Cephus Uncle Bobby & Beatrice X Johnson Founder and Co-Founder
Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson on August 13, 2010, established The Oscar Grant Foundation, as a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation. Uncle Bobby, Oscar Grant uncle, and his wife, Beatrice X Johnson, were vigilant in keeping egregious police terrorism in the spotlight throughout the criminal trial and eventual conviction of former B.A.R.T. Police Officer Johannes Mehserle for the January 1, 2009 unlawful killing of Oscar Grant III. Uncle Bobby mission with The Oscar Grant Foundation was to bring about an atmosphere of social justice throughout the United States, specifically to develop a Family First Responders Crisis Team. To bridge the gap between the extended family’s natural emotional response and that of objective caring and knowledgeable individuals who can make appropriate services and resources available to the families in need. To provide comfort, needs assessment, emergency counseling and resource referral information to assist the family through the initial aftermath of a traumatic event caused by violence and treatment for the emotional injuries sustained at the hands of law enforcement officers. Uncle Bobby and his wife Beatrice understood it was the community support, love, tears, prayers, community response, and video that was instrumental in getting first Police officer in State Of California history charged, arrested, convicted, and sent to jail for an on duty shooting of a Black or Brown man. Uncle Bobby took that relationship with the community to families to build support among these families that has suffered the same pain that his family suffered with the murder of his nephew, Oscar Grant. Uncle Bobby repeatedly stated from the establishment of The Oscar Grant Foundation that he was committed to upholding the legacy of Oscar Grant III for his sister, Oscar Grant mother, Wanda Johnson and Oscar daughter, Titania Grant. On July 10, 2014, Uncle Bobby released to his sister, Oscar Grant mother, Wanda Johnson, The Oscar Grant Foundation. On this same date July 14, 2014, The Love Not Blood Campaign, Inc was established by Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson and his wife Beatrice X Johnson, as a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation to continue the work that was done in the Oscar Grant Foundation and expand into mass Incarceration and community violence. The Love Not Blood Campaign, Inc will work to bring about an atmosphere of social justice throughout the United States. Our vision is a world where no one has the right to take the life of another and be protected/ insulated from the consequences of doing so by a system of structural racism, obfuscation and propaganda. Our methodology will be to provide front-line support services for families having lost loved ones due to violence. The LNBC will also provide ongoing mentoring and support services to students and various activities specifically designed to enhance activism using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change. Finally, the LNBC will provide cultural sensitivity training to law enforcement agencies, focusing on the historical impact police injustice has had on communities and its resulting cultural pathology.
The Oscar Grant Foundation (OGF) was established on August 13, 2010, as a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation. It was founded by Oscar Grant Uncle, Cephus Uncle Bobby Johnson, after the criminal trial and subsequent conviction of former B.A.R.T. Police Officer Johannes Mehserle for the January 1, 2009 unlawful killing of Oscar Julius Grant III. On July 14, 2014 Uncle Bobby gifted the Oscar Grant Foundation to his sister, Oscar Grant mother, Wanda Johnson. Oscar’s mother, Rev. Wanda R. Johnson, now heads the OGF, and its mission is to help bridge the gap of distrust between individuals in at-risk communities and law enforcement.
“THE SHOOTING DEATH OF OSCAR GRANT” Articles, Pictures, and Youtube
January 1, 2009 In the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009, Oscar Juliuss Grant III was fatally shot by former Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California, USA. Responding to reports of a fight on a crowded BART train returning from San Francisco, and based on only a general description of those involved in the fight, Several BART Police officers detained Oscar Grant on the platform of the Fruitvale BART Station. By the time Mehserle arrived at the scene, another BART officer Tony Pironi was restraining Oscar, who was unarmed and lying face down on the platform. Based on the belief that Oscar was reaching into his waistband while being restrained by that other BART officer, Mehserle claims he thought Oscar had a gun, but mistakenly drew his 9mm pistol instead of his Taser, and discharged a single fatal round striking Oscar in the back. Oscar was pronounced dead the next morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
The events were captured on several digital video and cell phone cameras. The footage was quickly disseminated to media outlets and to various websites, where it was viewed by millions. The following days saw both peaceful and violent protests.
January 30, 2010 On January 30, 2010, Alameda County prosecutors charged Mehserle with murder for the shooting death of Oscar Grant. Mehserle soon resigned his position and pleaded not guilty. After a change of venue, the criminal trial began June 10, 2010 in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
July 8, 2010 On July 8, 2010, the jury returned its verdict: Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, and acquitted of both second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter, but also found guilty of the gun enhancement charge. Judge Robert Perry, claimed he erred in his instructions to the jury and removed the gun enhancement charge. Initial protests against the ruling were peacefully organized, however, looting, arson, destruction of property, and small riots broke out after dark. Nearly 80 people were eventually arrested.
July 9, 2010 On July 9, the U.S. Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation against Mehserle, however, in July 2015, DOJ declined to file federal charges against Mehserle.
August 13, 2010 The Oscar Grant Foundation (OGF) was established on August 13, 2010, as a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation. It was founded by Oscar Grant Uncle, Cephus Uncle Bobby Johnson, after the criminal trial and subsequent conviction of former B.A.R.T. Police Officer Johannes Mehserle for the January 1, 2009 unlawful killing of Oscar Julius Grant III.
November 5, 2010 On November 5, 2010, Mehserle was sentenced to two years in State Prison, but was given double credit for the 146 days he had already served prior to sentencing, thereby reducing his sentence by 292 days to serve only 11 months. Mehserle served his time in the Los Angeles County Jail, occupying a private cell away from other prisoners, and was released on June 13, 2011. Uncle Bobby outside Los Angeles County Jail waiting for Johannes Mehserle exit. They remove him through the back door.
The Love Not Blood Campaign works to build a broad-based and vibrant Network of Families affected by Homicide. Whether affected by police Brutality, community violence, or the prison industrial complex.
Losing a loved one through homicide is one of the most traumatic experiences that an individual can face; it is an event for which no one can adequately prepare, but which leaves in its wake tremendous emotional pain and upheaval.
It is important to recognize that, no matter how supportive or compassionate the victim/witness assistance coordinators may be, survivors often find it helpful to obtain additional advocacy services.
LNBC Family Intervention Crisis Team, all victims of homicide, recognize the importance of additional advocacy services, utilizes multiple approaches in its efforts to promote a healthy Family support-based discourse to bring about real and sustainable positive recovery.
LNBC Family Intervention Crisis Team focus is placed on supporting the capacity of Parents, Families, Children, and community members utilizing the support group framework to advocate for their Love one and on strengthening their ability to work collectively to achieve their goals. LNBC offers a practical and achievable way for families and grassroots organizations to collaborate and achieve synergies, otherwise not possible, as illustrated by its on-going Family Crisis Team support groups, –
LNBC have trained advocates who can accompany homicide victim to hearings, trial proceedings, meetings with the coroner, etc., providing emotional support and information about the process.
Through participation in support groups, many homicide survivors have found that others who have been through the same experience have also had similar reactions. They find that they have permission to openly express the pain of their loss, speak the unspeakable and finally reveal “revenge fantasies” — which are a normal reaction to violent victimizations. For these reasons, support groups can be very “normalizing” for families and friends of victims, allowing them to feel that they are not going crazy and that others are experiencing and surviving the same depth, complexity and confusion of emotions.
The support group setting also permits survivors who are further along in their healing to give hope to those who are newly bereaved or who are having an especially difficult time. Through providing and receiving support, survivors are able to help each other and to see that some good is able to come out of the pain that they have experienced.
This is because many of the painful feelings have been brought to the surface. What they have found is that there is no way to get through the grief except to just go through it, however difficult it may be.
As difficult as this may be at the time, many survivors state that this process ultimately helps them to progress through the grieving process.
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On January 1st 2010, Uncle Bobby, Uncle of Oscar Grant coordinated the First Oscar Grant Vigil, homicide support group.
On September 15th 2010, Uncle Bobby, founder of Oscar Grant Foundation, coordinated the first police homicide victim event in Northern California titled, “Mothers Taking a Stand against Police Brutality & Gun Violence”, more than 60 Bay Area mothers, families, and friends took a stand on the elimination of all Forms of gun violence, whether police or community.
January 1st 2011 Second Oscar Grant Vigil
Similarly, on July 8th 2011, Uncle Bobby, founder of the Oscar Grant Foundation, coordinated the event titled, “Verdict Day – Mothers Finding Comfort and Hope in A Time of Grief. More than 100 mothers, families, children, community members, friends gathered together to support the families of slain children.
And again, September 11th 2011 Uncle Bobby, founder of the Oscar Grant Foundation, coordinated the event titled, “Say It Loud, I am Black and Proud, When I Say Black, I mean Red and Brown”. More than 100 community groups came together breaking down the stereotype that exist among communities of different ethnicities. This event generated better relationship.
January 1st 2012 Third Oscar Grant Vigil
March 2012 Trayvon Martin
April 2012 Frank Graham
January 1st 2013 Forth Oscar Grant Vigil
January 1st 2014 Fifth Oscar Grant Vigil
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