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"Spare the Fare" Press Conference Announces Sept. 8th Protest in Powell Street BART Station: video & photos
by dave id
Wednesday Sep 7th, 2011 12:39 PM
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

For more information:
(video 15:02)
§Cat Brooks and Krystof of No Justice No BART
by dave id Wednesday Sep 7th, 2011 12:39 PM
§Cat Brooks speaks at press conference
by dave id Wednesday Sep 7th, 2011 12:39 PM
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.
§Feminists Against Cops read a statement to the assembled media
by dave id Wednesday Sep 7th, 2011 12:39 PM
§BART police gathering "intelligence"
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Press statement clarification on Powell Street BART protest planned for Sept 8thpress update 9/7Wednesday Sep 7th, 2011 7:30 PM
Sept 5th: No Justice No BART Press Conference to Announce Our Next BART Demonstrationpress release 9/4Wednesday Sep 7th, 2011 7:29 PM