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. 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 www.berkeleycopwatch.org We open with an interview with Margaret Avery, Academy nominated actress for her role as "Shug" in Speilberg's The Color Purple screening 2/14, 7:30 p.m. in a special program @ the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.
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