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Tony Pirone physically and verbally abused Oscar Grant and his friends, then knelt on Oscar's neck, pressing him into the BART platform as fellow BART Cop, Johannes Mehserle shot him in the back. Pirone repeated the words "BITCH ASS NI@@ER" at least twice before the fatal shot was fired. These facts were caught on videotape and have been known to BART for over a year, yet Pirone has not been fired, charged, or even disciplined for his participation in the murder of Oscar Grant. In fact, he's been on full paid leave for over a year now.
We need to step up and do something about this. On April 8th, join us as we occupy the Embarcadero BART station to demand that Tony Pirone be fired and charged — and that BART police be disbanded. Meet ON THE BART PLATFORM at 3:30 PM sharp!
How can I help? —
Action Guidelines —
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4 Steps to Participation:
- Know Your Risk Level
Since this action will involve civil disobedience, and potentially
arrests, it is important to plan ahead as to what risks you are
prepared to take. Often roles for direct action are color-coded,
based around prior expectations of how likely it is you will get
arrested for what you do. There is never any guarantee when you
protest, but it is important to us that people give some thought to
their risk level prior to participating:
- RED = Very high likelihood of arrest. For our purposes this means
you plan on taking civil disobedience and are prepared to be arrested
as a result. For example, locking oneself to an object and refusing
to move is a "red" action.
- YELLOW = Possibility of arrest. You may not comply with police
instructions, you may be obstructive and mobile, but you will try to
avoid being arrested. A yellow role in a sit-in might involve
blocking an entrance and refusing to move until a final dispersal
order was given.
- GREEN = Low risk of arrest. You are going to be exercising your
freedom of speech, and supporting those who get arrested, but plan to
avoid serious confrontations with law enforcement.
- Know the Plan
This action is planned around a "framework". This means we agree upon
certain guidelines (which are posted on the website). Within those
guidelines, people who participate are able to take action according
to their own conscience, risk level, and ability.
We will meet in groups at various BART stations in the Bay Area, ride
BART into Embarcadero, and we'll all converge ON THE PLATFORM at
BRING: a sign or banner to display, a noisemaker, musical instrument,
t-shirt, etc, but keep it in a bag until the action starts.
We intend to look indistinguishable from normal commuters as we arrive
on the platform. We do not want people singled out before the action
The action will involve sitting-in on the platform. If you choose to
sit, you should choose a spot determined by whether you are taking a
green, yellow, or red role.
There will be a cue that the action is starting when the last group
has arrived on the platform. We're looking to get started around 4
PM... but its important that we all be there by then.
Not everything needs to happen right away, or all at once. Indeed,
some of us may delay our civil disobedience or arrest until later on
in the evening to prolong the process. Keep this in mind as you plan
People are encouraged to form affinity groups. An affinity group is a
small trusted group of friends who will be sticking together and
acting according to their own plan on the day of the action. Since
you are doing your own planning, you don't need to wait for
instructions from anybody to act. Also, affinity groups are the best
place to plan details and specifics of your participation in the
sit-in, the public meetings are not a good place to discuss who is
planning to do what.
Contingency plan: If embarcadero station is closed for any reason by
the BART police, those of us who have not been arrested will leave
along with the other passengers in the station, walk to Montgomery
station, and start taking action there. If Montgomery is then closed,
we'll walk to Powell or back to Embarcadero. Etc.
- Pick a Meetup Spot, and Be There on Time!
In addition to gathering at Embarcadero, folks will be riding in from
a number of stations in SF and the east bay. You can get yourself to
the embarcadero platform, or you can meet up with us ahead of time and
ride together. Meetup times are tentative — check back at the oaklandforjustice.org website after 4/5 for
exact timing of these groups and more locations.
MacArthur (by the sculptures) at 2:45 pm
Fruitvale (by the ticket machines) at 2:45 pm
Downtown Berkeley (in the plaza by the flagpole) at 2:45 pm
16th St. (in the plaza, in front of the entrance that is closer to
valencia street) at 3:00 pm
Embarcadero (in the middle of the platform) at 3:30 pm
- Plan, Prepare, and RSVP
DEMAND JUSTICE FOR OSCAR GRANT. THE TIME HAS COME