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Demand Justice from BART April 8th : TAKE ACTION WITH US
by Oakland for Justice
Thursday Apr 1st, 2010 11:05 PM

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 Form an Affinity Group TAKE ACTION WITH US



4 Steps to Participation:

  1. 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.

  2. 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 Embarcadero.

    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 begins.

    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 your participation.

    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.

  3. 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 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

  4. Plan, Prepare, and RSVP


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by In Soldarity with Your Sprit
Sunday Apr 4th, 2010 9:29 AM
I understand the continuing outrage re the Murder of Oscar Grant. I'm afraid that incredible as it would be that Mehserle may walk .
I think what we need more than anything else is a MASS show of Solidarity in the streets. Thousands not dozens at a CD action . i think possibly preventing thousands of commuters from going home would hinder organzing such a large rally . People rightly or wrongly would be afraid that attending a rally might result in them getting busted , beaten , or end up with them losing their jobs .
I hope you'll are talking to people outside your 20 something Anarchists circles re the possible reaction of ordinary working class folks .
As much as I would love everyone to go anarchist I have to say that the majority of people in the Oscar Grant rebellions were made of many different folks and remain much the same as they were but we are all still in this together and seeing that this action is being added to, you should expect to see a well diverse crowd of people willing to get arrested non-violently to prove a point which is nothing new in America as so it will only last about day and everybody will forget about it as usual. For the record, permitted marches and rallies and non-violent civil disobedience really have nothing to do with rebellion for the simplest fact that those kinds of organized demonstrations play directly into the hands of the police state rather than strongly opposing it in unified fashion. Standing ones ground to challenging authority only exists in other nations primarily Greece & France. It is my opinion that non-violent civil disobedience doesn't go far enough for it only assures that many will get arrested with out even giving ones self a chance to try an avoid the arrest. We don't have to get arrested to prove a point and have to pay fines and do time. That only makes others more afraid to come out to resist the police state and thats bad for us. We need to go about this a different way. People don't feel empowered when they see other going to jail willingly just for the sake of maintaining the statuesque of non-violence while the state remains as violent if not more violent than ever whether it be a black man shot from behind face down on the ground, whether it's a war based on lies to get to some oil, whether it's poverty and incarceration, the system is violent on all levels and so why we idly sit by to maintain the statuesque is a sign of weakness on our part and that fear that cripples us is gona have to be broken some day in order to make radical changes that will never be made by this corporate government I'm sure everyone hates by now. As an anarchist I would much prefer resisting police repression than be acquiescing to it. THERE ARE PEOPLE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD WHO DO NOT FEAR THE POLICE AND ARE ALWAYS READY TO PUSH BACK WHEN THE TIME COMES!!! HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO TAKE FOR THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY TO STAND THEIR GROUND FOR UNITED STRENGTH AND DIGNITY OH AND DON;T FORGET DEMOCRACY. PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES ARE RIOTING FOR THESE VERY SAME VALUES WHILE WE BEND OVER AND ALLOW OUR RIGHTS TO GET COMPROMISED. UGH!