It goes down in the O.
Seems like something is always jumping off in this city. This place is hot, and a lot of folks are just tired of all this heat. Right now, the city is trying to balance their budgets on the backs of our black and brown children. They are closing schools in the “Flatlands” but not in the “Hills”. This of course makes it hard for poor people – single parent families. They will be forced to figure out a way insure their latchkey children make it safely to their new schools outside of their neighborhoods. Some will have to walk and cross major intersections and ‘hoods, both of which can be dangerous. These poor children will become sitting ducks for whatever lurks.
When I was bussed back in the day, our parents may not have liked it, but at least the system supplied a huge network of school buses to transport us little black and brown children to the white areas. Ironically, we caught those buses in front of our former neighborhood schools. But these days things are brutal, as there is no organized transportation for the children. As I see it, our children are being set up to fail, and eventually be funnelled into the economy of the prison industrial complex – the new plantation. And this is just one of the many problems our children face.
Less than two weeks earlier, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan dealt with her police chief, Anthony Batts’ resignation. He left because of entrenched corruption, and felt that his hands were tied to implement the changes to help Oakland for which he was originally hired by then Mayor Ron Dellums just two years earlier. He said that he only had about 20% power but 100% accountability. So he left and Quan was OK with it. I wonder how she feels now that the Occupy Oakland crisis has arisen. I’m glad for Anthony Batts, though. He got out just in time.
There’s a lot of chaos going on in Oakland, and in the world. But we hope and pray and work for order to come from this chaos. This is what revolution looks like.
- Occupy Oakland: Egyptian Protesters To Hold Pro-Occupy Rally Friday(huffingtonpost.com)
- Lee: Police brutality at Occupy Oakland (politico.com)
- http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_19211213 Occupy Oakland Considers a Citywide General Strike
- Oakland mayor backs down; will minimize Oakland police presence art OWS protest (americablog.com)
- Occupy Oakland: 10 questions police must answer over Scott Olsen injuries (guardian.co.uk)