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Oakland Honors Martin Luther King Jr

Diverse rally for justice, equality - and Black Lives Matter

Photos by Luke Hauser

A diverse crowd gathered in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr with calls for justice, equality - and a strong message of support for Black Lives Matter and campaigns to end police and state violence.

Many Reclaiming and kindred folks were involved in the march, continuing a burst of activism going back to the Occupy movement in 2011.

In particular, Solar Cross organized a "pagan corner" - see photo below.

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Photos from Oakland-Fruitvale - January 2015

Photos by Luke Hauser
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Aztec dancers honored the four directions as the rally began.

A diverse crowd overflowed the plaza outside Fruitvale BART - a transit hub at the center of a changing (ie, gentrifying) neighborhood.

Although the march hadn't begun, the crowd (and the MLK puppet) steadily drifted eastward...

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..gradually compacting the crowd in front of a makeshift stage.

Solar Cross put out a call for a pagan presence, and anchored a corner vigil during the pre-march rally.

Other pagans filtered through the crowd, remaining anonymous - until they spotted the RQ photographer.

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Luke Hauser (aka George Franklin) is a freelance parajournalist in the service of the Goddess and planetary revolution. His photo-filled book Direct Action is an historical novel about Bay Area protests.
Photos 2015 by RQ. Please do not copy, reproduce, fold, spindle, mutilate, or otherwise use them without written permission (which we are usually glad to offer). Thanks!

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