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Re: “District Attorney Fires Former Oakland Police Captain Who Flirted with Teenager at Center of Sex-Crime Scandal

Which now we know the REAL reason these people were REFUSING TO EVEN SPEAK TO OUR ORGANIZATION But know this - this is not UNIQUE. This same scenerio has now taken place in Ohio, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, Texas, San Diego, Tennessee, Atlanta, and now California. Over and over and over again we're having these "anti-prostitution" and sex trafficking task forces REFUSE to have anything to do with our organization who by the way STARTED THIS MOVEMENT (would you really try to help an alcoholic without Bill Wilson or AA?) and we've seen over and over and over again the truth come out as to the fact they were covering up something of their own. The PRESS STILL refuses to include us in the discussion, to the point of even blocking us from commenting as the Los Angeles Times has done, and yet WHAT'S CHANGING? I STILL don't hear anyone calling us up talking about what they're going to do about the fact not only are these programs and task forces REFUSING to even allow us to attend their meetings, let alone be involved in any capacity, but further our groups which meet in these area's have all reported back to us they were being threatened away from doing outreach, holding meetings, or even speaking to women like this Celeste calling our hotline. My complaints to the authorities of the threats we've been receiving steadily now since 2013 when we get calls from women like her to "back off" speaking to them are also going unresponded to. For THIRTY YEARS NOW we've proven where we've been involved - we've had a positive impact at getting these women help. Also for this same time period, we've seen over and over again where we're excluded, the problem is at it's highest because of police either being the traffickers, or customers AND traffickers, at the same time. I say that because anywhere I've seen the cops be having sex with these women I've ALSO seen them backing up the traffickers such as the Joohoon David Lee case out of Las Vegas - a Homeland Security and ICE Officer which by the way = how come the LA Times, ABC, CBS, CNN or no other major media reported on what this guy was doing along with the fact he's not been charged with sex trafficking - only bribery? Believe it or not, Narcotics Anonymous has the SAME problem as this back in the 1950's and with cops involved within using drugs and dealing. They found a way to work around it. So I'm asking - what are we going to do to change this problem? Because I also don't hear anyone talking about the MONEY WASTED HERE. Money which was supposed to be helping women like Celeste to get services - was just put into people's pockets which these cops also actively blocked her from getting any help and then threatening us when we take calls from girls like her. So WHAT'S GOING TO BE DONE NOW ABOUT THIS?

Posted by Williams Jody on 07/10/2016 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Jet Martinez Brings a Floral Green Flash to Downtown Oakland

It's so beautiful that words aren't enough. Among many things it's a reminder to me of what we can do if we are thoughtful and brave.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 07/09/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Federal Police Officer Offered to Pimp East Bay Teenager at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Abuse Scandal

Intentionally or not, law enforcement is always part of the business plan of drug and human trafficking.

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 07/08/2016 at 5:10 PM

Re: “#PhilandoCastile #AltonSterling #BlackLivesMatter — Share Your Words and Thoughts With the Express

306 people have been killed and 2,066 have been shot and injured in Chicago in 2016 alone. Hundreds more are dead in Baltimore, Detroit, st.louis, basically any black urban area is plagued by violence and death so I find it really had to get worked up over some extremely awful errors by law enforcement. But what is the real problem? Y

Posted by cbailey011 on 07/08/2016 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Review: 'The Little Black Book of Marijuana'

I am inspired by this post to make our world better as drugs ruin lives of thousands of people every year and I reckon we should struggle to get rid of such a dangerous plant. Turn to to get more info.

Posted by SamSAM on 07/08/2016 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Federal Police Officer Offered to Pimp East Bay Teenager at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Abuse Scandal

What was this idiot thinking ,Lol, in the heat of the moment and cops falling down all over the place , this clown decides he wants to be a pimp now , and not just to anyone but the young lady who is knocking em down like bowling pins , but there's more than 10 so let's say Dominoes. This idiot is a very smart idiot , he's beyond idiot hahaha OMG I can't stop laughing hahaha , that was a knee slapper!!! Any other idiots wanna be a pimp while this is ongoing. What a Jackass!!

Posted by Henry Abuslin on 07/07/2016 at 8:17 PM

Re: “#PhilandoCastile #AltonSterling #BlackLivesMatter — Share Your Words and Thoughts With the Express

As a veteran who at 17 years of age made an oath to protect and defend this country I'm broken. Why is it that the mere presence of melanin is enough to cast doubt about my character, intellect, intent, or value before I even open my mouth? Why is it that my saying my life matters qualifies me as a racist? Why is my equality a threat to those who have it implicitly? Why do I have to beg and plead for my life to matter when I sacrificed my youth to protect a country that hates the very idea of a successful me? Why do the bigots who's freedom to speak I defended feel so comfortable speaking to me like trash. I've never hurt anyone, i am not a criminal' I am not a mutant, nor a super predator...I'm simply me and all I wanna know is why?

Posted by NaKisha Black on 07/07/2016 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Felony Marijuana Arrests Drop In California

Some folks see the data I posted below and think it is false. They type angry replies and call me a liar. They say I'm just making it all up. They can't believe that if these numbers are correct, our government would still prohibit cannabis consumption. Yet my data is taken direct from the US Government's own Center for Disease Control website. I ask these angry folks to check my numbers for themselves and get back to me with any errors they find, then I never hear back. Franky I'm as shocked as those folks who get angry when they see the numbers.

Figures from the Center for Disease Control on numbers of deaths per year in the USA:

* Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
* Tobacco: 390,323
* Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
* Cocaine: 4,906
* Heroin: 7,200
* Aspirin: 466
* Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
* Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems by comparison to prescription drugs and alcohol.

So, which is safer ???? Legalize, regulate and TAX!

Posted by Ben James on 07/07/2016 at 5:49 PM
Posted by David Peters on 07/07/2016 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Federal Police Officer Offered to Pimp East Bay Teenager at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Abuse Scandal

We've been telling the public for years that this goes on... what will it take before you understand that the prohibition of consenting adult commercial sex ALWAYS leads to this type of corruption? While minors should not be engaging in the sex industry, the fact that it is against the law means that cops use the laws for their own ends. Decriminalize consenting adult commercial sex- PERIOD!

Posted by Norma Jean Almodovar on 07/07/2016 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Federal Police Officer Offered to Pimp East Bay Teenager at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Abuse Scandal

What does it take to get the cops to investigate themselves?

Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 07/07/2016 at 4:20 PM

Re: “#PhilandoCastile #AltonSterling #BlackLivesMatter — Share Your Words and Thoughts With the Express

It is beyond frustration and anger for the tremendous sadness I feel for all the lives lost due to sick, phobic, psychos with guns randomly killing innocent people. But on the issue of Black Lives can another innocent black man be killed at the hands of police? How can it be that this is still happening where the color of one's skin causes them to be killed for no apparent reason? It is on tape for all the world to see yet still the police do not admit they made a mistake. "Stand behind your own is bullshit" and they need to admit their faults and fire the ignorant asses who are shooting people for no reason. And even if and when men or women of color may be doing something illegal, Why SHOOT? Why not taser or spray them with something that will hault them? Why are the policemen trained to shoot to kill!!! KILLING people is wrong!!!! It needs to stop. What can we do as a people to stop them from killing innocent men and women of color?Unfortunately, I don't have an answer. I really don't know what it's going to take to make a change. I have a niece and two nephews of mixed race and I am scared to death for their future. If I were a mother of sons of color, I would be extremely frightened for their lives knowing that they can be pulled over whether walking or in a vehicle and harassed at the hands of the police for no reason. Wearing a hoodie, playing with a toy gun, walking in a white neighborhood, standing on a corner, walking in a convenience store, selling cigarettes, DOING NOTHING. This should not be happening. The police need to take a good hard look at the men and women on their force and get rid of the aggressive, warlike behavior of these officers. It is 2016 for gods sake!!! We have supposedly moved past the time of oppression and slavery and racism. We are regressing folks and it is not pretty. The color of ones skin should not cause them to be in danger and in fear of their lives. What happened to love for all? Why is it that people of color are treated like a lesser race. Why do we notice the color of one's skin at all? It is unacceptable, appalling and intolerable. If you haven't seen Michael Moore's documentary on "Where to Invade Next" you might want to have a look at it. There are policemen in the world who don't carry guns. And when asked why, their response is they don't need them!!! BLACK LIVES MATTER. STOP THE KILLING. Jail the corrupt criminal police officers who are killing innocent people and maybe that would put a little more trust in the police. At this point, I would have a hard time stopping if I were to be pulled over and I'm a white, 65 year old woman. Who knows what would happen!!!

Posted by Francine Fanali on 07/07/2016 at 3:57 PM

Re: “#PhilandoCastile #AltonSterling #BlackLivesMatter — Share Your Words and Thoughts With the Express

In three months we will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of The Black Panther Party For Self Defense. FYI

Posted by Freewheelin Kendon Smith on 07/07/2016 at 2:42 PM
Posted by Tonya Love on 07/07/2016 at 2:41 PM

Re: “#PhilandoCastile #AltonSterling #BlackLivesMatter — Share Your Words and Thoughts With the Express

That Second Amendment appears to apply only to white people.

Jim Calhoun

Posted by Jas Calhoun on 07/07/2016 at 1:13 PM
Posted by Saul Goode on 07/07/2016 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale

Yeah, great place. But also in the early seventies we got Rockridge Cafe (still going) and the Brick Hut, now gone. Not just Mama's. And wasn't there that little place up Fruitvale? with the small counter and huge omelets?

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 07/06/2016 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: LocoL Expands to West Oakland; Burma Bear and Agave Open Uptown

The owners must not have read or don't care about the reviews of the location on Broadway.I cannot think of a good reason why they would want to open another location when so many people have commented about the food lacking. The taste of the food is basic at best.

Posted by Mari jones on 07/06/2016 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Mama’s Royal Cafe Is for Sale

How about the employees buy it? Like they did at Zachary's...

Posted by Jeff Perlstein on 07/06/2016 at 1:13 PM

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