In the early hours of 2009, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was fatally shot by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer at the Fruitvale station in Oakland, California. The shooting was captured on cellphone video and made headlines nationwide, leading to a national conversation about police brutality. The officer who shot Grant was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served 11 months in prison out of a two-year sentence.

In the following years, as more police killings made the news, Grant’s mother, Wanda Johnson, decided to turn her pain and grief into a purpose. In 2014, Wanda took over The Oscar Grant Foundation, which was established by her brother Cephus Grant. Since then, Wanda has been building a community of mothers like her, whose sons were killed by police. She gathers with these women to help them find justice and ensure that their children are not forgotten. The number of members continues to grow steadily every year.

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Débora Silva is a Brazilian reporter and filmmaker based in California. She started her career as an on-air reporter and producer at a news station in São Paulo. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul and a master’s degree in television from The University of California, Berkeley. Her thesis film, “A New Rhythm for Mozambique,” was awarded “best short length documentary” at the 2016 Silicon Valley African Film Festival. Silva was selected as a National Association of Black Journalists fellow for The New York Times Institute Fellowship program in New Orleans. Her work has appeared on KQED, Fusion, Univision, PBS, BBC and Al Jazeera.