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Photos from Downtown Oakland
by Brooke
Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 12:51 AM
Photos from tonight's police repression against protestors tonight in downtown Oakland

Some photos from tonight in downtown
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by ...
Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 3:34 AM
Exactly what did he do to deserve that?
by a
Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 10:01 AM
Great documentation of the brutal arrest and burned out car.
Keep fighting the good fight.
by Burn them ALL! Walk! Run! Ride your bike!
Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 11:18 AM
Ken Epstein, assistant editor of the Oakland Post, who was finishing an article about Grant's death, watched from the 12th story of his office at 14th and Franklin streets as his 2002 Honda CR-V disintegrated in a roar of flames as the police continued to push protesters down 14th Street from the intersection with Broadway, smashing store windows and setting trash cans on fire.

The protesters were outraged that the officer involved had not been interviewed, he said, adding that he shared their anger. It was clear from the videotape that Grant was lying facedown and he hadn't been accused of a crime, Epstein added.

"I'm sorry my car was burned but the issue is very upsetting," he said.

http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/ci_11401338
by free
Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 12:44 PM
this is war, shit happens.
by anonymous
Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 1:40 PM
its time to destroy the cops' property!
by Footpad
Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 2:18 PM
Frustration.

In case anyone isn't aware, BART police have killed before.

Doesn't anyone remember Jerrold Hall? There've been more.

The Mercury link above has video of the cop shooting Oscar Grant. It has only a PARTIAL list of the people wh o've been killed by BART police. This does not include the many more who have been hurt, injured, disabled, f alsely accused and imprisoned, etc. etc. Some of us just AVOID BART because we don't feel safe or welcome there.

What environmental and social justice advocates need to point the finger at, beyond the long glaring problems with BART police (highest paid, worst trained, least accountable in the state) is the EN DEMIC RACISM of BART.

As fares go up, the highest paid BART execs drive expensive cars to work from far away and have a total disco nnection from the reality of people who are dependent on transit. Someone needs to shine a BRIGHT light on w hat's going on at the top and how they're spending OUR transportation dollars.

BART was conceived as an upper class express to the financial district for a white-only clientele. BART conti nues to gobble up the limited transportation dollars that would better help the ALL get around, to fund an ov erpriced system full of corruption and kickbacks.

Let us not forget how racist and violent the transportation system is. Ai r pollution: in the poor neighborhoods. Lack of access: in the poor neighborhoods. Disproportionate deaths fo r pedestrians in cities: in the poor neighborhoods. Who's in the poor neighborhoods: disproportionately peopl e of color. It's an institution. Turn it on its head.

Why aren't people shutting down the freeways in protest of cancer, asthma? Those deaths are just as cold bloo ded as what happens again and again at BART.

This is not meant to be reformist. It's strategic. Nobody should live in a traffic sewer.

The culture of BART that allows police to kill again and again comes from the same culture that refuses to se rve the public and maintains major disparities which ALSO kill, in MUCH LARGER NUMBE RS.

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_11369592?sour
by richard
Thursday Jan 8th, 2009 5:14 PM
thank you for the great pictures! i walked in the protest and didn't see shot like people being arrested, etc.

i wrote about my experience of being in a peaceful protest turned riot. it shares perspectives definitely lacking in mainstream media, who for one, perpetuate the idea that the rioters were one homogenous black mob. it also features film clips from the streets.

http://fem-men-ist.blogspot.com

by Davis Mirza
Friday Jan 9th, 2009 9:54 PM
“Jewish women freed after protest at Israeli consulate” Click Toronto Star Article: http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/563126

Eight Jewish Canadian women who were arrested while holding a protest inside the Israeli consulate have been released.

The RCMP arrested and handcuffed the women, who were staging a sit-in protest against the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza inside the consulate at 180 Bloor St. W. The women were held briefly inside a paddy wagon, but were not charged and were released.

Included in the group were Israeli peace activists, filmmakers, the president of Science for Peace and a variety of students.... http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/563126
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Stop the war on Gaza NOW! Stop the bombing. End the siege. Freedom for Palestine Rally.

RALLY
Saturday, January 10
11:00am
Israeli Consulate
180 Bloor Street West
TTC: St George

Followed by

FREE GAZA: A TEACH-IN (full program below) Saturday, January 10 1:00pm to 5:30pm Steelworkers' Hall

25 Cecil Street, Toronto, CANADA (south of College, east of Spadina)

Peace~davis