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Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

If, and when, Libby Schaff takes her experiences of unwanted sexual attention (and the complexities of such), and can undertake an intersectional analysis, and see that what she is doing to the poor, the homeless, the people of color in the city of Oakland is much akin (but magnified greatly toward other oppressed groups) to what's been done to her, there is not much hope in hearing her say, "me too," and her ability to really understand others (who have not only lost their jobs, or been raped, are homeless, or who are killed/incarcerated/abused by racist police practices, etc) her statement is becomes a hollow joining in to "me too."

Interesectionality is the gift of 3rd wave feminism. Intersectionality is the common thread that links all of disability/ies.

AND, having said the above makes true my statement (in regards to HRC's run for president) that, yes, we need more women in power, but it must be the right woman/women, just as it must be the right men. This is not the right woman. Not the right woman to chose other women, either.

Libby Schaff has not listened to the multiple Oakland communities who packed City Hall over and over re the development of the City. Instead, she's held "back door" meetings, rescheduled meeting times or dates, and did everything in her power to eliminate public comment. Schaff has closed the downtown recycling lot where many homeless or other poor took carts filled with Oakland's discards (cleaner city complaints? Duh!), and helped developers in obtaining said lot, who is building even more expensive housing, etc.

When Libby Schaff plans to hold a meeting about the future of Oakland next week, with developers, and there are no other communities present who are homeless, seniors, artists, the disabled, etc. and are fearful of the rising costs of living in this city, and who has been given in the past (ie, the 12th street parcel), a "people's" design that would accommodate the needs of all, including the developers ... well, there is little that comes from this office, from her mouth, that I can any longer believe in. Like Trump, who won because he made promises to desperate people, and told them that he "understand(s)," we've been had because she has claimed progressive politics, and now because of her gender. We cannot universalize gender any more than we should universalize race. We must seek to improve representation of each oppressed class, but not assume all of any one class is appropriate.

Posted by deGrace on 12/07/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Urban Shield Task Force Appointee and Gun Dealer Calls Police Critics 'Terrorists'

As an attendee and representative of Interfaith for Black Lives, and member of the clergy, I am deeply troubled by the inflammatory, ignorant invective coming from a representative of the Alameda Board of Supervisors. It was bad enough that the (BART) woman referred to us during the meeting as "militant" because a group of people peaceably stood, held up small signs, and asked permission to sing a song instead of speaking individually. Have these people not heard of the constitution? Can they not differentiate a threat to democracy when they hear it? Has all capacity to think rationally escaped such people? "thugs"? What is the definition of a thug?

These acts are an example of the polarization in this country. It is an example of the take over of the minds of the people and any sound reasoning by cognitive dissonance. Moreover, it is an example of why an increasingly number of people use the word "fascism" to describe the current trend in government. And that, for me, as a Christian, as a leader in that community, works toward keeping true to the work and words of the Leader of the Church, and to not assist in ignoring or denying the reasons for His crucifixion.

The reality of the day, with molesting children of color, causing mental and bodily harm to people of color, to killing at random by law enforcement, the reality is that law enforcement is being used as an instrument of terror, and it must be stopped.

Posted by deGrace on 09/26/2017 at 9:20 AM

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