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Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

Sorry, that's politics and policy; bandaid on top of bandaid. If you want to really change things, you'll have to stage a revolution and install a completely new system of governance. But history shows us that even that does not work, because it is always the people with power who rise to the top. Even the substitution of a culture of power with a more equitable form of organization, as might be found in certain religions that emphasize non-materialist values, for example, lasts only so long.

Posted by Francesco on 09/20/2018 at 5:00 AM

Re: “Seven Longtime Oakland Residents Share Their Thoughts on Gentrification

Some of these long term residents could use a little help with their grammar!

Posted by Francesco on 09/20/2018 at 4:55 AM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

I live in the Juicy Fruit with the Doublemint Twins.

Posted by Francesco on 09/20/2018 at 4:53 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to Our Community, From the Former Residents of the Recently Closed LoBot Gallery in West Oakland

I know a manager at one of the local Bank of America branches who is always looking for young people who want a start in the banking and finance industry. Why not stop in and inquire? It can't hurt to ask. Then you could do your artwork at night and in the evenings. I did the very thing as a young man, carving models of WWII battleships from wood that the local furniture maker saved for me. You know, odds and ends that he couldn't use. Once a year I always presented one of my better pieces, just to say 'thanks'.

Posted by Francesco on 12/07/2016 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Stop Blaming Artists and Musicians for the Ghost Ship Fire. Blame People In Power Who Screwed Up.

I think if the artists and musicians made an outreach to local churches and businesses, they could broaden and diversity their community. I know the church just down the street is always looking for new voices in their choir.

Posted by Francesco on 12/07/2016 at 5:25 PM

Re: “If Oakland Cracks Down On Underground Warehouses, It Will Snuff Out The City’s DIY Soul

Why don't the artists make Christmas ornaments and wreaths that they can sell to make money for rent? You know, things that people want and need, things they can relate to.

Posted by Francesco on 12/07/2016 at 5:20 PM

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