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An expectedly disingenuous bit of PR from our all-too-Hillary-like neoliberal Mayor Schaaf.
Yes Trump is reprehensible. But our neoliberals too have profound flaws in their ties, in Hillary's case to Wall Street, in Schaaf's to big developers, to elite money and their inability to understand how blind they are to the real basis of the problems of inequality in our society.
Anti-hate, anti-discrimination, at least in words, yes, the neolibs are. Real progressives, I don't think so.
A moving and much-needed reminder from an iconic political and movement leader! Thank you, Ron, for reminding us the work of progressive change is a long and iterative struggle. The climb is steeper after this terrible election, but young people are prepared to be persistent and unrelenting in advancing the values of justice and equity, following the example set by you and your generation. Now more than ever, we understand the stakes and are prepared to fight.
So grateful for Ron Dellums' inspiring wisdom during these fearful times. As a community activist and public interest lawyer who was used to fighting against what I saw as the political corruption of City Hall and lack of caring by City bureaucrats, I never imagined that I would go work for the City of Oakland. Working for Ron Dellums when he was Mayor of Oakland and continuing on his legacy inside City government after he left was the most transformative experience of my life. I got to see Ron suit up every day to give Oakland his very best, despite the City being on the brink of bankruptcy and escalating community needs. He led Oakland's efforts to secure federal funds, bringing in over $350 million in new federal & state funds AND prioritized the new funds for jobs for low income residents; he led climate justice efforts including creating the Oakland Green Jobs Corp to promote the environment and fight poverty; he developed new wrap-around services for people coming out of the prison system; he led the reforms of OPD--finally a mayor who was willing to stand up to the Police Union and take the heat; he opened up the doors to Oakland City Hall to community residents and gave them a seat at the table. Most of all, he never wavered from doing the right thing despite the noise from the media or political detractors and he was loving and kind to the young people of Oakland and to City staff. It was a tremendous honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to work for him when he was Mayor. And I'm so grateful that he's devoting his life now to training the next generation of social justice warriors.
This kind of information doesn't seem to get enough media coverage! What will it take for the common people, those who are not aware of the underlying issues that's causing the devastation of a declining country! It's REALLY SCARY! How can the average person, without the knowledge, effectively make good decisions? When everything seems to be for the Elites, the power of MONEY! The political systems, where we're suppose to have power, is antiquated, needs changing, just look what's happened to this election, the people spoke, but the people's choice was denied!
This was a really amazing article! I feel a lot more hopeful after reading it, and energized to help prevent the democratic party from compromising its progressive values in the wake of the election. I really liked the emphasis that there are many diverse interests encompassed in the party. It's important to recognize the differences in goals between different subgroups, but also to realize that those goals (for the most part) aren't mutually exclusive and to try to build unity.
Although it is clear from recorded history that Ron Dellums was an important figure in the national fight for civil rights in America. However, his comments ring a bit hollow when the fact is that when he had a chance to have a direct impact on the citizens of Oakland, as Mayor, he did absolutely nothing. In fact, he barely showed up at work and barely seemed interested. I was not personally a Jerry Brown fan when he was Mayor, but Jerry was at City Hall every single day and many, many nights. More importantly, Dellums allowed his massively unqualified personal friends and political associates to infiltrate the leadership inside City Hall. As a result, there was nothing of any value accomplished for the people of Oakland during his four years. It is far easier to sit up in the ideological tower and pontificate about what people should or should not do. But when given the chance to actually do something for the people, Dellums failed miserably. After his stint as Mayor, I assume that Dellums has returned to Washington and disappeared into the cloud of paid lobbyists on Capitol Hill. From that position, Dellums seems to me to be more a part of our political gridlock than the solution. I do not discount his comments, but they are taken with a grain of salt. It is like many in Washington who did everything they could to get out of serving during the Vietnam war being ready and willing to send your kids off to war at the drop of the hat.
Actually, crime decreased substantially during Dellums' term.
1. Homicides dropped almost 40% from 146 in 2006 (Brown's last year) to 90 in 2010 (Dellums' last year).
See Urban Strategies report at: https://urbanstrategies.org/2010-oakland-homicide-report/
2. Total Part I crimes (measure of all serious crime) decreased from 31,943 to 23,643 (26% decrease) during the same period.
Compare this to the 31,014 Part I crimes in 2015.
Through a combination of prevention and intervention strategies, Dellums prioritized public safety. He put major emphasis on reforming OPD. He took NSA compliance from almost zero during Brown to full compliance with the majority of NSA "tasks" and "subtasks". He implemented Measure Y. He increased police staffing from 698 to 837 officers in less than 2 years. He brought to Oakland the largest public safety "Stimulus" grants in the U.S. And his term coincided with the worst of the Great Recession.
Progressive folks organizing in the Bay Area and nationwide need not cease their work in the wake of the election results -- thank you Ron for articulating a way forward with radical hope at the forefront!
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.
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