.A. with the laws and legal arguments that support the charge of felony murder against former BART police officer Anthony Pirone.

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Wanda Johnson- Oscar Grant Mother, John Burris, Minister Rashidullah Muhammad at the mic, Uncle Bobby X Johnson uncle of Oscar Grant, Sister Beatrice X – Johnson, Charles Bonner civil rights attorney

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 19, 2021

CONTACT:   Cephus “Uncle Bobby” X Johnson: cephusjohnson@yahoo.com; 510-706-7558

WHAT:        Press Conference.  The Oscar Grant Family and attorneys will announce results of today’s meeting with D.A. Nancy O’Malley in the murder case of Oscar Grant. The attorneys will present the D.A. with the laws and legal arguments that support the charge of felony murder against former BART police officer Anthony Pirone.

On January 11, 2021, O’Malley announced her decision not to prosecute Pirone. She stated in her report of January 7, 2021, that her decision was primarily based on the autopsy report by the Sheriff’s Department, that Oscar’s wounds were “superficial.”  The Family and attorneys have engaged renowned pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu(Concussion) to review that autopsy thoroughly so as to encourage the D.A. to see that Oscar suffered, among other things, severe brain damage at the hands of Pirone.

O’Malley’s decision has been challenged by the BART Board itself in its Resolution of January 14, 2021, by the January 12 Resolution of the Oakland City Council, the January 14, 2021, Resolution of the Oakland Police Commission, as well as the MLK Day open letter appeal of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, which challenge is further supported by elected officials like Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, State Representative Rob Bonta, State Senator Nancy Skinner, Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

In a virtual town hall on Saturday, January 16, thousands of leaders and activists and families of blacks murdered by police joined the national cry to charge Pirone with felony murder of Oscar Grant.  Among those in attendance were Rev. Al Sharpton, Alicia Garza and Patrice Cullers of Black Lives Matter, CNN personality Kamau Bell, Shaun King, Tamika Mallory, Rev. Charley Hames of Beebe Memorial and NAN, Dr. Mark Alexander of 100 Black Men of America, along with the families of: Jacob BlakeSean BellEric GarnerTamir RiceSandra Bland,Mario WoodsMichael BrownSahleem TindleKenny Harding, Jr., Amadou DialloEmmett Till 

WHEN:            TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021, 12:30 PM 

WHERE:          René C. Davidson Courthouse, 1225 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 

WHO:               Rev. Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar; Oscar’s uncle and aunt, Cephus X and Beatrice X Johnson; Coalition Attorneys Charles Bonner and John Burris.

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ILWU leads May Day Protest down Market Street in San Francisco

“The best way to protect worker unity is to protest racism, patriarchy and xenophobia,” continued Davis. “Labor united will never be defeated.”

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    As participants assembled in front of the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero in San Francisco, a group of wearing blue jackets and white painters hats could be seen moving to the front of the group.  

   The group, workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, were on hand to lead the May Day march and rally from the Ferry Building down Market Street to San Francisco City Hall. 

   “This is the real Labor Day and this day is celebrated all over the world, said Trent Willis, the head of the ILWUs Local 10 longshoremen’s union.  In 1886, the first fight for workers was for the eight-hour work day. 

    May Day is the celebration of labor and working classes, promoted by the international labor movement and occurs every year on May Day, May 1. The ILWU in San Francisco has spearheaded for the day in the Bay Area and it has been leading the rally and march for the past 15 years.    

   Political activist and college professor Dr. Angela Davis, was a keynote speaker at the rally and she marched along Market Street in between ILWU members. Willis led the march of over 5,000 people with the ILWU, the Teamsters Union, teachersunions and other unions from San Francisco. Adjoining streetswere blocked off to allow the crowd walk freely

    As they walked, the ILWU drill team yelled out chants.  They stopped in front of the Flood Building, where Willis said he,along with others from the labor movement, stand in solidarity with the Chilean Dock Workers Union, who are in the middle of a contract negotiations with the Chilean government for higher wages and better working conditions.  

    The marchers continued to San Francisco City Hall, where Willis, Davis and other labor union officials, got on the back of a flatbed truck and spoke to the crowd.   

    “We need to fight systematic racism,continued Willlis. If you don’t stand up against systematic racism and systematic oppression, racism keeps us from talking to each other.”

   Willis said that when people arent talking to each other, the differences they have cannot be understood or resolved. He said talking is needed in order for people to get along and resolve situations, working conditions and move society forward.        

   Davis,looked out on at the crowd, saying that she was proud to be a part of the march and rally. 

    “There is no place I would rather be then to be standing up for the rights of workers, said Davis.  In solidarity with workers from all over the world.

    Davis said that workers need to stand up and fight so there will not be any more George Floyds, Breonna Taylors, Stephen Clarks, Oscar Grants and Sean Monterrosa. Monterrosa was the San  Francisco man who was killed by police in Vallejo last year. His family was on hand, holding a banner with his name.  

    “The best way to protect worker unity is to protest racism, patriarchy and xenophobia, continued Davis. Labor united will never be defeated.

   Willis said he will make Davis an honorary member of the ILWU, which is an honor that has only been bestowed on Paul Robeson and Dr. Martin Luther King.  He said the struggle for workers continues across the world and within the United States, but it will be a push the ILWU will be vigilant in fighting for to improve working conditions for working people.    

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Why Promoting Private Sector Investment in Electronic Vehicle Charging Market is Key

As Democrats debate their $2 trillion infrastructure package, there has already been a lot of discussion about provisions aimed at promoting EVs. I know Democratic leaders like Speaker Pelosi will ensure that these policies will effectively encourage the adoption of EVs, and one way to do that is to ensure free and fair competition in the EV charger market.

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The Biden Administration has expressed that one of their priorities is to facilitate more use of electric vehicles (EVs). Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has said that “to meet the climate crisis, we must put millions of new electric vehicles on America’s roads.”
The Democratic Party is in agreement that EVs are a big part of the future of our transportation system and will be a huge component of their upcoming infrastructure package. But in the rush to move to electric cars, it is critical that Democratic leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ensure policies will be effective at aiding in the transition to EVs without putting the burden of this shift on already underserved communities.
One policy to avoid, for example, can be seen right here in California, where the California Public Utilities Commission approved utility companies to increase the rates on current customers to pay for the construction and operation of EV infrastructure.
Given that EVs are also not an economically viable option for most Americans, the people who will benefit most from these charging stations are those who can afford the EVs’ more expensive sticker price – which is wealthier Americans. On average, an EV costs nearly $20,000 more upfront than gas-powered vehicles. Yet the people who will be most burdened by an increase on their monthly electric bill to cover the cost for these EV chargers are already struggling families. Low-income families should not have to shoulder additional burdens for addressing climate change, particularly since wealthier people produce more carbon pollution.
And while utility companies have tried to downplay the increased costs on ratepayers, the utilities’ EV infrastructure projects have already run exceedingly over budget – meaning they have to charge their customers even more. For example, the public utility commission authorized $45 million for the first phase of “Power Your Drive,” which was a program established for utilities to build EV chargers. But by the time phase, one was complete, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) had spent $70.2 million — 55.5 percent more than authorized.
The fact that these utility companies went so over budget highlights another flaw with this policy. Because utilities can pass the costs of building and operating EV chargers onto those who already use their services, it is impossible for the private sector to compete against them. SDG&E running 50 percent over budget would mean lost market share and profits in the private sector. That is why private funds incentivize efficiency and cost savings.
Utilities using their current customers as piggy banks that they can dip into whenever needed removes the incentive to keep costs down, while also making it impossible for the private sector to compete in the EV charging market. And chasing away private sector investment will hamper the development and deployment of charging stations. That can’t be emphasized enough – going the SDG&E route will mean fewer charging stations and fewer EVs on the road, as well as higher costs for low-income consumers. It is truly a lose-lose proposition.
It is obvious that the private sector is key to fueling our current transportation sector, and competition keeps prices as low as possible for consumers. Free market competition and private sector investment would also help the EV charging market thrive if elected officials will let it.
As Democrats debate their $2 trillion infrastructure package, there has already been a lot of discussion about provisions aimed at promoting EVs. I know Democratic leaders like Speaker Pelosi will ensure that these policies will effectively encourage the adoption of EVs, and one way to do that is to ensure free and fair competition in the EV charger market.
Jaime Patino is a city councilman in Union City, CA, and represents the city on the Board of Directors of East Bay Community Energy. 

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