February 26th Press Conference Script

It has been two months to the day since BART police murdered Oscar Grant and there has been no progress in holding anyone at BART accountable. We have no confidence that BART as an institution is making an honest effort to respond to community concerns.

In the interest of accountability and justice, the people involved in Oscar Grant’s murder and the people who tried to cover it up must be held responsible for their actions. Furthermore, immediate measures must be taken to ensure that BART police can never kill again.

The Prisoner of Conscience Committee is calling for a boycott of BART. BART Riders should use avoid paying for BART or use other means of transit on any court date for BART police officers involved in the murder, as well as on any court dates for Oscar Grant protesters who are being persecuted for standing up for justice.

The No Justice No BART campaign will begin next Thursday. During the evening rush hours, a protest will be held at the Fruitvale BART Station in order to shut it down. Every week after that, protest actions will disrupt “business as usual” somewhere in the BART system, and these protests will continue until our demands are met.

When possible, actions will be announced ahead of time. They’ll be posted on the website - nojusticenobart.blogspot.com - and leaflets such as these [ hold up service disruption advisory leaflets] will be distributed on BART trains and in stations to inform the public both when and why potential disruptions are happening, as well as what they can help do to obtain justice for Oscar Grant.

We will take a few questions, and then we will close on the BART platform.

[Following this we walk into the Fruitvale BART station, up to the platform, draw a chalk outline where Oscar was murdered and lay flowers inside]

We place these flowers in memory of and out of love and respect for Oscar Grant, who would have turned 23 years old tomorrow. Oscar was a father, a son, a grandson, a lover, a friend, a good person, and a part of our community. It is our collective responsibility to see justice done in the case of Oscar Grant.