Mr. Perata Shows His True Interests, Again

He Takes Up The Raider Cause Once More, This Time To Help Them Move Back Out Of Oakland
October 8, 2013

Yes, A Government Shutdown Is Sometimes Justified—But Not Over This Issue

Conservatives Are Not Fighting For Fundamental Rights In Seeking To Stop The Affordable Care Act
October 8, 2013

Drawing "Community Of Interest" Boundaries For The Oakland City Council Districts

With New District Lines Needed By The End Of The Year, A Suggestion For A Different Way To Do It
July 12, 2013

Mr. Tagami Strikes Back At My Oakland Army Base Development Columns And Stories

The Army Base Developer Argues That Reporters Shouldn't Have An Opinion About The Issues They Are Reporting About—Or Shouldn't Let Readers Know Those Opinions In Opinion Pieces Separate From Their News Articles—Or Maybe It's Just That The Developer Doesn't Like The Particular Opinons I Hold About His Development Project
April 17, 2013

Restorative Justice And Oakland Tagging

Some Things Still Need To Be Ironed Out In Oakland's Anti-Graffiti Ordinance
April 10, 2013

How Hardball Is Played In Oakland

To See How It's Played, Check Out The City Oversight Of Phil Tagami's Development Of The Old Oakland Army Base Property
April 3, 2013

A Continuing Critique Of Occupy Oakland

More Attempts At Understanding The Volatile Movement That Captured—For A Time—The City's Downtown Sector
March 26, 2013

So Who Tore Up Oakland This Time?

Occupy Oakland Or Not? It's All Very Confusing
March 20, 2013

Mr. Johnson's About-Face On Curing Oakland's Violence

Simply Hiring Big-Name Consultants Is Suddenly The Chronicle Columnist's Way To Go
March 13, 2013

Calling (Again) For A Long-Term Look At The Causes Of Oakland's Violence

Another Round Of Short-Term Solutions Proposed Following The Shooting At First Friday
March 6, 2013

The Time We Saved Oakland's Jewel From The Developers And Property Speculators

The Forgotten Story Of The Fight Over The Lake Merritt Channel That Followed The Passage Of Measure DD
February 27, 2013

The Legacy Of Occupy Oakland

A Quick Look Back At The Movement That So Impacted Our East Bay City In So Short A Time
February 20, 2013

The Tactic Of Disruption

Is It Being Overused Against Oakland City Government In The Post-Occupy Oakland Era?
February 13, 2013

In The Wake Of The First Friday Shooting

City Response Should Take Into Account The History Of Our Response To Festival And Crowd Violence
February 6, 2013

In Oakland's Graffiti Abatement, An Echo Of The (Failed) Sideshow Strategy

The City's New Anti-Graffiti Ordinance Fails To Ask "Why Are The Young People Tagging?"
January 29, 2013

A Profile Of Mr. Bratton's Stop-And-Frisk

A Controversial New Sheriff Comes To Oakland With A Consultant Contract In Hand
January 23, 2013

The Quick-Trigger "Solutions" To Oakland's Violence Problem

Because The Issue Is So Serious, More Serious Thought, Discussion, And Debate Is In Order
January 16, 2013

Will Murals Save Oakland From Graffiti?

Local Aerosol Artists Think Murals Are The Solution To Oakland's Exploding Graffiti Problem; I'm Not So Sure
January 9, 2013

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October 8 , 2013

I’m not one of those who believes that we should always let the federal government keep running along, unimpeded. There are times when I think a shutdown of the federal government is warranted, or would have been justified. It just depends upon the issue involved.        

Had I been alive in those times, I certainly would have supported shutting down the federal government until African-American slavery was ended, and I would have done the over the the issue of a federal anti-lynching law in 1918, when African-Americans were being butchered across the South by the hundreds by anti-Black white terrorists.     

Passage of the 19th Amendment—the amendment that gave voting rights to American women—was another such issue that warranted a federal shutdown to ensure, although given the fact that African-Americans, both women and men, in the South weren’t included in that guarantee in 1920, I might not have felt so charitable about the issue had I been around back then.   

I certainly would have felt that it was worth temporarily bringing down the federal government in 1965 if that would have ensured the passage of the Voting Rights Act that year, and would have felt the same about doing so to end the war in Vietnam or the war in Iraq, had it been presented as a viable organizational option in any of those cases. We shut down as much as it was in our power to do. [More...]