The heads of the minority-led Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Progressive Caucus have joined Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., in shepherding lawmakers to a July 30 screening of “Fruitvale Station,” Hollywood’s take on the very public killing of Oscar Grant III.
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit police officers shot and killed Grant, a 22-year-old African-American, on New Year's Day 2009 while he was handcuffed and in police custody. The actual footage of the shooting follows.
Warning: It unmercifully shows the rawness of the incident, as well as why the film it inspired is so timely in the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Travyon Martin shooting:
Wanda Johnson, Oscar’s mother, is expected to attend the congressional screening, set to take place at 7:30 p.m. at Landmark’s E Street Cinema (555 11th St. NW). Members can reserve their spot by contacting Lee aide Julie Nickson at RSVPfruitvalestation@gmail.com.
The new film tracks the last 24 hours of Grant’s life, up to and including the incident at the titular train stop.
CAPAC Chairwoman Judy Chu, D-Calif., CHC Chairman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Texas, CBC Chairwoman Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, and CPC Co-Chairmen Keith Ellison, D-Mich., and Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., have arranged for transportation to and from the theater from the Rayburn horseshoe for those interested in attending.
A congressional aide told HOH that, as of Friday morning, about a dozen members had signed on to watch the sobering flick.
Correction: July 29, 10:48 a.m.
An earlier version of this story misidentified Wanda Johnson.