This Memorial Day, “Democracy Now!” broadcasts a pro-peace speech by former Rep. Ron Dellums. “Peace is the superior idea,” he says, “because to come together under the banner of peace forces us to challenge all forms of injustice.”
In 2006 alone, 148 people were murdered in the streets of Oakland, most of them African-American. Today the epidemic of violence continues unabated and largely ignored. Truthdig contributor James Harris reports on the forgotten crisis that threatens to tear his city apart.