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Re: “Top Ramen For Life: The Student Loan Crisis

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Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

Thank you for this article, bringing attention to a new way of addressing this issue through the healthcare community. Dr. Zarr recently did a webinar through the American Society of Landscape Architects to share about the program he has helped to develop in Washington DC. It was a collaboration of the Children's Outdoor Environments and the Healthcare and Therapeutic Garden ASLA networks. The more we all talk about it, the more heads will come together to pave the way for solutions!

Posted by Lisa Bailey on 05/29/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

Potent article! As a member of a Northern California Nonprofit, I get to see first-hand how kids with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) benefit from summer camp. Many of them have never been camping. The majority of them are Oakland residents. But most of them live in the concrete jungle and rarely get that feel of the outdoors. Gratefully, many of them are veterans now.

Secondly, I continue to work with an organization that was created to educate and encourage children of color to learn about the critical relationship between insects and human beings and about ecosystems and diversity of landscapes usually in parks. Sadly, the vast majority of the beneficiaries are not children of color because many of them have limited access for the reasons you mentioned.

Lastly, I send a monthly Wellness Flyer to churches on health matters that disproportionately affect the African-American community. In it, I usually find opportunities to mention sunshine, mountains, vista points... Yet I ask the question, when did so many African-Americans become Vitamin D deficient? BCHO

Posted by Julie Dunbar on 05/24/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

Fiddleheads, a program of a local non-profit (Seeds of Awareness, Inc.) takes all children, including neuro-diverse inner city youth out into nature to provide therapeutic support and assist in enhancing social skills and developing friendships.

Posted by Mark Khmelnitskiy on 05/22/2017 at 10:56 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

50yrs ago? What does that have to do with today? It costs $2 for a bus ticket. And parks in slums will not bring in business, so how do you expect a city to survive? Welfare checks?

Institutional racism? Awww... Pretty bird. Yes, can you say pretty bird? Pretty bird, yeah pretty bird...Hobart want a cracker?

Posted by George Rockwell on 05/21/2017 at 8:34 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

As I recall the Bay Area chapter of an environmental organization instituted a program to get minority children to local natural areas. This was 50 years ago in San Francisco where it was established that many impoverished kids in S.F. had never seen the Pacific Ocean.

The redlining and institutional racism continues in "diverse" and oh-so-sensitive Oakland. Instead of devoting bayside parcels to parks and other open spaces for the children who live in poor neighborhoods nearby, Oakland is fostering fancy high-rise developments for the affluent.

The outlook of the privileged class doesn't change so the living conditions of the poorest never get better.

The Nazi George Rockwell has plenty of allies in Oakland's city hall, whether they are conscious of it or not.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/21/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

Yes, lack of green spaces and not laziness and sodium rich diets is the contributing factor to health problems for non-whites.

I know of a couple large land masses where there is plenty of green spaces. I hear the cost of living is quite cheap too!

Posted by George Rockwell on 05/21/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

most police depts are corrupt not just Oakland and there are a number of cops who have turned in to pimps! take Atlanta GA. the cops there are so wicked they even arrest parents who try to take their kids back from the pimps! and Atlanta GA. is now a pedophiles paradise,if you want a young 10 11 or 12 year old girl Atlanta GA. is the place so it has been reported!

Posted by Michael nitsch on 05/08/2017 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Top Ramen For Life: The Student Loan Crisis

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Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

Good questions Hiram Delco. Why didn't the article present well researched FACTS vs a whine?

I will also note the comments present more including from a worker pointing out that, anecdotally, there is more to be concerned about around hip hop shows.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/01/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

This article be like: OPD say hip-hop shows require more security (which costs money), also: whine.

Why doesn't this article address whether there is higher prevalence of violence/crimes at hip-hop shows? Is the data tainted because police unfairly target these shows or is the data unfavorable to the artcile's conceit?

It seems the police are claiming their research shows these events require more security so why isn't this central claim investigated? Isn't there someone who can speak to why the officers/department don't want to comment?

Only the comments provided some context as to why the police might do this besides discrimination (to what end?).

Posted by Hiram Delco on 04/29/2017 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

As someone who works at live music venue, I can say that the increased security at hip-hop shows is necessary. Unfortunately, they are significantly more violent than the other shows we have and our security needs the police presence to ensure safety of people at work as well as other attendees. I also live blocks away from Karribean City and avoid that block when walking home after work because it has been a lightning rod for violence downtown. I want there to be hip hop shows, but something has to be done about the well documented violence that does occur at them.

Posted by John-Paul de Veer on 04/28/2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

The raves are "underground" and un-permitted (interesting phrase, that. It means NOT allowed). Certain elements scream "it's too hard to get permits". Might it be your observations of the problems associated with raves are why?

The violence at sporting events (Raider Nation anyone?) *tends* to be so successfully prosecuted as to deter outbreaks. When they do happen, it isn't large in scale, compared to the size of the crowd. No/little culture of "we don't snitch" in effect there.

Hip-hop/rap events in clubs on the other hand, live at the opposite end... A couple hundred or so in attendance with and almost guarantee of people shot and robbed with depressing regularity and "We don't snitch" is the chorus line.

As I said before, if the promoters/performers could/would self control the events... But they don't. The gangsta mystique IS the spice of the show.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/28/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

A friend of mine was killed in a shooting outside of vinyl by a stray bullet. He had nothing to do with it and was playing a show next door at a different venue. That doesn't fit your narrative I guess but I'll never get my friend back. RIP Emilio.

Posted by vaxination on 04/27/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

It's so easy to point at shootings that have occurred and say "We got to be safe," but meanwhile ignore the bigger picture. What about the illegal drugs and deaths stemming from raves? What about violence at 49ers' games? What about the violence at recent protests? Should we ban all forms of free speech or assembly if sometimes the outcomes are not what we'd hoped?

Posted by David Johnson-Igra on 04/27/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

How many people have gotten into a scuffle at the Fox or Paramount or New Parish, gone to their car to retrieve a gun and then ended up shoot innocent people while trying to kill the person they fought with??? This is a complex issue.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 04/27/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

It sucks, but when you hear of a shooting at a music show around here, it's almost always a rap show. Not blaming the music, not blaming the artists, and not supporting the removal of rap shows and venues from the Town. But this extra police scrutiny doesn't come out of nowhere, and advocates need to stop pretending that it does.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 04/27/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

Perhaps the violence and aggressive behavior that seems to all too often show up at Rap events is a reason for not wanting them.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/27/2017 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

There may have been no death threats in the case of hip-hop/rap events, but the narrative completely ignores the shootings and other crime that has accompanied such events. EBX itself documented such in the past years. See back issues.

The city is short resources to deal with what goes on here as just "normal wear and tear". If the promoters had managed to self control the problems in the past, just *MAYBE* the knee jerk reaction we're seeing *MIGHT* not be going on. But these problems are as much a part of the mystique as the music... Maybe the promoters don't want to keep it in hand.

And it seems even the venues themselves see these events as too much trouble... They don't see a reason to stand up for the promoters. What does that say?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/26/2017 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

Claerence you are close but missed the boat on this. Marduk was cancelled because a group made death threats on the employees and owners of the venue if Marduk were allowed to play there. This was based on allegations of them being nazi sympathizers, white supremacists, and having anti immigration beliefs.

From my understanding there were no death threats made in anticipation of the rappers concerts and it was more about people getting into fights, which happens at all kinds of places where large amounts of people are drinking and partying

Posted by Damien Starr on 04/26/2017 at 1:52 PM

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