Last week, The San Francisco Examiner reported that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, uses funding from federal anti-terrorism grants to pay for fare evasion enforcement, via a group called the Muni Task Force.
Bay Area, California
On Friday, Bay Area Intifada caught up with the mother of Kenneth Harding–the young black youth who was killed over a two-dollar San Francisco MUNI bus fare evasion in July of 2011. [Video–Warning: Graphic] The conversation happened just days before the murderer of Treyvon Martin walked and Amerika’s cities marched, rioted, shut things down and resisted in other less-recognized ways (like the “white journalist beat by a black mob”–videotaped and then pulled off the Internet the next morning). Each city could easily relate Treyvon’s murder to those of numberless sons and daughters lost in their own cities. Denika Chatman, Kenneth’s mother, was handing out a flyer with information about his death at the Oakland premiere of the Fruitvale film–a newly released narrative about Oscar Grant’s murder that was heavily funded by BART and leaves out both the officer’s name and the community’s responsive rage.
(You can catch up on the background details of Kenneth Harding’s murder here.)
“It’s not just my cry that”s important, but the voices of all parents whose children’s lives have been stolen by law enforcement,” Denika told BAI in between reaching out to movie-goers. “MUNI has to take responsibility. You know they send inspectors into the impoverished areas? Bay View, Hunter’s Point, the Mission and nowhere else. They do stop and frisk. Kenneth was the worst case of stop and frisk.” She shifted the sign she was carrying, “I’ve raised boys. We always felt that they condition the youth so they will fear the police–condition them to be afraid. And the officers’ Bill of Rights protects the police from murder.”
“It seems like a lot of times, these struggles get caught up in individual lawsuits that can last for years,” BAI noted. Continue reading
San Francisco, California
12pm BBQ: MLK Park 5701 Third st San Francisco
4pm Shutdown MUNI Evening Commute: Meet at Safeway at Church & Duboce
6:30pm Vigil: Third St & Oakdale
“Kenneth Harding Jr. was brutally murdered by the SF POLICE on July 16, 2011 over a $2.00 transit fare. This will be the 2nd annual Muni shut down. It’s important that we do things to impact their economic system so they can be held accountable for sending fare inspectors into the impoverished areas.”
(Graphic Video) The Murder of Kenneth Harding Jr. by SFPD :
FacebookEvent: 2nd anniversary of the Murder of Kenneth Harding Jr