Activists Paint 'Black Lives Matter' Mural Across San Jose Streets

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July 05, 2020 - 1:25 pm
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    Activists paint large letters in white on a street in San Jose.
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    Community organizers and activists painted a Black Lives Matter mural on the streets near Backesto Park in San Jose.

    LaToya Fernandez is the founder and lead educator of Youth Hype, a community based nonprofit that empowers young people in San Jose. 

    "We want to make that point very clear by screaming it loud from our hearts that black lives matter," Fernandez said. "So, on each block people are painting a word. We've got 'Black' here, the next block 'lives' and the following block 'matter.' We shut this whole strip down."

    Activists paint large letters in white on a street in San Jose.
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    She told KCBS Radio that the mural was painted in solidarity with the family of Anthony Nunez, who was killed by San Jose police on July 4, 2016. 

    "Black families in this community requested this mural be put here in response to the city saying that they're not going to defund the police, they're not going to allocate money to the Black community to bring us out of the oppression that we've been in for so long in this community," Fernandez said.

    Activists paint large letters in white on a street in San Jose.
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    The City of San Jose Department of Transportation said the organizers were not given permission or a permit for the mural.

    It's unclear whether the city plans to remove it.