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Re: “An Oakland Chef Wants to Decolonize Cinco de Mayo

Beautiful idea. Pio Pico is an inspriational and fascinating character who unfortunately, has been lost to history and is unknown to most Californians who have no idea that California had its first governor of African descent over a 100 years ago. Thank you!!

Posted by Chanty Nok on 05/03/2016 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Why Is There a Housing Crisis?

Kevin Smith your statement that, "at least the free market is fair, anyone can make the money to get what they want or need, without a 15 year wait" is patently and demonstrably false. Biased much? Availability cascade? Bandwagon effect? Confirmation bias? Or do you really believe that everyone else has a trust fund just like you? Just kidding.... but seriously replace "trust fund" with "economic privilege derived from historical social inequities."

Posted by Chanty Nok on 03/26/2016 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Oakland Housing Rights Activists Face 8.5 Years in Prison

Absolutely. I am aware that the Ohlone were displaced and dispossessed first. My only point was that the first "Americans" to come here and "settle" were squatters in the legal sense of the law as it applied to such actions in California at the time said action took place i.e. squatters taking adverse possession of large parts of Peralta's land grant. It was part of a treaty that the land grant be legally recognized under American control however, in practice and application most Mexicans who held land grant encountered great legal difficulties confirming their claims in the now American colony and courts. Thus, even though Peralta was technically not a POC as we recognize them today, but actually an affluent man of European descent, he was still considered and deemed a Mexican by every post-Civil war, new American immigrant to California Peralta would have encountered in California. So, im pretty sure racism against Peralta was a factor. Racism against Mexicans vis a vis post-civil war American settlers is actually an extensive and interesting part of California's past and might I add present lore. Many of the post-civil war immigrants were southerners and military personnel who were sent to California with the military orders to protect California from the mean Mexicans. Don't forget the Alamo and the war over Texas whipped up alot of anit-Meixan sentiment among Americans who may have never even encountered a "Mexican" before immigrating to California.

Posted by Chanty Nok on 03/21/2016 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Oakland Can't Afford to Wait

Additionally, IMHO I would like to see the 12street parcel turned into an joint Ohlone tribal and community center that includes onsite, 100% affordable, community housing available everyone who falls outside the bracket of being able to afford "market rate" units. So, it should include everything BUT market rate which is grossly inflated and does not in any way reflect the cost to build. Construction and maintenance costs is all that needs to be generated to make it a viable project. That someone investor somewhere ABSOLUTELY MUST BE ABLE TO PROFIT to make it a viable housing project is a false narrative that greatly benefits developers when negotiating with cities and communities they wish to profit from. There is a better way that is worth defining. In a balanced world, a California tribe would come forward with funding and a plan to finance this project for a more modest ROI to ensure an allotment of housing for tribal members with a need to attend to school or business in the Bay Area. Forget about foreign, institutional and hedge fund investors. Do we really need their money? Is there no money left anywhere among the common people to finance this project for the community good rather than investor greed? Do they really control so much of the capital in our economy that the city of Oakland can't fund one housing project without the assistance of private investors?

Posted by Chanty Nok on 03/20/2016 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Oakland Can't Afford to Wait

Yes, Gary! Excellent idea (cackles and tents hands like Mr. Burns from the simpsons)! Socio-economic cleansing of an "abandoned", working class city, coveted by the rentier class. Accomplished not by the brute force of military action, but rather by the elegant and invisible hand of the "free market." Its invisible and free just as long as you don't notice the government policy w$o4es and their industry funders opening the city gates in welcome, uncuffing the hand, handing it the city key, ordering OPD to clear its path to your front door and the DA to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law any resistors in its path.

Instead of turning Oakland into Elysium for the economically privileged and superior, may I humbly suggest that we first all try living together by creating housing projects on City land that are...wait for it...housing projects for housing people instead of housing projects as the best ROI for the cash hoarding, rentier, parasite class which IMHO includes any, non-profit housing agencies with a tendency to hoard huge piles of cash instead of investing it in the public's interest.

Posted by Chanty Nok on 03/20/2016 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Oakland Housing Rights Activists Face 8.5 Years in Prison

I wish to point out that the very City of Oakland was founded by squatters from SF who jumped the bay and squatted and occupied Peralta's land grant from about what is today the Broadway corridor to JLS/ Embarcadero. Not being an anglo-American Peralta found his legal attempts to fend off the squatters were expensive and not well received by the unfair and racist judges. Eventually, he ceased trying to fight the squatters claim to his land and ended up being forced to sale the title to the land to the American, racist squatter, land stealing founders of Oakland. Want to know more? Visit the history room in the City of Oakland's Main library.

Posted by Chanty Nok on 03/18/2016 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Bun Mam Soc Trang Closes Suddenly Due to Expired Lease

Wow! Gentrification for lunch anyone? This is a real loss.

Posted by Chanty Nok on 01/26/2016 at 11:35 AM

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