Ginger Holman 
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Re: “Celeste Guap, Woman at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Crime Scandal, Arrested in Florida

I think this woman should have been taken to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation, not placed in jail! Her history of sexual exploitation beginning as a minor and her later involvement in the sex trade are all indications of a history of trauma. Sex addiction is also commonly associated with a history of sexual exploitation and trauma. We don't know whether she may have also been withdrawing physically from substance use while at the "rehab center." Many trauma victims abuse substances, which can begin as a form of self-medication and can become a screaming addiction. For that reason, care should be exercised in helping traumatized individuals come off substance addiction, as trauma symptoms may become exaggerated. Her reaction to her current situation with physical aggression, sexual acting out behavior and a possible blackout (not recalling what happened) would all be consistent with symptoms of trauma. She needed to have been restrained and evaluated in a safe setting, not criminalized! I would have hoped that had she been referred for treatment in California and an incident like this occurred, she would have been sent to a psych hospital for a 72 hour hold and evaluation. I hope authorities in California will do everything they can to have her returned to California, given a thorough psych evaluation with recommendations for further treatment. I also wonder why she was sent out of state in the first place, especially to a state where the criminal justice system is known to be quite severe (http://media.miamiherald.com/static/media/…).

Posted by Ginger Holman on 09/02/2016 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Nextdoor.com Executives Meet With Oakland Activists, Discuss Efforts to Combat Racial Profiling

Once again, no Racial Profiling button, please ! We are having an excellent discussion about race and profiling on our Next Door site, and the best way to stifle it would be to have an anonymous Racial Profiling button. Already with Flagging, many of us have observed that people flag when they disagree, but they are too timid to enter into the discussion. That leaves others of us frustrated, resentful and uncomfortable. We need more discussion and education, not simple buttons to push!

Posted by Ginger Holman on 11/03/2015 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Nextdoor.com Executives Meet With Oakland Activists, Discuss Efforts to Combat Racial Profiling

Thank you to Neighbors for Racial Justice for its efforts to address racial profiling on ND. Re a button for Racial Profiling: Based on recent discussions on ND, I'm a little leery about encouraging so much flagging, but I also recognize something needs to happen.

On one of our ND forums, we've found that people sometimes flag when they should be speaking out and contributing to the conversation. Often the flagged person does not agree with being flagged, but since the flagger is anonymous, there is no way to respond to that person or to know exactly what the flagger thought was offensive. The whole process creates a kind of resentful and paranoid atmosphere at times in our groups. So, if someone is going to use a "Racial Profiling" button, why not require they also identify themselves and make a comment explaining why they felt that way?

The racial profiling issue isn't going to go away by just flagging anonymously. There have been occasions when people who are not of color have also felt labeled and discriminated against. In my opinion, these reactions should be part of our discussions about race on these forums. I don't think we can constructively address them by everyone pushing buttons against each other.

Posted by Ginger Holman on 10/29/2015 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance

I'm reposting the petition to remove the "nuisance" property label for this valuable community resource. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/706/033/573…

Posted by Ginger Holman on 10/13/2015 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.com

Terrific article! At this juncture, when police are being called on drummers and church choirs, we need to increase the dialogue and understand the effect on others when we call police due to our own biases. I know some will not agree with this perspective, but I appreciate hearing voices of Oaklanders of color on racial profiling, feeling their celebrations are not welcome at the Lake, and other issues that are currently being raised.

Posted by Ginger Holman on 10/07/2015 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Artist Fatally Shot While Working on West Oakland Community Mural Project

How about voting to do something to reduce the amount of guns that are loose in our communities?? I'm so sorry this young man lost his life and the community lost a good person.

Posted by Ginger Holman on 09/29/2015 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Protesters Shut Down Oakland City Council Meeting Preventing E. 12th Street Land Sale

This IS the Oakland that I want to be a part of! It gives me hope to know that citizens protesting could get the attention of the City Council members. Why weren't they letting the public in on this land deal in the first place? Why haven't they been out there with us, demanding affordable housing? I am a long-time Oakland resident who can't afford to move out of my rent-controlled (good) but landlord-neglected apartment (not good-- no paint in 21 years, same carpets, etc.). Is this the Oakland we want for our residents?????? I don't want to see Oakland gentrified. I moved here in the first place due to the confluence of different ethnic groups, many of whom are low to moderate income. I would like to be notified when the next public meeting takes place!

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Posted by Ginger Holman on 05/09/2015 at 6:53 PM

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