The Ella Baker Center is a local organization I throw money at on the odd occasion I have some spare (or when I am feeling particularly angry that people are willing tear apart my city protesting a cop shooting a kid, but couldn't give a fuck less about the many other young black men and women killed here on a weekly basis.) is having a community service day for Oakland on Saturday, August 13th.

I have signed up for a tree planting project, which, while doesn't address youth violence issues, will hopefully make neighborhoods look less blight-ridden.
Officials said the main instigators appeared to be organized "anarchist" agitators wearing black clothing and hoods. Many of the most aggressive demonstrators smashing the windows of banks and shops were white.

No fucking shit. I really want to smack folks. In particular, I want to head over to places like Revolution Bookstore and throw bricks through windows.

It takes a special variety of self-entitled privilege to instigate havoc, getting yourself and those weak enough to follow your lead arrested. Particularly when you, as a white person, douche-bag though you may be, almost certainly have more resources to care for you post-arrest than those whose cause you have shanghaied.
I am angry that several businesses in my neighborhood have been boarded up since last Friday. The ones that aren't all have Oscar Grant posters prominently displayed such that it feels less a sign of solidarity and support and more a tribute to a protection racket.

Despite that (though perhaps because of), I find myself in stitches over this site http://isoaklandburning.com/ (by way of [livejournal.com profile] cardboard_dream)

(For non-locals. A black man who was on his stomach in the process of being arrested on New Years of 2009 was shot in the back by the white arresting officer. This was witnessed by an entire train full of people and caught on video. An originally peaceful protest a week later turned into a riot with broken windows and burning cars (later easily believable rumors suggests that the turn to rioting was instigated by a group of predominantly white anarchists.) The officer in question is now on trial in Southern California with an entirely white jury without any black jurists. A verdict was expected Friday, then Tuesday, now possibly today.)
It should be noted that a lecture titles "CPR for singles" is probably not about first aid if it is being given by Dr. Carol Queen.


(To our credit, my neighbor and I had been talking about first aid and search and rescue stuff immediately before deciding to poke our heads into the session. Grace was still looking incredibly perplexed at what engorged clitorises had to do with anything when I caught on that it was for resuscitating sex lives.)
For those of you who can make it, the Oakland Museum of California is having a grand opening event and is free and open till 6PM. If you happen to be reading this in the wee hours, you could go now.

Yes, now.

If you happen to be up and moving closer to 8am, you could go then, too. There will be a yoga class, a pancake breakfast, and something called "Miller's Bubble Project."

Having just left (at around 1:30) and the place was packed with folks still arriving, I can't imagine that it will be any less of a blast between now and close.
Is there an effective liberal-friendly way to improve a city which is broke and crime ridden? I am actually looking for cites of success rather than theory or instances where it should have worked but for some small detail.

In particular I have been looking for examples of mayors who improved their city's reputation for safety and fiscal well being but I haven't found many positive examples. Giuliani's effect on NYC is notable, but the tough on crime police tactics ended up lots of claims of civil rights abuses, and I have heard that his solution for homelessness and poverty was "to give everyone a one-way ticket to Albany".

LA's Mayor Bradley was incredibly popular, but I don't know enough about what LA's trajectory was commercially and crime-wise was before and after his tenure. Also there was that whole police brutality issue brought to light by the Rodney King beating as well as the riots. The 80's were known for gang wars and the War on Drugs, the long lasting effects of which are currently plaguing us weren't existent when he came to office.
I discovered at 1am this morning that Bonnie Prince Billy is playing tonight (and last night) sold out shows in Oakland. I really would have liked to see him play.

Additionally, The Devil Makes Three is playing in the same venue (very close to home) while I am in Dallas, so I can't make that one either.

It would be nice to see shows that I can get to without having to worry about what time BART stops (heh, and aren't at the Gilman).
This article on foreclosed homes causing blight had me researching California's adverse possession laws.

While I don't think I could manage the five years required for ownership... it does have me wondering how feasible squatting actually could be. Just as an abstract. I am pretty sure that the hassle of getting booted after a few months wouldn't be worth the effort of trying.

On the other hand, I pay relatively low rent for the area, but given my current insufficiently employed status, even that is a stretch. Getting a cheaper/free stay from the title holder by maintaining the place might be something worth looking into, even if chasing a pipedream.
This article on foreclosed homes causing blight had me researching California's adverse possession laws.

While I don't think I could manage the five years required for ownership... it does have me wondering how feasible squatting actually could be. Just as an abstract. I am pretty sure that the hassle of getting booted after a few months wouldn't be worth the effort of trying.

On the other hand, I pay relatively low rent for the area, but given my current insufficiently employed status, even that is a stretch. Getting a cheaper/free stay from the title holder by maintaining the place might be something worth looking into, even if chasing a pipedream.
May 5th, Frank Ogawa Plaza: 7:30 meet, 7:45 rules and team breakdown.

8:00 Game On.
May 5th, Frank Ogawa Plaza: 7:30 meet, 7:45 rules and team breakdown.

8:00 Game On.
I believe there is merit to the broken window theory, but it isn't only taggers, loiters, and building owners that need to be addressed. While riding to West Oakland Bart from Lake Merritt BART I noticed surface area of billboards with adds peeling off than of tags.

Oakland has financial woes, so given limited funds, it makes more sense to start fining Clear Channel (who has money) than trying to catch and fine taggers who generally don't have money.

(related link via [livejournal.com profile] xthread: broken windo theory experiment)
I believe there is merit to the broken window theory, but it isn't only taggers, loiters, and building owners that need to be addressed. While riding to West Oakland Bart from Lake Merritt BART I noticed surface area of billboards with adds peeling off than of tags.

Oakland has financial woes, so given limited funds, it makes more sense to start fining Clear Channel (who has money) than trying to catch and fine taggers who generally don't have money.

(related link via [livejournal.com profile] xthread: broken windo theory experiment)
3 officers dead, one critically wounded, Suspect also dead.

I don't have any idea of how Oakland communities, groups, or neighborhoods are going to respond to this, but do have a sense that this will notably affect things.

I had heard that 4 officers had been shot, just before leaving work, but didn't get the details till midway through a late dinner with friends (ah,the ubiquitous iphone phenomena). Onthe subject of Oakland crime[livejournal.com profile] rissymonster told me that three people had been shot (non-fatally) in a hold up two blocks away the other night. Apparently an armed robber came into the grocery store in the basement of the Jackson Lake building and one of the customers started fighting back. The robber fired, hitting the employee and two of the customers, but not injuring them such that they couldn't subdue him, beat him up with a barbell, and then handcuff him till police arrived. (In Oakland armed robberies and homicides aren't particularly newsworthy, so I can find nothing about this in the papers).

On its own, the second event makes me wonder if this is just an incident of the robber having a bad day or a sign that people have finally hit the "had enough" point and we are going to see more incidents of both violent self-defense and vigilantism. But I feel it has more weight in the context of having had four cops seriously injured and killed by a poster child for brutal crime problems in Oakland is worrisome.
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3 officers dead, one critically wounded, Suspect also dead.

I don't have any idea of how Oakland communities, groups, or neighborhoods are going to respond to this, but do have a sense that this will notably affect things.

I had heard that 4 officers had been shot, just before leaving work, but didn't get the details till midway through a late dinner with friends (ah,the ubiquitous iphone phenomena). Onthe subject of Oakland crime[livejournal.com profile] rissymonster told me that three people had been shot (non-fatally) in a hold up two blocks away the other night. Apparently an armed robber came into the grocery store in the basement of the Jackson Lake building and one of the customers started fighting back. The robber fired, hitting the employee and two of the customers, but not injuring them such that they couldn't subdue him, beat him up with a barbell, and then handcuff him till police arrived. (In Oakland armed robberies and homicides aren't particularly newsworthy, so I can find nothing about this in the papers).

On its own, the second event makes me wonder if this is just an incident of the robber having a bad day or a sign that people have finally hit the "had enough" point and we are going to see more incidents of both violent self-defense and vigilantism. But I feel it has more weight in the context of having had four cops seriously injured and killed by a poster child for brutal crime problems in Oakland is worrisome.
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"I feel like the night is going great," said Nia Sykes, 24, of San Francisco, one of the demonstrators. "I feel like Oakland should make some noise. This is how we need to fight back. It's for the murder of a black male."

Sykes, who is black, had little sympathy for the owner of Creative African Braids.

"She should be glad she just lost her business and not her life," Sykes said. She added that she did have one worry for the night: "I just hope nobody gets shot or killed."


(from this article)

Dear Ms. Sykes:

Um, do you know how many black males (and a few females) were murdered in Oakland last year?

What the fuck were you thinking? Your (and your fellow protesters) behavior now looks callow and hypocritical. Totally pointless and arbitrary.

This senseless destroying of a mostly black neighborhood really reads as "Black folk in Oakland are wild, violent, and unpredictable. Is it a wonder the cops are trigger itchy?"

Grow up and do something better for your community than rioting.

-really pissed off that you all attacked my neighbors.

(My neighbor took this picture of a car across the street)
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"I feel like the night is going great," said Nia Sykes, 24, of San Francisco, one of the demonstrators. "I feel like Oakland should make some noise. This is how we need to fight back. It's for the murder of a black male."

Sykes, who is black, had little sympathy for the owner of Creative African Braids.

"She should be glad she just lost her business and not her life," Sykes said. She added that she did have one worry for the night: "I just hope nobody gets shot or killed."


(from this article)

Dear Ms. Sykes:

Um, do you know how many black males (and a few females) were murdered in Oakland last year?

What the fuck were you thinking? Your (and your fellow protesters) behavior now looks callow and hypocritical. Totally pointless and arbitrary.

This senseless destroying of a mostly black neighborhood really reads as "Black folk in Oakland are wild, violent, and unpredictable. Is it a wonder the cops are trigger itchy?"

Grow up and do something better for your community than rioting.

-really pissed off that you all attacked my neighbors.

(My neighbor took this picture of a car across the street)
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...which is good, given than my neighborhood was close to ground zero for some violent protests.

I am glad I missed it, but I am kinda pissed that it is happening now:

All you folks protesting, I have finally watched the video. It was brutal and really looked absolutely unnecessary. No, it should not have happened, and no it should not be treated lightly.

But I have to question: where has all your outrage been for every other homicide? Why the fuck aren't any other of the young black men killed last year or who will be killed this year worth your action? If you really care about some poor black kid's life, what are you doing to prevent another one from being shot? Not just by a police officer but by some other poor black kid...
...which is good, given than my neighborhood was close to ground zero for some violent protests.

I am glad I missed it, but I am kinda pissed that it is happening now:

All you folks protesting, I have finally watched the video. It was brutal and really looked absolutely unnecessary. No, it should not have happened, and no it should not be treated lightly.

But I have to question: where has all your outrage been for every other homicide? Why the fuck aren't any other of the young black men killed last year or who will be killed this year worth your action? If you really care about some poor black kid's life, what are you doing to prevent another one from being shot? Not just by a police officer but by some other poor black kid...
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( Jan. 1st, 2009 11:30 pm)
Compared with 127 in 2007, and 145 in 2006.

Still too fucking many.
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