About Us

Welcome to Walls of Justice

We are an online community forum to honor and showcase street art focused on positive reform in law enforcement and social justice.

Walls of Justice was formed in Oakland, California, after vandalism caused extensive damage to downtown Oakland buildings. Oakland residents Julia Sherwin and Michael Haddad own one of those buildings. When their office windows and door were smashed and had to be covered with boards, Michael encountered a man painting on the boards.

Michael and Julia commissioned him to paint a mural on the boards honoring George Floyd and all people whose lives were cut short by law enforcement, including 35 of Michael and Julia’s clients. Michael and Julia are civil rights lawyers specializing in wrongful death and catastrophic injury police misconduct cases, and have had a civil rights law firm, Haddad & Sherwin LLP, in downtown Oakland since 1998.

The artist, Deonta Allen, painted the mural featured on this page.

Throughout downtown Oakland, Julia saw many beautiful murals honoring Mr. Floyd and demanding reform of police and law enforcement practices, and photographed some of these Oakland Walls of Justice. She decided to create this website as a community forum to showcase Walls of Justice everywhere.

Please consider submitting your own photographs of Walls of Justice near you.
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Oakland Police Dept Annual Budget
$330M
authorized police officers
792
Oakland Budget per officer
$416,817
School District budget
$590M
Number of students
49,000
oakland budget per student
$12,041
City budget allocation
19.85% police; .07% violence prevention; .05% race & equity; 2.2% Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development

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Walls of Justice encourages you to submit photos of art in your community. By submitting your photos, you grant us permission to use the photography on this website and you agree to the Terms of Use and Submission Guidelines.

This site was created, and is maintained by, Walls of Justice LLC.
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