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Re: “Lieutenant Governor Hopeful Gayle McLaughlin Wants to Take the East Bay’s Progressive Revolution to Sacramento

The McLaughlin and the RPA represents what can be accomplished when politicians make policy based on values and sound judgment rather than just doing whatever will get them re-elected (e.g. Chevron money).

The quotes from Tom Butt are hilarious. This is a guy who openly opposed rent control because he represents landlords and developers. I'm sure he would've preferred "compromise," that way he and his landlord buddies can continue to enrich themselves on the backs of Richmond's renters, who make up a majority of residents and are seeing 20% increases in one month.

Myrick is just a spineless politician who blows with the wind. Other than making a backroom deal with Chevron (the only other person present was Butt), he's accomplished absolutely nothing. What he calls "compromise" is really just sacrificing the interests of constituents in order to cater to a powerful interest (Chevron). Richmond residents deserved and would have gotten much more from Chevron if he hadn't secretly made a deal with them.

Butt and Myrick can credibly say that they don't share RPA's viewpoints. But they cannot credibly say that RPA has not gotten results. In fact, if nothing else, RPA has shown that huge changes are possible if we disregard politics as usual.

Posted by Charles Jury on 09/22/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

I wish this story included the fact that organizations that preserve local history and protect architecture- have fully owned this fact- and have shared the information as the controversial information it is, in their tours for the public. Therefore efforts to remedy the past -by recognizing it and educating the tour attendees, have been made (without pressure) and it is completely misrepresentative of the author of this to not see it and acknowledge it.

Posted by kat eiswald on 09/22/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Glossing Over a Genocide

Fremont was one of the first to explore the area. I don't think there were that many settlers at the time.

Posted by Dipstick on 09/22/2017 at 8:34 AM

Re: “The Albany Cross Resurrects Memories of the KKK

Although the Supreme Court has historically been divided on public displays of a cross, establishing a clear separation of church and state can only help our country move towards our democratic ideals of promoting the general welfare, liberty and equal rights for all. I believe a Christian symbol overlooking a diverse community is inappropriate, insensitive and, for some community members, offensive. The Lion's Club International has clear ethics and purposes which prohibit members from public debate of "partisan politics and sectarian religion." Let the Albany Lion's Club live up to their stated ethics and purposes and the City of Albany live up to our democratic ideals. Let us move the cross to a religious setting or private land and warmly welcome everyone to our public land.

Posted by Anne Zolfaghari on 09/22/2017 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Glossing Over a Genocide

They weren't settlers! They were invaders! Colonizers!!! Build a wall!!!

Good deity! I have NO idea what the editors and "writers" for EBX are ingesting, but it sure results in whacked out stuff.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/22/2017 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Glossing Over a Genocide

What a weird piece. No mention that the Wintu were attacking settlers. Okay. But to ignore Fremont's legacy in the Republican party, or his move to end slavery in the West? Unconscionably biased.

Posted by Jennifer Emick on 09/22/2017 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

Racism or prudence?

Posted by SamanthaCantrel on 09/21/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

Check out the history of International House in Berkeley.. A early beginning of change:http://ihouse.berkeley.edu/about/history.php

Posted by Monroe Pastermack on 09/21/2017 at 8:30 PM

Re: “One of Oakland's Most Historic Figures Was Also Horribly Racist

I could add many facts to support my belief that Jack London was not a racist, but his daughter Joan offers one story worth sharing. In her book, "Jack London and his Daughters", she recalled happily playing with a black girl named Annie in West Oakland. One day, white boys called her names for playing with a black girl and for being at Jennie Prentiss's home. She yelled that Jennie was not black as she ran into Jennie's kitchen. She recalled that she did not see Jennie as black, and different from her, until that moment. Jennie comforted her and gave her some cookies. She ended the story by telling that she went back to her friend "-Annie, who was also black, beloved Annie who was my friend." I grew up in Kern Co among a lot of racists, and I know that racists teach young children their hatred. Joan (1901 - 1971) graduated from Cal and worked as a researcher and director of publications for the CA State Federation of Labor. She coauthored "So Shall Ye Reap: The Story of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers' Movement. She credited her father for encouraging her lifelong commitment to worker rights.

Posted by Lisa Hire on 09/21/2017 at 5:56 PM

Re: “One of Oakland's Most Historic Figures Was Also Horribly Racist

This article is way off. The following is from another article.

An amateur boxer and avid boxing fan, London reported on the 1910 Johnson-Jeffries fight, in which the black boxer Jack Johnson vanquished Jim Jeffries, known as the "Great White Hope". In 1908, London had reported on an earlier fight of Johnson's, contrasting the black boxer's coolness and intellectual style, with the apelike appearance and fighting style of his Canadian opponent, Tommy Burns:

'what . . . [won] on Saturday was bigness, coolness, quickness, cleverness, and vast physical superiority... Because a white man wishes a white man to win, this should not prevent him from giving absolute credit to the best man, even when that best man was black. All hail to Johnson.' London wrote that Johnson was 'superb. He was impregnable . . . as inaccessible as Mont Blanc.'

Those who defend London against charges of racism cite the letter he wrote to the Japanese-American Commercial Weekly in 1913:

In reply to yours of August 16, 1913. First of all, I should say by stopping the stupid newspaper from always fomenting race prejudice. This of course, being impossible, I would say, next, by educating the people of Japan so that they will be too intelligently tolerant to respond to any call to race prejudice. And, finally, by realizing, in industry and government, of socialismwhich last word is merely a word that stands for the actual application of in the affairs of men of the theory of the Brotherhood of Man.

"In the meantime the nations and races are only unruly boys who have not yet grown to the stature of men. So we must expect them to do unruly and boisterous things at times. And, just as boys grow up, so the races of mankind will grow up and laugh when they look back upon their childish quarrels."

Posted by Darrell Robert Parker on 09/21/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “The East Bay Still Has Some Very Visible Reminders of Our History of Racism

The economic cost of living in Albany has contributed to lack of diversity at least when it comes to African Americans, however the number of Asian and East Asian residents might well be increasing due to tech sector jobs. The incident at Albany High does not reflect the feeling of Albany citizens and is abhorrent to everyone I have spoken with, especially the gaul to sue the school district by the offending student and his parents. As far as the cross is concerned the Albany Lions should be ashamed of their lawsuit and the cross should come down easement or no easement. Let the citizens put it to a vote.

Posted by Janna Katz on 09/21/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

Read The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein for a deep dive on this issue - an amazing book:

https://www.amazon.com/Color-Law-Forgotten…

Posted by Zach Franklin on 09/21/2017 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

A renewed push should be made to rename LeConte school.
When my ex and I bought a house together in Kensington, aka "Berkeley Woods" a few years ago, upon review of the original development docs., came upon a clause specifically stating "only those of the Caucasian race" were allowed to purchase homes.
Rather shocking and disgusting

Posted by Diana BB on 09/21/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “The East Bay Still Has Some Very Visible Reminders of Our History of Racism

As recently as right now, someone from EBX should take a stroll around Deep East Oakland.

Jobs? No racism there. Crime prevention? No possible racism. Community policing? You betcha. Black kids doing great in school? Uh huh.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/21/2017 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Getting Rich Off Low-Income Housing

The City of Oakland has hundreds of units such as this in the city, but refuses to press the court to enact the "El Chapo Bill", which was proposed by Ted Cruz, to force Wells Fargo to repair, subsidize or construct, affordable housing in the city and county.
Oakland has had Wells in court for over two years and has yet to set a dollar amount to settle the predatory lending case that is pending. Why?
The reason why, is because putting pressure on the court to make Wells give up the $378 billion that the bank generated during it's relationship with El Chapo, would reveal that as Attorney General, Jerry Brown facilitated the criminal activities of the banks, the lawyers who stole homes from people in California as well as, the drug gangs, that made El Chapo rich.
Read, https://www.facebook.com/RealEstateFraudOr…
My name is Allen Sanford

Posted by Allen Sanford on 09/21/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

This is the American history that all Americans need to know about. History books and popular culture conveniently forget that beyond slavery, America was brutally hateful and racist for people of color. All those ignorant flag waving alt right Trump fans all around the country spewing hate towards immigrants and talking about this is their country need to be educated. The original wealth of this country was built on the backs of Black and Chinese labor. Poor whites were exploited in the rise of the coal industry and the late 20th century saw Mexican labor exploited for riches and profits. The symbols of the continuous terrorism of Black people are ingrained in the American culture. These need to be exposed and publicly discussed in order for the country to move forward. If we don't, many people will continue to wallow in ignorance believing that their whiteness alone is representative of some divine exceptionalism. The truth is that their elevated stature is reflective of centuries of hate and systemic exploitation.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/21/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

Is anyone surprised by this? If so, you've been living under a rock. African Americans have been ostracized & treated like scum from the moment they were forced into this hell whole of a country for...having more melanin? I'll never understand the whites only mentality. As if blacks had a choice to arrive in this country or the resources to make an immediate departure. I mean with all that money earned as chattel slaves while watching their family members get lyched/hung from trees at the local neighborhood gatherings they could have built their own multimillion dollar communities, right?????

Posted by light of the dark on 09/21/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “The East Bay Still Has Some Very Visible Reminders of Our History of Racism

Mr. Ferrell, if you are contesting the historical facts referenced in this 'SO erroneous' article, could you present your evidence?

Posted by John Seal on 09/21/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “One of Oakland's Most Historic Figures Was Also Horribly Racist

Good to know that this article is mostly NOT true. Thank you commenters.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 09/21/2017 at 8:12 AM

Re: “The Albany Cross Resurrects Memories of the KKK

Albany Hill Park 4 All calls on the City of Albany to vigorously protect our diverse residents and treasured public park lands from the lawsuit recently filed by the Albany Lions Club. The lawsuit seeks to permanently establish a 20 foot lighted Christian cross on public park land atop Albany Hill and to force the City to sell more than an acre of this prime public open space into private hands. We believe that the park land surrounding the cross should not be made private instead, the cross should be relocated to private land. Public land should not be used to promote one particular religion above others. We seek to make Albany a more inclusive and welcoming community for all.
More information is available at: albanyhill4all.weebly.com

Posted by Celine Wallace on 09/20/2017 at 10:30 PM

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