Green Sunday (6/14): Police Racism and George Floyd: Our Past and Our Future

Green Sunday (6/14): Police Racism and George Floyd: Our Past and Our Future 

What makes a “good cop” go bad, and what can we do about it? We present two speakers to provide an analysis of police racism and police violence as it relates to the recent wave of #blacklivesmatter protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands (and knee) of Minneapolis police. There will be a discussion of the different systems of police racism and ideas for how to address this seemingly intransigent problem both broadly and locally.


Michael Richardson is a freelance writer now living in Belize. Richardson writes about the Black Panther Party, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Taiwan foreign policy. After a 19-year career as a disability rights advocate, Richardson worked for Ralph Nader coordinating his ballot access campaigns in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections.

Richardson has written extensively for the San Francisco Bay View newspaper,, and, while spending the last decade researching and writing his first book, Framed: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO and the Omaha Two Story (2018). A policeman’s killers got away with murder so that the two Black Panthers, Ed Poindexter and David Rice, could be blamed and sentenced to life imprisonment. The book explores the racial divide of the time, the details of the FBI intrusion into a local prosecution, and the unsuccessful efforts of the two convicted men to obtain a new trial untainted by FBI and police misdeeds.

Wilson Riles began his engagement with Oakland in 1971, with teaching math at Hoover Jr. High (it was a Jr. High then). Wilson writes, “The early 70’s to the late 70’s was the period of time when I had the most direct experiences with the Panthers. It is from my experiences during these years that I draw some understandings about Oakland politics (which the Panthers had an indelible impact on) and from which I proffer some conclusions about organizing in the African American and progressive community.

I went on to coordinate a Northern California campaign for Shirley Chisholm, manage a campaign for Otho Green for Mayor, sit on Congressperson Dellum’s Advisory Committee, be Chief of Staff for Alameda County Supervisor John George, win election to The Oakland City Council for District 5, and join the Board for Western States Legal Foundation. Panthers and
I walked thorough many of the same doors.”undefined

June 14th, 5:00 to 6:30 pm 

Via Zoom: please see access info below

Green Sundays are a series of free public programs & discussions on topics “du jour” sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County and held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party follows, at 6:30 pm. Council meetings are open to anyone who is interested.

Zoom Topic: Green Party of Alameda County

Time: Jun 14, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Description: Virtual doors open at 4:50 PM. Green Sunday presentation at 5 PM

(Followed by County Council business meeting at 6:30. All are welcome to attend)

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