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"Spare the Fare" Press Conference Announces Sept. 8th Protest in Powell Street BART Station: video & photos
After four #OpBART demonstrations organized by Anonymous were held on consecutive Mondays that targeted Civic Center BART and other downtown stations, the No Justice No BART campaign has called for its first protest against BART police violence since July 11th. This time, the No Justice No BART campaign will take on the transit agency with a "Spare the Fare" protest in Powell Street BART station on September 8th. The idea for the protest is to pack enough demonstrators inside of the station, outside of the fare gates, that in order to keep people moving and the system running BART will open the emergency exits and fare gates to allow passengers entry without paying. "No $ for police brutality and murder: Disband the BART police," reads a flier announcing the action. BART has in the past foregone fares and funneled passengers past demonstrators. If BART chooses to close the station rather than "spare the fare" for just one afternoon, the contingency plan is for demonstrators to march to other stations and attempt to protest on the station platforms as they have before. In the September 5th press conference video below, speakers representing No Justice No BART, ONYX Organizing Committee, and Feminists Against Cops address police violence and the upcoming action.
[Pictured above: Media assembled inside Civic Center station for press conference on September 5th]
Feminists against Cops - Statement Read At Press Conference Today Regarding Upcoming Sept 8th BART Protest
No Justice No BART Stages First Action at Fruitvale Station, 3/5/09
Justice for Charles Hill BART Action Shuts Three Stations in San Francisco, 7/11/11
No Justice No BART
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She mentions the constant police harassment faced by the friends of Oscar Grant who were also detained by BART police on January 1st, 2009. As Hayward residents, it has primarily been Hayward police who continually harass and threaten Oscar Grant's friends. Johntue Caldwell was murdered by an unknown assailant. BART, too, has attacked Oscar Grant's friends as they pursue a civil suit for the the illegal treatment they received from BART police. The community has pushed back and intends to do so more.