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I know some lawyers, and some stuff.
You folks on the left wanted revolution, well - sei kommen.
LOL - Len, we could poll the pollsters!
In reality, none of this matters. Not to sound nihilistic - but Oakland will only change when more people are working, and when families are stronger.
Those two, are the "determiners" of all things.
Seriously, and this is why I don't engage in city politics anymore: it has no effect. It is like a bunch of people who are enamored of process, and structure - but have no vision. Think of the nerds in High School, who spent all their time doing "student government" crap, but never actually got outside and talked to the rest of the kids.
They are all grown up now, and are basically doing the same things. . .
I will quite likely run for District 7, at some point - and my main goal, once I get in there, will be to use my national media contacts to shine some light on City Hall. I will be invisible as much as possible - but the people downtown, should start polishing up resumes. . .
What will change Oakland is a *stronger people.*
I always wonder why folks do not try that.
Basically, take what the Panthers said, throw out the communist language from the 1960's, and "that" is just about exactly what we here in Deep East Oakland want, and this has been true now for 40 years.
Basics, like real jobs, good schools, better access to medical care, etc. .
Instead, we ebonics and midnight basketball.
Everyone always talks about "top down" stuff (fixing *government* institutions). Well, change can and *does* also come from "the people." And to me, true "progressives" work with the people, and from the people, and have support of the people.
And the reason that this has never been tried by the city, is simple:
We do not trust the city, and we do not trust anyone who works for or with the city. BUT - we have myraid "people-powered" grassroots groups, and churches, that we do trust, and which will start working to make us stronger.
Look for pushes for more real jobs, and look for pushes to help make our families stronger. That is my prediction from East of 105th. And it is not so much a prediction, as a promise.
as we should be.
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