“I met her at the Fruitvale Bart station. She had her hair braided and I asked her, ‘Why you got all that fake hair on your head?’ She told me it was real and she unbraided her hair and said, ‘I don’t let people touch my hair but I’ll let you touch it’. I put my hand in there and I didn’t feel no tracks, no sow in weaves, nothin. So I asked for her number and she said, ‘No, you give me your number’. But she didn’t call. 2 weeks later I ran into her again at the Bart station and said, ‘You didn’t call me! Can I have your number so I can call you?’ and she said ‘No. I lost your number but if you give me yours I’ll call you.’ 2 days later she called. We talked on the phone for like 6 months and she finally let me take her out. We became boyfriend and girlfriend but we lost contact for 4 years, I was still in the streets at the time. Then after 4 years I ran into her at the Fruitvale Bart station again. I asked her to be my girlfriend again, and she said, ‘No, but I’ll be your friend for life.’ Now every time I look at my wedding ring I know she kept her word, she’s really my friend for life.”
“I love wearing pieces with a story: pieces that remind me of what I have done, where I have been, or of my loved ones. Now I’m wearing a skirt that I found at the Fruitvale BART station while waiting for a friend so that we could go to a woman’s studio to dance with her snakes, a top that used to be owned by a belly dancer, earrings that my lover found at the flea market, a necklace that I made with bones from an owl pellet, and Docs because every lady needs a pair of kick-ass boots.”
From the Fruitvale BART station to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, surrounding community members and groups such as “3rd World 4 Black Power”, “Hobak”, “API’s 4 Black Lives” , “Arabs 4 Black Resistance” all converged together on Martin Luther King Day in the streets chanting as one:
“The legacy of King is in the town, the Reverend would tell us to shut it down!”
It is estimated that over at least 2,000 people banded and marched together to stand in solidarity with the black community in a time where vocalization against the systems of oppression is at an all time high.
OSCAR GRANT III 😕 THE MAN WHO WAS SHOT ON NEW YEARS OF 2009 IN FRUITVALE STATION
For those who don’t know the story
(Oscar Grant III was fatally shot by BART Police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California on January 1st, 2009 at 2:15am, reports of a fight on a crowded Bay Area Rapid Transit train and Police officers detained Grant and several other passengers. Mehserle and Pirone positioned Grant face-down. According to Pirone, Grant was disobeying instructions but Witnesses stated Grant pleaded with BART police not to shock him with a Taser. Pirone then knelt on Grant’s neck and told him that he was under arrest for resisting an officer. the man sitting next to Grant also told police he heard Mehserle say “I’m going to taze him.”
Mehserle then stood up, unholstered his gun, a SIG Sauer P226, and fired a shot into Grant’s back. The .40 caliber bullet from Mehserle’s semi-automatic handgun entered Grant’s back, exited through his front side and ricocheted off the concrete platform, puncturing Grant’s lung.) Grant has a daughter she was little when this accident occurred. During Mehserle court testimony, Mehserle said that Grant then exclaimed, “You shot me!” Grant was unarmed; he was pronounced dead the next morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland. SIP OSCAR.
Officer said he thought he grabbed his taser instead of his gun. He was shot for no reason.