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Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

I didn't take part in this demonstration because I don't live in CA. But if I had, my personal reasons would be that I believe in a civilized society and freedom and respect for all people. The President-elect has chosen to speak with hate-filled words against many minorities, racially antagonizing words, and threats to do away with minority rights. If I took part in this demonstration I would be saying, Mr. Trump you are going to be held to higher standards than what you've been saying you are going to do and if you pass laws that take away the rights of minority groups you will be held accountable and the people will be heard!

Posted by Lessandra Sigretto Grimley on 11/14/2016 at 8:16 PM
Posted by Tobias Barton on 11/14/2016 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Voter suppression tactics:

http://america.aljazeera.com/blogs/scrutineer/2014/11/14/voter-purges-alteruspoliticalmap.html

Posted by Chris Vernon 1 on 11/14/2016 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Debbi McReynolds: Yes honestly curious. Democracy only is a democracy if people can and do vote and their votes are counted. If people are being either discouraged or blocked from voting or their ballots are not being counted, we should be fixing it. As my post indicates, I am aware and concerned about research indicating significant amounts of voter suppression activities that are projected to have denied a large number of Democrats their votes. If you have knowledge of other suppression activities in either direction or even in unknown directions, I am interested to know. It is small-d anti democratic whatever way it cuts.

Posted by Tom Lent on 11/14/2016 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Tom Lent:

I am curious what the active voter suppression tactics were. Honestly, curious?

Posted by Debbi McReynolds on 11/14/2016 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

I'm not really into the some of these protests for various reasons, but this one was powerful and it's too bad that the national media made sure to spotlight the " after protests" (when the anarchists show up AFTER the main, generally peaceful gatherings)- but no mention of this peaceful display. This would have been a powerful statement to show up on CNN or the network news.

Posted by Anthony Moore on 11/14/2016 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

There were many many more people there in spirit than physically possible.

Posted by Karl Smith on 11/14/2016 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Chinese Shadow Banker and Blackhawk Luxury Developer Taking Control of East 12th Street Parcel

Every dollar spent on housing is a dollar not spent on fracking.

I'll happily assist them in redirecting their money towards the benefit of Oakland.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 11/14/2016 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Chinese Shadow Banker and Blackhawk Luxury Developer Taking Control of East 12th Street Parcel

Why does this City make the same mistakes over and over and over? When will they learn to stop dealing with underfunded groups like Urban Core, who have no development track record and no capital. The answer is that there is no quality leadership at City Hall. Mayor Schaaf is a nice lady, but has no experience in negotiating development deals. In fact, this whole E 12th st debacle started with her making a backroom deal with UrbanCore. Somehow her high paid, so called "Development Zcar" (Cappio) either does not know the law, or is willing to tell politicians anything they want to hear, even if it is illegal. Her history suggests that the latter is true. She certainly missed the boat on both the E 12 st site and on the coal proposal at the Army Base. In that case, it was a diligent educated public that brought to light the unqualified consultant Cappio hired to provide direction to the City Council.
What is so special about Michael Johnson to cause the City to even deal with UrbanCore? Development deals, especially on public land should be made based on ability to complete the project on time and within the budget. Nothing about Johnsons background would lead you to that conclusion. Another group he represented, bought and operated Yoshi's SF for only 6 months before it went out of business. Being friends with the Mayor or being Black or being a friendly guy should not be sufficient qualification to go to the front of the line and acquire public land.There is a higher standard when the asset (land) belongs to the people. At the end of the day, it probably does not matter where the money comes from. The tragedy is in the perception that nobody downtown knows what they are doing or who they are doing it with.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/14/2016 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

My favorite pic from the event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewalmonroth/22804099788/

Posted by Matthew Roth on 11/14/2016 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Chinese Shadow Banker and Blackhawk Luxury Developer Taking Control of East 12th Street Parcel

UrbanCore always intended to have a capital partner; the previous financing proposal was for UDR to have 97.5%, UrbanCore 2.5% (February 2015 staff report).

Posted by Ian Rees on 11/14/2016 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

MikeM:
I am curious about your comment on the popular vote and would like to learn more. Can you explain your concern about the absentee ballots? My understanding is that they are still being counted and the steady rise we have seen in the last few days in Clinton's margin over Trump's has to do with the fact that the largest quantity of as yet uncounted absentee ballots is in the West. So the margin of Clinton over Trump is expected to continue to rise as the vote is finalized. Do you have some information to the contrary? Please share sources if you do.

I am particularly concerned that active voter suppression tactics by several states may have not only reduced the popular vote but actually done it sufficiently to flip the election. See the excellent reporting of Greg Palast whose analysis indicates that over a million voters have been inappropriately purged from the voter rolls. And that those numbers are primarily democratic. Check it at www.gregpalast.com

Posted by Tom Lent on 11/14/2016 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Turns out MikEM that he did not, he did not on 11:8:2016 either. Perhaps, in your case, you should 'google'. The count is now much higher and Hillary has won by over 1.5 MILLION votes. Our fight on this side is reorder and turn those red states on the cusp to blue by 2018, I believe we will

Posted by Gwenn Zeoli on 11/14/2016 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Berkeley to Consider New Living Wage, Minimum Wage Policies

What happened? Is there a follow up article to this? Did the new ordinance pass? I was looking up the most recent changes and couldn't find this specific clause. I did find a slew of resources at http://www3.swipeclock.com/new-berkeley-sick-leave-ordinance-means-multiple-sick-leave-laws-employers/ but can't find anything about the clarifications in this law. Please help. Thank you for your time!

Posted by Maria Del Carmen on 11/14/2016 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Mike,
I do want to understand the pain that voted him in and perhaps you assume that those on different sides feel the pain of not being able to feed their fsmiky or have access to the American dream that so many Americans seem to feel is lost. But hating others, wishing or even permitting violence against others is not a difference of opinion. It is a value that The US ostensibly stands against around the world. That is the pain the protest is about. It is not about a more conservative president. We have had many Republican presidents. It is big business taking over the White House, permissive hate as a legitimized political stance. I think the vote actually raised many people's compassion and desire to hear the suffering of those they haven't heard. But not hate, and exclusion - that's the protest.

Posted by Amba on 11/14/2016 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Report: Profound Racial Disparities in Mortgage Lending Seen in Oakland

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Posted by Judy Parker on 11/14/2016 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

I took my daughters to San Francisco Friday to join the protestors. We had police officers walking with us the entire time, and at least 6 Officers on motorcycles riding ahead of us to manage traffic. This is what Democracy looks like. It was powerful and peaceful.

When people ask me why I am protesting, my answer is this: When should we protest? Should we do it now under the leadership and protection of President Obama, or should we begin during President Trump's term? The comprehension that spreads across their face as they really realize 'Why Now' is heartbreaking.

Posted by Jacqui A. on 11/14/2016 at 6:05 AM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Protesting visibly displays public consciousness. You can see his attempts to appear more measured on the 60 mins interview.

Only 2-3 Million deported (vs 11 Million). Keep these parts of Obamacare. Keep the pressure on by staying visible.

Silence got us into this. Your public visible voices are a vital tool to get us out.

Posted by Nicole Lazzaro on 11/14/2016 at 5:01 AM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

The protest today allowed me to let my heart start to heal. It gave me hope seeing so many of my fellow countryman pulling together for the same reasons. We are very frightened of what's coming from a president that did everything he could to provoke hate. Dones it change anything? Probably not. But the message it sends is very clear. AND the healing it has allowed us to start is greatly needed. My heart broken for Hillary, for all women in this country, for every immigrant except Melania, for everyone that's not white, for everyone who has a religion not accepted in Trump land and for all the lgbtq community and for myself and my family.

Posted by big moma on 11/14/2016 at 3:08 AM

Re: “Catholic Charities, Alameda County District Attorney to Create Safe Houses for Child Trafficking Victims

He is very knowledgeable on a variety of legal matters. He has consistently given me sound advice on whatever legal matter I have had. Immigration attorney Jane Probst Law does many things for free and is always glad to help at
http://www.janeprobstlaw.com

Posted by Alex John on 11/14/2016 at 2:39 AM

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