Another Wednesday-Another Riot!

Last nights protest turned violent long after I left, until then it was peaceful and calm. There was almost a celebratory mood throughout. Though I was disappointed most of the self-appointed spokesmen for the community spent more time urging the crowd to remain peaceful than talking about what we were there for. There was a lot of self-aggrandizing spoken word bull crap, but at least people are getting out. And yet again it would not have made MSNBC had not been for those few who decided to mill around afterwards and smash some window. Continue reading Another Wednesday-Another Riot!

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Somtimes You Should Riot!

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!

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Let’s End the Brutality Now!

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!

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