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Re: “Critics Fear Ron Dellums Pushing Cronies into Power

My deep principles are my own, they are not the "Green Party's", nor anybody else's -- though they have been influenced by many mentors, of various parties and backgrounds, including friends, teachers, ministers, and colleagues. I have supported universal single-payer healthcare since before I ever heard of the Green Party, and will continue to support it and advocate for it -- not to prove I'm "lefty" -- but because, as someone who grew up in Canada -- I know that it works infinitely better than this mess of a healthcare system we now have. I will continue to work to free us from our dangerous dependency on oil -- and I bring to this not only political views, but direct experience (including the fact that I myself get around by bike, transit, and when I need a vehicle, share a used-fry-oil biodiesel). I will work to revitalize Broadway/Uptown (where the auto dealerships are planning to leave) into a vibrant, mixed-use, destination with retail, entertainment, commercial and more, to help harness more tax revenue and jobs in Oakland, and reduce the fuel waste and traffic congestion and lost time that occurs when Oakland residents feel they have to drive to the suburbs to shop.

I would continue to be willing to work with “disappointed” along with anybody else, of any political party, on vital shared goals to improve our community.

I think it is pretty odd that "disappointed" keeps posting anonymous questions about my party change, and, when I posted a response previously, accused me of using too many words. The real answer about why I chose to change my party affiliation is not a one-liner. It is not true that the Central Labor Council forced me to change party, nor is it true that this is evidence of a change in my devotion to social justice, environmental sustainability, non-violence, and democracy. In fact, my party change was influenced by advice from a wide range of people, and while this includes some long-time allies from the labor movement, it includes many others as well. Ultimately, it was my own choice. It was influenced by with multiple experiences over time that made it less and less welcoming to be in the Green Party, and other positive experiences with individual Democrats and Democratic Party groups, attending Obama rallies, and other experiences outside the campaign context.

Since the main Green Party complaint for the past few months toward me has been about the fact that I did NOT proclaim that I was running "as a Green" -- and that my campaign announcements were not about the Green Party (but rather, focused on my goals for Oakland) -- I find it funny that now the complaint is that I had proclaimed I was running as a Green. (Though, since I don't know who the anonymous writer is, I don't know if they are actually involved in the local Green group, or whether they have been reading any of the prior comments, or my various letters to the Green Party over the course of this decision-making process).

In any case, if the anonymous poster, or anybody else, is interested in a dialog on this topic (or, perhaps, on the vital issues to Oakland's future), my campaign website includes contact information, and I welcome dialog and questions.

Best wishes,
-Rebecca Kaplan

Posted by RebKap on 03/28/2008 at 4:34 PM

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