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Still holding out hope? Well stop. It's over! The liberals are parched and dying as they claw through an unending desert of denial. And for the next four years, the Hand of God will be dry.So you may want to save a precious swallow or two.
This reads like a lot of nifty phrases - "the people", "diversity of tactics", "the masses", "the struggle", etc. all pieced together to sound like quite the revolution. But, if you read it again, it becomes more clear that it is like gibberish.
The "movement?" What movement? Not described here. Cat Brooks seeks to "illuminate the clarity of our message" with no real description of what exactly the message is and who the people are behind "our."
She seems clear on who is protesting as part of the movement and who is not. No one else seems to be clear. The mobs that gather and wreak havoc - do the good ones have ID cards that say they are the real movement while those that are not the real movement are the bad ones. How can anyone know this?
Is ATPT a real thing with lots of members or participants or supporters that are clear on a message? Does ATPT have membership that can be the "we" that Cat Brooks referred to? Check out the website:
- no leaders or members identified. - "is a group of concerned and committed institutions, organizations and individuals" - none are actually identified to be members of this group
- seeks money
- is NOT not-for-profit
- seeks to end state sanctioned murder and violence against Black, Brown and Poor people. Gee, I did not know Jerry Brown sanctioned this! Or is it the Feds? Great buzzwords that make it sound like a vast conspiracy with some shadow group wanting to kill all these people. Really?
-writes and posts everything anonymously
Seems like this ATPT is nothing more than Cat Brooks trying to look like more than Cat Brooks.
I appreciate the clear and constructive thoughts from Kai Chang. Seek a way to do things differently. A way that will help send a clear message from fine, upstanding people that want things to be better. That want to be heard. Get press and publicity that will make people want to be more supportive.
Or, keep doing stupid things that create environments to be conducive to violence, blaming the bad on others, and facilitating people running amok in the night. Get bad press and publicity. Get less support than ever.
David Cohen's comment about the incoherence of a key paragraph is quite on point. One thing seems be clear - bodily harm (to protestors, not necessarily police) seems off limits and vandalism and property damage do not seem to be off limits.
For once, it would be nice if protesters stayed off the freeway so that no one gets killed or hurt. The "real" protesters can take photos of violent people and vandals and step up to identify them so the police can put them in jail. Protest their actions right there on the spot. After all, they are "independent" and not part of your deal.
Peaceful assembly please without excuses.
-What if the building is hazardously noncompliant with building codes b/c of the actions of the tenant, and the tenant is unresponsive to requests by the land-lord? Do they still get paid to leave? (If not, great way to extort).
-What if the tenant is richer than the landlord? (Even greater way to distort).
-What happens in the case of commercial warehouses that are zoned commercial (no variances) and a tenant illegally subleases. When & if the landlord finds this out, will the subtenants still be given protection, and the landlord still forced to pay illegal tenants to move?
I'm guessing/hoping not, but given our reactionary City and how general the article is written it makes it sound like no matter the condition all tenants will be protected, even if they're illegal and even if it violates zoning.
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I am very sad, for Jim is one of the reasons Amoeba remains the best place I have worked for. Jim was always so interested in my music - Renaissance and Baroque lutes, unhip despite early music's self-appointed acronym - when I knew little of his, beside "experimental," and the high regard accorded him by classical musicians. Jim's was the all-inclusive mindset that every artist should strive for.
- Franklin Lei, Library Technical Services, UC Berkeley
Bro ALkebulan get an attorney and renters insurance fast!!!
Barbara Lee is extremely disillusioned on the subject of Russia interfering with the election. The entire intelligence community report is nothing more than baseless accusations and conjecture at best. There is no hard evidence of Russia interfering. No recorded conversations from the Kremlin to hackers and no digital forensics released on the hacking. The report even says and I quote
"Judgments are not intended to imply that we have proof that shows something to be a fact. Assessments are based on collected information, which is often incomplete or fragmentary, as well as logic, argumentation, and precedents.
They assess that russia interfered. This is not the same standard as proof that they interfered. This is more "weapons of mass destruction" fairtale like stories to mislead the public and make us less resistant to a future confrontation with Russia.
Oh and those sr intelligence serve at the pleasure of the president and they are non elected officials who do and are not suppose to make policy.
Barbara Lee boycotts for me!
Well, JIM MZT
Rep. B. Lee is courageous person with a moral compass to distinguish between corruption and lies
The reason people live in improvised in law apts and warehouses is because it's cheap and that's all they can afford. The warehouses are only fire traps when you have huge parties in them.
I don't know how the city of Oakland thinks the owners of these properties can afford to bring them in compliance without raising the rents on the existing tenants. The owners are small time not the full time developers with lots of capital. My guess is once they get red flagged by the city and get a few 100-200 thousand dollar bids from contractors they'll just board up the place.
Another big big problem is the Oakland building department. Thy are EXTREMLY difficult and expensive to work with. If you haven't learned personally find out what they're all about by researching past EBX issues concerning the tiny fence a man tried to build on Yosemite St. off Broadway.
I agree with Steve. Once again in Oakland, it's ready, shoot, aim. The goal is not to make it comfortable for tenants living in dangerous, illegal, non permitted living spaces to relocate. The goal should be to make spaces where people live safe, as quickly and cost effectively as possible. The path to compliance depends on the goal. Having owners pay people to move out of illegal housing does not provide owner incentive or focus capital on solving the safety problems. Moreover, this proposal does not absolve the city of it"s legal exposure should someone else be killed. That exposure is brought on by it's incompetence and failure to inspect and require compliance with building and fire codes after having knowledge of violations. At the end of the day, it will be the City, with it's deep pockets, not the property owners who will ultimately pay the price of forthcoming lawsuits.
Her absence will be celebrated. She is a piece of s--t.
Well, golly. If only we knew all it took was a nicely worded editorial to stop vandals from using well-meaning protests as cover for their crimes.
The really simple thing for protest organizers to do is to set a concrete end time for a protest/rally in the late afternoon, about an hour before sunset. By doing so, you'll have had the publicity you wanted: During the day you do have that impact of a civic action stopping business as usual. By being during the day, you can have more people participate, like seniors and children. You'll have finished in time to make the national news on the east coast. You'll give local west coast stations plenty of time to organize a report, for papers to cover it for the morning news. You'll have well-lit images for the cover stories and news leads.
Nothing good happens when protests go into the night -- it's too dark to get a good picture for the news, you won't get into the news until tomorrow, by which time the narrative from the vandalism may become the focus. Less regular citizens can participate (work/school/child obligations the next day). The only thing it does is give vandals and looters both crowds and the cover of darkness to perpetrate their crimes.
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.
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
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.
Those bullet points need a copyedit. Are they Schaaf's or the Express transcription? Neener-neener readers want to know...
Jim was a sweet and kind soul. I am still reeling from this news and seeing this wonderful tribute in the paper finally released the floodgates. I just didn't want to believe that he could be gone. so sudden. So soon. His music was way out there, but also quite poignant and beautiful. And I actually think he might be amused that a piece of advertising spam is the first comment on here. He would find it ironic, I think.
But he was much more to me than the nice record guy at Amoeba. He was my boyfriend for five years and I will always love him. We remained friends after our break up and he helped me a great deal in the last several years. He was a source of great support in my chronic incurable illness. Doping things for me that I could not do for myself. This was not something he shared with anyone. He didn't need to be lauded for being a compassionate person. He just was.
Jim and I made a wonderful couple of pieces of music together; which we were going to release but I had been dragging my feet about. Being ill, I had little energy to devote to finishing the design of the cover and procrastinated. I really wish I hadn't; as now we'll never get the chance to release it together. But maybe I can find a way, as a tribute to him, to still do it.
If his passing has taught me anything, it is not to wait.
This isn't very eloquent, but I find that I have lost my eloquence with the sadness I feel at the world losing someone who was truly a good person in every sense of the word. The world lost a musician but many of us lost a dear friend. I imagine Jim is dancing with Baron Samedi, ( one of the Voodoo deities of death that he is dressed up as in the image above,) wherever he is now. I can imagine they would have a grand old time.
I support you, Ms. Brooks, and I support the APTP! See you there, in peace and unity!
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