Thoughts on BART and Protesting

Keeping SF clean

After leaving work yesterday, I walked with the protestors who were parading up and down Market St., while I'm ideologically in line with the protestors I wasn't really doing much other than walking, and occasionally tidying up, as captured by one of the other protestors in this image (that's me picking a trashcan up out of the road).

I wanted to jot down my opinions in a cohesive post, rather than a jumble of tweets or retweets on twitter.

I fear that the BART Board of Directors, or the Chief of BART Police might feel like they cannot make any "concessions" to the protestors at all, which would be most unfortunate. Would the public/press view their actions positively if they acknowledged mistakes and heavy-handedness by BART Police?

I hope those involved in BART operations are able to see the root of the cause of this episode of civil unrest and do something proactive about it instead of continually sending men and women in riot gear to meet a frustrated populace on the streets of San Francisco.

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