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Re: “Oakland's Ron Dellums on President Trump: 'Step Forward'

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.

Posted by Matt Kowaleski on 11/16/2016 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Oakland's Ron Dellums on President Trump: 'Step Forward'

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.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/16/2016 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Oakland's Ron Dellums on President Trump: 'Step Forward'

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.
See: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/police/documents/webcontent/oak025261.pdf
Compare this to the 31,014 Part I crimes in 2015.
See: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/police/documents/webcontent/oak056565.pdf
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.

Posted by Dan Lindheim on 11/16/2016 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Oakland's Ron Dellums on President Trump: 'Step Forward'

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!

Posted by Finn Collom on 11/16/2016 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Oakland's Ron Dellums on President Trump: 'Step Forward'

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.

Posted by Amalia Martinez on 11/16/2016 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Oakland's Ron Dellums on President Trump: 'Step Forward'

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!

Posted by Sinorti Iris Stegman on 11/16/2016 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Oakland's Ron Dellums on President Trump: 'Step Forward'

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.

Posted by Kitty Kelly Epstein 1 on 11/16/2016 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on President Trump: 'Move Beyond Anger to Action'

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?

Posted by Rob Appeldorn on 11/16/2016 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on President Trump: 'Move Beyond Anger to Action'

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.

Posted by Rob Appeldorn on 11/16/2016 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on President Trump: 'Move Beyond Anger to Action'

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.

Posted by Rob Appeldorn on 11/16/2016 at 6:35 AM

Re: “Oakland's Ron Dellums on President Trump: 'Step Forward'

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.

Posted by Margaret W on 11/16/2016 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on President Trump: 'Move Beyond Anger to Action'

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.

Posted by Rob Appeldorn on 11/16/2016 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on President Trump: 'Move Beyond Anger to Action'

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.

Posted by Rob Appeldorn on 11/16/2016 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Oakland's Ron Dellums on President Trump: 'Step Forward'

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.

Posted by Robert Hope on 11/15/2016 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on President Trump: 'Move Beyond Anger to Action'

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?

Posted by Robert Hope on 11/15/2016 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Oakland's Ron Dellums on President Trump: 'Step Forward'

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.

Posted by Trina B on 11/15/2016 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on President Trump: 'Move Beyond Anger to Action'

Mayor Schaaf why have you not loudly affirmed Oakland's status as a Sanctuary City and vowed to protect immigrants? This is an opportunity for you to lead and be a voice for justice.

Promise us that you will use the full force of your office to protect Oakland's immigrants persecution and deportation by the Trump administration.

Reassure us that you and OPD will not assist Immigration and Homeland Security authorities in terrorizing our friends, neighbors and families.

Posted by Ann Nomura on 11/15/2016 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Community Coalition and Wood Partners Strike Deal on Massive 13th Street  Housing and Retail Project

Where else in Oakland would the community allow a whole block project without asking for community benefits that were outlined in the area specific plan voted on by the City Council 2 years ago? What is dismaying is that the community had to organize and threaten legal actions before serious discussion took place. Chinatown is a community and it has the right to receive the same respect as any other neighborhood.

Posted by Dr. Floyd Huen on 11/15/2016 at 5:36 PM

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

I made a video about this movement, over the weekend. Feel free to use it if it helps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPnEbtpLGs…

Posted by Garrett Birkel on 11/15/2016 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Hina Yakitori in Oakland Works Magic with Whole Chickens and a Charcoal Grill

'But much of why I loved the place had to do with the other sensory pleasures that come with sitting at the counter to watch the chefs do their thing in the smoke-filled haze of the kitchen fiddling with the vents on the grill or flipping pieces of fried chicken over with a pair of chopsticks. It's a scene that could as easily take place in a back alley in Tokyo as an upscale-ish restaurant in Oakland.'

Yes! Sitting at the counter and smelling like the skewers is what makes a yakitori-ya experience special.

Posted by Sampson Shen on 11/15/2016 at 12:39 PM

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