Vintage posrcard, City Hall, Oakland, http://www.flickr.com/photos/vintagehalloweencollector/2765723942/
if you don't speak up, your opinion won't be counted.
Your online support of the Gang Injunctions is
requested. If you oppose them, just do the opposite of what I'm suggesting.
If you're like most of us, you don't have the time or
energy to go to city council meetings and sit for hours
waiting to speak. So check the box on the online card
"wish to speak" as No unless you might be able to come.
If you do come and decide not to speak, you should give
your time to either Max Allstadt or Don Link, or any other
speaker you chose to so verbally at the council meeting.
go right to the card.
See the agenda at
meeting of Redevelopment and City Council”, May 17th
On the left hand side of the page, you can identify
your councilmember and contact them with your opinion on
this before the meeting.
It is especially important to
contact Rebecca Kaplan, the at large member, and Pat
Kernighan, because they are considered to be the “swing
votes” on the GI item. Many of these votes are decided
before the meetings. So please contact those council
members and cc your own member.
Fill out the online card
Agenda item = 11 Gang Injunction.
Comm/Council Name = your council member’s name (if you
do not know it, go to
Comm/council date = Tuesday 5/17/2011 .
Chose Speak or Do Not wish to speak.
Then hit “select”. You will get a confirmation. Print
that out or copy and paste it where you can find it if
you go to the meeting to prove you registered.
North Oakland and Fruitvale Gang Injunctions.
Council members Nadel and Brooks want to derail the Gang
Injunctions by requesting levels of cost benefit
accounting that they have never demanded of any youth
violence prevention programs in the past. In addition
they want an investigation into whether implementing a
Gang Injuction will reduce property values in the affected areas.
(I read that and had to laugh. As if
the news reports of shootings and the cop cars racing
around didn't already take care of that.) Much of the
cost of implementing the Gang Injunctions have been
defending the City from the pro bono opposition of a few
lawyers and youth groups. There has been a Gang
Injunction successfully in place in North Oakland for
about a year. No reported civil rights lawsuits have
resulted. Significant violence drops in the same time
No one believes this is a panacea for crime. No one
believes it can solve long term causes of crime. The
Gang Injunction includes safeguards for civil liberties
that will have to be vigorously monitored. It is
designed as triage to reduce violence in the short and
midterm, making those areas less dangerous for people
going about their daily lives. It is carefully aimed at gangbangers.
There are many causes of crime and many of them are
outside of local control. We need to try many techniques.
We need to give them time to work, and we
need to collect and evaluate stats on their
effectiveness over time.
For background info
If you’re fed up with the perpetual violence of this
City, and its effect on all of us and economic
development, please consider speaking at the council.
Unfortunately, it will be packed by opponents of the
Gang Injunction, who have misled young people into
believing it will abridge their civil rights.
-len raphael, temescal
Read more--and discuss--right here: Oakland City Attorney, Chief of Police bail on Council meeting on gang injunctions (Analysis) http://bit.ly/mD40UR