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Re: “Counter-Terrorism Officials Helped Track Black Lives Matter Protesters

It's hard to fight the system when racial profiling is a constant issue. This person lost his job because of racial profiling at a Black Lives Matter protest. Please sign AND SHARE!! Together we can get Tadele his job back! Thank you!
https://www.change.org/p/mall-of-america-let-tadele-return-to-work?recruiter=8382112&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_page&utm_term=des-lg-no_src-custom_msg&fb_ref=Default

Posted by Benny Painter on 04/21/2015 at 11:26 PM

Re: “City Attorney Owes Oakland an Apology

i dont disagree with the points this article makes, but i would posit that Parker has borne the brunt of scrutiny which was never directed at her predecessor John Russo, who was the City Attorney of record when the Riders case happened, which led to the NSA being instituted. It's unfathomable to hold Parker's feet to the flame without directing a burning ember or two at Russo, who was completely ineffective in mandating anything resembling reform among OPD and in fact, acted like he was a cop himself. I will never forget the day Russo live-Tweeted about a courtroom arrest of a gang injunction defendant who was found in violation of probation for accepting a ride from another defendant TO MEET WITH THEIR LAWYER. even if you deem that's worthy of an arrest, the only reason to make that arrest in court is because you want to make a public statement. But actions like that were typical of Russo and his department's buddy-buddy relationship with OPD, which resulted in a culture of looking the other way when it came down to holding cops accountable. Russo was CA for almost a decade, during which time the NSA deadlines were thrice violated and thrice given extensions. so it's unfair to single out Parker for something she inherited. The buck should have stopped much earlier on.

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Posted by Eric Arnold on 04/21/2015 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Third Marijuana-Related Legalization Initiative Filed on 4/20

The 2016 Election will mark the 20th Anniversary of the legalization of cultivation and use of marijuana for legitimate medical purposes in California. For 20 years we've lived in a fictional world of cof purposeful confusion, where law enforcement has done its best to undermine the law, legalization advocates and illicit commercial growers have done their best to exploit the law, and deficit addicted tax hungry politicians have done their best to ignore the law until the ensuing chaos justified their heavy handed, tax heavy regulation. And somehow, despite all the artisan growers, compassionate caregivers, green goddess potrapreneurs, and noble public servants today's walking around price for a bag of weed is relatively unchanged at the patient end of the spectrum. Everyone loves to the blame the ;purportedly "loose" language of Proposition 215 for the problems in implementation, rather than the "loose" interpretations of special interests pursuing their own agendas in the name of compassion. Proposition 215 was only ever what is was, a narrow statutory exemption from prosecution designed to give to give cops and judges a humane alternative where medical use was apparent. Nothing in Propositon 215 legalized the sale of marijuana for any purpose. Credit for that belongs to the courts, the state legislature, and a largely shameless marijuana legalization movement.. To suggest that somehow authors of Proposition 215 had some moral obligation to right eight decades of mutli-juris-fictional deception about marijuana and its blanket federal prohibition is absurd. That job falls to the authors of what we see for 2016/ May the force be with them.

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Posted by Scott Tracy Imler on 04/21/2015 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Medical Cannabis Faces Double Standard for Safety, Efficacy Compared to Prescription Pills

Not sure which neuroleptic is causing Doc Benways' "severe cognitive issues" regarding the ever-expanding realm of medical discoveries related to cannabis and the endocannabinoid system in human physiology. His disdain for those advocating for legal availability of a substance that has safely delivered life saving benefits time and again to a wide variety of suffers is as unfortunate as his prehistoric dedication to a bought and paid for scientific method that has delivered more than its share of "fucking medications" (read: life threatening poisons) to the market.

Posted by Scott Tracy Imler on 04/21/2015 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Third Marijuana-Related Legalization Initiative Filed on 4/20

END THE MADNESS.
Excellent point Hobart. I suggest that essential reading for anyone truly interested in understanding and ending the drug wars is "The New Jim Crow".
While MCLR has undergone some significant revision it is still basically written by and for government and business interests, it perpetuates prohibition, the criminalization of cannabis and denies individual rights and freedoms. To counter this, regardless of whatever else is on the ballot, we must qualify and pass measures like "Compassionate and Sensible" and/or CCHI.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/patrick-mon…
http://www.newjimcrow.com/

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Posted by Patrick Monk RN on 04/21/2015 at 1:58 PM

Re: “A Surprising and Effective Way to Reduce Waste

How about just bring your own tupperware and get a discount?

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Posted by Paul Lee on 04/21/2015 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Third Marijuana-Related Legalization Initiative Filed on 4/20

CCHI is REAL LEGALIZATION

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Posted by Kevin Saunders on 04/21/2015 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Third Marijuana-Related Legalization Initiative Filed on 4/20

"With legalizers divided, efforts could fail just like they did in 2010."

That ain't the half of it.

There's a recent interview with Michelle Alexander author of The New Jim Crow on Alternet. Alexander points out the essentially racist nature of marijuana drug enforcement in which Blacks are busted and jailed at a much greater rate than other groups.

Regulation and legalization efforts in California continue this racism by attempting to develop and exploit the marijuana industry for the economic benefit of marijuana entrepreneurs.

Bottom line is that California, and the nation as a whole, needs simply to decriminalize pot--for all people, Black, white, medicinal users, recreational users. Make it simple and get beyond all the social injustice problems. Pot's a weed which anyone can grow on their front porch. No one needs to make millions on pot and no one needs to go to jail for it.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/21/2015 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Celebrating the Albany Bulb's Most Memorable People and Art

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Posted by Editor on 04/21/2015 at 6:45 AM

Re: “West Oakland Activists Vow to Defend Afrika Town Community Garden

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Posted by Editor on 04/20/2015 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Berkeley High Retaliation Case Results in State Complaint Against School District

Thank you Brian Crowell for standing up for bullied workers everywhere! Retaliation is in rampant in many school districts. I don't care if Brian wins or looses in court. He has helped all of us. Thank You Thank You Thank You.

Posted by CJ Jenner on 04/19/2015 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Oakland Veg Week Wants You to Know That Veganism Isn’t Just for White People

Being a vegetarian has always been multicultural! Many cultures throughout the world, and even throughout history, have many vegetarians. For example, India reportedly has the highest percentage of vegetarians of any country in the world. Buddhist monks in China and Vietnam, as well as other places throughout the world, are vegetarians, just like Rastafarians in Jamaica.

For many people in the world, a plant-based lifestyle is necessary for their survival, because sometimes all that they have to eat is what they grow themselves or what they can buy in the local marketplace.

Americans seem to have an obsession with including meat in almost every meal. Unfortunately, Americans have a very high rate of chronic health conditions that many doctors feel is directly related to their diet.

I was personally introduced to a vegetarian lifestyle in the 1970s after reading a book by Dick Gregory!

I am so happy to see Oakland beginning to embrace the plant-based lifestyle, and I think it is a positive thing to emphasize that being a vegetarian is a multicultural phenomenon. I just think that making stereotypical negative comments about so-called elite white people is racist and really unnecessary. We are all children of the same God.

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Posted by James Fredenburg on 04/19/2015 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Co-Developing a Statewide Racial Bias Training for Cops

Perfect example of the all-show, no-go approach to providing vital civic services in good ol' Oaktown.

Keep in mind that Oakland is one "hella" place where our "secret sauce" always does the trick.

Or maybe it IS the trick.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/19/2015 at 2:06 PM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

This has long been a pattern worldwide in developing countries. I suggest readers wiki "favela."

I also suggest the award-winning film "City of God."

The bottom line is that the inequalities of capitalism need to be faced up to. There's no simple workaround.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/19/2015 at 1:46 PM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

Anyone in Maine who does Tiny Homes or could help with what goes along with building one? I'm very interested! Tired of renting and am wanting to build my own

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Posted by Nikki Eichhorn on 04/19/2015 at 1:34 PM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

What about Katrina Cottage style communities, arranged in a court with common land?

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Posted by Nadja Adolf on 04/19/2015 at 6:55 AM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

Thank you Anna Pulley for the great article! I can't boast that my tiny shack is the most practical or easy to build but since the 8'X8' box was made for around $3000.00, I estimate that you can add square footage by expanding the shack with the addition of more insulated paneling that I think works out to be about $1,000.00 per every 32sq feet added, which would be 8 more 4'by 4' insulated panels that could be easily integrated into my current design. You can see more detailed photos of my creative habitation unit at ectoplasmicrustica.weebly.com.

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Posted by Robert Stone on 04/18/2015 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Friday Must Reads: California Almond Growers Expand Acreage in Drought; Governor Says Stopping Them Would Be a ‘Big Brother Move’

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Posted by Editor on 04/18/2015 at 2:56 AM

Re: “Updated: Court-Appointed Investigator Slams Oakland’s “Broken” Process for Dealing with Bad Cops

Ralph, aren't elected officials supposed to pander?
But to voters not police unions.

I don't see how making the City Attorney (or City Auditor for that matter) appointive by elected officials would significantly insulate them from the power of campaign contributions or endorsements because their bosses still have to raise money and collect endorsements to get re-elected.

Campaign reform similar to what we have at the Federal level, forbidding political contributions from public service unions would be a start. We forbid contributions from contractors doing biz with the city. Why not muni unions alsoL

Nor would making the position appointive correct the fundamental Charter flaw that the City Attorney's client is City Hall, not the residents.

I agree with both Chanin and Swanson that the failures of the binding arbitration have to be spread over all of City Hall and years before Parker.

I'd go further and say that problem we've had at OPD ranging from ineffectual crime reduction to police abuse, have been more the result of political failure to property manage OPD than any internal problems at OPD or its "culture."

Len Raphael, CPA
Temescal

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 04/17/2015 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Veg Week Wants You to Know That Veganism Isn’t Just for White People

Wonderful! The #Vegan #Soul movement! #LoveIt

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Posted by Naijha Wright on 04/17/2015 at 8:27 PM

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