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Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

Why is it that people who don't own property can vote on how to spend the money of those of us that do? Talk about injustice..

Posted by H Johnson on 10/08/2016 at 9:08 PM

Re: “New California Law Will Open Up Job Opportunities To People With Criminal Records

Okay so your saying that I don't deserve a second chance ? I'm 22 years old ..charged with petty theft when I was 19. I stole some makeup worth 40$ at a department store. I have petty theft on my record. I never stole again after that . I'm in college for my LVN. Passing all my test with an 85% have dedicated my life to becoming a nurse and at clinicals my patients love me and I love them too and truly care about them go beyond to help them and make their day easier your gonna say that because I stole makeup I don't deserve to be a nurse and take care of people. That's stupid. Anyone can change. I'm living proof.

Posted by Desiree Jay on 10/08/2016 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Boycotters Accuse 924 Gilman St. Project of Ethical Backslide

Hey, I'm a very old Gilman person. I go back almost, but not quite as far as Kamala. I completely disagree with the approach that takes hold at Gilman from time to time of trying to correct the worlds problems by policing the bands on the stage.
I disagree with a lot of the more offensive things that Mike Avilez and Sammytown say. But they are songs, not actual criminal acts. Mike is someone I consider a friend. I've put on shows with him. And when his bands played certain fucked up songs, I called him out for it. I never pulled a stunt like cutting the the power to the PA or turning up the house lights. I told him to his face that I found a song offensive.

Mike is also someone who has put a ton of work into putting on shows all over the Bay Area. Many in bars like the Stork Club but also in underground venues like Burnt Ramen.
His bans invariably suck, but the boy has heart.

Punk is offensive. It is crude. It has ugly warty nasty parts. It always has. If you clean up all the bands so that they can't say or do anything offensive, you have a nice polite, staid situation, which is not what those originators of punk were ever about.
Could Patti Smith play "Rock and Roll Nigger" at Gilman?
Could The Dead Kennedys play "Kill the poor", "I kill children" or pretty much half of their songs on their first two records?

That said, gay, black, trans, women, latino, and asian people should feel welcome at Gilman. Punk is too often a bunch of white boys beating their brains out and acting like macho dorks.
In my interpretation of the Gilman rules we did not tolerate fascist, racist or homophobic bullying. But you can say anything you want.
Which as Jesse relates, often amounted to not allowing people with rebel flag patches in the door.

After all Gilman is mostly young teen age people, who are figuring out who they are. You might see a kid with a mohawk one week, skinhead the next week, and skater a month later. I don't think it''s right to be ordaining rigid rules and policies in very important meetings at what is basically the longest running cool kid clubhouse east of the Mississippi.

And seriously, it is just a dumb fucking clubhouse. Oh no, you might get 86-ed! I did!

Posted by Russ D on 10/08/2016 at 12:39 AM

Re: “Top Ramen For Life: The Student Loan Crisis

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Posted by Carl Austin on 10/07/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

I've lived in Oakland for 30 years and seen its ebb and flow.

Posted by Silvia Sykes on 10/07/2016 at 8:50 AM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

Question Silvia Sykes what District do you live in? and how long have you lived in Oakland?

Posted by Son of Oakland on 10/07/2016 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Seven Must-See East Bay Exhibits that Honor the Black Panther Party's Fiftieth Anniversary

La Pena Cultural Center…

Revolution 2.0 an exhibition featuring Black Panther Party photo gallery, Inkworks Press posters, Zapatista art intersections and local artists. On through October 10th
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Posted by Ranil Abeysekera on 10/07/2016 at 6:43 AM

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Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Re: “Seven Must-See East Bay Exhibits that Honor the Black Panther Party's Fiftieth Anniversary

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Posted by Charles Valoroso 1 on 10/06/2016 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Seven Must-See East Bay Exhibits that Honor the Black Panther Party's Fiftieth Anniversary

You failed to mention the wonderful exhibit at the Oakland Main Library's Oakland History Room, "Revolution is a Daily Struggle: remembering the Black Panther Party's Social Programs."
The Panthers were fulfilling lots of basic social needs that the local and state governments were not addressing. That's an important part of their legacy. Check out this exhibit!

Posted by DLazard on 10/06/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Introducing the Queer & Trans Issue

My comment, as previously posted, needs a word of clarification...

The "queer and trans" narrative is all well and good; it's just not MY narrative -- and I've never claimed that the world revolves around me.

The notion of universalism (or "assimilation"), and the laundry-list approach to oppressed identities (and ostensible coalitions or communities) deserves a much longer (long overdue) fully open and civil discussion.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/06/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Proposition 64 Leads in the Polls. But Insiders Say Weed Prohibition's End is No Sure Thing.

Prop 64 is not legalization. Real liberals are voting against it.


Posted by Blake Beagelsmith on 10/06/2016 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Eleanor Roosevelt's Great Lesbian Love Affair

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Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

Delsey Brooks certainly fits the model of the "good old boys" network that undermines the honest work of people like former mayor, Jean Quan whose quiet determination supported the revitalize areas like the Laurel and Dimond districts. Libby Schaaf now wants to take credit while insinuating herself into the GOBN.

Posted by Silvia Sykes on 10/05/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

What about desley brooks career council woman who never relinquishes her post in over 10 years. She's an example of how term limits need to be adopted in Oakland.

Posted by whicho on 10/05/2016 at 7:31 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

A look at Larry Reid's donors explains who he is really representing-- developers, contractors, and other business interests. As an unfortunate long time constituent, I've seen little support or interest in us. He fails to respond to requests for traffic calming measures, crime and safety issues, and addressing urban blight caused by illegal dumping. Calls to his office are ignored or dismissed. People in our district must vote this career politician out of office!

Posted by Silvia Sykes on 10/05/2016 at 4:18 PM

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