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Bay Area IWW Statement on the Murder of Oscar Grant
by Bay Area IWW
Friday Jan 9th, 2009 5:58 PM
To get rid of a system that relies on murderers, the workers of Oakland and the entire world have to develop a revolutionary form of unionism, one that recognizes the inherent opposition between workers and bosses and which wants to end exploitation
About the Murder on BART:
The Irrational Brutality of the Police Reflects the Brutal Irrationality of Capitalism

The cameraphone videos which have surfaced on YouTube seem like a scene out of some futuristic movie. But the cold-blooded murder is all-too real, and is one more tragic body in the capitalist carnage that is already hundreds of years old.

Police brutality and racism are just as much parts of capitalism as the real estate brutality that we are all facing. The ruthlessness and seeming irrationality of the BART murder is no different that that of a broker who evicts a family that can't pay their mortgage. Capitalism is the only social system that sees overproduction as a problem – when too many people have homes, they must be evicted until houses become profitable again. It is the same with us the workers, who have to sell our labor to live and can only live as long as we can sell our labor. Capitalism has always seen us, not as human beings, but just as one more thing to be bought and sold. This is why it has been starving the workers, especially those from ethnic minorities, in all the industrial cities of America for the last thirty years. It is the same kind of “market adjustment” that is happening with houses right now. They are both done with the same ruthlessness and they both require armed thugs called police.

The capitalist media will claim that this is a case of particularly bad cops, just as they claim that the economic crisis comes from bad bankers. But bad cops and bad bankers will always exist as long as there are cops and bankers, and there will always be cops and bankers as long as we allow ourselves to be robbed at work, as long as those who rob us need men in ties to invest their stolen wealth and thugs to protect it. Also, since our exploiters are only a tiny minority of society, they must divide up the majority. In the US, this , this means racism first and foremost. As Malcolm X said, “You can't have capitalism without racism.”

To get rid of a system that relies on murderers, the workers of Oakland and the entire world have to develop a revolutionary form of unionism, one that recognizes the inherent opposition between workers and bosses and which wants to end exploitation. The Oakland General Strike of 1946, and the workers occupation of Republic Windows in 2008 both give us a glimpse of how powerful we really are.

We want to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Oscar Grant, and on the issue of this police execution, we call for the immediate arrest of the police involved on charges of first-degree murder.

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by Hereti
Friday Jan 9th, 2009 6:44 PM
I saw the video. Notice the cop's face after the shooting. It's like he spilled some milk, and then all the cops calmly continue doing what they are doing, including the shooter.

Yes, the cop realized he made a "mistake", but the "mistake" was that he did what he what in front of so many witnesses and cameras. But, you see, its no big deal. Just another Black man shot. The cop will get paid suspension, and spend the time with his family in Tahiti. And he will get off scot-free because it was all just a "mistake", an "accident", you see.
by Apparently not
Friday Jan 9th, 2009 7:10 PM
The cop in question resigned yesterday, and he's being investigated for likely manslaughter or 2nd degree murder charges.

Stop venting and start thinking.
by Hereti
Friday Jan 9th, 2009 8:02 PM
They protect their own.
by Anonymous
Friday Jan 9th, 2009 9:29 PM
If you want to hit BART where it hurts then kick them in the wallet.

This explains between pages 19 to 39 how to spoof BART tickets. I suggest that everyone download this- don't worry, it's a clean .pdf file, feel free to scan it- and distribute it. I know it's about the Boston transit system but they use the same hardware that BART uses for fare control.

I take no responsibility for what anyone decides to do with this file, but I'm sure there's a few hackers on here that could make very good use of this information.

Ride Free!
by More of Your Tax Dollars at Work
Saturday Jan 10th, 2009 5:31 AM
More of Your Tax Dollars at Work, Courtesy of the War Crimes President (Bush) and his USSA Patriot Act. Death Squads on Video. The only reason you're finding out about it is because someone got it on Video. Had it been up to the Cops, it would have been resisting Arrest. The same goes to the DA's Office.

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