Evee Rose 
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Re: “The Real Purpose of Oakland's Surveillance Center

I live in Oakland... To say that it's a "good idea" to focus the attention of the DAC on Oakland's protestors is completely missing the point. Doing something wrong for the right reasons doesn't make the thing right. With ALL the other crime in Oakland, why are they focusing so hard on what should be seen as civil dissent? I know people who've had their cars or houses broken into, been hit by cars, been mugged, assaulted, stabbed, and worse. I can't walk to the corner store without some asshole cat-calling, but living in an Orwellian society ACTUALLY sounds less appealing. It's 2014, not 1984.

and speaking of civil dissent... To say that all Oakland protestors are violent and dangerous is a gross generalization. Don't people know proverbs anymore? "One bad apple will spoil the bunch?"

My experience, as someone living in Oakland, (was a part of Occupy until it became less about social change and more about backing an angry tiger into a corner, then poking it with a stick) is that a good portion of the shit-disturbers who light things on fire and throw rocks at riot police are kids who've come from somewhere else (Walnut Creek, Concord, Danville, Dublin, Santa Cruz, et al). I saw a group of protestors chase after a kid who threw rocks at the cops, catch him, gently restrain him and explain why what he was doing was detrimental and counterproductive. I would caution to guess that most protestors just want positive change and for our city's government to be less... Idiotic in the way they deal with their citizens.

So the question becomes, do city officials and police want things to get better? Or do they just want to keep you quiet?

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Posted by Evee Rose on 01/17/2014 at 11:27 AM

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