Molly Batchelder 
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Re: “Letters for the Week of September 16

@ Cris Castro This is a "non-apology". Please work to inform yourself on the genocide that occurred on this soil. Read "Indigenous Peoples History of the United States" by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz. Educate yourself on the oppression affecting native communities today and get involved in social justice issues. You will then be prepared to write a "real apology". It will go something like this: "I acknowledge the Native American genocide committed by my ancestors, and through which I continue to benefit from in our white supremacy system. I dedicate my life to understanding this truth and work to end the cycle of violence my European American community perpetrates on indigenous peoples. I am so sorry for what my ancestors did."

Posted by Molly Batchelder on 10/03/2015 at 6:01 PM

Re: “No More Cops Without More Cuts

Tony Smith has been implicated in the cover up of Raheim Brown's murder. This seems the more likely reason for his sudden departure. Why has the Express not covered this development? The problems with police in Oakland go much deeper than Gammon's tired "overpaid and understaffed" opinions. Share the real information with people.

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Posted by Molly Batchelder on 04/16/2013 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Cop Identified in Kayvan Sabeghi Beating?

Right on, Ali Winston. Thank you.
And to fellow commentators: the thought processes that suggest Sabehgi was somehow deserving of this beating should absolutely be checked and dismantled. It is beyond scary to be face to face with lines of riot cops. Do not excuse police brutality because you can see flaw in the victim's actions. It’s divisive and malignant to our existence.

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Posted by Molly Batchelder on 04/13/2012 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Black Bloc Causes Backlash Against Occupy

The “Stand up or Shut up” comment was too harsh and I take responsibility for that. Sometimes anger seeps out in misdirected ways. @Mary – The social justice work that folks have been engaged in during the last 30+ years has indeed held the torch of truth through some pretty dark times. Without this we would be lost right now. And we cannot deny there has not been a movement in this country, since the Civil Rights, that has been as powerful or pervasive as the Occupy/De-Colonialize movement is. OWS is picking up where Civil Rights left off, with economic justice now in the forefront. And then we look at the Arab Spring! Something is happening. I beg of folks, please don’t form opinions of Occupy Oakland with the MSM as the prime information source. Please don’t become turned off by the one controversial action plastered on the front page, when there are literally thousands of unreported actions Occupiers are organizing every day. This is just the beginning. Join the movement, in whatever capacity that is allowed. Now is the time when radical change can occur.

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Posted by Molly Batchelder on 02/19/2012 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Black Bloc Causes Backlash Against Occupy

@Aaron I have had many conversations with folks who claim they no longer support the movement, for reasons including: violent protestors and flag burning, no focus of the movement, Occupy Oakland is not made up of Oaklanders, etc. And I read the constant stream of criticism coming from the Tribune, Chronicle and Chip Johnson, and Robert Gammon, all of which are doing their parts to saturate us with these notions (whether true or not, are in no way deserving of the amount of coverage they have received). As I see it, these are counterinsurgent tactics, being consciously used or not, to discredit the movement, to give comfortable people (or people teetering on comfort) the green light to opt out of participation. We are laying all blame on protestors for this drop in support. We are victim blaming. I would like to hold police violence and irresponsible journalists accountable, as well as the efforts of the 1%. Who benefits from Occupy’s lack of public support? It sure is not the folks who have lost their homes, our homeless brothers and sisters, our loved ones entrenched in poverty, incarcerated people or formerly incarcerated. Now is the time for all of us to take responsibility for our actions and create positive change. As I see it, Stand up or Shut up.

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Posted by Molly Batchelder on 02/18/2012 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Real Change is Complicated and Messy

Thank you, Jay Youngdhal. I agree. This is a people's movement. We cannot merely relax from the sidelines while pointing fingers and expressing opinions. If there is change that one wishes to see, get involved! This revolution will not be televised, or protrayed fairly in the MSM. OO General Assemblies are held on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm at Oscar Grant Plaza and Sundays at 2:00 at 19th and Telegraph. There are so many beautiful people building community and working together in such compelling ways. It would be hard not to be inspired once folks see what is truely going on.

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Posted by Molly Batchelder on 02/17/2012 at 7:34 AM

Re: “The Oakland City Council Was Right to Reject Occupy Crackdown

Shame on you, Robert Gammon.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Molly Batchelder on 02/17/2012 at 12:54 AM

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