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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hey Commuters: Brace Yourself for More Mega Delays on BART Tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 11:43 AM

  • via @BART_Friday
At least this time you can plan ahead. BART fired off a helpful warning this week, alerting riders that there will more than likely be "major delays" Friday morning at the Montgomery Street station, and thus everywhere else. 

So if you're late to work, you can blame protesters who are organizing some kind of demonstration at 7 a.m. sharp.

"We suggest that our customers factor this potential service disruption into their travel plans, especially if those plans include travel through downtown San Francisco stations," BART officials said in a statement. 
The transit agency went on to say that BART "fully supports the right to peacefully protest, which is why it has an Expressive Activities Permit process allowing for the expression of First Amendment rights outside the fare gates of our stations." That said, if protesters choose to embark on stupid or dangerous antics that cause major service disruptions, BART cops are prepared to descend on the scene. 

It could be a big one, as protesters are spreading the word quickly, creating the @BART_Friday twitter account after the group's Facebook page was reportedly shut down. 

Here's what protest organizers are saying in detail:
We Demand:
+ Drop all the charges and fines against the BlackFriday14
+ Disband the BART Police
+ A ticket discount for low-income BART passengers

This protest has been planned autonomously in response to the Anti-Police-Terrorism Project call for a “Reclaiming King's Legacy" action weekend. APTP is a multi-racial, multi-generational coalition, led by the most impacted communities. APTP is working to develop a replicable and sustainable model to end police terrorism in this country. Click below for the full callout.

There is a state-sponsored war on Black lives in the United States and people across the country are demanding that it comes to an end. As long as it remains business as usual to gun down Black women, men and children in the streets of this country, there will be no business as usual anywhere or for anyone. Shut. It. Down. 
Good luck. 

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