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This is a great article and is very inspirational and a reminder to stay strong in this time of a major party division in our country. It is especially important to remember to not give up hope. Progress doesn't always follow a straight line.
Inspiring words from an incredibly inspiring man. Us young folk hear you! We will continue to fight this battle for justice. We recognize that this movement has no room for cynics, but visionaries. The movement has no room for fear and despair, and instead tenacity. We'll continue to turn to our most dedicated leaders, such as yourself, for guidance and motivation. Thanks for the article!
Good advice from someone who had to do patient organizing himself to help end the War in Vietnam, apartheid in South Africa, and the threat of nuclear war worldwide. Thanks for encouraging us to push back our fears and move forward. And thank you for your role in helping to create the most progressive and socially conscious congressional district in the country.
An assault on "Everything you believe in". Did it occur to you that maybe, just maybe your beliefs , all of them, are poorly thought out?
And one more thing: Trump has said he will advocate for tax reform and make it easier to start a small business. Mayor Schaff is the mayor of a city that makes it almost impossible to start a small business. Ask anyone trying to get a permit. Is the Oakland mayor against tax reform? Is she against small business? I saw another spray painted epitaph in Oakland last week that said "kill Trump". And what about the about ubiquitus "FTP" spray painted after every BLM "Protest"? does that stand for Free The Police? Probably not.
And Racist? There's an essay by Barbara Lee following this article. I have a photo of Ms. Lee with her standing next to a giant poster of a picture of George Bush and a gorilla! This photo was taken during a protest in front of Oakland city hall about 12 years ago. If someone compared current politicians to apes they would be arrested for hate crimes.
This article has given me hope and strength and reminded me of our history as a nation, including all the social justice warriors like Ron Dellums who had the fortitude to persevere despite being the minority voice. People like Ron Dellums didn't base their actions on opinion polls or the changing winds of popular opinion or inaccurate and hurtful online commentators. They held steadfast to their values of fairness and justice and their love of humanity. May many more Ron Dellumses spring forth in this generation.
Oh, I almost forgot, about misogyny. The local hatred of Sarah Palin and the things that were said about were over the top hateful. If I said she was stupid was I a woman hater? No, I was just on the right side of the political aisle.
Bigotry? Mayor Schaff hates bigotry? I've heard people say they hate Trump because he's white, and a man. That isn't bigoted? Cal "students of color" blocked white students from walking onto campus a few weeks ago and I guess that isn't bigotry.? And what about Kaepeernick? He's held up as a social justice advocate and as an example tells Oakland kids not to vote or even get involved with politics. At least the evil Trump has enough respect for this country to follow the laws when it comes to the election process.
Given that you were a very empty suit in Oakland your "words" mean nothing. Where were you when Oakland needed you? I can tell you that you weren't here. Murders and crime went through the roof during your so called time as Mayor.
Don't go away mad, just go away.
So basically you're okay with break Federal law to suit your needs? Should I break some of Oakland's stupid laws since it doesn't suit mine?
These are important words of wisdom from someone with deep experience in broad-based coalition building. Practical expertise and moral guidance is certainly what we need now, more than ever! I am so thankful to the Congressman for his many years of public service setting an example for the next generation of the bridge-building left as well as our current Democratic leaders.
Mayor Schaaf why have you not loudly affirmed Oakland's status as a Sanctuary City and vowed to protect immigrants? This is an opportunity for you to lead and be a voice for justice.
Promise us that you will use the full force of your office to protect Oakland's immigrants persecution and deportation by the Trump administration.
Reassure us that you and OPD will not assist Immigration and Homeland Security authorities in terrorizing our friends, neighbors and families.
Where else in Oakland would the community allow a whole block project without asking for community benefits that were outlined in the area specific plan voted on by the City Council 2 years ago? What is dismaying is that the community had to organize and threaten legal actions before serious discussion took place. Chinatown is a community and it has the right to receive the same respect as any other neighborhood.
I made a video about this movement, over the weekend. Feel free to use it if it helps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPnEbtpLGs…
'But much of why I loved the place had to do with the other sensory pleasures that come with sitting at the counter to watch the chefs do their thing in the smoke-filled haze of the kitchen fiddling with the vents on the grill or flipping pieces of fried chicken over with a pair of chopsticks. It's a scene that could as easily take place in a back alley in Tokyo as an upscale-ish restaurant in Oakland.'
Yes! Sitting at the counter and smelling like the skewers is what makes a yakitori-ya experience special.
Will there be follow up actions? How can I hear about them and how can I participate?
The comment posted by Matt may in fact be true, but it is interesting that when communities of color get the public benefits they want from developers, it is called a shakedown or a dirty victory. When white and affluent communities do it, it is just called "the deal" or the "cost of doing business". It is a historical fact that developers, hand in hand with the government, have destroyed urban neighborhoods for a century without balancing those changes with any public benefit to those neighborhoods. The results have been the destruction of entire ethnic communities destroyed by new construction, along with freeways, culverts and train tracks. In addition, the government piled on with trendy terms like model cities and urban renewal and redevelopment. All implemented under the guise of community benefit. The problem was that the community, usually black or brown, most impacted never got the benefit. Look at what happened to the Filmore District in SF or the history of environmental genocide in W. Oakland. If you observe the history of big and medium size cities all over the country, it is the same story. The only community who always seems to benefit is the white community. The politics of the deal points aside, the people of Chinatown should be congratulated for being aggressive about protecting their interests. When the politicians downtown don't honor your interests, you need to do whatever it takes to get what you want. The City of Oakland is obviously tone deaf when it comes to some communities. The neighbors came together to affect the outcome on the E. 12th st remainder parcel and the proposal to process coal on the Army Base. It is interesting that when development is proposed in white and affluent neighborhoods and cities, the developer starts with asking what the neighbors want or need. In neighborhoods of color, the developers only care about convincing the City and then they jointly tell the neighborhoods what is best for them. Discussion of what the communities of color want usually come at the back end and as a result of a long and costly process for both sides.
Thank you to all who participated. What a beautiful city and community.
I would have attended but didn't want to drive from Sonoma County and contribute to climate change, or to Big Oil's coffers, or to DAPL.
Just know that many more were there with you in spirit. I hope this will inspire similar events in cities large, small, and tiny, across the country, and around the world. What a brilliant idea that therapist had! Now let's roll up our sleeves, volunteer to create good, resilient, supportive communities, and work to prevent Trump from dismantling what is good in this country. We can do this.
This was a dirty victory. One group performed a shakedown on a developer to benefit its closest friends and allies. If you don't get that, then well, that could explain the state of affairs in Oakland.
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