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No Justice No BART Takes Fare Gates at Fruitvale Station, Oakland, 3/5/09: photos
by dave id
Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
No Justice No BART held their first in a series of actions at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland on Thursday, March 5th at 4pm. NJNB intends to continue disruptive protests at various BART stations around the Bay until their list of demands is addressed by BART and other authorities. The Fruitvale station was chosen as the first target as it's where Oscar Grant III was murdered on January 1st. While this action was not a complete shut down of the station because police funneled passengers in and out of the station through a back door, demonstrators did block the fare gates at Fruitvale for two full hours, meaning that BART collected no money at the station during the rush hour commute.
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Looking back on the first action, Krystof Cantor of No Justice No BART said the demonstration was a success despite the corporate media's focus on protesters not having fully closed the station. He notes that some had objected beforehand to the idea of interfering with the commutes of workers, and in that sense the demo was a win-win in that passengers came and went yet BART collected no fares during the protest and spent extra money on the phalanx of security and riot police they chose to have present. The only loser was BART itself -- appropriate, Cantor noted, as BART and their continuing inadequate response to the murder of Oscar Grant is the target of the No Justice No BART campaign.

The next NJNB action is scheduled for 4pm Thursday, March 19th at the Rockridge BART station in Oakland.

Video from the action can be found at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/03/07/18575555.php.

§Corporate media lies in wait
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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§Murder ticket
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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§Evan Shamar and Krystof Cantor
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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§Taking the gates
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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§Johannes Mehserle's a white supremacist
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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At the BAMN Oscar Grant Tribunal the day before, it was mentioned that there are suspicions that Mehserle is a part of some organized white supremacy group and that efforts were underway to verify if this is true or not: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/03/06/18575244.php.
§What's so great about being Commander-in-Chief of THIS?
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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When Farrakhan spoke in Oakland on February 17th, he made a remark about the powers that be not caring if Obama, a person of color, was captain now because the ship of America is currently sinking due to their corruption: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/02/18/18571707.php.
§Riot police, each with their own goodie bag
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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§Disarm BART police
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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§Fruitvale Village
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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§Official keeper of the back door
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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No $300 fines for fare evasion today
§Fare gates shut down in the background
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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§Lots of Oakland police standing around all over
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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Community policing not being a priority in this city, officers are rarely found outside of their cars for any serious length of time -- preferring to roll around intimidating citizens -- except for when they have numbers like this, which in itself is another form of intimidation.
§Thousands of Stolen Lives across America
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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The Stolen Lives Project: http://stolenlives.org

In Oakland alone, there were forty-five "officer-involved" shootings of citizens between 2004 and 2008, 30 of which were fatal, and discipline for the any of the officers involved was simply "not applicable" : http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/02/07/18568854.php.
§We are all Oscar Grant
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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Supporters are asked to attend David's next hearing at 8:30 am on April 10th at the Juvenile Justice Center in San Leandro.

also see, http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/02/24/18572999.php, http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/02/04/18568390.php, and http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/15/18563412.php
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on the south edge of the Fruitvale Village
§Crowd assembles to demand release of cycling young man
by dave id Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 3:46 PM
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He was issued a ticket for no helmet and released.

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by cp
Sunday Mar 8th, 2009 8:19 PM
I think that the Thursday rally was a success. TV news stations had live coverage and it was a top story. This is rather unprecedented that they have had this level of prolonged interest, among many cases of injustice that we could list in the Bay Area.
Sometimes, I have an impulse to suggest finding a way to take the unusual success in organization and channel it into economic issues, because California/Las Vegas are leading the country in inequality. But, police brutality and racism are distinct issues that we might not want to dilute.
At the same time, the headline of the 11 oclock news and several weekly papers was that this was an unsuccessful rally due to not rioting or shutting down BART - which resulted first from the baseline set by the earlier demonstrations and the rally announcement.
Some reporters on TV or Eastbay Express are very smart, but seem to be pressed for time or underpaid, while others are very untalented - to grab a local example: http://www.lesliedinaberg.com/Columns.php?choice=Nailed They produce stories calling the 12th ANSWER march of the Iraq occupation a failure because there were 'only' 5000 people, which was lower than the peak of 150,000. These recent tax tea parties with a couple dozen people is represented as a major opposition group.
The reality is that we have to deal with this landscape. So perhaps NJNB has had mixed results so far in media strategy. CA joblessness and foreclosure seems so underreported. A good example of this is a set of articles about the Sacramento tent city, after a British paper and Oprah popularized it. In reality, there are large homeless camps and unreported squatting *all* over, with thousands of people affected in many cities, and it's not getting into the LA Times, Chronicle and so forth. Starting new online newspapers and staging militant demos might what is necessary to communicate
by ACTIVIST
Tuesday Mar 10th, 2009 12:09 AM
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