From:   Gabriel Johnson <gabjoh2@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Wednesday, November 02, 2011 8:36:59 PM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Fwd: Oakland police's open letter
 

…and that's why we invite them down to the park for some teach-ins on intersectionality.

(No, I'm not saying that we're gonna be able to wipe out injustice with some information sessions. But the first steps are the hearts and minds, and if we tell any ordinary person that they are unreformable, then I… well I would have to take exception to that.)

(Also: powerful stuff indeed!)

--glj

On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 10:22 PM, Doug Singsen <dougsingsen@gmail.com> wrote:
Remember, these are the same people who shot Oscar Grant in the back and terrorize the Black community of Oakland on a daily basis. This is a police force known and hated for its routine harrassment and brutality. This letter is as much a political ploy as Quan's statement that she now "supports" the protesters. They are just running for cover because they are under fire. They do not deserve our sympathy or support.

Doug


On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 10:19 PM, gail zawacki <witsendnj@gmail.com> wrote:
Is this for real???  Powerful stuff!


On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 10:07 PM, Liliana Gomez <liligomez13@gmail.com> wrote:


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Patricia Rios <patricia.v.rios@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 9:52 PM
Subject: Oakland police's open letter
To: ocupawallstenespanol@googlegroups.com


 

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland from the

Oakland Police Officers’ Association


We represent the 645 police officers who work hard every day to protect the citizens of Oakland. We, too, are the 99% fighting for better working conditions, fair treatment and the ability to provide a living for our children and families. We are severely understaffed with many City beats remaining unprotected by police during the day and evening hours.


As your police officers, we are confused.


On Tuesday, October 25th, we were ordered by Mayor Quan to clear out the encampments at Frank Ogawa Plaza and to keep protesters out of the Plaza. We performed the job that the Mayor’s Administration asked us to do, being fully aware that past protests in Oakland have resulted in rioting, violence and destruction of property.


Then, on Wednesday, October 26th, the Mayor allowed protesters back in – to camp out at the very place they were evacuated from the day before.


To add to the confusion, the Administration issued a memo on Friday, October 28th to all City workers in support of the "Stop Work" strike scheduled for Wednesday, giving all employees, except for police officers, permission to take the day off.


That’s hundreds of City workers encouraged to take off work to participate in the protest against "the establishment." But aren’t the Mayor and her Administration part of the establishment they are paying City employees to protest? Is it the City’s intention to have City employees on both sides of a skirmish line?


It is all very confusing to us.


Meanwhile, a message has been sent to all police officers: Everyone, including those who have the day off, must show up for work on Wednesday. This is also being paid for by Oakland taxpayers. Last week’s events alone cost Oakland taxpayers over $1 million.


The Mayor and her Administration are beefing up police presence for Wednesday’s work strike they are encouraging and even "staffing," spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for additional police presence – at a time when the Mayor is also asking Oakland residents to vote on an $80 parcel tax to bail out the City’s failing finances.


All of these mixed messages are confusing.


We love Oakland and just want to do our jobs to protect Oakland residents. We respectfully ask the citizens of Oakland to join us in demanding that our City officials, including Mayor Quan, make sound decisions and take responsibility for these decisions. Oakland is struggling – we need real leaders NOW who will step up and lead – not send mixed messages. Thank you for listening.

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