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Re: “Oakland Officials Order Staff to Withhold Public Records Related to Ghost Ship Fire

I am overwhelmed by grief for these young people and those who loved them.

And I believe that one of the answers to the issues raised by this tragedy is to rehabilitate existing buildings, instead of using money to enrich developers who will only build housing that is not affordable either to artists or to the thousands of non-artists who currently live in Oakland.

Posted by Kitty Kelly Epstein 1 on 12/07/2016 at 5:04 AM

Re: “Oakland's Ron Dellums on President Trump: 'Step Forward'

Good advice from someone who had to do patient organizing himself to help end the War in Vietnam, apartheid in South Africa, and the threat of nuclear war worldwide. Thanks for encouraging us to push back our fears and move forward. And thank you for your role in helping to create the most progressive and socially conscious congressional district in the country.

Posted by Kitty Kelly Epstein 1 on 11/16/2016 at 7:31 AM

Re: “No Charges in Lake Merritt Drumming Incident, OPD Says Noise Complaint Was Not A Priority

The complaints, fines, and proposed charges discussed in this article are just a few of the recent and public examples of how gentrification hurts Oakland. The "gentry" (more affluent and generally more white) individuals are able to move to Oakland and push out others because of hundreds of years of racially-biased national policies that have created an enormous racial wealth gap.

Those protesting the treatment of the drummers and the proposed fines against the church are helping us to tell elected officials we do not expect their police force to be the armed enforcers of gentrifying culture. We also need for those elected officials to pass policies ensuring that housing is affordable for the average African-American family and that new businesses and construction sites are expected to employ African-Americans in proportion to their numbers in the population. Thank you, Sam Levin, for following some of these important issues.

Kitty Kelly Epstein, PhD
30 year Oakland resident

Posted by Kitty Kelly Epstein 1 on 10/28/2015 at 5:48 AM

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