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

@ Michael Good:

i overstand your positions, i can't say that i agree but you're entitled to think and feel as you please.

I will however, add that being a native born Oaklander does out weight being a new transplant. New residents are ok but know there's an existing Culture that exist. We - the natives - have helped develop Oakland culture, Oakland stroke, Oakland's swag..... , this should be honored and appreciated. Some of us are here to stay, not just passing through until the economic bubble burst. Which is what happened in the early mid 2000's and all the new transplants packed up and moved back to where ever they were from.

Oakland has historically been a racist city and elements of that institutional racism still exist. I'm prepared to challenge it. For the record, i support issues that affect the working class, poor and people of color. Its not my goal to focus on race, but i'm not going to ignore it to make others feel comfortable either.

Posted by Theo A. Williams on 10/29/2015 at 2:26 PM

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

@ Michael Good - in response to your comments:

1) Sean McDonald commited battery - that's a crime, period. its my choice to press charges or drop them. The rights of African Americans are continuing to be violated nationwide and in this case, mine totally disregarded here in Oakland. - yes, i do want to exercise my right to have my day in court. Playing in the park after dusk is not equal to assault & battery.

2) I'm not angry. This is the verbal ploy people use - people like you ( i say that because you used the word angry) to discredit the claim of the victimized. I actually have the right to be angry but i am not, anger doesn't motivate me nor what i do with my Art - i'm seeking JUSTICE, that's all. But you called me angry and its Sean who seems to have anger management issues. You neglected to identify the real anger. WHY? ..... Actually, the lack of anger is why we continue to be successful in spreading our message to protect and preserve our Culture and resist the Cultural Genocide that's being opposed upon us.

3) If we were in the park after dusk - CALL THE POLICE ..... and leave it at that. that doesn't give anyone the right to touch another person because they are not listening to them or doing what they want.... That's aggressive behavior, and if my friends we're not there to separate Sean from me there's no tell what story we would be discussing today. He was WRONG - you can't be a bully and think that's ok.

4) If Sean doesn't receive any punishment, this will send a poor message of our city to the world. It would not only protect but encourage this behavior. How can the actions of one resident cause so much conflict, discomfort, disease and go un addressed? Is this what you are advocating for?

You may not think race has anything to do with it, i totally disagree. Its selective prosecution on the part of the DAs office. If the roles were reversed and i have assaulted a white person - who wanted to continue to press charges - I would still be facing court dates and attorney fees.

5) Finally, Why are you so concerned how my name is listed in the Eastbay Express comments? WHY? ......For the record the name listing is associated with the FB log in - i didn't even type it myself it popped up automatically.

As a native Oaklander, my fight is to protect my city - the Town - from the advancements of outsiders who seek to change, destroy, wipe out our beautiful existing Oakland Culture and create a new one more like San Francisco. We had no intention of starting a movement but the actions that nite of Sean McDonald sent a thundering charge through out our communities. This is how we started the Soul of Oakland movement. Now here we will continue to stand, fight, struggle and organize for our rights to use public spaces, make joyful noises, drum in the parks, have affordable housing and general remain represented in the future picture of Oakland.


Posted by Theo A. Williams on 10/28/2015 at 9:49 AM

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


....... Pleasant Grove is the primary church cited but there have been other complaints but no fines for other churches.

Race and white privilege are the root issues of what transpired on Blood Moon Sunday Sept 27th .

My question:

How is Sean McDonald able to call the cops accumulating numerous hours of overtime, FALSELY accuse two good standing Oakland residents, commit ASSAULT on the Artistic Director of one of Oakland's known, welcomed and respected arts organizations, admitt in the public forum that he did commit assault ....... and the DA's office lets him walk - freely with out retribution? How does this happen? Is this justice to you?

This is not justice, this is selective prosecution. The DA's office and Nancy O'Mally were correct in dropping the charges against our drummers - there was NO Evidence there - however, my charges against Sean McDonald should be reinstated. He confessed this to the police and we have 10 or more witnesses to the assault.

Another social example why many of us have no faith or confidence in the justice system. There's no justice to be had.

This is a terrible message. It supports and tell other citizens that you can calling the police, make false accusations, take matters into your own has by committing assault and get off scotch free.

We will continue to organize and build support for our issues and the issues of Oakland's cultural artist community. This is far from over.

Theo A. Williams
Artistic Director
SambaFunk! Carnaval Explosion


Posted by Theo A. Williams on 10/26/2015 at 11:33 PM

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