The rally began peacefully at three p.m., for two hours people slowly filed in and gathered around a small circle of people who took turns with the microphone calling for justice, promoting their silly spoken word, praising their god or tearfully recounting the litany of names that have fell before Oscar Grant. The crows grew restless and many young Anarchist from nearby Berkeley milled about. Each time a rabble rouser dared touch the mic another speaker would immediately snatch it back and tell the crowd there was no need for emotions! There was no need to get that upset or for things to turn ugly. I stood about ten feet away snapping pictures and watching the mood shift and change. The tired old chants start up then quickly fade away. Continue reading Somtimes You Should Riot!
More than 300 Bay Area residents will rally January 7 to show solidarity with the family of Oscar Grant, and demand that the BART Police be held accountable!
The 22-year-old father was killed by a BART police officer early New Year’s Day when he was shot in the back as he lay face-down on the train platform, his hands behind him. He was cooperating; lifting his hands in surrender before being placed on the floor! The morning of January 7 he will be laid to rest.
That afternoon we will rally in his name!!! Continue reading Rally for Oscar Grant!
Wikipedia defines police brutality as the intentional use of excessive force, usually physical, but potentially it can come in the form of verbal attacks, and psychological intimidation by a police officer. The Shooting of 22 year-old Oscar Grant of Hayward, California would fall under this definition. He had been detained and forced to lie chest down on the ground at Oakland’s Fruitvale BART Station after 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, after transit police responded to an alleged fight where no members of said fight where arrested or detained. He was surrounded and cooperative then executed with a shot to the back. Continue reading Let’s End the Brutality Now!
The police claim that it was an accident, and the gun that killed young father of a four year-old girl, went off by mistake. Witnesses say Grant was not resisting when the gunshot was fired. The transit agency police officers claim to have been responding to reports of fighting on an arriving train. Again, according to eyewitnesses there were no movements and he was not trying to overrun the police officer. Continue reading Police Shoot Unarmed man in The Back at Oakland BART Station