Posts Tagged ‘#OpBART’

OpBART 5 – A New Beginning: Exercising the Out-of-Shape SFPD – BART Policies Cost SF Six Figues of OT

Monday, September 12th, 2011

I’ve already spoke my piece about BART’s foolish policies of late and I haven’t heard any of their spokespeople spout nonsense for at least three days, so you’ll hear no more from me today on that score.

But today, wow, well over a hundred San Francisco City employees were on hand for the OpBART 5 protest.

This was quite the media circus with protesters randomly turning around, marching into stations only to march out another entrance, and generally making the SFPD and BART get some much-needed exercise for three+ hours.

Mid-Market: 

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Pencil skirt fixie rider literally turns SFPD motorcycle cop heads in sequence – one, two, three:

Frank Chu flagging early on. 

What will next week’s OpBART be like, considering that each one has been different so far?

Nothing like this one, that’s about the only thing I can guarantee. (The chatter now is about chanting while riding BART during next week’s OpBART 6 – Half-Blood Prince. We’ll see.)

BARTtv is Back on the Air: Explaining Why BART Detained Journalists Yesterday – No Linton Johnson, No Comments Allowed

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Well here’s BART’s version of the story of last night’s events at Powell Station.

IMO, the MSM on hand weren’t too satisfied with what they were hearing, but listen for yourself:

The nugget’s at 4:30 or so where some woman starts off with, “Actually…”

Normally, you can comment on YouTube videos, but not this particular one, for some reason.

All right, OpBART V – A New Beginning, is the next protest against BART’s shooting and 1st Amendment policies. It’s coming at 5:00 PM on Monday, September 12th, 2011

Geez, How Many Bay Area TV Reporters Have Recently Sold Out to Work for BART’s Orwellian BARTtv News? Four, At Least

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Yes BART, The Sun Always Shines on TV*, certainly.

But why are you the most TV-obsessed transit agency in the world?

Why have you hired a litany of Kent Brockmans and Cookie Kwans* to make real-looking fake TV bits?

Is there some kind of military-industrial complex where every television “transportation reporter” in the Bay Area ends up doing gigs for BART to fool viewers into thinking that they’re watching the news?

Is this why the televised MSM lets BART get away with all the stuff BART gets away with?

I doubt any of these sell-outs still works at the stations what made them famous (I assume, as my govmint digital converter box died last year so all I can get on my 20-year old Sony is snow), but they were on the air in the Bay Area fairly recently. Here’s the partial tally – this is what I’ve noticed in the BARTtv collection from just the past six months.

The “BART-TV News” news team:

Lisa Bernard San Francisco Bay Area | Broadcast Media - Reporter at KNTV

Mark Jones of Bubb Rubb and L’il Sis fame - KRON4. This report is particularly egregious. Perhaps the BART Police’s informant was fed bad information on purpose in this instance? Remember, that was the allegation at the time. You know, from the Uhuru group. And then, per BART, after all those “groups” did all that planning, the “sneak attack” “fizzled.” Or maybe there was no sneak attack, BART? I don’t buy BART’s narrative, personally, but you are free to swallow whatever the fuck BART spoon feeds you, certainly, hook, line and sinker:

Jeffrey Schaub, KGO Radio, CBS5

And of course, Linton Johnson, who used to be a weekend anchor at KNTV San Jose. Start at about 9:45 to hear him defend his egregious misstatement of law from last month (about BART’s duty to balance the public’s constitutional Right to Safety against the 1st Amendment.) Then he goes, “I am a journalist.” (And I thought he was just a PR hack who costs BART $170+K per year.)

BART, you’re a god-damn embarrassment, that’s what I’m saying.

*Love that opening. Also, still loving Blue Skies after all these years, so imprinted am I.

**Member, AAJA

The First Draft of BART’s Cell Phone Shut Off Policy Looks Like Bullcrap to Me, But You Make The Call

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

[UPDATE: IndyBay has a lengthy report from Friday’s meeting of the toothless Citizen Review Panel. And here’s some more.]

Here it is, AFAIK:

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If this version of BART’s Proposed Call Service Interruption Policy were put into action as-is, it would mean that BART could do whatever it wanted to, whenever it wanted to. 

So, what’s the point in having a policy that says this?

And hey, whatever happened to BARTtv? Seems as if it’s “off the air” these days. How many former Bay Area newsmens has BART hired lately, cause I see three of them on Orwellian “BARTtv news” from this year alone.

Should BART be broadcasting video clips designed to confuse the viewer over what’s news and what’s BART propganda?

Should BART have a former TV newsman making policy?

Should BART have been wasting its time FaceBooking with Commuters Take Back BART?

Should BART have solicited employees to come up with ideas both “constitutional and unconstitutional” to combat BART shooting protesters?

Oh well.

All the Deets of Thursday’s “Spare the Fare” BART Shooting Protest at Powell Station – Flyer with Nice Bullet Icon

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Photographer Steve Rhodes is Everywhere You Want To Be.

See?

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(Keep in mind that any protest on BART property is “illegal” without a permit.)

I seriously doubt the No Justice No BART will be able to get you home without BART “profiting” from the transaction on September 8th, 2011, but anything’s possible, I s’pose…

BART Police Shooting Protest Today at 4:30 PM, OpBART IV-A New Hope at 5:00 PM – Plus a “Mass Action” on September 8th

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Well, there’s no news yet from poorly-run BART, but read below for the latest from No Justice No BART, which is taking pains to point out that it’s not Anonymous.

So, look for something or other going on today and Thursday at the “downtown” stations in the 415 during the evening drive.

(BART, do you want me to lay out for you how your 1st Amendment policies are FUBARed beyond all recognition? How they’re arbitrary and overbroad and whatnot and how the 1st Amendment, IRL, need not be balanced against the so-called “constitutional Right to Safety?” Cause, you know, I could do it for you, no prob.)

Anyway, people still be coming back from The Playa and of course today is Labor Day, but, no matter, OpBART-4, A New Hope is ON. And learn about what No Justice No BART is up to today, below.

PRESS ADVISORY

Contacts:
Callie Maidhof 
Cat Brooks

Who: No Justice No BART and allied community groups
What: Press Conference and announcement of our next BART demonstration
Time: 4:30 PM, Monday September 5th
Place: Civic Center Station, inside the station but outside the fare gates

Monday September 5th, No Justice No BART will be hosting a
press conference at 4:30 PM inside Civic Center BART station. Along
with several other community groups, we are planning a mass action on
Thursday, September 8th, at the Powell BART station, to demand Justice
for Charles Hill, who was needlessly gunned down by BART police. We
will demand that the violent, corrupt, and dangerous BART police force
be disbanded.

The press conference will include the release of more detailed
information about the upcoming action. This action will likely differ
from previous No Justice No BART actions in the following ways:

* Our intention is to protest outside the Powell station fare gates,
but we will not block emergency exits to and from the station.
* IF our demonstration is successful, passengers will RIDE BART FOR
FREE from Powell. We are calling this a SPARE THE FARE day.
* IF BART Police and Administrators attack or interfere with our
protest, we move into BART and onto the platforms, which may cause
disruption for passengers.
* We are making our strategy public so that people know what to expect
and so that BART administrators know that THEY will be held
accountable for all disruptions caused by the actions of their police.

Background:

No Justice No BART is a campaign of protests targeting the BART
transit agency. We formed 3 years ago in the wake of the BART police
murder of Oscar Grant and have been fighting since… for justice for
Oscar Grant, Fred Collins, Charles Hill, and all victims of BART
police violence and murder. Our core demand is that BART disband its
murderous, inept, corrupt police department.

On July 11th, No Justice No BART called a protest on the Civic Center
station platform to respond to the BART police killing of Charles
Hill. BART to shut down all 4 downtown stations and the disruption to
the evening commute impacted thousands of commuters. This
demonstration prompted BART to release the video of the shooting weeks
ahead of schedule.

On August 11th, fearing another protest by No Justice No BART, BART
shut down its cellular service to prevent protesters from
communicating with one another. This draconian and illegal decision
prompted a strong and negative reaction from people around the world,
from organizations such as the ACLU and EFF, and civil disobedience on
the streets and the internet organized by the shadowy “Anonymous”.
For the past 3 weeks, community groups have refrained from taking
organizing roles in demonstrations against BART, and instead our
members have watched or participated as individuals in the weekly
(Monday) actions called by Anonymous. On Thursday we will step off
the sidelines.

[No Justice No BART is not affiliated with Anonymous, and none of our
actions have been been coordinated by Anonymous.]”

I Can Assure You, BART, The Answers to Your Myriad of Problems Won’t Be Found on This Website

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Turns out that BART.GOV and those BART employees as a group are this website’s number one source of readers these days.

Hurray!

Domain Name bart.gov ? (U.S. Government)
IP Address 148.165.17.#(Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART))
ISP Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
Location
Continent  : North America
Country  : United States  (Facts)
State  : California
City  : Oakland
Lat/Long  : 37.795, -122.2193 (Map)
Language English (U.S.)
en-us
Operating System Microsoft WinXP
Browser Internet Explorer 7.0
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; GTB7.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.2)
Javascript version 1.3
Monitor
Resolution  :  1280 x 960
Color Depth  :  32 bits
Time of Visit   Aug 29 2011 10:01:59 am
Referring URL
Visit Entry Page http://sfcitizen.com…-now-on-the-kqed-fm/
Visit Exit Page http://sfcitizen.com…-now-on-the-kqed-fm/
Out Click  
Time Zone UTC-8:00
Visitor’s Time Aug 29 2011 10:11:59 am
Visit Number 12,498,593

(What’s that, BART? You look at the world through old-school, square, 1280×960 monitors? Like this? Uh, the 1990′s just called, BART – it wants its PC monitors back.)

Do you think I’m just another frivolous mofo, BART? I don’t. Please keep your eyes on the prize, which are terrorists, like real terrorists, like Madrid-style. So, regardless of policy, if you turn off cell phone service to prevent IEDs or bombs or whathaveyou from exploding, then nobody will mind.

(And since we’re at it, if everybody on the BART Police is a member of the S.W.A.T. team (and it sure seems that way, since that’s how you “pay” people, instead of offering a competitive starting salary), then nobody on the BART Police is a member of the S.W.A.T. team. Think about that one…)

And we’re still waiting for an apology, BART. Otherwise it looks like you think you deserve an A+ for your horrible Summer of 2011.

Michael Krasny’s FORUM show is Covering the BART Shooting Protests Right Now on the KQED-FM

Monday, August 29th, 2011

All right, listen live to KQED’s Michael Krasny right now, 9:30 AM, Monday morning, August 29th, 2011:

Protest or Prank?

Last week, the hacker collective known as Anonymous posted online what they claim are semi-nude photos of BART spokesman Linton Johnson. In light of this very personal attack, we discuss the ethics of hacking. Will public officials now have to live in fear of angering individuals with sophisticated knowledge of computers and technology?”

FTR, Linton Johnson didn’t “decide” to turn off cell phone service. The story is this: Linton was solicited by somebody at BART for ideas, “constitutional or unconstitutional,” on how to deal with that Thursday night shooting protest. Linton had the idea (gee, has BART done anything like this cell phone shutdown before?) but it was approved by higher up(s). Linton wasn’t The Decider, AFAIK.

The news from NMA Taiwan:

Or, you can listen to it later, I’m sure…

Harsh: Physician of Slain BART Passenger Charles Hill Criticizes BART Police – She Will Attend OpBART III Protest

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Jessica Lum of Mission Local has the deets on Rupa Marya, MD, who will be there at Civic Center for OpBART III – Tokyo Drift on Monday, August 29th, 2011.

Here’s here “Dear San Francisco” letter, below.

“Dear San Francisco,

I am one of your local physicians and have taken care of many different kinds of people during the past 9 years of my appointment as an internist at UCSF, where I have worked at SF General Hospital as well as at the VA and the UCSF campuses. San Francisco is a surprisingly small town, and when you spend enough time in the health care industry, you come to recognize many of the city’s residents. You hold their stories and watch over them, in the hospital when they are ill and in the chance occurrences of running into them on the streets, in the market or painting the town red. It is an honor and great privilege to take care of the people of this city that I love so dearly.

Last month, I learned that one of my former patients Charles Hill was shot and killed by BART police. Per the police, he was armed with a bottle and a knife and had menacing behavior. Per eye witnesses, he was altered and appeared to be intoxicated but did not represent a lethal danger. I remember Charles vividly, having taken care of him several times in the revolving door which is the health care system for the people who do not fit neatly into society. Charles was a member of the invisible class of people in SF–mentally ill, homeless and not reliably connected to the help he needed. While I had seen him agitated before and while I can’t speak to all of his behavior, I never would have described him as threatening in such a way as to warrant the use of deadly force. We often have to deal with agitated sometimes even violent patients in the hospital. Through teamwork, tools and training, we have not had to fatally wound our patients in order to subdue them. I understand the police are there to protect us and react to the situation around them, but I wonder why the officer who shot Charles did not aim for the leg if he felt the need to use a gun, instead of his vital organs. I wonder if he possessed other training methods to subdue an agitated man with a knife or bottle.

I feel this situation quite deeply. It is hard to watch our civil servants (police) brutally handle a person and their body when i spend my time and energy as a civil servant (physician) honoring the dignity of that person, regardless of their race or social class, their beliefs or their affiliations. I know it is not my job–nor the police’s job—to mete out justice or judgment of a person’s worthiness. It is also hard because Charles has no voice, no one to speak for him now that he is gone. It would be easy to let this slide and move on with our busy lives, as we all struggle to make ends meet in this expensive city during a recession. I believe this situation shows us how powerless we all feel to some degree.

I feel outraged and am trying to find the best ways to express it–through creative outpouring, through conversations. I would like to lend my voice to the growing protest of the BART police’s excessive use of violent force and know that weekly protests are being organized on Mondays until demands are met for BART to fully investigate the shooting of Charles Hill, disarm its police force and train them properly, as well as bringing the officer who shot him to justice. The media is portraying the annoyance of the protests to commuters more than the unbelievable horror that an innocent man was shot dead by the force that is meant to protect us. I don’t want to upset commuters or be a nuisance. I would like to be part of educating and not letting this slip under the proverbial rug, in honor of Charles Hill and in order to help prevent something like this from ever happening again.

I will be present at the peaceful demonstrations on Mondays in front of the BART Civic Center station, not to prevent commuters from getting home, but to educate a population that may need to pause and think about the value a human life has and the kind of San Francisco we want to live and work in.

Thank you for your time and thoughtful consideration.

Respectfully,

Rupa Marya, MD”

Oh Noes! Militant Pro-BART, Pro-Gay, Anti-Anonymous Faction to Arrive at Next BART Shooting Protest, OpBART 3

Friday, August 26th, 2011

[UPDATE IV, Jason Lives: I guess we have closure now, excepting for Monday morning’s FORUM from Michael Krasny on the KQED-FM. Leave us downgrade this Cat 5 contretemps all the way to unnamed tropical depression:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

LGBT DISPUTE WITH ANONYMOUS TENTATIVELY SETTLED. COUNTER-DEMONSTRATION CANCELLED.

San Francisco, CA August 28, 2011
Monday’s counter-demonstration against Anonymous by members of the LGBT Community has been cancelled after Anonymous made assurances that they have no malice against LGBT people.

While many people speak for Anonymous we have been told the group was largely against the release of the Linton Johnson photos, and that they are not planning any similar tactics (sexual images) in the future.

Some community leaders, such as La Mesha Irizarry of the Idriss Stelley Foundation are skeptical but had grave safety concerns for demonstrators. “A counter protest pinning commuters against protesters is itself a dangerous, unstable mix” said Irizarry.

The LGBT group had planned to demonstrate alongside the “Commuters Take Back Bart” group, which is still planning to demonstrate.
Lead organizers will be at the Civic Center in the event community members who aren’t aware of the cancellation show up to demonstrate.

Contact:
Chris Andoe
[See Comments if you want the email address]

[UPDATE: I’m a little surprised that one irate person can get so much attention from the MSM before he’s actually done anything. Linton Johnson’s repeated, numerous, high-profile misstatements of law have ceased, for whatever reason [coughwhen you’re on camera all the time you’re not always going to say the best thing, cough], so I don’t think that he’s the focus of anything anymore. Here’s one recent manifesto from one person – note that it has nothing to do with LGBT whatever. Note that it has 3000 (or, in the parlance of the day, over 9000) views already. How many followers does organizer Chris Andoe have to organize? We’ll see.]

[UPDATE II, Electric Boogaloo: Oh, I see, it’s Linton’s friends and acquaintances behind this. Makes sense now. Fair enough.]

[UPDATE III, Tokyo Drift:

This is ridiculous, whoever told the GLBT community that Anonymous released photos of Linton is a flat out liar. Linton released them himself, perhaps they should be protesting outside of Linton’s house.”]

Let’s see here, it looks like Anonymous will have have a little competition at the next OpBART, which is OpBART III: Tokyo Drift coming up on August 29th, 2011.

So, get ready for two new factions competing with Anonymous for attention:

1. Commuters Take Back BART (Heh.)

2.“Organizer” Chris Andoe’s Leaked Linton Johnson Photos Gay-Baiting Counter-Protest (Heh.)

Throw in the newly-energized SFPD and the BART Police and this one could end up just like that historic Battle of the Five Armies.

Comes now website-free, non-BART rider Chris Andoe (who?) to say:

“Long before becoming Bay Area Rapid Transit’s chief spokesperson, Linton Johnson worked as a television reporter in St. Louis. In the late 90’s he was regularly seen dancing shirtless, with much fanfare, at the Complex.”

All right, how does this help us? It tells us that self-proclaimed Constitutional scholar Linton Johnson was not boning up the law back then, and maybe you’re reflexively defending your friend from Flyover Country, but that’s about all that we can learn from that.

Here’s more, complete with an edited quote.

Oh, and here’s the full quote, where a BART dude apologizes for recent statements:

“Linton is doing a great job,” Franklin said. “When you’re on camera all the time you’re not always going to say the best thing. Linton is doing a great job and it’s a tough job. So the organization is going to stand behind Linton.”

I’ll just say this: It wasn’t a group of hackers what posted those photos, it was one dude (who actually didn’t need to do any hacking) who posted those photos.

Here’s another viewpoint:

“I think the purpose was to humiliate him. the guy is the public face of bart. don’t pull the homophobe card just because he’s happens to be gay and embarrassing pics were leaked.”

All right, let’s see how many people actually show up on Monday at 5:00 PM. (There will be loads of media there regardless…)