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A project to independently publish and internationally market a book documenting the trial of Johannes Mehserle, murderer of Oscar Grant.
Thandisizwe Chimurenga
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Short Summary

My name is Thandisizwe Chimurenga.  I am the author of "No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant and this project is to independently publish and internationally market/distribute the book. Oscar Grant was murdered for the first time on Jan. 1, 2009; he would be murdered again by the media, and then by the courts, soon thereafter. From June to July of 2010, I covered the criminal trial of Johannes Mehserle, the murderer of Oscar Grant.  This book contains actual trial testimony in addition to my observations, recollections, and analyses of that event.  It is both a documenting of the trial and my voice as well.

The Impact

Feminist thinker bell hooks has often described the United States as being a "white supremacist patriarchal state." Although Black women are by no means spared from state-sanctioned (government) violence, bell hooks' analysis speaks to the reason why that violence is most often directed against Black male bodies. As a witness to the state-sanctioned violence that was done to Oscar Grant before and during the trial of his murderer, it is as important to me that my voice be preserved as a Black woman as it is that the story of Oscar Grant's multiple murders be told.

The issue of state sanctioned violence against Black bodies is not new however, with the election of the first African-American as President of the United States of America - a state founded in and dripping with white supremacy - the issue has an urgency now that is reminiscent of this country at the turn of the century.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett took on the project of documenting numerous instances of state-sanctioned violence and aggressively organizing against it - nationally and internationally - through her writings, oratory and coalition work. My hope is that this book, No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant, will stand as both testament to that work and as an extension of it here in the 21st Century.

I am self-publishing this book, as Ida B. Wells-Barnett did in her day, to preserve the independence and uniqueness of my own voice and I am appealing to the national and international justice-loving community to see this work as something worthy of investing in - a symbol of its importance.

What We Need & What You Get

My hope is to raise $10,000 to have both print and eBook versions of "No Doubt" available to the public by Jan. 1, 2014 - the fifth anniversary of the first murder of Oscar Grant. Even though we are now in the digital age, actual printed books still have their place historically, politically and aesthetically.  The bulk of this budget will go towards that - $5580

The remainder of the budget will go to the numerous doulas and midwives who have helped birth this project: 

publicity/outreach - $2000 

book cover design/eBook conversion - $400

copy editors/proofreaders - $250 

web designers - $120

video editing - $100

transportation/distribution/shipping/tax/other miscellany - $1550

Material perks, in addition to signed copies of the physical book, include artwork by renowned and gifted Bay Area artist Refa1, and copies of Operation Small Axe, a gripping film looking specifically at the issue of police terrorism in Oakland, CA through the lens of grassroots journalist/activist JR  Valrey and the Block Report Radio Show..

Other Ways You Can Help

  • Please purchase a copy of the book for yourself, a loved one, or an imprisoned member of the community!

  • Please spread the word about the book and the issues it raises!

  • Join an organization that seeks to put a final stop to state-sanctioned violence!

  • Social Media is also a form of activism – use it!

About Thandisizwe Chimurenga

I am an award-winning, grassroots, community journalist based in Los Angeles, CA.  I have been a community activist for more than 20 years; I came to journalism through activism, and I see my writing as a form of activism. 

I am the founder of the Ida B. Wells Institute, which seeks to utilize old and new forms of media to Advocate Educate and Mobilize. The Institute was a co-founder of the Women of Color Media Justice Initiative, a partnership with Mother's Day Radio and the Womens' Leadership Project in Los Angeles, CA.

As part of my media/activism, I am a founder of Some of Us Are Brave - A Black Womens' Radio Program which aired on Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles; Voices from Behind the Walls,a cable-access show in Atlanta,GA; and Assata: The Black Students' Newspaper at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

I have received awards from New America Media for “Outstanding Reporting  on  Health  and  Health Care" (2013 Ethnic Media Awards), the All African Women's Revolutionary Union as a “Grassroots Media Advocate” (2010 Mawina Kouyate Daughters of Africa Award), and I am recognized by the African Community Centers for Unity and Self-­Determination as a "Pioneer for African Unity and Victory" (Atlanta, 2009 )

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raised by 110 people in 22 days
47% funded
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$10,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on December 23, 2013
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  • $10USD
    Daisy Bates Supporter

    Acknowledgment/Name listing on book Website!

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $15USD
    Ethel Payne Sister-Friend

    Acknowledgment/Name listing on book Website and through Social Media!

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $25USD
    Josephine Ruffin Crew

    All of the previous perks, AND ... one copy of the book signed by the Author!

    46 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $50USD
    Pauline Hopkins Posse

    All of the previous perks, one copy of the book signed by the Author! AND, one copy of the DVD "Operation Small Axe" !

    6 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $60USD
    Mary Ann Shadd Circle

    All of the previous perks, one copy of the book signed by the Author! AND, one copy of Oscar Grant Tribute Art by renowned, Oakland-based artist Refa1!

    5 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $100USD
    Claudia Jones Worker

    Acknowledgment/Name listing on book Website, through Social Media and our Newsletter! one copy of the book signed by the Author! AND, one copy of the DVD "Operation Small Axe," AND one signed copy of Oscar Grant Tribute Art by renowned, Oakland-based artist Refa1!

    13 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $250USD
    Charlotta Bass Advocate

    All of the previous perks, AND ... TWO COPIES of the book signed by the Author!

    0 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $500USD
    Ida B. Wells Sustainer

    EVERYTHING in the Charlotta Bass Advocate Perk ... AND ... an extra special, top secret gift!

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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