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Re: “Oakland Animal Shelter at 200% Capacity

Please do consider adopting 100% of your household's canine capacity.

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Posted by Bradley Vaccaro on 07/24/2015 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

Marty, we here at Humanist Hall circulated the petition in opposition to the "declaration of public nuisance" and it quickly got 1,500 signatures (now 1,700). The handful of condo homeowners did not create a petition but only work anonymously through city authorities. We only want to carry on in the great tradition of public service of your dad and all of the other great people who were here all the way back to Reverend A. D. Faupel in 1935. Hopefully, the tradition of public service will continue long after us at Humanist Hall.

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Posted by Florence Windfall on 07/23/2015 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

Here is a petition to save Humanist Hall:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/706/033/573/please-remove-the-nuisance-property-status-of-humanist-hall-now/

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Posted by Justine Sarfan on 07/23/2015 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

I had my queer wedding at humanist hall and never would have been able to afford to celebrate anywhere else in the Bay. I've been to dozens of amazing community events here. Even the idea that the city would fine HH for the "nuisance" of holding an event for SF women against rape indicates how screwed up their priorities are. Stop hiding behind bureaucratic indifference, Oakland. Rescind the fine and affirm the importance of community gathering spaces. Pass legislation if you have to.

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Posted by Adele Carpenter on 07/23/2015 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

If there is a petition to save the Humanist Hall, where is it and how do I sign it?

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Posted by J.W.T. Meakin on 07/22/2015 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

Who's around there to complain? Is this a set-up to try to get the property for some new million-dollar condos for the Google set?

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Steven Lavoie on 07/22/2015 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Oakland Playwright Says Berkeley Rep Theatre Discriminated Against Black Audience Members

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Posted by Editor on 07/22/2015 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

I was a member of the Fellowship of Humanity, attended many meetings in the Humanist Hall, and even slept there a short time when I was homeless. SAVE THIS SPACE!

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Posted by Gene Gordon on 07/22/2015 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

Who said there are no condos there... ? Having watched the youtube footage of our friend Thomas Lo, Im guessing he lives in the "contemporary Mediterranean lofts" at 426 27th Street. They were built in 2003, so the timing would be right that the noise complaints would start rolling in from that building right about 2005.

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Posted by shey marie on 07/22/2015 at 2:16 AM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

Thank God, or not-god in the case of the Humanists that the fine, upstanding government of the city of Oakland has taken the brave stand of declaring a nuisance exactly where a nuisance ought to be: where people celebrate significant life events, where people explore creative ideas, where people talk about social justice.

A nuisance indeed.

City hall, that is.

24 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/21/2015 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

The Humanist Center has an important history in our community providing us with a center that is affordable to working-class people. I have attended a range of events there ranging from a talk by a local journalist returned from the Middle East to my friends combination birthday celebration/art show. The city needs to work with the center not label it a nuisance or impose unreasonable fines.

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Posted by Candy Wright on 07/21/2015 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

The first sentence of the article is not clear. Over 1500 people have signed a petition stating that they DO NOT believe the Humanist Hall is a nuisance or should be considered a nuisance. You should consider clarifying. Also has the city officially declared the Humanist Hall a nuisance? Or is it just Thomas Lo and some other nameless neighbors? Have the neighbors who have complained declared themselves publicly? Is it public record?

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Posted by Kahlil Karn 1 on 07/21/2015 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

My wife and I were married at the Humanist Hall in March. We abided by the 10pm sound restriction, and had a wonderful time with friends and family. We would not have been able to afford such a wonderful event at any other venue, as the Humanist Hall is priced to accommodate the needs of the community. Please support this Oakland treasure.

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Posted by Lou Vaile on 07/21/2015 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

The 1500 signatories are supporters of the church, not opponents. And I don't know why you're blaming "condo owners" for this; there are no condos anywhere near the church. The only residential structure nearby is a set of townhomes, built over a decade ago.

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Posted by C.J. Garrett on 07/21/2015 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

This is egregious and represents everything ugly about newbies coming to this town. This place does have church status won during the damn McCarthy years. It has been a progressive bastion for it's whole existence . Everything from progrssive seders, Angela Davis Defense, Venceremos Brigade to Rainbow were organized there. There needs to be a petition going the other way. I live around the corner from Beebe Memorial and we get their preaching and their choir, but we as neighbors appreciate what they bring to the community. These people, the nuisance neighbors in the condos need to recognize that a place like thisis what has held the fabric of community together to even let them consider buying a condo in that area. I do not know how the hell these condos got 1500 signatories, they do not have that many people living there. So I too am inclined to beleive that there are folks scamming with an eye to buying the property.

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Posted by Earl Marty Price on 07/21/2015 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Oakland Playwright Says Berkeley Rep Theatre Discriminated Against Black Audience Members

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Posted by Editor on 07/19/2015 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Oakland Playwright Says Berkeley Rep Theatre Discriminated Against Black Audience Members

Judy Junita: Accusing someone of being Uncle Tom is also not right. You should always respect the other person even if they are not right.

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Posted by Matthew Lee on 07/17/2015 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Oakland Playwright Says Berkeley Rep Theatre Discriminated Against Black Audience Members

Bravo to Judy Juanita for bringing this issue to our attention. The bottom line is this. Beyond signs and assignments, there is humanity. There the truth lies.

I, a gay white man, was an usher for years, even while I was transitioning into my current profession as a music and theater critic. If I had encountered a situation such as this, I would have looked Judy in the eye, listened to her story, and felt her energy. Once I did that, it would have become clear that there was a misunderstanding somewhere. Then I would have gone about explaining the situation to both sides, and sticking with it until it was resolved (unless some "higher up" shooed me away).

By now, it is likely that the ushers who were involved with this situation have heard about what happened. It would be great to hear from them. Certainly Berkeley Rep has no right to deny them free speech.

One last thing. I learned a long time ago that no straight person can adequately understand a LGBT person's situation in a homophobic society. Ditto for men and women, whites and blacks, etc. Anyone who wasn't there, yet declares they know what "really" happened and what Judy Juanita is really about, isn't talking about either the situation or her; they're talking about themselves.

jason victor serinus

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Posted by Jason Victor Serinus on 07/16/2015 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Where Will Rock Paper Scissors Collective Go?

Where's our Patron Saint of the Arts Mayor now? What's up Libby, snail car unavailable for your photo op? This is an Oakland Arts Institution and you oughta get to steppin on using your artsy fartsy might to keep RSP in business.

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Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 07/16/2015 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Where Will Rock Paper Scissors Collective Go?

RPS is a fixture in the community and I am sad to see them move, especially considering how much they've done for the community. There should be some type of affordable storefront program for organizations making positive contributions to neighborhoods. The extinct Mama Buzz, and the soon-to-be missing RPS, makes me feel nostalgic for a time that was so recent. I supported the Indiegogo campaign, have curated an exhibition there, and I hope they find a bigger and better place in the East Bay to keep the DIY and DIT arts thriving!

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Posted by Lauren Frieband on 07/16/2015 at 11:25 AM

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