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Re: “Real Change is Complicated and Messy

The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) is one of the local and statewide organiziations in California and the Bay Area that has been doing the work of the 99% against the 1% before Occupy showed up. ACCE works in communities of color and with low and moderate income families and individuals too. People should support groups that are already here doing the work that Occupy wants to inspire us with. ACCE has also provided workshops to train young activists (including Occupy members) to deal with the issues related to foreclosures and the banks. ACCE has helped to prevent homes from getting foreclosed on. In the Bay Area, with allies such as Urban Habitat, Genesis, Public Advocates, ACCE also works on saving our AC Transit buses, especially for communities that rely on it as their main mode of transit. Metropolitan Transportation Commission pays the big banks like Chase, BofA, and others, $53 million annually in swaps. These high interest payments are more than it costs to provide services by AC Transit. We want MTC to renegotiate those loans and fund our buses instead. Next week ACCE's Riders for Transit Justice will be having a Transit Justice Week of Actions, February 20-24, in San Francisco and Oakland. For more info call (510) 269-4692 or e-mail ACCE also helped start the progressive Millionaire's Tax initiative and works on ReFund CA, and was part of the team to get General Attorney Kamala Harris to do harder negotiations with the banks. ACCE is not afraid to talk to government officials. In fact, ACCE also lobbies and works to get them to support the 99% wherever ACCE is. Even Mayor Quan calls ACCE.

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Posted by Kit Vaq on 02/16/2012 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Occupy Oakland No More

As posted in on 10/22/11, the break down for funding by Measure I was approved by the Oakland City Council as follows: $5.1 million to the police department to train and hire more officers and buy equipment; $1.5 mil to public works to restore staffing for street and pothole repair; $1.2 mil to parks and recreation to restore gardener and tree-trimmer jobs; $800,000 for IT services to police and libraries; $600,000 to improve street lighting to prevent crime; $500,000 for a youth summer jobs program; $400,000 for youth violence prevention and restorative justice programs; $350,000 to keep senior centers open longer; $200,000 to expand the city's contract with ShotSpotter, which provides technology police use to track the location and sometimes the direction and caliber of gunshots; $100,000 to restore library hours during winter breaks; $100,000 for a crime analysis software contract.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 10/26/2011 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Rebecca Kaplan Has a Shot at Being Mayor of Oakland

Before the Oakland City Council, Ms. Kaplan was an AC Transit Board Director. She strongly supported the dangerous and extremely expensive Van Hool buses that Alameda County bus riders and drivers deplore. She did not listen to them. Ms. Kaplan never took responsibility for that debacle that has helped to financially ruin AC Transit and jumped ship to run for the Oakland City Council right after that. Ms. Kaplan's ambitions override her ability to stick with an office for very long and to take responsibility for her decisions.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 03/16/2010 at 8:48 AM

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