Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds
Co-Directors Dawn and Katie, plus another BPFer, teamed up with interfaith leaders to get arrested at the Oakland courthouse, part of a strategy that succeeded in persuading the Oakland District Attorney to drop charges against Black Lives Matter activists,including Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza.
For months, the 14 activists had been facing $70,000 in fines and the possibility of jail time for blocking a BART train on Black Friday 2014, shortly after the non-indictment of Darren Wilson in Ferguson.
This was a really important solidarity effort for many reasons — including the fact that the all-black group of protesters was being unfairly targeted. Their civil disobedience was very similar to ones by white and Asian protesters, who had their charges dropped right away.