Demonstrators are planning to pack downtown Oakland again tonight for a national day of action demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida kid who was shot to death by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Protesters will follow the usual drill: gather at Frank Ogawa Plaza (aka Oscar Grant Plaza) at 5:30 p.m. where they will march through the streets in honor of Martin and other young black men who they say have been victims of "state, vigilantes or inner city violence."
"We are coming out to say no more senseless killings of young black and brown children," said Cephus Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant III who was shot to death by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle. "And if you continue to kill us, we will continue to be in these streets."
"We are building a movement made up by the people and we won't stop until we see real change in how we are treated in our communities and in this country," he added.
Last year, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement released a report that demonstrated that every 28 hours an African American is murdered by police, vigilantes, or security guards, according to the Oscar Grant Foundation.
Oakland is prepping for tonight's rally as best it can. The cops are going to be "on hand" to facilitate what they hope will be peaceful demonstrations. If the rally turns into another night of vandalism, chaos, and violence, then the cops will be on hand to facilitate arrests.
In mid-July chaos broke out in downtown Oakland after a jury cleared Zimmerman in the shooting death of Martin. Protesters rallied for three days straight vandalizing businesses, spray-painting and shattering storefronts, tossing fireworks at the cops. Later, they entered the freeway entrances, blocking traffic through downtown.
So before you hop BART and make your way back to the East Bay tonight, read these safety tips: