Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wanda's Picks Radio: Justice for Kayla Moore; Margaret Avery in "The Color Purple" in San Francisco this Friday, February 14, 2014

Second Hour of Radio Show:
Maria Moore's sister Kayla Moore was killed by Berkeley police one year ago today at the GAIA Building in Berkeley where Kayla lived at the time of her death. A vigil and speak-out are planned this afternoon and evening to commemorate this tragic injustice. Kayla Moore was a transgender woman of color living with schizophrenia who died when Berkeley police entered her apartment in response to a crisis call and forcefully attempted to arrest her on what they knew to be a false warrant.

Maria Moore was born and raised in Berkeley, with her sister Kayla (Xavier) and their father. The women grew up on Dohr St, with their grandparents who lived across the street. Maria just turned 40, and Kayla would have been 42 this year.

Kayla had been suffering from mental illness at a very young age, and Maria and her father tried their best to protect her.

Currently Maria lives in Oakland, with her boyfriend and daughter.  The photos are of Kayla is holding her niece. The Rally and Vigil are this evening Feb. 12, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the GAIA Building, 2116 Allston Way (above Shattuck). The Speak Out is at 7 p.m. at the Police Review Commission Meeting, South Berkeley Senior Center 2939 Ellis Street (off Ashby). Info: Berkeley Copwatch at 510-548-0425 or  and

Kamala Harris Do Your Job! Prosecute, Killer Cops!

Tomorrow, February 13, 2014, the Justice for Alan Bluford Coalition is hosting a speak out at State Attorney General Kamala Harris's offices at the State Building in Oakland, 1515 Clay Street, 3-5 p.m. Visit

Kayla Moore's family will be there giving testimony. I will be there as well.

My nephew, Obataiye Tamirr Lewis Edwards, 19was shot and killed by Oakland Police in Dec. 2010, and the officer remains on the payroll. Instead of police discipline, my sister was jailed for police harassment when she demanded his prosecution. This arrest put her in the hospital. After her release she was jailed and then not given her heart medication. She also lost her subsidized transitional housing at this time. See

First Hour of Show:
We open the show with a prerecorded and aired (Friday, Feb. 7, last hour) interview with Margaret Avery, Academy nominated actress for her role as "Shug" in Spielberg's The Color Purple. Meet her 2/14 in a special program presented by Marc Huestis @ the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St in San Francisco. Tickets available at and are $25 general (orch side & balcony); $35 VIP reserved orch center (including pre event signing with Ms. Avery @ 6:30 pm). For more information call (415) 863-0611.

This gala features an interview with the star, a performance by Bebe Sweetbriar, an excerpt from the award-winning new documentary ALICE WALKER - BEAUTY IN TRUTH* introduced by director Pratibha Parmar, special surprise guests, and a rare theatrical screening of Steven Spielberg's heartwarming classic THE COLOR PURPLE at 8:45 p.m.  For the film only tickets are $11 at the Castro Box Office Feb. 14 starting at 6 p.m.


Music: Meklit Hadero "Walls," Marshall Trammell  "Slipping-- Solo Venacular," and Michael White "The Blessing Song."


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