Barack Obama Promotes a Culture of
This will not be easy.
Because the change we seek will not just come from overcoming the
ingrained and destructive habits of Washington, it will require
overcoming our own fears and our own doubts. It will require each
of us to do our part in closing the moral deficit - the empathy
deficit - that exists in this nation. It will take standing in
one another's shoes and remembering that we are our brother's
keeper; we are our sister's keeper...
This page has links and resources
related to the Oscar Grant/Johannes Mehserle shooting, trial,
demonstrations, meetings and the Oakland peace building efforts. I am
working on a documentary on the importance of empathy in our lives and
in society and am taping video interviews of people on this theme in
Oakland and elsewhere. What is the role of empathy in the Oscar
Grant/Johannes Mehserle shooting? How can we build a culture of empathy
in Oakland and beyond?
"Being a politician, especially if your
working with a lot of people, it hones your empathy skills....
when you work with a wide variety of people, it gives you an opportunity
to stand in their shoes,
to get a sense of different people feelings and different peoples
Learning to stand in somebody
else's shoes to see through their eyes, that's how peace begins.
And it's up to you to make that happen...Barack Obama
September 14, 2010 - Justice for Oscar Grant
Avenue, Oakland - Join us for the Justice for Oscar Grant committee, every
other Tuesday evening beginning at 7:00pm, as we plan a Mass Boycott and
Rally on October 23, 2010 starting at 12:00pm at Oakland City Hall, 14th
and Broadway Streets. This rally precedes the November 5th sentencing of
former BART officer Mehserle.
Join us for the
Justice for Oscar Grant committee, every other Tuesday evening beginning
at 7:00pm. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Calling All Activist, Peace Keepers And
Concerned Community Members!
You Are Invited To Come Out This Saturday October 23rd At City Hall For
The Justice For Oscar Grant Boycott And Rally, From 10am To 4pm.
The main host for this event is the ilwu, the International Longshore
Warehouseman Union. There are a host of other organizations sponsoring
this historical event. This is our chance to shine. We expect a large
turn out and want our strength, beauty, and spirit to be seen, heard,
and known. We will begin gathering for pre-event set-up, organizing, and
solidarity @ about 10am, please join us. (facebook.com/event1)