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Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

The right to protest is written into the constitution of the United States. Clearly it is an important part of what is considered democracy.

Cat Brooks has stated that she does not support and has actually taken a stand against the unnecessary vandalism of small businesses and stores during the demonstrations while supporting the people's right to resist.

Posted by Mama Ayanna Mashama on 01/12/2017 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

Don't protest.

Organize.

Posted by David Madole on 01/12/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

I'm sad from reading this story. I'm glad you mentioned the fact that in the last 8 years many people have been deported and the administration is not friendly to immigrants. Racial profiling seems to be alive and well in this country that really isn't so great! #StrictlyMyOpinion

Posted by Suzi Corby Foster on 01/12/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

Wanted to say something slick and profound but can't come up with anything other than: Stop intentionally fucking up shit in downtown AND Oakland. Many OAKLAND businesses like mine are Owner Operated. It hurts us but the glass, security, insurance, and remediation companies make money when we don't. It takes time to recover after all this. Shit I gotta sale Triple the amount of Vibrators and Dildos to makeup for the proximity of destruction. You can't keep going up and down with momentum like this.

There is no recovery fund set aside by the City. There is nothing but the pumping of your arms to get going again. Feels like you need silicone lube just to feel at ease to do business here.

Posted by Nenna Feelmore Joiner on 01/12/2017 at 5:31 AM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

I support you, Ms. Brooks, and I support the APTP! See you there, in peace and unity!

Posted by Bethany Meyer on 01/11/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

I ask the OPD and their covert operators to not seed demonstrations with provocateurs who are the ones who start the violence and then quickly disappear, letting the cops assault nonviolent protestors.

The vandalism that has plagued Oakland protests has been virtually always started by some white thugs, then blacks are attacks by the cops. And sometimes the cops attack nonwhites, of course. But the provocateurs are hired thugs. Not the demonstrators.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 01/11/2017 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

The vast majority of people in the Bay Area did not vote for Trump. Yet only a very small percentage of those people will participate in marches, general strikes or other demonstrations. The reasons are many and valid. And while we can pontificate endlessly, basically to ourselves, about violence or nonviolence, revolutionary vanguardism, etc., we actually spend very little time trying to reach the masses of people who are our allies. Here is an action that invites participation by EVERYONE. "Bang the Pots, Raise a Din" is a nationwide decentralized action that invites participation by everyone and encourages us to speak with our neighbors: the essence of organizing.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2709890799…

Posted by Helen Vozenilek on 01/11/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

To the Lord of the Flies children who want to ignore every logical argument for why people protest against an oppressive system design to benefit privileged people... If you don't want protest then work towards creating a governing system that provides for the social needs of humanity rather than the expediency of commerce. As an example...

"Until and unless you are willing to accept responsibility for these actions,..."

... like the Giants World Series win and the massive smashy smashy and burning buses and vandalism that ensued...

"you will lack the credibility necessary to take your comments seriously....."

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 01/11/2017 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

Ms. Brooks, you and your organization provide a venue for others to commit acts of vandalism and violence against others. Until and unless you are willing to accept responsibility for these actions, you will lack the credibility necessary to take your comments seriously.....

Posted by Howard Jordan on 01/11/2017 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

Sandy, are you going to fund the destruction from the protests? Didn't think so.

NONE of what is going to be protest is going to matter. Trump is President whether you like it or not. That's democracy.

DEALT WITH IT!

Posted by Robert Hope on 01/11/2017 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

No, the real children here are the people in this society who believe property, in this case windows, commercial building facades, dumpsters, newstands and police vehicles, are more important and sacrosanct than human beings, the lives of real persons. They have not evolved into adults who care more about the social needs of humanity than the unfettered engines of commerce. They ignore the violence perpetrated by racism, classism, wealth inequality and the police hired to protect commerce and the property interests of the 1%. And they ignore simple facts clearly presented and assert back mean selfish opinions.

Clearly Brooks states: "At nearly every protest, the police attacked protesters with tear gas, concussion grenades, and rubber bullets." This my dear friends is VIOLENCE. Deadly force of harm aimed at human beings. By Police.

"And some independent protesters engaged in property destruction." Property destruction is vandalism and vandalism is not physical harm to a human being. And yes she clearly says that "independent" protesters do what they are going to do. ADTP or any organized group does not exist as a police force of other people. That is the job of the police and they need to do their jobs without harming or provoking human beings.

I have personally seen at demonstrations in downtown Oakland where OPD literally moved aside from being in front of storefronts to seemingly allow people to break windows or spray graffiti. All they had to do to stop this was to line up in front of the buildings and just stand there, as they sometimes do. OPD is never seriously injured (except a cut or paint splattered) while protesters hit, end up in the hospital. It's as if OPD wants there to be vandalism and they provoke it with unprovoked (I can't tell you how many times I have seen this happen) weaponry use. Or back off and let stuff happen. Makes for good headlines against all protest and makes good propaganda fodder for the entitled 1% who own our society.

And again, MLK makes the clear point commenters here want to ignore because it is the heart of the issue and embarrasses their selfish position:

"These conditions [protested] are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention ... a riot is the language of the unheard."

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 01/11/2017 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Hate Man

push for a smoke?

Posted by Reginald Kray on 01/11/2017 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

In "The New Jim Crow," Michelle Alexander writes: "Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color criminals and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind." As a society, we have to push ourselves to understand the big picture, and we have to see the HUMANITY of people who have been arrested or convicted. Folks might be victims of racial profiling, folks might have made mistakes - look at stories like that of Eddy Zheng, who committed a very serious crime while a teenager and completely turned his life around and now mentors at-risk youth. Here, we have folks who are complying with their probation and working to change their lives, yet Government officials are using deceit to lure them in and separate them from their loved ones. Meanwhile, the County's making a pretty penny off of detaining folks. Is that ethical? Once we declare some people to essentially be not human, it's a slippery slope towards all of our constitutional rights being stripped down.

Posted by Jon R. on 01/11/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

If Ms. Brooks knows her movement history back to the time of Martin Luther King, Jr., she knows that the organizers of mass demonstrations had monitors who ensured peaceful events. Half a million people marched down Market Street in San Francisco without the vandalism at Ms. Brooks' street shows. Thanks for your statement in the Express, Ms. Brooks, but until you take specific steps of action, your allegedly peaceful assemblies provide cover for vandals and thieves.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/11/2017 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

The headline of this piece says " .. please don't vandalize ..", however the headline is typically written by the newspaper, not the author .... and, in fact, nowhere in the piece does the author speak to vandalism. It IS vandalism that plagues Oakland protests, perpetrated by those who like to riot for sport.

I've read the first sentence of the second to last paragraph ("APTP refuses to be boxed by politicians, police, or media into a narrative that condemns any form of protest, except bodily harm") several times and still don't understand it.

What IS clear is that the author, for whatever reason, cannot bring herself to explicitly disavow and speak against vandalism.

Posted by David Cohen on 01/11/2017 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

Its a shame because its not about this case its about other illegal immigrants they come here to work hard ,it be unthinkable of many of you doing the hard work these people do you won't do it ,its more your profile of illegal immigrants is incorrect , just because a few have committed crimes ,,we're a country of equal opportunity and justice for all ,,EQUALITY HM

Posted by jovita deleon on 01/11/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

The premise of this article is so flawed, it defies description. It promotes the concept that illegal immigrants who have committed crimes are somehow "sacred cows" with higher rights than actual U.S. citizens. It implies that cooperation among law enforcement agencies to rid this country of such criminals is a crime. Kim, for example, was given his chance when pardoned after his conviction of a Georgia hold-up - and then he did another crime! He had better learn Korean, because that is where he should immediately be deported to. The reporter has made the case for just such law enforcement agency cooperation - no matter how many tears this article might precipitate from liberals who refuse to respect the personal consequences of law and order.

Posted by William H. Thompson on 01/11/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

Im 62 yrs old woman and I grew up in Brentwood and its always been races ,big racial devisions ,and sadly to say some latinos grow up with out knowing their roots not knowing there own heritage language, because of shame off having farmers background ,been in poverty-poor or from Mixico etc. but those because of shame they lost themselfs because they'll never be excepted no matter what they do ,no roots ,no knowledge of self ,can speak or communicate in there own language ,but eating tortilla with peanut butter /coloring there hair blond ,but when you look in mirror you won't like your skin color or who you see in the mirror, the mirror tells how it is I'm sad to say , I went there to all their schools from elementary to high school,
Jovita

Posted by jovita deleon on 01/11/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

You actually do have to talk to these people like children. They are little more than spoiled brats.

Posted by Ken White on 01/11/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

Seems like Contra Costa is motivated by greed and malicious dislike of immigrants (particularly brown immigrants). It's so easy to ignore ICE. Every other Bay Area county does. Something is rotting in Contra Costa.

Posted by Carlos Aguilar on 01/11/2017 at 9:57 AM

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