The funeral of Mario Woods and the execution of African American youth

by Steve Zeltzer, Labor Video Project

Mario Woods was a young worker who was killed by the San Francisco police on Dec. 2, 2015, with over 20 bullets. He had just been hired as a UPS worker and was scheduled to go to work the next day.

Gwendolyn Woods, center, the mother of Mario Woods, gets a hug at the Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church during the funeral for her son Thursday, December 17, 2015. Woods was shot and killed by police directly across the street from the church earlier this month. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Mourners comfort Gwen Woods at the funeral of her son, Mario Woods, at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church on Dec. 17. – Photo: Mike Koozmin, SF Examiner

The funeral was held on Dec. 17, at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, Third Street and Paul Avenue, in Bayview Hunters Point, and the family, community, youth and labor members spoke out. Speakers connected the dots between this police murder and the ethnic cleansing and gentrification of Bayview Hunters Point.

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