What is a community activist? What are the rules of the community activist? And how do you monitor those rules?
As a person who has worked in this revolutionary movement for 16 years I always noticed how kids were used to serve an agenda they may not fully understand they are a part of. One day my teacher took us to meet some white people at some random hotel in San Francisco and talk about what is going on in our school. To this day I don’t know why we were there telling these white people our problems going in the school system.
On August 29, 2016 there will be a press conference featuring Regina Jackson and Libby Schaaf discussing the great community plan that will get community input on the new police chief. Now if you think this is great, I would say in some ways it will work. You get Regina Jackson, a community organizer and leader of East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC) to lead this. Sounds great.
Except this is not her cup of tea. She serves kids at her youth center, not create a committee where she is supposedly going to lead the community in talks with the police.
As of right now there are many anti-police and police watchdog organizations that should be at the front seat of this table. Someone like Cat Brooks should be there first. But Libby is smart. Or stupid depending on how you flip it.
Libby’s first day in office as mayor was going to the police station as a show of solidarity with the police force. The last mayor, Jean Quan, was not really supporting the cops like that. Occupy Oakland was confusing because of her ties with political organizations that supported Occupy Oakland and her new friends inside City Hall that supported the cops.
Libby has no problems with that because her political daddy, Jerry Brown, is pulling all the strings. If you know about Oakland politics, the police union is the strongest union in the city. That is why it is hard for people to de-fund them or create boards that could get more community say so in how they operate.
This has become a issue of late because the cops have a massive sex scandal on their hands. A sex scandal investigation that wasn’t started till May after the cop who started the sex scandal killed himself in October of last year leaving a note detailing his misconduct. After that they found out that multiple cops were using her as a sex slave. And the girl in question mother worked as a dispatcher for the police department.
This issue is big to me because it involves children. And since the investigation is ongoing Regina Jackson should not allow her children or organization to be involved in this. What if we found out one of the students from EOYDC was used as a sex slave? As a mandated reporter it scares me that Libby Schaaf has stated in numerous interviews that the public should not know what is going on when sex trafficking is huge in Oakland. This could involve multiple women who are underage and go to our schools.
I know people need to use these things as political leverage but using kids in a situation where the investigation involves kids is odd. We do need a police chief but we need to know what ways the mayor and the city administration are going to deal with a scandal that I see everyday. Furthermore take direct action to create a better relationship with the sex workers like having women patrol the strip instead of men.
I live on E. 14 in the 20’s and I see sex workers everyday. I also see the cops drive past them everyday. I have been since 2014, so I know where the suicidal cop pick Celeste Gaup up. It sickens me everyday knowing that I walk on this street and I see a cop talking to sex worker knowing potentially that he could be using her body.
This is a serious matter because some of the girls who work out there are not even from out here. So the police in multiple counties could communicate to each other about a potential sex worker they can pass around for sex, but they can’t figure where the girl is from or know how the pimps move to find out what city she is from. Are the cops really make a dent in this sex trade and if so what does that looks like?
Looking at the text messages from the cops to Celeste Gaup I don’t think they took their jobs seriously. Call me superman. Beds in the back of squad cars. Giving tips about when not to go to the blade because of raids. They would laugh about these things in their squad cars.
I think Regina Jackson should hold off on supporting this until the investigation is over. I think using kids is great way to help change key policies in government offices but I also think as regular adults we have to see ourselves as leaders too. You don’t have to be young, college educated, and boastful to be involved in this political process. This process should be handed to people who have dedicated their time to being police watchdgos because they knew that these cops are capable of doing such things when you have too much power and little oversight. So please do the right thing.
Below is a video dedicated to Libby