Tim Bolling 
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Re: “Jean Quan's Dilemma

Re: “Jean Quan's Dilemma”
Mr. Pine, I have to disagree. Occupy Oakland has gone off point because of the recent history of police brutality in Oakland. We have been through several years of frequent and large street protests against police brutality spurred by deaths by police. When Mayor Quan agreed to evict the Occupy camp at the end of October, she surely expected it to be done with the non-violent finesse in which former Chief Batts controlled crowds during those two years of protests, as he had left only a week before, and his second-in-command was now in charge.

However, Ignacio de la Fuente and acting police Chief Howard Jordan over-stepped Mayor Quan's wishes for non-violent crowd control, most likely as a means to smear Mayor Quan's name as she was out of town in Washington, D.C., procuring funds for the city of Oakland. Chief Jordan is still allowing his forces to take non-lethal but very injurious pot shots at non-violent Occupy protestors, which are well-documented on video.

Mayor Quan quite admirably wishes to avoid the very real possibility of bloodshed in the streets and negotiate a solution; though it is doubtful she'll have much success, as the actions of De La Fuente and Chief Jordan have done much to fan the flames of hostile anarchists within Occupy Oakland - though many of us are demanding a resolution denouncing violence in OO events, there is much anger.

The upshot is that you are focused on the wrong individual as the cause of Oakland's current problems - very clearly Mr. De La Fuente is spearheading the hostilities which beleaguer our fair city. Mr. Ping, perhaps you are more interested in continuing the violence in order to oust a political outsider, chosen by the people of Oakland as their mayor, and subvert our democracy. You may recall the election's motto, "Anybody but Perata." You're priming my city for eventual tragic bloodshed if you continue with plans for your misguided recall.

Clearly the correct course of action is to call for accountability and responsibility by those who have put Mayor Quan, and the city of Oakland, in this lose-lose position: the city council and the chief of police.

Posted by Tim Bolling on 11/13/2011 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Letters for November 19

How to protest and influence people

I saw a news clip about the city hall Stop the H8te protests the other night. It showed the SF march, led by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (trying to look very solemn and determined) followed by normal-looking people. Does anybody see the problem with this? To somebody who voted for Prop 8, or is conflicted about the issue, the face of the movement is a bunch of freaks in makeup, lampooning Christianity. This is not the way to gain favor and persuade opinion; it perpetuates stereotypes and goads those whose support you seek. Contrast that to the civil rights marches, with photos of blacks and whites arm-in-arm in the front lines. That showed what they were trying to accomplish.

I love the Sisters and what they stand for, don’t get me wrong-but the face of the Stop the H8te movement MUST be the everyday people that it consists of, not the side the sets it apart from the very society that it’s trying to reach.

Posted by Tim Bolling on 11/19/2008 at 11:01 AM

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