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Music, All Shook Down Go Do This Thing: Benefit Concert for the Family of Eric Garner

Go Do This Thing: Benefit Concert for the Family of Eric Garner

Inspired by the music community's reaction to the death of Eric Garner, high school students Matt Geffen and Timmy Stabler decided to organize a benefit concert. The teens soon found support from HGMNY, a Bay Area event production collective already…
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Culture, Stage Desperate Times: Female Playwrights Chronicle Painful Ordeals in Two of the Fiercest Plays in Town

Desperate Times: Female Playwrights Chronicle Painful Ordeals in Two of the Fiercest Plays in Town

At the close of Chasing Mehserle, a new play by Chinaka Hodge at Intersection for the Arts, the all-black ensemble clusters and speaks in unison: "My name is Oscar Grant. Please don't shoot." It could have been any of them,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Chasing Mehserle" Maps Oakland After Oscar Grant's Death

"Chasing Mehserle" Maps Oakland After Oscar Grant's Death

Almost since she finished her first play, "Mirrors in Every Corner," about a black family in Oakland that has a white daughter, Chinaka Hodge, has been thinking about her next one -- and now it's here. In "Chasing Mehserle,"…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters, August 14-20, 2013

Expansion Plans Not all chain stores are created equal: Keeping out certain chain stores is a good idea. Walmart would have some think it is there for the community, but do many things that prove it is there to please…
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Timeline: A History of Oakland Police's Crowd-Control Policy

Jan. 22, 2003: The City of Oakland pays $10.9 million in the Allen v. City of Oakland (Riders case) settlement to 119 plaintiffs who alleged police misconduct. April 7, 2003: At an anti-war protest at the Port of Oakland, at…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters July 17-23, 2013

Digital Banking Decrease and deflation are not the same thing: The writer states, "The system appeals to investors because bitcoin is deflationary, which means one coin increases in value over time." Not exactly; there will be fewer mined as time…
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Film, Feature Immortal Beloved: Director Ryan Coogler Works On a Truer Myth of Oscar Grant

Immortal Beloved: Director Ryan Coogler Works On a Truer Myth of Oscar Grant

Four years have passed since 22-year-old Oscar Grant III was shot by a transit police officer at the Fruitvale BART station, while lying prostrate and handcuffed on the eastbound platform. But the incident still lingers, just as Grant's face shines…
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Film, "Fruitvale Station": The More-Complete Story of Oscar Grant

"Fruitvale Station": The More-Complete Story of Oscar Grant

This year's Sundance award-sponge is one of our own, celebrating the life and lamenting the death of Oscar Grant on an Oakland BART platform in the first moments of 2009. In his feature debut, local writer-director Ryan Coogler has brought…
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Music, Hear This Rupa and the April Fishes: Show Preview

Rupa and the April Fishes: Show Preview

Rupa and the April Fishes is one of those Bay Area groups that's been around for years, and never quite gotten its due. But that may be about to change: Build, the newest album by working physician Rupa Marya and…
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News, The Snitch BART Helps Make Movie About Oscar Grant Shooting

BART Helps Make Movie About Oscar Grant Shooting

It's not really news that East Bay filmmaker Ryan Coogler has started shooting his drama on Oscar Grant, the Oakland man who was killed by a BART police officer at the Fruitvale BART station three years ago. What is news…
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News, The Snitch John Weston Osburn, News Photographer, Sues Oakland Cops for Being Too Aggressive

John Weston Osburn, News Photographer, Sues Oakland Cops for Being Too Aggressive

A news photographer is suing Oakland cops for  allegedly employing their heavy-handed tactics, similar to the complaints we've heard from Occupy Oakland protesters.The photographer, John Weston Osburn, a longtime member of Indybay Media, was covering a Oscar Grant protest in…
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News, The Snitch Johannes Mehserle, Ex-BART Cop Convicted of Killing Oscar Grant, Won't Be Getting His Old Job Back

Johannes Mehserle, Ex-BART Cop Convicted of Killing Oscar Grant, Won't Be Getting His Old Job Back

Johannes Mehserle, the former BART cop who spent nearly a year in prison for fatally shooting Oscar Grant at BART station in 2009, was hoping the courts would clear his name and he could go back to working in law…
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News, The Snitch Johannes Mehserle, Ex-BART Cop Convicted of Killing Oscar Grant, Wants His Job Back

Johannes Mehserle, Ex-BART Cop Convicted of Killing Oscar Grant, Wants His Job Back

Johannes Mehserle, the former BART cop who spent nearly a year in prison for shooting dead Oscar Grant at BART station in 2009, asked an appeals court today to overturn his conviction so that he can get a job in…
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News, The Snitch Academy Award-Winner Octavia Spencer Might Star as Oscar Grant's Mom in New Film

Academy Award-Winner Octavia Spencer Might Star as Oscar Grant's Mom in New Film

Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer is reportedly in negotiations to play the role of Oscar Grant's mother in the upcoming film about the New Year's Day 2009 killing of the Oakland man. Spencer is best known for her role as…
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News, The Snitch BART Protesters: Five Other Causes They Should Take Up

BART Protesters: Five Other Causes They Should Take Up

In the face of growing hostility from commuters, the protesters who shut down San Francisco BART stations two Mondays in a row appear to be losing steam. The protests, sparked by the shooting death of a knife-wielding homeless man and…
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News, The Snitch Graffiti Attacks Cops for BART Shootings

Graffiti Attacks Cops for BART Shootings

Graffiti on public transit is usually lame, giving riders no aesthetic reward for the mechanics who have to clean it off on the taxpayers' dime. But as I zoomed under the streets of the FiDi this morning on BART, I…
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News, The Snitch Kenneth Harding Update: Ten Shots Fired in Six Seconds in Bayview Shooting

Kenneth Harding Update: Ten Shots Fired in Six Seconds in Bayview Shooting

SFPD released a map today which shows the 10 shots fired in yesterday's Bayview shooting, where police officers shot and killed 19-year-old Kenneth Harding. Harding, who was chased by SFPD officers after he dodged paying his Muni fare, allegedly fired…
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News, The Snitch All BART Police to Get Tasers, But Will They Use Them?

All BART Police to Get Tasers, But Will They Use Them?

Over the next few weeks, all BART police will start carrying Tasers -- which they will be required to have on them at all times. This policy has been in the works for years, but in the light of the…
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News, The Snitch <em>SF Weekly</em>'s Evening at the BART Rally

SF Weekly's Evening at the BART Rally

At 4:30 p.m. on Monday, a BART train pulls up to the Civic Center platform. The doors slide open and passengers disembark, looking around curiously once they realize each set of doors is flanked by two BART security guards in…
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News, The Snitch BART Chief "Comfortable" with Officer-Involved Shooting

BART Chief "Comfortable" with Officer-Involved Shooting

BART is still reeling from the effects of the Oscar Grant shooting, with emotions resurfacing a few weeks ago when former BART cop Johannes Mehserle was released early from prison. Now the transit agency is again in an uneasy position…
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