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Pain, Violence, Justice and a Quest for Empathy at the Oakland Oscar Grant - Johannes Mehserle Verdict Protest, July 8, 2010
Here is a 10 minute video and around 40 of the raw interviews I took at the protest.  I went around and asked people to tell me about empathy and how it related to the shooting, trial and protest. I hope this will start a dialog about the role of empathy in society and especially about how we can start building a culture of empathy.

 

 "I've been sitting here watching the raw footage experiencing some kind of awe.  I'm feeling very moved and inspired by this work!  I think this footage is so powerful for both the content (about empathy, as well as other things people want to say), and process (I love that I'm seeing empathy happening right in the discussion)."  Sherry

 

 

Pain, Violence, Justice and a Quest for Empathy
at the Oakland Oscar Grant - Johannes Mehserle Verdict Protest

 

 

See Video on Youtube:

Pain, Violence, Justice and a Quest for Empathy at Oakland, Grant-Mehserle Verdict Protest

 

 

Full Interviews below

 

Raw 01 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant-Mehserle Oakland Verdict Protest

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • Walking in someone's shoes - it's hard

    • you have billions of people with different thoughts

  • That's a lot of shoes? 

    • Yes, that's a lot of shoes

    • I hope this all comes down to the mat

    • I think he's going to get jail

    • been trained - but abused a gun

    • The man was just frightened

      • It was like a mistake

      • he shouldn't be in that situation

      • he was in a frightened stage right there

  • Needed more training in empathy?

    • yes, needs more training

    • all these signs out here about cop killers

    • they need to be trained before you can become a cop and all 

    • Why do you go in there scared?

    • Don't be scared

    • I got hit in the face when they stopped me

      • they were looking for marijuana but didn't find any

      • they left

  • The fear maybe makes empathy shrink-up?

    • right

  • What can we do to build a culture of empathy?

    • keep doing what we're doing now

    • we can't go behind closed doors and talk

    • that won't do anything

    • We have to get out here and voice our speech

    • that's what it is

 


Raw 02 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • There is no empathy

    • they don't look for it anymore

    • people in general

    • especially police - they don't look for it

    • they don't look for the problem behind the issues

    • that's what empathy is

  • What can we do to create more empathy?

    • we can start looking into judicial system

    • find out what's really going on in it

    • there's to much cover up

    • yesterday 2 men were convicted for allegedly shooting at a cop

  • You're upset about this?

    • Upset! where's the justice??

    • these men got 36 to life

  • How does it relate to empathy?

    • Angry!!! I'd like justice

    • The Police don't live in the neighborhoods

    • you have to experience it

    • you have to come from it

    • you can't read a book

    • it goes on and on

     

     

Raw 03 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • all people are connected

    • meets a definition of empathy

    • some empathy for people we are all connected to



Raw 04 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • Mary Foran - Unitarian Justice Council

    • empathy is one of the reasons I'm here

    • here with sadness and hope

    • Young people standing up

    • all lives are worthy

    • tragedy for both families

    • here to be a witness to resisting violence

    • Oakland can be a community of diversity

  • How to create more empathy?

    • getting in conversation

    • and listening

    • try to imagine ourselves in another persons situation

    • we get another

    • taking a risk to listen




Raw 05 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • Orlando Johnson

    • empathy and sympathy to me

    • empathy is when the judge says

      • we're going to find you for involuntary manslaughter

    • my sympathy is for the pain and hurt of the family

    • what I can do is is educate

    • My phone number is...



 

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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • my empathy goes to the family

    • it's history

    • we got to come together and connect

    • learn form the situation and learn from

    • I can't imagine what the family is going through

    • it's sad



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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • a lot of people don't know what empathy is

    • they may have empathy for one or two others

    • it should be able to spread out

  • A narrow empathy?

    • yes, if at all

    • it's difficult to put yourself into others shoes

    • last thing we learned

  • How does this event relate to empathy?

    • lot of people here have empathy to turn up

  • You have empathy for what's going on here?

    • I hope so

    • I heard Uncle Bobby on the radio

    • I'm glad I came down

    • I'm feeling more connected


 

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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • empathy is ??

    • all foreign interests get out

    • go back to ancient ways

    • connect, but we need healing

    • our civil war is so bad



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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • we are all Oscar Grant, the whole system is guilty

    • the mayor need to write us a grant

    • his name is Oscar Grant, in his name

  • How does the value of empathy play into that?

    • we want the mayor to write us a grant

  • How about empathy?

    • we're all trying to become one

    • if that has anything to do with empathy

    • I'm telling you we want the mayor to write us a grant
       


 

Raw 10 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • Empathy is a 4 letter word

    • love

  • Empathy is love?

    • you better believe it

    • if you have empathy, you must have love

    • a 4 letter word

 


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  • Tell me about empathy?

    • when you look through their eyes and in their shoes

    • you can't feel what they feel

    • you can't understand what they're thinking at the movement

    • there's no Justice in empathy

    • as far as the murder goes

    • you can be sympathetic

    • what about his mom and kids

    • does the guy have a clear conscience?

  • The Jurors didn't empathize?

    • they were sympathetic about it

    • but they're not thinking of Grant's family

    • we'll give it involuntary man slaughter and make it go away

    • they didn't put themselves in his shoes

    • your only 22 once in your lifetime

  • How can we deepen empathy?

    • Look at yourself in the mirror

    • educate yourself

    • see if you can impact other's life

    • help them up

    • so they can pass it on

    • there's power in numbers

    • speak out, to anyone who needs

  • We look for people who need help and reach out?

    • it's not look, it happens on it's own

    • giving a young lady a dollar for a soda

    • It's not about me, me, me, me

    • it's about somebody else too


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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • empathy to me is the opposite from sympathy

    • you feel the same pain that's happening

    • sympathy is sympathy to what happened

    • empathy is that same thing could happen to you.

    • I'm empathetic about this brother because these things are happening to me all the time

    • I haven't been shot in the back yet, but I know it's coming


Raw 13 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • Empathy means you envision and embody what it means to be a victim of that kind of violence and struggle against the power systems
       

 

Raw 14 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • empathy and sympathy

    • it's tragic

    • I don't know how we will progress if we can't get past the sympathy

  • Honey Bear listens

  • Obama and empathy

  • want more integrity?

  • disingenuous, he's a fraud

  • come clean with the public

  • be honest

  • words without action

  • He doesn't have integrity

  • I'm from Florida and respect for Life and Ocean

  • Obama allows BP to run cleanup

  • he's not leading

  • Empathy is to have direct knowledge of pain or joy

  • sympathy is intellectual

  • Empathy is direct relationship, physical

  • I tell you the taste of a fish, until you taste it, you will not know.



Raw 15 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • the empathy I can engage in is just to be present

    • to see they're real people here

    • I'm just here for them


 

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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • Edward 21 years

    • Empathy, - those 3 officers don't want to be here

    • I'm trying to put myself  through school

    • Oakland don't want to do anything for us

    • keep us segregated in West Oakland

    • Don't do the back people wrong

  • People aren't empathizing with you?

    • they're not empathizing with us at all

    • unemployment, no chance to better yourself

  • How to create a culture of empathy?

    • that's the question

    • first come down here, but not just on these kind of days

    • on a regular days

    • see the everyday life

    • only 30 % of homicides get solved in Oakland

  • We need to listen to each other?

    • starts with outreach with the youth

    • see what the kids want

    • just come down and talk to us

    • the police don't come down to talk with them

    • people come back and police their own neighborhoods

    • The everyday stresses

    • my brother was killed. it was unsolved

  • You want the police to come down and talk to you?

    • yes, not everyone wants to talk ignorantly to them

    • there's things we would like to get out to them

    • but we want respect back

    • you come in with an attitude of your superior

    • of course no-one wants to respect you

    • your a human being just like us

    • your job is no more important that ours


Raw 17 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • you have to start with empathy

    • to connect with anybody

    • breaking down walls

    • that's why we're here

  • I getting a little nervous about the energy?

    • people are fed up

    • tired of asking for permission

    • people are demanding justice

    • hopefully this will end in the right way

    • the cops have blocked everyone in on all sides

    • there's no escape

  • How can we develop more empathy?

    • Education

    • start from the beginning and tell the truth

    • kids are getting books with  lies

    • truth and honesty

Raw 18 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • justice, justice in the street

    • there's no justice

    • the system mistreats people

    • we're out to change that

    • the revolution

  • What does justice have to do with empathy?

    • if you don't' have empathy you won't have justice

    • we need justice for Oscar Grant

  • Do you have thoughts on empathy?

    • Revolution the communist party

    • mobilizes tens a millions of people for the revolution

  • Excuse me, About empathy?

    • no, no, we're talking about justice

    • We're doing something else here

    • that's a good question

    • I'm not answering questions

    • this is not for you

  • How can people connect?

    • we want empathy for the oppressed

  • You want empathy for the oppressed?

    • I appreciate what your doing

    • but we're doing something else

    • some other time I'd love to talk with you


Raw 19 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • I have 2 bothers who got killed in Richmond

  • The police didn't empathize with you?

    • the police attacked me for no reason

    • they did me like Oscar Grant,

    • but they just didn't shoot me

  • How can we create a culture of empathy?

    • we need more black people in charge

    • more people who live in the community

    • instead of people who come from different areas

  • Local people in charge?

    • if you come into peoples house and you don't know them

    • it's not going to work

  • They'd know how it feels?

    • yes, brothers and sisters

  • We need to get connected locally?

    • yeah, yeah

     

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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • Treat others you want to be treated

    • be the change you want to see in the  world

  • What does it have to do with what's going on here with Justice?

    • not a lot

  • there's not a lot of empathy?

    • that's to be expected

  • How can we have more empathy?

    • have more justice

    • We can hope

    • We can try


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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • we are all from Allah

    • I have love for all gods creation

    • that inspires my belief in Justice

    • all comes from Allah

    • my love for Allah drives my sense of Justice

    • empathy is part of that.

    • respect, humanity, love for community

    • greed, luxury drives this system

    • we want a system based on morality, humanity

    • based on empathy, on Islam

    • submission to god

    • I am a Sicilian immigrant

    • I empathize with African American Community

    • and all oppressed communities

    • every to stand up for Justice

    • stand up against oppression

    • Hotel Workers Union -

    • Jihad - standing up for Justice

  • What's relationship of Empathy and Exploitation?

    • I don't feel sorry for people,

    • I have love for people

    • I'm mad about what's going on in the world

    • this is a manifestation
       


Raw 22 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • I understand what you're saying to a degree

    • it takes more than

    • it's action

    • people care more about their interests

    • casual good people, not on regular basis

    • Practice makes perfect, no it makes improvement

    • we are lead by example

    • Live for the moment which may not be the bigger

  • How to make culture of empathy?

    • not just words, action

    • I'm here to plant seeds

    • find group of people

    • not easy

    • much as given, much is required

  • Any lessons of empathy?

    • learned a lot

    • I work with disabled comedians

    • putting together puzzles

    • I want rewards from helping people

    • Planning Seeds of empathy

  • We need to plant the seed of empathy?

    • takes one person to make a difference

  • When did you feel empathy?

    • you planted a seed of empathy in me

    • When people give me empathy I have more for others.

    • you have reserves of empathy

    • look at the bigger picture.


Raw 23 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • I am very upset,  very disturbing

    • blatant abuse of super power by the police

    • Empathy is Standing with Oscar Grant

    • being in his shoes

  • How can we create more empathy?

    • it's not police in riot gear.


Raw 24 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • police have no empathy

    • they don't have any mercy or regrets

    • I don't care about the police

    • They don't care about us

    • they just care about protecting  the banks

    • they don't care about protecting me

  • If police don't care about you, you don't want to care about them?

    • I don't like police

    • they don't like me,

    • they see me and they don't like me

    • they see a young minority, they don't like them

    • they're not here to protect us

    • they're here to protect the state, and not us


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  • Outside people-agitators have taken over

  • they're breaking windows

  • Police are calling an unlawful assembly

  • it's becoming an uncontrollable situation

  • How does empathy play into this?

    • you have to have empathy and common sense

    • you can't have people come in here and tear up the place

    • yes we want to voice our opinion and disgust of the outcome

    • but we can't allow people to tear our city up

    • those who are here to do damage are here to do damage

    • you can't talk them down

    • some people are so full of rage and anger

    • once night falls it's going to get dangerous,

    • I'd advise people to leave.

 

 

Raw 26 - Seeking Empathy at Oscar Grant - Mehserle Verdict Protest in Oakland

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • I'm not articulate

    • ask the cops about empathy

    • How are you feeling about the verdict

    • everyone else feels like it's fucked up

    • chances are a lot of the cops feel the say way

  • I asked and they can't talk on  camera?

    • 70 are getting laid off,

    • Empathy, I don't know.

    • the cops are coming in

    • there's a lot of feelings going around



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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • I'm working hard empathize with the guys here

    • I'm here to listen

    • I'm praying peace and blessings for the police

  • How does empathy play into this?

    • it's clear there are no good and bad guys here

    • there's a system that's broken

    • my anger and despair is around the system

    • I'm praying for everyone

  • So maybe create a more empathic system?

    • absolutely, absolutely,

    • a restorative justice system  and an unarmed police force is what I'm interested in

 

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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • hope everyone get home without getting hurt

    • and that everyone does not hurt anyone else

    • want everyone to get home safe

  • Are you promoting empathy by what your doing?

    • I believe I am

    • I'm doing my best


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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • empathy, we're empathizing with these young people

    • unless the elders stand up and protect them from the police violence

    • they attacked young

  • Standing between the two sides?

    • I'm on the side of the people who are here angry and protesting

    • we know it can happen to anybody

    • trying to protect from provocation by the police

  • There's a lack of empathy going on?

    • the police are not here to be empathetic

    • police are here to control

    • it's about control, power,

    • shutting down people who are riotously angry

    • provoking

    • If anything the young people were very empathetic

    • speaking from their heart, no violence,

    • until these cops started moving in on us

    • even now there's no real violence

  • How about empathy for the police behind you?

    • there are different ways of policing

    • We've been fighting 30 years to get community control of police

    • We've been trying to develop an empathetic relationship with our cops

    • we're still very far apart

  • Your open to an empathetic relationship with them?

    • this is not the time to ask me about empathy

    • when I'm jabbed in the back by a bunch of cops

    • being jabbed up the street

    • when we're peacefully protesting

    • I have no empathy for them right now

    • If they want my empathy they can back off and leave us be

    • this is what the streets are for

    • your name?

    • Ocean? Newman,  I'm 71

  • What can we do to create more empathy?

    • they're trained as cops to be in control and indifferent

    • they have no sense of the vulnerability these young people have

    • they don't see them as their children

    • we see them as our children

  • Can we do it by more talking?

    • we need a top down cultural shift

  • How to create a culture of Empathy?

    • try for justice

  • Forget about empathy and go for Justice?

    • that's the first step

    • your not going to get empathy unless you have justice

    • or peace

    • if somebody has a foot on your neck

    • your not going to have a whole lot of empathy, until they get off,

    • then we can have a cup of coffee

    • Now they have gas masks on

    • ready to shoot us with rubber bullets, bean bags and tear gas

  • Maybe could hold a conference on building a culture of empathy and get everyone together?

    • The police are not allowed to talk on camera.

    • They're talking plenty with their gas masks and clubs

    • they threatened us

    • they called a illegal assembly

    • everyone peacefully here is now illegal

    • each one of us now is subject to arrest

  • Who can talk to us?

    • there are 2 city council member over there

 

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Council District 4 - Jean Quan

  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • I wish people would have empathy on both sides

    • Not throw  bottles at the police which almost hit me

    • and I wish the police would calm down

  • Your putting yourself in-between?

    • just being good community monitors here

  • How to create a culture of empathy?

    • I hope we use the Oscar Grant as an opportunity

    • to talk about what's happening with young people

    • in particular young men

    • no jobs, no schools

    • Police: Walk up Broadway! Walk up Broadway!

    • How far? How far?


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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • We'd just like to stand here and not be pushed

    • and that people don't get shot in the back

    • this is civil liberty

    • this is Bull Shit

  • What does it have to do with empathy?

    • it doesn't mean shit to me

    • the mother fucker shot a guy in the back

  • A lack of empathy?

    • I rode that train

    • it could have been me or  her

    • could have been you

    • we could put that guy in prison for murder

  • A justice approach?

    • I feel bad for the guy that got shot

    • I'm here for myself, for Californians

    • we don't need this

  • How can we create more empathy?

    • maybe these guys could quite pushing me in the back

    • and we could show support for the guy

 

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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • I was in a class

    • I felt I was punched in the stomach

  • What does empathy mean to you?

    • you don't kill a handcuffed guy

    • face down in front of you

    • Police: Walk down Broadway, Walk down Broadway

    • I can't believe that Mehserle...



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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • I feel for the guy getting arrested

    • and for the Police Officers

    • some just doing jobs

    • business has to go on

    • and Oscar Grant and Family

    • Empathy, I have to think about that for a second

    • It's hard in a situation like this

    • I want to see hate stop

    • Only end hate by learning to communicate

    • don't let things escalate

      • people throwing things

      • or getting shot

    • learn to love one another and ourselves

    • we have to stop perpetrating violence


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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • as far as empathy goes, I'm not feeling it right now

    • there's no empathy what-so-ever for us

    • it's just anger

    • there's no connection

    • stressful situation

    • the pushing is adding to the stress

    • I'm getting pretty juiced up here myself

    • I want to do something but kind of holding back

  • This is nerve-racking, I feel myself getting all kind of nervous.

    • O yeah, it's intense, man

  • How do you maintain a sense of empathy?

    • how do you keep a sense of composure?

  • I feeling a bit hysterical.

    • it's not cool man

  • At a time like this what kind of stuff should I ask people about empathy?

    • no man, your doing great

    • it's all in the question

  • I tried asking the police but I don't think they can talk on camera.

  • you can't hear their side so it's not a dialog

    • it's one of those situations that does not allow for it.

    • You just don't see it

  • How does empathy play into this situation?

    • Second guy: I mean, no justice no peace

  • Empathy is putting yourself in everyone else's shoes?

    • I am Oscar Grant

    • I work my ass off

    • I'm harassed by the cops

  • If they started empathizing with you you'd empathize with them?

    • of course, but that's not going to happen

    • look at history

    • this is the first time a cop has put on trial in California

  • A harsher sentence would have meant they were listening more?

    • justice would have been justice

    • he should been held to a higher standard

    • all these people being beat down

    • just because they're standing on 14th and Broadway

    • this is a pubic street

  • Justice is balancing the scale but it's not real empathy?

    • empathy is about the heart and soul

    • it's  genuine

    • it's a real connection

    • I never seen Mehserle say sorry to the family or anybody

    • he's just sorry for himself

  • He's afraid himself and not listening?

    • he never once tried to reach out

    • call or write the family

    • if it was an accident wouldn't he reach out to the family?

  • Some bodies got to reach out somewhere, I'm trying to do my part.

    • you're doing a great job


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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • the cops can do whatever they want

    • and they're doing that now.

    • you can feel this terror

  • Your feeling a lack of empathy?

    • from the cops

 

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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • I'm not even from here dude

    • I just wound up here, well, it's cool

  • Any thoughts about empathy? do you value it?

    • sure

  • Obama says we have an empathy deficit.

    • all I want to do right now is get a pizza and beer

    • and we can't leave

  • There's the Bart


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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • it's like we're doing now for the person who got shoot

    • I have 3 year old son, I worry about his future

    • if he's wrongfully accuses and judged.

    • I feel it's not working because it's a police officer

  • He wasn't amply punished?

    • no he wasn't

    • he wasn't even trained


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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • I came to witness and be an observer

    • empathy is standing in other's shoes

    • hard for police to stand in the shoes

    • hard for community to stand in shoes of police

    • they closed in

    • they got scared and declared it illegal

    • it's hard to empathize with them

    • they're trained to not be more peaceful

    • that's part of what we need to do is have cops trained in diversity

    • be trained in empathy

  • The police can't talk on the job

    • that's what I think happened

    • they got scared,

    • they got jumpy

    • the whole system is set up for hatred

    • instead of empathy and peace

  • How to Build a Culture of Empathy?

    • people are trying to talk with each other

    • I talk with liberals about it

    • white people are the key

    • we support the system

    • it hurts us and everybody

    • I talked with the older black men standing for peace and justice

    • he said, "thanks for being here."

    • I knew what he meant

    • I want peace and empathy

 

Eric Butler on Empathy: Oscar Grant - Mehserle Oakland Verdict Protest Preparation
Eric Butler on Empathy: Oscar Grant - Mehserle Oakland Verdict 
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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • Restorative Justice councilor for Oakland Youth

    • liaison for high school

    • Trying to organize and educate kid without violence

    • it works well with empathy

    • I connect with them

    • In the school I teach restorative justice

    • play a role of councilor

    • I empathize with them

    • Restorative Justice is coming from a place of empathy

      • instead of punishment

  • How you learned about empathy?

    • Hurricane Katrina survivor

    • why was there no support for us?

    • approach the situation in a positive way

    • being empathetic with people over me

    • walking in someone's shoes

    • understanding where they come from

    • understand the layers and layers that come before

  • How to Build a Culture of Empathy?

    • Educate, educate, educate

    • we have a me first culture in Oakland

    • the people that know better have to get out there and talk to our kids

 

Rashad Lee on Empathy: Oscar Grant - Mehserle Oakland Verdict Protest Preparation
Rashad Lee on Empathy: Oscar Grant - Mehserle Oakland Verdict 
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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • here at city of Oakland

    • I work with entry specialists

    • work with Seta

    • active in city

    • here for the security meeting for the Oscar Grant protest

    • create a positive direction

  • How does empathy relate?

    • put them in other persons shoes

    • it's a chance to vent

    • rioting is not good

    • empathy in this situation

  • A time you experienced empathy?

    • Kadafi Foundation

    • helped me when my brother was killed in West Oakland

    • A lot of me left, My heart became a ice box

    • Kadafi Foundation reached out

    • let me use my words

    • other's put themselves in my shoes

    • I now talk with families that have a loss

    • you are not alone

    • empathy - I love that word

    • empathy is stronger than sympathy

    • place yourself into someone

    • it can help our city come back

  • How to build a culture of empathy?

    • Education

    • street degrees

    • learning

    • empathy go a long way

      • the next mayor should stand on that Strong

      • give that to everyone

      • I love that everyone puts themselves in everyone's shoes

 

Todd Walker on Empathy: Oscar Grant - Mehserle Oakland Verdict Protest Preparation
Todd Walker on Empathy: Oscar Grant - Mehserle Oakland Verdict 
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  • Tell Me About empathy?

    • with restoring Intercity Peace

    • deal with a lot of the violence

    • want community to get together

    • logic - teach them how to think

    • listen

  • Listening is Empathy?

    • yes, I listen in meetings

    • listening will get you a long ways

    • the kids need someone to listen