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“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.

They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, deep contrition, and unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving


Soon after Miles was killed, a group of friends and community members came together. Most had never been activists, but the horror of Miles’ death galvanized them to make change. Their attitude was “We are here to make changes and will be here for the long haul.”
These friends were passionate and talented, pooling their skills, resources and imaginations to support the Hall family and to motivate and activate the community. 
This early group of activists and leaders was called FOSATH: Friends of Scott, Alexis and Taun Hall. The Hall family has said that they couldn’t have made it through those early days and months without the courageous leadership and tireless devotion of FOSATH volunteers. 

Mapping a way forward was hard and messy, but from these early conversations and leaders, the FOSATH organization started to take shape. A community was created and shaped with love: love for Miles, for the Hall family, for justice, and for change.
The power of FOSATH activated a powerful community of supporters that went far beyond Walnut Creek. 
FOSATH’s goal was to make sure government officials and the community leaders knew how angry the community was about what happened to Miles, and to push hard for changes to the culture and policies that contributed to Miles’ death. 

FOSATH organized protests, made sure every city council meeting was filled with public comments about Miles’s death, and met regularly with city administration and police to make them aware of their implicit bias and to pressure the city to make changes to their de-escalation and use of force policies.

FOSATH was part of the selection process for a new Walnut Creek police chief, created facilitated listening sessions for the city to receive direct feedback from its citizens on the city’s implicit bias and mental health response, and pressured the city to create a committee on diversity and inclusion. 

FOSATH created awareness campaigns to spread Miles’ story nationally, met with state legislators to create legislation to address mental health response needs, and organized support for the legislation from cities throughout the East Bay. 
FOSATH members worked on several Committees: government liaisons, legislative and policy reform, police training on de-escalation/use-of-force, implicit bias, social media, communications and press, DA/AG team, community partnerships, educational outreach, mental health resources, volunteer mobilization, and more.
Many people served on several of FOSATH’s Committees shining a powerful light on our areas of focus and making an impact far years to come. 

  • Shiyama Clunie 

  • Katherine Durham Hammer

  • Rachel Grant 

  • Laura Halpin 

  • Vivian McHenry 

  • Penny Terry 

FOSATH Volunteers

  • Ted Angus 

  • Cri Campbell-Shine 

  • Shiyama Clunie

  • Gigi Crowder 

  • Kit Didion 

  • Katherine Durham Hammer

  • Rachel Grant 

  • Laura Halpin 

  • Dave Hobbs 

  • Ava Law 

  • Carly Magnus Hurt 

  • Vivian McHenry 

  • Patty Mitchell 

  • Barbara Pennington 

  • Kurtis Reese 

  • Daniel Roemer 

  • Ogie Strogatz 

  • Hattie Tate 

  • Penny Terry 

  • Dean Thebeau 

  • Lisa Thebeau 

  • Chelsea Wechsler 

  • Glenn Wechsler

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