Thandisizwe Chimurenga, journalist/author, activist and a Contributing Writer to the Los Angeles Sentinel and L.A. Watts Times Newspapers, has launched a fundraising project to publish her first book, “No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant,” in conjunction with the crowd funding site Indiegogo. The book, scheduled to be released in January 2014, covers the criminal trial of Johannes Mehserle, the former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer who shot and killed 22-year old Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day, 2009, in Oakland, CA.
The last 24 hours of Grant’s life have been chronicled in the smash hit film “Fruitvale Station,” starring Michael B. Jordan and produced by Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker.
Chimurenga covered the 2010 trial of Mehserle which was held in downtown Los Angeles from June to July for New America Media, Oakland Local and the San Francisco Bay View Newspapers. The book is based on her recollections as well as transcripts and other documents entered into evidence at the trial. Mehserle was found guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter in the death of Grant and served a total of one year behind bars.
According to Chimurenga, “Oscar Grant murdered for the first time by Johannes Mehserle, and then he was murdered the media, and then by the courts.”
“Thandi Chimurenga’s book gives an unflinching critique of the role white supremacy has played in the institutionalization of state-sponsored terrorism and violence against African Americans,” explains Sikivu Hutchinson, Los Angeles-based activist and author of “Godless Americana, Race and Religious Rebels.”
“This project is to independently publish and internationally market/distribute the book,” Chimurenga explained. “So I’m hoping 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 aestheticall,” said Chimurenga.
In addition to donating to the fundraising campaign or pre-ordering a copy of the book, Chimurenga also hopes that people become involved by “spreading the word about the book and the issues it raises, joining an organization that seeks to put a final stop to state-sanctioned violence and using social media as a tool for activism.”
Chimurenga is an award-winning, grassroots, community journalist based in Los Angeles, CA. She has 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,” she said.
To participate in the funding campaign,visit www.igg.me/at/NoDoubt. For more information on “No Doubt” visit http://www.triplemurder.com/.