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Re: “Middle East Dispute Comes to Alameda

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Only the simplest of zionist minds would describe someone advocating for peace and cooperation as an "awful human being." None too surprising though, as Zionist fantasies offer very little to working class jews worldwide. The fact that Zionist leader Netanyahu has fully embraced Trumpism, a man whose supporters chant things like "jews will not replace us", will only lead to more violence against jews. Comparisons can be made to the Zionists in the 20s and 30s fanning the flames of Nazism as they sensed an opportunity for their backwards ideology.

Workers in both the U.S. and Israel/Palestine need to embrace their own agency in defeating the capitalist system that depends on nationalist governments to promote imperialism, settler colonialism, racism, religious fundamentalism etc etc. to keep workers divided. The global ruling elite fear nothing more than an unified international workers movement fighting to end the domination of capital.

Until then, I guess we'll see at the next unite the right rally. Get ready to chant you useless tool.

Posted by City Counselor on 01/18/2019 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Alameda Racism, Charter School Politics, or Something Else?

Yet another piece from this this columist trying to push their own agenda and force a "race war" rather than simply reporting the story, which is the true issue.

Posted by Sheryl Crawford on 01/17/2019 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Middle East Dispute Comes to Alameda

Replying to David Spero Rn:
Being an American and a Jew does not grant you a higher authority on Jewish or Israeli matters.
You may be a Jew but none the less an awful human being.
I have no sympathy to those who support another mass killing of Jews.
Shame on you!

Posted by ג׳ון ברסוטי on 01/17/2019 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Middle East Dispute Comes to Alameda

Israel is not beyond criticism. However, false claims such as Israel is an apartheid state or Israel genocide innocent Palestinians, are a gross inversion of reality.
The people above have no credibility to claim they seek justice for Palestine.

Your hypocrisy stands out.
Your hate towards the Jewish State is greater then your love towards life and a lusting peace.

You are doing no favor to the Palestinians supporting the same policies of Iran and Hamas. (A Palestinian terror org.)

The BDS has a single goal in mind align with Hamas and Iran.
The goal is to wipe the State of Israel off the map.
Short and simple.

Posted by ג׳ון ברסוטי on 01/17/2019 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Alameda Racism, Charter School Politics, or Something Else?

Regardless of race, it is not fair.

Posted by Yan L on 01/14/2019 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Alameda Racism, Charter School Politics, or Something Else?

Not everything is about race except for those who claim to be color blind. It's time to move on.

Joyce Garcia

Posted by joyce garcia on 01/12/2019 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Police Killed a Man Who Had a Razor Blade But Safely Arrested Another Who Had Two Replica Guns

Vincent, do you know the difference between a razor blade and a straight razor? Probably not. What this article does is point out that if you confront the cops with a weapon, it may not turn out well. It does not point out ANY police failure or bias. What do you expect man? Threaten a cop with a weapon and you get a pat on the back?

Posted by Ernest Montague on 01/10/2019 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Alameda Racism, Charter School Politics, or Something Else?

This controversy on the Alameda Unified School District is really not about race. It is about the inter island politics of Alameda. Slightly more than 6% of the population in Alameda according to the 2010 census was Black. That was left out of the story.


The Firefighters Union is all about being the real source of power on the island. Eliminating the last vestige of Trish Herrera Spencer was the goal of this act. Consolidating power with Rob Bonta was the purpose of this act. Legitimizing the ascent of his wife was the purpose of this change. Penalizing poorly performing Charter School support was the purpose of this action.


Michael Moore

Posted by The Omordha on 01/10/2019 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Alameda Racism, Charter School Politics, or Something Else?

Race is being used here to promote charter schools..
If for profit education is going to be offered, it should be funded by those who invest in those businesses, not the public!!!
The El Chapo Act should be made law so that the banks will be forced to fix the housing problems that they created, then the shortage of schools will be a problem that will be resolved simultaneously!!!
Sincerely,
Allen Sanford
https://www.facebook.com/RealEstateFraudOr…

Posted by Allen Sanford on 01/10/2019 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Police Killed a Man Who Had a Razor Blade But Safely Arrested Another Who Had Two Replica Guns

They DO need to be questioned. Nor should a "mental breakdown" be a death sentence for random bystanders (Nia Wilson anyone?) either. I'm guessing an unnecessary "murder" like that is OK?

Partial/misleading information has become the hallmark of EBX... Were that not so, holding authorities accountable would be SO much easier for the community.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/07/2019 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Police Killed a Man Who Had a Razor Blade But Safely Arrested Another Who Had Two Replica Guns

Mental breakdown should not be a death sentence by cops in this country.

Posted by Gozo Victor Lorincz on 01/07/2019 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Bad Credit Histories Scuttle Homeless Housing

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Posted by John M Bates on 01/07/2019 at 7:03 AM

Re: “Police Killed a Man Who Had a Razor Blade But Safely Arrested Another Who Had Two Replica Guns

A razor blade in comparison to three cops with how many bullets between them, all standing probably 20 feet away, with the gift of speech and years of training, yet...BLAM! Cops are not trained in dealing with citizens with psychological issues apparently.

Oh, Ernest. Nothing more terrible than another unnecessary murder by the police, don't you think? Or should these things go unquestioned?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 01/03/2019 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Police Killed a Man Who Had a Razor Blade But Safely Arrested Another Who Had Two Replica Guns

A sad event, but lets make one thing clear...
"Three officers found Gonsalez there holding a razor blade."
This was not a Gillette razor most of us use each morning to shave.
This was a blade that could possibly slice a man's throat if the person got in close proximity, was it not? We've been given only partial facts.
Details are everything. We don't have all the details.
Bringing up a entirely separate incident for comparison has no logical connection.
Nor does the man's work history bear on this incident. Responding officers don't know anything about the man's working life when they respond.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 01/03/2019 at 2:54 PM
Posted by Ernest Montague on 01/03/2019 at 9:54 AM

Re: “From Berkeley’s Streets to Oakland’s Slums

First They Came for the Homeless has provided an important model for the way a homeless self governed village can be viable and successful. Zint and First They Came have also been huge supporters of Tiny House Villages, and have supported a tiny house prototype being built in Berkeley in order to educate the community about this option. They have also been vocal supporters of creation of much more affordable housing in Berkeley and the East Bay.

Posted by Sally Hindman on 01/03/2019 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief's Troubles Resemble Those of Her Past

Politicians always get it wrong. Look at Chicago, New York, Baltimore and yes, Oakland. When the Mayor get's political heat from actions of the police department, the first and easiest solution is to hire a new Police Chief. In Oakland's case Libby Schaaf was so laser focused on breaking up the OPD boys club, that being a woman was obviously more important than any other qualification. Kirkpatrick was in no way sufficiently qualified or competent to lead a department with as much history of turmoil and dysfunction as Oakland's. Moreover, the cultural diversity of the force and the Oakland community demands a Police Chief with experience in an urban setting. Spokane is not that. In order to fix the issues of OPD, you have to realize that the problems are not at the Chief level of the department. Law enforcement is a culture and the "Blue Line" is real. It is a mentality and culture that has evolved over 100 years in America that benefits those with money and power (usually white) and targets those without. The people who maintain and control the police culture are the command staff. They are the ones who train new officers in the ways of the department. They control the behavior of those below them and information given to those above them in the command structure. They are also strategically out of reach of politicians and protected by union contracts and longevity. Their goal is self preservation of power and as little transparency as possible. They are not interested or invested in change. It is that level where the massive changes have to be made if the culture is to ever be affected. This is the group who waits out the new Chief, no matter what he or she promises to get the job and returns to business as usual when the next crisis ultimately dooms the Chief. The politicians need to get smarter if they really want change at OPD as knee jerk reactions for political expediency will never work. Kirkpatrick is just the latest example.

Posted by GPatton on 01/02/2019 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief's Troubles Resemble Those of Her Past

"Based on all the information and evidence I have reviewed, I have determined that Officer Karl Thompson acted consistent with the law," she said on March 1, 2009, less than four months before Thompson was indicted on charges of using unreasonable force and lying to investigators.
Kirkpatrick is a liar. She saw the video that showed Otto Zhem backing away from Officer Thompson. This video was kept from the public for many months I think like six. Otto Zhem did nothing but act scared and move backwards before Thompson starting beating him. No way is Kirkpatrick telling the truth she saw the video before the public did and if she says she did not then she is lying by saying she reviewed all the evidence.. Scum!
Thompson is another scum. He divorced his wife and gave everything to her and he took the debts they had so he did not have to pay for any of his court costs which was $750,000. When Thompson was lead away to prison, some 50 police officers were there to salute him. Scum. The Spokane Fire Dept. allowed Otto Zhem to be places on an oxygen mask which was not connected to oxygen. The Fire Chief said in this mistake that caused Zhems death by suffocation, our guys need better training. Hey anyone knows when you put an oxygen mask on someone connect it to oxygen and turn the oxygen on. Scum.

Posted by Jakob Poland on 01/02/2019 at 11:56 AM

Re: “From Berkeley’s Streets to Oakland’s Slums

Sally - "Offer viable solutions to homelessness and poverty"? Which might those be?

Posted by Christoverre Kohler on 01/02/2019 at 12:08 AM

Re: “From Berkeley’s Streets to Oakland’s Slums

All people regardlesd of their status have the right to decent, clean, safe, affordable housing. Housing is a basic human right. The City of Berkeley needs to do the work needed to ensure its placements of homeless people into housing as part of the HUD mandated coordinated intake system offer and maintain the basics of what people need to stay safe and healthy. Obviously the Singhs are not able to provide that.

Mike Zint labored to carry out essential, desperately needed community organizing related to homelessness and poverty in our community for a very long time. Our community owes him a giant debt of gratitude for the incredible sacrifice he (and others from First They Came for the Homeless) made over multiple years to keep homelessness on the front burner, challenging misconceptions and offering a viable homeless-led solution to poverty and homelessness. Mike would likely still be outside fighting that fight but faced major health challenges and urgently needed to be housed. Many of us engaged in organizing related to homelessness and po erty in the East Bay were hugely relieved when Zint agreed to come indoors. We didnt want to lose this heroic figure who had valiently fought the fight for justice and now needed to take a break for the sake of his health.

It comes as no surprise that once again Mike is on the front lines pointing up the need for systems change related to affordable housing. This time through his persistence and hard work Zint is bringing publicity to the willingness of the City to contract with dishonest slum lords in order to house people.

The affordable housing crisis continues to loom large. I thank God every day for Mike Zint, and other courageous folks from First They Came for the Homeless who put their lives on the line every day to both point out viable solutions to poverty, and shine the light on housing injustice when they see it.

Whomever calls themselves "Sally T. Hindman" in the above comments in no way speaks for me or expresses my views.

Cherishing all allies in the struggle for housing justice,

Sally Leigh Hindman
Executive Director
Youth Spirit Artworks
www.youthspiritartworks.org

Posted by Sally Hindman on 12/30/2018 at 6:03 PM

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