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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.
Mike M: What rights has government taken from you? Who is telling you how to think? That sounds conspiratorial. If Trump does what he says he will do, there will be many rights taken away. For starters, we can surmise he will try to take away freedom of speech. Consider how thin-skinned he is; he won't tolerate being criticized very well. Couple that with his admiration of Putin's strength (dictatorship) and we can guess that he will try to eliminate freedom of speech. Of course, no one can predict for sure, but the signs are there. If you were someone with brown skin, say Hispanic, Indian, Middle-Eastern, Islander, or others, you would probably not be as comfortable with the Trump presidency. He has threatened to send police to go to schools and mosques to remove children or check-on "those people." Don't you know what this is? Or what it could lead to? Fascism -- Nazi era stuff -- The Gestapo. I believe we all, even you, have a reason to worry about our future. By the way, Trump is better at bankrupting businesses then building them. Do the research. We're doomed. And Hillary is near 2 million over Trump for the popular vote. And Trump did not win fair and square. Voter suppression policies, such as removal of voting places in minority areas and illegal purging of voter rolls, essentially stole the vote. Slimy republicans did it again!
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!
'Formerly' trained as an actor, or formally trained?
Voter suppression tactics:
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.
I am curious what the active voter suppression tactics were. Honestly, curious?
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.
There were many many more people there in spirit than physically possible.
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.
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.
My favorite pic from the event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewalmonroth/22804099788/
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).
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
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
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!
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.
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