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Demand Justice from BART April 8th : Framework for The Action
This action is planned around a "framework". Within those guidelines, people who participate are able to take action according to their own conscience, risk level, and ability. The action will involve sitting-in on the platform. 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. There will be a cue that the action is starting at about 4pm, but 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 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. The action is intended to conclude at 6pm.
Guidelines Define the Framework for The Action
This action is planned as a "framework". Sometimes civil disobedience follows a very specific recipe where an action sticks to a very detailed plan agreed upon by everybody ahead of time. A framework is different — it's kind of like making a call for a potluck. We agree on the style of cooking, but you choose what dish you will bring. Thus, we have agreed upon certain guidelines that will shape the events of April 8th. Within these guidelines, people who participate are able to TAKE ACTION according to their own conscience, risk level, and ability. This allows for spontaneous and creative actions that people plan on their own, and we hope it will increase the effectiveness of the civil disobedience.