Lee to host ‘Fruitvale Station’ screening in D.C.

Rep. Barbara Lee will host a screening of “Fruitvale Station,” the critically acclaimed movie about the last day of BART Police shooting victim Oscar Grant, with other lawmakers next week in Washington, D.C.

Fruitvale_Station_posterLee, D-Oakland, is organizing the event in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

“It is an especially timely film considering the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin and resulting verdict,” Lee wrote in an invitation.

Lee’s office says Grant’s mother, Wanda Johnson, is planning to attend.

The screening is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, July 30; the invitation says lawmakers will be offered transportation from the Rayburn House Office Building at 7 p.m. or immediately after the day’s last votes.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    “Grant served two state prison terms for various felonies including a conviction for drug dealing.[43] In 2007, San Leandro police stunned him with a Taser to subdue him after a traffic stop, during which Grant threw his loaded pistol into the air and ran.[12] He was sentenced to 16 months in state prison.”

    The Blessed Grant was a busy boy who, when not committing felonies, liked to get drunk and fight with the cops.

  • RR senile columnist

    She’s preaching to the choir. Why not invite the Tea Party group?

  • annoyed

    Elwood…so that gave Messherle the right to shoot and kill Grant? No one has EVER said Grant was a saint.

  • Elwood

    Grant f****d with the cops one too many times.

    You **** with the bull, sooner or later you get the horns.

    Grant died or terminal stupidity.

  • JohnW

    I don’t plan to see the movie, but I’ve heard that it does not portray Grant as a saint or the police as evil.

    I would say it more delicately, but I generally agree with Elwood @4. In my opinion, the BART cop never should have been charged, let alone convicted. What happened was in the line of duty. It was a “fog of war” situation. Grant didn’t deserve to die, and the cop was not out to kill him.

  • RR senile columnist

    Will “Grant” be listed for an “Oscar”?