Concerning BART Protests

There’s been a lot of hoopla about the BART police disabling the cell phone system in the BART stations in order to disrupt a planned civic action inside stations against BART. BART said from the beginning that they would allow protests outside the paid fare area but not inside due to safety concerns. I think the formula goes like so: crowded station + angry protesters + platform edges + moving trains + 3rd rails = danger.

After the busted civil action, protesters claimed a violation of first amendment rights. Let’s take a look at that:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


A man is pulled off a commuter train at the Civic Center BART station in San Francisco after climbing on top of it during a protest against the July 3 shooting by transit police of Charles Blair Hill, in this July 11, 2011 file photo. (Eric Risberg/AP Photo)



I see that bit about freedom of speech. And I also see that bit about assembling  peaceably. What do you see?

Protest all you want. Don’t do it in train stations.


  1. Dude says:

    I see a dude who want’s to ride a train but doesn’t want to be packed in with all the wimps inside.

  2. Wladyslaw says:

    I think it’s ridiculous that you can’t see when the next train is coming until you go into the paid area. What if the train isn’t coming for 10 or 15 minutes and I want to get in some protesting, then enter the paid area in time to catch my train? BART needs to put train arrival info OUTSIDE the paid area. The moral of this story is: you can’t trust the system!

  3. lee says:

    Oh no! Wladyslaw is using the Chewbacca defense! We don’t stand a chance!

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