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Wed Jan 14 2015 (Updated 04/26/15)
Reclaiming Martin Luther King Jr's Legacy
Wed Jan 14 2015 (Updated 04/26/15)
Bay Area Pulls Off 96 Hours of Action as Part of National Call to "Reclaim King’s Legacy"
In Oakland, hundreds of people from more than two dozen groupings organized in response to the Anti Police-Terror Project’s call to come together for ninety-six hours of direct action over the Martin Luther King Day weekend, from January 16 through 19. They joined thousands of others across the country responding to a call from Ferguson Action to reclaim Dr. King’s legacy of militant direct action in opposition to economic violence as well as police violence and discrimination. The first action announced was a protest inside Montgomery BART station in San Francisco at 7am on Friday. The weekend’s events culminated in a Jobs and Economy March for the People on Monday, January 19, beginning at 11am at Oscar Grant/Fruitvale BART station in Oakland.

The ninety-six hours of direct action across the Bay Area highlighted the unjust economic and political structures that King fought to defeat. Thousands unified, regardless of skin color, religion, or creed to reclaim King’s legacy and act, in tandem, against police and economic violence, two primary tools of white supremacy. Actions took place throughout the Bay Area, at BART stations, community meetings and street corners and came in the form of shut downs, guerrilla theater, teach-ins, and concerts. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, activists in Oakland staged a pre-dawn home demo at the house of new mayor Libby Schaaf before protesters held a large march through the neighborhoods where systematic and state sanctioned murder of Black, Brown, and Poor people occur most.

photo Read More | Massive March & Concert Planned For MLK Holiday to Culminate 96 hours of Bay Area Direct Action to “Reclaim King’s Legacy” | Community Demands | photo Bus stop ad modified in Oakland: 96 hours of direct action MLK weekend

Other groups are organizing marches, teach-ins, movie screenings, environmental actions, and more MLK-related events in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, and throughout Northern California.

Oakland
Friday: photo Third World for Black Power Lockdown at Federal Building in Oakland | photo Black Lives Matter Demands Read at Mayor Libby Schaaf’s Office | photo Anti-Gentrification Action Disrupts Oakland Home Auction
Saturday: calendar March For Black Community Control Of The Police! | calendar Holiday Appeal for Class-War Prisoners
Sunday: photo #MLKSHUTITDOWN: Walmart Action Connects Economic Oppression with Police Terror | calendar Shut It Down: WAL-MART Edition | calendar Fuck the Police March | calendar From Oscar Grant to Ferguson: Racism and Police Repression in America
Monday: photo Black Lives Matter Activists Brings the Noise to Home of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf | photo Thousands Unite and March in East Oakland to Reclaim King's Legacy | photo Justice Now-MLK Oakland Rally/Workers & Community Demand Justice And An End To Privatization | audio Hard Knock Radio: Martin Luther King Jr. Day audio and interviews | calendar “Reclaim King’s Legacy” Oakland March

San Francisco
Friday: photo Lawyers and Public Defenders for #blacklivesmatter | video photo BART Friday Shuts Down SF Stations, Disrupts Morning Commute | video interview with BARTfriday Montgomery Street station | video First arrest at BARTfriday Montgomery Street station San Francisco | video photo Photos and video from #BARTFriday: NO BUSINESS AS USUAL | calendar #BARTFriday: NO BUSINESS AS USUAL #BlackLivesMatter Reclaiming King's Legacy | calendar Forum/Foro: The Real Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday: video photo "Queers" Protest in the Castro #Blacklivesmatter
Sunday: photo Sleepout in San Francisco Draws Demonstrators on the Eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day | calendar Rebellion and Resistance from Ferguson to Ayotzinapa
Monday: calendar Reading the Roots of MLK's Social Justice

Palo Alto
photo Stanford Students Shut Down San Mateo Bridge on MLK Day, 68 Arrested (Mon) | calendar MLK Birthday Commemoration: Film Screening (Thu)

Fresno
video MLK Day in Fresno (Mon)

Berkeley
Thurs: calendar Black Lives Matter Film Series: "War Witch"
Saturday: calendar Protest Berkeley Police Violence at Special City Council Meeting
Sunday: calendar Free Movie: Do the Right Thing

Richmond
calendar Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service - Richmond Greenway (Mon) | calendar Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service - Point Pinole (Mon)

Santa Rosa
calendar 4 Mile March (Mon)

Santa Cruz
calendar Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine (Sun)
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