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Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

Saying Occupy Oakland or the Occupy Movement failed is a bit much since Occupy meant revolution; i.e. a displacement of existing faculties of authority in finance and law enforcement. Every entity with power in those two organs of society focused their attention on ending Occupy. To suggest that it failed is to compare the struggle to a contest with a time limit, at the end of which a winner and a loser is declared. The legacy of Occupy is that hundreds of massive demonstrations have occurred without permits since 2011. Now, the occupation of public space continues as a tactic of resistance to neoliberal strategies of privatization and the cutting of government services. Student debt strikes are a direct offshoot of Occupy. Murders by police officers are recorded and tabulated since the movement began. And there are certainly grounds for an argument that the surge of neo-fascism and the humiliation it brings down on the Right is a reaction to Occupy and its offshoots. We should continue to evaluate the events of Sept. 2011 to Jan. 2012 from any and all perspectives, but its not yet time to put Occupy on the shelf. As Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his faction contributed to the achievements of Mohandas Gandhi, and as Stokley Carmichael and Malcolm X did the same for Martin Luther King, Jr., so may the radicals of Oakland do for crypto-revolutionaries who wish Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would stop playin.

Posted by Mike Wilson 1 on 05/28/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

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Re: “City Emails: Many Dublin Residents Think Undocumented Immigrants Are 'Felons' Who Will Turn Their Town Into a 'Cesspool'

By the way Gary Patton, I was just looking through the old Milo Berkeley post and was surprised to see you comment there too (what can I say, I'm always late when it comes to the news or looking through articles), and I know you're probably not going to read this post, but if you do, I just want to tell you and everyone that anarchism itself is not as scary as it sounds and not just for white males; it's not just about breaking windows either. People of all races adhere to this centuries old political ideology, including Asians, African-Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics. I recommend you do some research on it; wikipedia's a good start. You can also visit an anarchist bookfair in SF. Trust me, anarchism is not that scary. As a Chinese-American, philosophically, I personally base my anarchism in Taoism and the Buddhist tradition of non-violence.

Some people end up Marxist or liberal or conservative or alt-right , but I ended up as an anarchist feminist (anarcha-feminist) because I grew up in a very diverse area, stayed in Dublin long enough, faced and witnessed sexism, racism and bullying everywhere in the Bay Area (including San Francisco), ask why some people are homeless and some are not, paid attention to the news, and took critical thinking and history courses in high school and college. Anarchism just came naturally to me as it is anti-authoritarian, based on direct democracy, and social and economic equality.

So to bring all of this back to this topic, I hate the fact that what was once a growingly diverse sleepy little quint Irish town (with awesome St. Patrick's Day parades) waiting to become the famous little sister to Hayward, San Leandro, Oakland and Berkeley has now become famous as a town full of bigotry, which is far from the truth and much more nuanced, because not every single resident in Dublin or Livermore or San Ramon thinks the same way or eats the same food (part-whole fallacy). I judge a place by whether I feel comfortable expressing my far-left feminist anarchist views as a person of color in public. Dublin has always been a place where I feel comfortable doing so everywhere I go without people screaming at me or giving me weird or dirty looks. Maybe they hide their feelings well and secretly want me gone, but I really doubt that. I know some people in Dublin espouse racist or prejudiced sentiments, but just as many are against it, as the article states.

Posted by He Zhen on 05/27/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Oakland’s Eastlake Music Festival at Lake Merritt

Agreed inappropriate comment.

Posted by Nutella PR on 05/27/2017 at 10:36 AM

Re: “'Homeless Lives Matter Too??': People Sleeping On Oakland's Streets Still Waiting For Government Response To Growing East Bay Crisis

Any plan that does not include treatment for mental illness and drug abuse will fail. We have seen plenty of articles by EBX blaming these tent cities on lack of affordable housing, while completly ignoring the elphant in the room.

Posted by Robert Murphy on 05/27/2017 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

In response to Mr. Ferrell's comment: I'd add that people go where they know. Most of the homeless people i know out here in West Oakland were displaced from longtime homes here in West Oakland.

Posted by Edward Cervantes on 05/27/2017 at 5:24 AM

Re: “'Homeless Lives Matter Too??': People Sleeping On Oakland's Streets Still Waiting For Government Response To Growing East Bay Crisis

If its a finance matter, why not ask citizens for money? There are many issues that require more funding, but citizens of any community should feel obligated to ensure all of its members have some basics. If concerned with encampments, and dumping, and blight, and/or the safety and well-being of fellow citizens and would like to contribute toward ending homelessness in our home city, send what you can to Oakland's "Housing 4 All" Fund c/o Libby at City Hall.

Posted by Edward Cervantes on 05/27/2017 at 5:12 AM

Re: “Video: Oakland's Homeless Residents Are Targets of Arson Attacks

...and after the emeryville fire, people immediately suspected "the homeless."

we gotta stop blaming and scapegoating people for their unfortunate circumstances. its not an easy life, why do we insist on making it even more difficult and less likely they'll ever make it out of "homelessness?"

Posted by Edward Cervantes on 05/27/2017 at 5:00 AM

Re: “New Dating Site for Pot Users Has High Hopes

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Posted by Camille730 on 05/27/2017 at 3:04 AM

Re: “City Emails: Many Dublin Residents Think Undocumented Immigrants Are 'Felons' Who Will Turn Their Town Into a 'Cesspool'

I live in Dublin and please don't think all of us think this way. I'm Chinese-American and philosophically an anarchist feminist (yes, I'm a loony far-lefty so you know what I'm going to say next); yes, we far-left anarchists do exist in Dublin (or maybe I'm the only one that exists) and our opinions in Dublin are very diverse. I had no idea that this was going on and just found out about this by doing a search on my city to see if there were anymore racist things happening (there was a racist graffiti that read "stop the Asian invasion of the city in Dublin" back in 2010 with a white nationalist "national-anarchist" symbol which I didn't know about until years later by doing a casual search on flickr).

As a Chinese-American, I'm particularly sensitive to this sanctuary issue because I know how we were seen as the "yellow peril" (and evidently still are by some white nationalists in Dublin) and were excluded from entering America for 60 years via the Chinese Exclusion Act enacted in the 1880s; Chinese women weren't even legally allowed to come here until the 1940s. They were smuggled in the US or sold into prostitution or indentured servitude where many didn't live that long. It was the only way they could come here. If there are any Chinese voicing support for some explicit (or implicit) anti-sanctuary policy, we need to remember our own history and how we were once excluded and how some of our own people had come here illegally in the past. Donaldina Cameron, a Christian Caucasian woman, sheltered undocumented Chinese girls who came here illegally in San Francisco Chinatown during 1900-1934. Donaldina never once asked to check their immigration status.

EVERYONE is welcome here, no matter your race, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or immigration status. I've lived here for 16 years and love this city so much and value our diversity and acceptance of others. I personally haven't witnessed much discrimination in Dublin aside from several isolated incidences (maybe 3-5 incidences in person?) and am very disappointed to see such thinly veiled bigotry aimed specifically toward Hispanics. One's immigration status or race does not make an individual dangerous. We need to stop scapegoating and committing logical fallacies (occam's razor, overgeneralizing, correlation does not imply causation) because we want easy answers to complex issues. By the way, well said, Gary Patton; those are facts.

Posted by He Zhen on 05/26/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Hey Vanessa Ly,

I am not sure if you attend the School Board Meeting on 5/16/2017, but I am attaching the link below so that you can take a look, the Board announced Dr. Perry to come back and reinstated his position as Head of the School. The superintendent has been telling other people that Dr. Perry is sick or he needs to re-apply for the position, she told a lot of people that she doesn't want him to leave. She is lying. This video is the truth!!! Don't listen to her. The OUSD funded the school with textbooks, school supplies, field trips, and more. There are many other Charter Schools that got the funds, but they utilize it really well. They provided a lot of activities for students to learn and a lot of field trips. Regarding of the lunch, I want to let you know that, my son school lunch had a fly in it!!! The fly was dead!!!! Look at your lunch before you eat.

https://youtu.be/WHhHRFho0ZY

Posted by Fran Lau on 05/26/2017 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Best Of The East Bay Finalists Are Here! Find Out Who Got Nominated!

Best food and drink/ Bicycle coffee

Posted by Rodrime Uno Cinco Seis on 05/26/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “'Homeless Lives Matter Too??': People Sleeping On Oakland's Streets Still Waiting For Government Response To Growing East Bay Crisis

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Posted by Daily News By Emma on 05/26/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Expends Considerable Money and Person-Power Displacing Homeless Residents, According to City Records

Have you ever walked or biked to Montclair? I have. Wanna know why there are no camps there? Try it for yourself. It will become painfully clear why there are no camps.

It's not about there being more enforcement for any reason... It's just too hard to do, so the camps are in the flat lands or West Oakland, deep East Oakland and around the Lake.

It's not a "class" thing, just plain human practicality.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/26/2017 at 11:52 AM

Re: “'Homeless Lives Matter Too??': People Sleeping On Oakland's Streets Still Waiting For Government Response To Growing East Bay Crisis

A well written an informative article; listing active suggestions and estimates of costs. This type of reporting informs and educates.

Thank you!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/26/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Video: Oakland's Homeless Residents Are Targets of Arson Attacks

"Homeless Residents Are Targets of Arson Attacks" - your headline is one-sided. The reported incidents indicate that homeless residents engage in arson attacks, too. It is common to see angry disputes at the camps, and apparently some of them escalate.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 05/26/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “New Data Shows Significant Rise In Homelessness In Alameda County, According to Biennial 'Point In Time' Count

Is the data available online? Could you please provide a link in addition to the summary? Thank you in advance.

Posted by Tommy Katz on 05/26/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Video: Oakland's Homeless Residents Are Targets of Arson Attacks

There are personal beefs and random attacks, just like with people with homes. The recent fires that have killed people in buildings have also been swept aside instead of real prevention strategies like empowering residents to flag and monitor threats. These fires aren't solving any disputes, so conflict management must be addressed.

Posted by Natasha Haxe on 05/26/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Oakland’s Eastlake Music Festival at Lake Merritt

This juvenile, divisive paragraph makes me want to skip Oakland's festival and drive over the bridge to Dolores, where people can hang out without pretentious journalists judging their identity.

Posted by Sergei Ramirez on 05/26/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Video: Oakland's Homeless Residents Are Targets of Arson Attacks

Thank you for this article and the footage. I work with a organization that works directly with these encampments, and it is disheartening to know people would intentionally destroy peoples lives and attempt to kill them. I would be really nice to see the police investigate this more.

Posted by Ryan Dal Porto on 05/26/2017 at 7:10 AM

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