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Re: “Time for White Americans to be Part of the Solution, Not the Problem

Again it is time for whites to wake up if they want to save the nation. For almost 100 years after the Civil War, whites in the south extended slavery in a de facto way with racist Jim Crow laws. At the same time, whites ignored these racist laws and terrorist tactics of the KKK along side State and local Police. Even JFK in his early Presidency was reluctant to get involved in the southern quandary, despite pressure from MLK and other civil rights groups. The Feds easy default was to let the States handle their own problems in their own way despite evidence that they had no intention of complying with the law. It took the murders of white freedom riders in Mississippi to awaken the country to the level of terrorism Blacks lived under every day. Only then did we have Federal legislation in the passing of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. Both were reflective of the fact that 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Blacks were not free and had never been treated as full citizens. In the last two weeks we saw film of 2 Black men murdered by white cops in Baton Rouge and St Paul. Even after Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Ferguson Missouri, Eric Gardner and others, unarmed Black men continue to be killed by law enforcement with no consequences. We also saw cops murdered in Dallas by an armed maniac fed up with the corrupt Police culture. White America needs to once again wake up and get involved. The entire criminal justice system needs reform. When you have local Police funding their own jobs on the backs of poor people of color and you have a prison system motivated by profit, their is a systemic problem. The Dallas event should put America on notice that Black people are tired of marching, praying and going to funerals. Mark my words, these young kids who grow up in neighborhoods terrorized by cops, with no dreams of a future other than oppression, incarceration and death will turn to violence. Whites need to get involved and pressure politicians to get off their asses and do something about gun control legislation and
changes to the criminal justice system. Do not allow Police unions and idiots like Rudy Guiliani to defend the status quo by racist distraction and victim blaming. Those are exactly the people who need to shut up, go away and make room for change. If they don't there will be more events like Dallas in our future.

Posted by Gary Patton on 07/13/2016 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Tom Rhodes

This show is actually on the 14th! If you could please amend that?

Posted by Heather West on 07/13/2016 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Alameda Poised to Become Next California County to Ban Fracking

Great article to get citizens proactive in the PREVENTATIVE fight. Not easy to do when people are working multiple jobs just to pay high housing costs. And so sad after the dirty industry gets its way and is making people fatally sick.

Posted by Boudicca Hot-toddy Todi on 07/13/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

I've got a bit of bad news for the direction this is going. It is NOT a black thing that this is happening to. I am a white female, and I have been thru exactly what this article states happened to this gentlemen. It doesn't matter what color you are. These corrupt police and policy makers direct law enforcement to stalk its prey because giving tickets is a huge revenue for this twisted counties that participate in this unjust way of policing. Thank god I have every piece of document saved so that one day when I connect with the right person, I'll be ready to expose all the fraud and document tampering traffic courts routinely practice. Along with their side kicks Alliance One who is just as guilty as the courts.

Posted by Andrea Dgeorge on 07/13/2016 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Three Days in July: On Why Racial Justice in America Shouldn't Require Debate.

Those like Bratton, Guiliani, national Police union representatives and others who live to defend the extreme illegal actions of Police are exactly where the problem resides. These out of touch, racist defenders of the Blue Line, despite incident after incident caught on video, distract from the country moving forward by their refusal to acknowledge the obvious. There is a national problem with how Police do their jobs when it comes to communities of color. It is not a new phenomenon and whites are only now becoming aware that something is and has been seriously wrong. The two media images most seared into the subliminal footprint of every American is the skinny blonde blue eyed woman as the icon of beauty and the handcuffed Black man getting into the back of a squad car. The impact of that imagery in both cases causes serious damage to people of color. Until the criminal justice culture is changed, nothing will change. You can't just change the Police Chief. It is the command staff,, the Captains, Lieutenants and Seargents who are the internal defenders of this sick and twisted culture. They are vested in it and charged with indoctrinating the new officers. When you change the Chief in an attempt to change the culture, this group just calls on the union to help circle the wagons and waits them out. They know that when there is no change or it does not come fast enough, the politicians have no choice but to fire the Chief. The Chiefs have to have the power to fire command staff and tell these unions to go pound sand. These Police defenders are just distractions preventing the nation from getting to the heart of the problem and making long overdue changes.

Posted by Gary Patton on 07/13/2016 at 4:18 AM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

In other Uber news...

(Rideshare Driving - Exposed)
https://youtu.be/Wb_Fp9kgC0I

Posted by Stew Pidassil on 07/13/2016 at 3:05 AM

Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

*Mudslides: live tree roots hold the soil in place. Why not move to Pacifica?
Grassfires: at least as bad as forest fires. One of the many reasons you don't live in So Cal.
*Homeless tree rats in your attic: remember the deluge of rats after the '91 fire?
*Unknown amounts of Roundup and Garlon over a large area for an unknown length of years: you eat organic, so why would you want Roundup and Garlon in your environment?
*Desertification: those hills were always forest. Now they will be desert, degrading the environment, reducing the air quality, altering your microclimate.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 07/13/2016 at 2:00 AM

Re: “The Collapse of Berkeley Health Center

Just another organization Gwen rowe Lee ran into the ground, much like AMHI or giving contract to friends at EM cleaning (Elijah Mohammad). giving jobs to family and friends. Keith Carson got hip to her doings and gov't funding began to evaporate. AMHI was guilty of double dipping. Getting two grants of say $40,000 but only half went to AMHI.

Like the East Bay AIDSWALK (kicked my org Friends of Ugandan Orphans out) She packed board of overseer: East Bay AIDS Advocacy Foundation which had not met in 2 years just to throw me out over objections from now Summit Director Steve O'Brien, Hazel Wesson and Steve Chase, formerly of Walgreens. If Steve was not there getting Walgreens to help out (1/2 the walkers). Gloria Cox Cowell, Adreinn Mc Call are bellicose opportunists (much like Black Agenda Reports' Glen ford spoke of Susan Rice. Deanna roberts totally incompetent as $1000s of $ specified for a certain org went to the general walk in2012? sometime around there. No walk in 2015, the 2016 wALK WAS in March. No 990s ever sent to me. robert and sam, yet another AIDS org to examine! John Iversen Free Leonard Peltier! co-founder Occupy AIDS, Act Up East Bay, both berk and Oak needle exchanges, worked 30 years alongside Maudelle Shirek (RIP 101.75--exemplary life for sure! If anything Sam was easy on her as he did not know her previous philandering, double dipping, nepotism, cronyism

Posted by John Tango Iversen on 07/13/2016 at 12:14 AM

Re: “Federal Police Officer Offered to Pimp East Bay Teenager at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Abuse Scandal

Hugh Morrison...that's easy. He knows the union will protect him and he'll be ok. They'll say it was a joke between two adults and he'll go back to work in a few months. No big deal.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 07/12/2016 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

Apparently Oakland has a huge issue with not being able to negotiate & administer contracts. The lack of competency in basic city government functions does not surprise me but it ought to.

Posted by Jeff Diver on 07/12/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

"A Uber/Lyft driver who operates in SF but drops off someone in Oakland."

In the capitalist world businesses are mostly taxed based on their business locations. This is a way of assessing taxes based on the administrative, economic and other costs of the business to its relevant locale.

An Uber/Lyft driver will owe taxes based on where he or she lives, works or otherwise creates costs to the public.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/12/2016 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

A Uber/Lyft driver who operates in SF but drops off someone in Oakland is expected to pay the city the tax? Good luck with that!!

Whenever "Fair Share" gets tossed around you know you're going to get screwed.

Posted by Robert Hope on 07/12/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

Oh oh!

Sounds like another reality check for Princess Mayor.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/12/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Oakland SRO Tenants Sue Tech Housing Investors for Harassment

I lived in Hotel Travelers for about a year prior to it being owned by Danny Haber. I can state that the current complaint regarding, "trash to pile up in the hallways, removed the building's wifi, and allowed the elevator to go unfixed", these problems existed in 2014/2015 and are partly the reasons I moved out.

As for the front desk attendee, they made me feel like I lived in a minimum security prison. They were confrontational/unpleasant. It also sucked not having a key to your own front door and having a bad tempered employee annoyed that you woke him up to get into your own building. If the tenants now have a key to the front door it might be a good thing.

I empathize for my former neighbors. That building was difficult to live in prior to the renovation and I can't imagine the situation is better. But it needs to happen.

Lou Prado

Posted by Lou Prado on 07/12/2016 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Cops That Worked at Richmond Schools Now Under Investigation for Alleged Sexual Misconduct with Former Student

The concept of placing responsibility for the conduct of adult POLICE OFFICERS on a teenager is beyond disgusting--it must come from all the adult males in government, "law enforcement, " and all those positions of power that attract sociopaths and child molesters--I can't contain my wish to castrate all those pretenders to morality on behalf of all who are subjected to their posing and filth.

Posted by Cynthia Morse on 07/12/2016 at 4:19 AM

Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

The “studies” Mr. Sigg refers to were done well after the decision was made. California State Parks announced it was going to remove the eucalyptus forest from Angel Island and then contracted to have a study done to justify that action. People writing environmental impact statements can’t stay in business if their studies contradict the plans of the agency hiring them. Even so, it is notable that the Angel Island study found lots of wildlife using the eucalyptus forest.
A genuine scientific study was done in the East Bay Hills directly comparing the species diversity in eucalyptus forest with that in oak forest. Invasion Biology Professor Dov F. Sax found, “Equal diversity in disparate species assemblages: a comparison of native and exotic woodlands in California.” (Global Ecology and Biogeography (2002) 11 p.49-57)

The claim that wildlife needs native plants has been repeated over and over for 30 years. But that’s just a romantic story. On-the-ground scientific study tells a different story.

Mr. Sigg is “grateful” to the Sierra Club. Perhaps he didn’t notice that the Sierra Club said, “This [East Bay tree destruction] is not about us wanting to have native vegetation.“

Posted by Keith McAllister on 07/11/2016 at 3:28 PM

Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

The “studies” Mr. Sigg refers to were done well after the decision was made. California State Parks announced it was going to remove the eucalyptus forest from Angel Island and then contracted to have a study done to justify that action. People writing environmental impact statements can’t stay in business if their studies contradict the plans of the agency hiring them. Even so, it is notable that the Angel Island study found lots of wildlife using the eucalyptus forest.

A genuine scientific study was done in the East Bay Hills, directly comparing the species diversity in eucalyptus forest with that in oak forest. Invasion Biology Professor Dov F. Sax found, “Equal diversity in disparate species assemblages: a comparison of native and exotic woodlands in California.” (Global Ecology and Biogeography (2002) 11 p.49-57)

The claim that wildlife needs native plants has been repeated over and over for 30 years. But that’s just a romantic story. On-the-ground scientific study tells a different story.

Mr. Sigg is “grateful” to the Sierra Club. Perhaps he didn’t notice that the Sierra Club said, “This [East Bay tree destruction] is not about us wanting to have native vegetation.“

Posted by Keith McAllister on 07/11/2016 at 3:16 PM

Re: “'The Black Woman is God' Opens at SOMArts

Is this going to be an annual event?

Posted by Michael Franklin on 07/11/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Thousands of Black Lives Matter Activists Shut Down Oakland Freeway, Vandalize Police Headquarters

Nick Miller describes the first ones to run out on the freeway to be "brave." We now have a new synonym for "stupid."

Pedestrians walking or running onto a freeway is against the law for good reason, beyond the good sense that they are made for motorized vehicles. It is dangerous and people have died from this.

I am waiting for someone to get killed with this activity. Putting the Darwin Award aside, we'll see how these protesters feel when this happens. They will be filled with excuses and rationalizations why it is Ok for someone to get hit by a car and die. They will look for a way to blame the police for not protecting them. Will it be OK for the motorist to have to live with it for the rest of his/her life? Or, what about the pregnant woman or sick person that doesn't make it to the hospital in time?

Libby Schaaf should have any and all of these people that attempt to march on a freeway in jail. Protest in front of City Hall all you like. No one is about to turn you into 65 mph road kill there.

Posted by Michael Good on 07/11/2016 at 12:49 PM

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