Archive for January, 2007

On today’s anti-war rally and a response to Marc Cooper

January 28, 2007

Marc Cooper has a critique of the anti-war rally in DC, which he appropriately titles “Sorta Dumb.” Go here.

Here’s my little commentary in response:

Before I headed over to the anti-war march in SF, I looked at CNN’s website to see what was happening at the East Coast protests. Well, there was Jane Fonda face ‘representin’ as the top news story. I just wonder which ding-a-lings at the organizing meetings pushed her as a speaker. Can we name names?

SF had decent numbers but nowhere near as large (or rowdy) like the protests at the beginning of the war. We marched to a local labor struggle (http://alcatrazunion.com/), which all things considered was an intelligent connection to make IMO.

As far as the war goes in Iraq, I think putting a little Marx in our analysis might help. There is no way that the American capitalist class is going to leave and risk a likely spreading of the war into other countries. Not because of any concern for Middle Eastern lives, but because they don’t want chaos in the world’s oil region. Iraq might be in chaos but at this point its contained to a small region.

If enough pressure is asserted by the American public, we could expect some type of faux “retreat” to Kuwait or Kurdistsan or somewhere close by. There the US can set up base and jump back in and put a lid on things when and if necessary. Also the US will accomplish one of its goals in this war which is to maintain military bases in the region.

While I mostly agree with Marc here about the rally, I would disagree with thinking that the democrat party politicians on the whole are anything more than anti-war posers. Sorry I can’t offer any holistic solutions because the situation looks fucked.

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Black/Latino conflict

January 23, 2007

www.blackprof.com has been having some discussion on black and latino relations or divisions. Here’s my comment (check link for original post):

During the very recent swearing in ceremony of Oakland’s new (black) mayor Ron Dellums, a few of his black supporters yelled racial slurs at his mayoral race’s opponent (Latino) Ignacio De La Fuente.

http://www.insidebayarea.com/search//ci_4999582

Having worked in some different urban immigrant communities, my impression is that many immigrant Latinos, as well as Chinese, Vietnamese, Arab are simply scared of black people. Oakland is a city with serious out of control crime/violence and a lot immigrants to some degree blame black people as the problem. While there is a definetly anti-black sentiments within Latino immigrants, they are not the only group harboring them just the largest.

Different immigrants communities definetly don’t see themselves as some larger romantized people of color. They see themselves as Mexican, Salvadorean, Korean, Chinese etc.

By reading some of the comments here clearly there are some that want to throw on gasoline onto this sometimes below the surface conflict. I would suggest that a (working) class perspectve that emphasizes what people have to gain through crossracial/cultural solidarity is the only antidote.

The continued emphasis of narrow ethnic agendas (or identity politics) will get the exploited of the world nowhere, It’s too bad the some progressive intellectuals continue to walk around in this cul de sac. However, I think that BlackProf is doing the right thing in laying this problem on the table, despite all the knuckleheads that love to exploit these divisions.

Oakland Homicides #1,2,3, and 4

January 15, 2007

While San Francisco has experienced a homicide surge of 14 murders in 17 days, Oakland is going at its more usual consistent rate of 4 homicides for the first of half of January 2007.

Homicide #1: A 24-year-old man found shot on Jan. 3rd on an East Oakland street became Oakland’s first homicide victim of 2007. He was identified as Verdair Laroy Mosley, also known as Curtis Twiggs. A tow truck driver spotted Mosley lying on the pavement in the 900 block of 89th Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene at 11:35 p.m.
Homicide Sgt. Rick Andreotti said police believe Mosley was killed elsewhere and left on 89th Avenue.

Homicide #2: A North Oakland man was shot to death outside his home Sunday night, moments after parking his van in the driveway, police said.
Killed was Ernest C. Johnson, 41, who lived in the 6100 block of Baker Street.
He was shot about 8:45 p.m. Sunday just after parking his van in the driveway. He had left the house a few hours earlier.
Police officers gave him CPR until paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said they so far have no motive for the killing and no suspects.

Homicide #3: A guy killed in an argument over a parking space. Samuel Navarro, 33, was shot about 7:50 p.m. on Pearl Street between Harrison Street and Fairmount Avenue. Apparentely a father of two children.

Homicide #4: An unnamed homeless women was murdered near in a flood control canal behind an East Oakland recreation center was killed, police said.

A homeless man collecting cans found the body about 11:30 a.m. in the canal behind the recreation center on the 5800 block of International Boulevard.
He told a recreation center employee, who called police.
Morris said police believe she was killed where found “and was there less than a day.”
He said police have no ideas for the possible motive yet, and no arrests have been made.
Police think she lived at a nearby homeless encampment.
That belief was echoed by some bystanders who said they had seen the woman in the area before and thought she was homeless.
The woman is described as white, between 30 and 40 years old, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

(information from Oakland Tribune)

Oakland’s Bloodbath: 555 homicides in 5 years

January 15, 2007

The SF Chronicle reports on Oaklands escalating homicide problem. Oakland is #2 (after Compton) in California and #8 in the US in per capita homicides.

A Plague of Killing: here.

Living Among the Killing: here.

2oo6 oakland homicide map: here

Voices of concern: here

Bay Area anti-war protests Thursday against Bush’s escalation

January 10, 2007

If you haven`t heard the news Bush plans to announce on Wednesday to escalate US troop involvement by 20,000 in Iraq. I can`t say I`m very inspired about the anti-war movement in this country. While the general population has been moving more and more against the Iraq war, the anti-war movement seems to be going in the opposite direction– shrinking instead of growing. Would it be wishful thinking to hope for a large and defiant response to Bush’s State of the Union address? Probably, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Anyways here’s some protests Thursday around the bay area:

  • Oakland
    – 4:30 p.m. at Thornhill Drive and Moraga Avenue in the Montclair section
    – 5 p.m. at the Fruitvale BART station
    – 6 p.m. at the Rockridge BART station
  • Berkeley
    – 5 p.m. on the bicycle/pedestrian bridge over I-80 at Addison Street
    – 6 p.m. at the Downtown Berkeley BART station
  • Alameda
    – 6:30 p.m. at Alameda City Hall, Oak Street and Central Avenue
  • San Francisco
    – 3 p.m. at the military recruiting center, 670 Davis St. (World Can’t Wait)
    – 5 p.m. at Market and Powell streets, near the Powell BART station (A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition)
    – 6 p.m. at Market and Post streets, near the Montogomery BART station (CODEPINK)
  • El Cerrito
    – 4 p.m. at San Pablo Avenue and Hill Street, near the Del Norte BART station
  • Mountain View
    – 12 p.m. at El Camino Real and San Antonio Blvd. (Raging Grannies)
  • Palo Alto
    – 4:30 p.m. at El Camino Real and Embarcadero Road (Peninsula Peace & Justice Center)
  • For a listing of nation-wide protests go here.