photo Ken Johnson
I'd love to hear him speak on our Black Arts Movement Business District as well as police/community relations. Again, forgive me for charging you with supporting police abuse under the color of law. For sure, though, it is the community's perception that you show more sympathy for the OPD than their safety. And we need to see the OPD officers express a radical change of attitude since they work for us, we don't work for them. I would like to see more Black officers in the downtown area but not with the arrogance of the past. We need them to mix with the people and show a positive attitude. I know you are Mayor of all the people, but you must care about the least of us. Lastly, I saw video footage of parolees evicting the homeless and disposing their property during the rain. We think a more appropriate time could and should be considered, especially when we know there is probably not enough shelters to accommodate them.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf responds to Marvin X Letter of 1/20/16
Alprentice Bunchy Carter
Carter was one of most handsome Black men
in the BLM, a former leader of the seven thousand member
Los Angeles Slauson Street gang, poet
and Cleaver's co-chair of the Soledad Prison
Black Culture Club that was the beginning
of the American Prison Movement.
Left to Right: Aubrey LaBrie, Marvin X, Abdul Sabrey, Al Young, Arthur
royalties by default after Cleaver went into exile from America.
Ironically, a few days before I performed his memorial service
in Oakland, her Pacifica house slid down the hill in a mudslide.
I didn't know she was at the memorial until years later when I
viewed the video of the memorial.
Bunchy was killed in the BSU meeting room on the campus of UCLA, along
Comrade John Huggins
Black Panthers in Sacramento
Newark, NJ Mayor Ras Baraka and Marvin X
For sure, we are at war with the oppressor and the police are his first line of defense. Many of us are in denial we are at war until one of our children are killed. The tragedy is that there is no Black family in America that has not been impacted by police actions under the color of law, not to mention incarceration.
We know for a fact police behavior is quite different in the white community than in our community.
I've lived among white people in Castro Valley and they don't even treat Black people the same as they treat us a few miles away in Oakland. The son of a rich friend of mine was repeatedly stopped for speeding and driving without a license in Castro Valley. Did the police kill the boy? No. Did they give him a ticket? No. They called his father to come get the car and his son. Yes, they knew the father was a rich Black man so they treated him with respect. Once the youth had a party that got loud so neighbors called the police. Of course the youth were drinking and smoking. When the police came, they only wanted to know if there was an adult at the house. When I came to the door, the police said, "Are you the adult here, Sir?" I said, "Yes, Sir." The police said, "Good night, Sir."
Now we know money ain't gonna save you all the time, ask Harvard's Skip Gates! But we know if those armed white men in Oregon were Black, they would have surrendered or they'd be dead by now. Still we must make a way out of no way. We cannot continue going to funerals of our children from police homicide under the color of law or Black on Black homicide due to our addiction to white supremacy. We must arise from this morass of savagery. We must regain our self respect and demand others respect us.
Press Release from Black Lives Matter
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chinyere Tutashinda 510-698-3800 x409 October 29, 2015
Mayor Schaaf Needs Better Plan for Oakland’s Black Residents
Black Lives Matter Bay Area Responds to 2015 State of the City Address
Oakland, CA. — Mayor Libby Schaaf delivered her first State of the City address yesterday, laying out four priorities for Oakland: community safety, equitable jobs and housing, responsible infrastructure, and responsive and transparent government. Despite use of terms like “safety,” “equitable,” “responsible” and “transparent,” Mayor Schaaf’s policies have not lived up to these values and won’t make Black lives matter.
Instead of fostering community safety, Schaaf has overseen the oversized and brutal policing of Oakland’s Black residents and other people of color. This summer alone, six Black men were killed by police officers in Oakland. While Schaaf indicated that citizen complaints against OPD have been declining, she failed to acknowledge why. Residents of Oakland have lost faith in the review process, and have repeatedly demanded a community review process with real enforcement power. Schaaf’s solution is to hire more officers, which will not, and has not ever, increased safety for residents.
Instead of developing equitable jobs and housing, Mayor Schaaf’s proposal to build 15,000 new housing units includes only 1,000 (fewer than 7 percent) affordable housing units. In the face of skyrocketing rents, building more expensive homes will not alleviate the health and wealth disparities that disproportionately disadvantage Black residents of Oakland. Black residents have long demanded rent control with clear definitions of low income, a moratorium on foreclosures, community benefits agreements for all new development, and a Black business and arts district in East and West Oakland.
Instead of investing in responsible infrastructure, Mayor Schaaf has legitimized the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board’s continuous pursuit of charges against the Black Friday 14, a team of Black Lives Matter activists in Oakland that participated in a nationwide direct action to call attention to the unchecked murders of Black people by law enforcement officers. This is not only a gross miscarriage of justice, but also shifts accountability from BART officials who allow their armed officers to kill and brutalize Black bodies with impunity. Mayor Schaaf and the District Attorney’s office must drop the charges, now.
Instead of promoting responsive and transparent government, in response to community protests against police violence toward Black women and girls, Mayor Libby Schaaf passed a rule, without public process or proper notification, forbidding protest after dark. As a result, hundreds of Black women and girls were repeatedly attacked, teargassed and jailed by the OPD. The ban stopped being enforced after large numbers of Oakland residents refused to adhere to it, but remains on the books.
Despite the dramatic inclusion of a large slide bearing the words Black Lives Matter during her address—Schaaf failed, just as dramatically, to deliver real solutions to the health, wealth and safety disparities that disproportionately disadvantage Black residents of Oakland. In short, Schaaf’s plan will hurt Black lives, not improve them.
Instead of a plan that would improve the lives of Black Oakland residents, Schaaf focused on turning Oakland into a “kinder, more inclusive tech hub” through “tech-quity.” This catch phrase is being used to sell Oakland to the highest bidder, while maintaining its brand. But Oakland’s record of social activism, our history of Blackness, and our cultural infrastructure is not a brand and is not for sale.
In a letter to Uber executives, Schaaf defined tech-quity as providing “equitable access to top-notch training and jobs for our residents and fostering our local technology sector’s growth so it leads to shared prosperity.” For Black residents of Oakland, there is no equity or prosperity in plans that use policing and racial profiling, rising housing costs and other environmental factors to force the migration of one set of poorer residents to make room for another, wealthier, mostly whiter, set. We need a plan for all of us.
Launched by Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors in 2012, #BlackLivesMatter is a unique contribution to oppose the extra-judicial killings of Black people and win basic rights and dignity for all Black people, everywhere. Black Lives Matter Bay Area is one of over 20 chapters in and outside of the United States.