Sons (and Daughters) of Anarchy
Article provides much-needed insight into Occupy Oakland: This is a superb article, far and away the best piece of post-May Day Occupy Oakland coverage I've read ["Unmasking the Anarchists," Kate Conger, feature, 5/9]. Conger takes readers behind the façade of radical propaganda and gives them a rare glimpse of Occupy Oakland's secretive organizers plying their cynical tactics. Bravo!
Irony of Occupier interviews is lost on reader: Glorifying such a misled, under-informed and self-important movement — it's sad, really. So much energy wasted that could've been used to be productive. Occupy is misguided, and frankly, borders on domestic terrorism in regard to the black bloc. I'm thinking of other groups that wore masks and did extreme acts in the name of making their idea of a positive change, and the first one that comes to mind is the Klan. Another misguided effort. I think the article in the Chronicle, which noted some of the irony of the movement, was more accurate and captures the real feelings that the true 99 percent have toward Occupy: Even they don't know what they want.
Reader reminds writer not all Occupiers are anarchists: Really? What are people going to do, revoke their Occupy membership? Have meeting after meeting to throw them out of a movement? Folks need to be vocal about what they support, and show respect to communities instead of using them as forums for some to work through their political tableaus. The more Occupiers who stand up and say "this is not us," the further these marginal tactics get marginalized. Direct action gets the goods. Leveraging organization and numbers to shut down financial districts will get their attention. Smashing windows in neighborhood commercial districts will not. Most anarchists don't wear uniforms, just like most queers don't wear glitter. A person can tell [Occupiers] from their conduct, most of which is productive and builds community, not by clothes. Occupiers don't trash whole classes of people for the actions of a few zealots. I fear anyone who has to wear special clothes to make their point and demonstrate their sentiments, be they religious, political, or cop.
Blog Comments of the Week
All social media sites host users' opinions: Yelp is like any other site: YouTube, iTunes, Twitter, Facebook ["Digital Civil Rights Group Says Yelp Isn't Responsible for Bad Reviews," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 5/7]. Every site that offers user interaction will have some items considered reviews. It is opinion. The judicial system cannot make a rational decision if its life depended on it.
In last week's examination of a 98-year-old sheriff's department scandal ["Wife vs. Sheriff: The Prequel," Joe Eskenazi, May 9], we reported that Sheriff Frederick Eggers fired Undersheriff Thomas Klevesahl for the latter's role in a recall petition. Actually, Eggers fired Klevesahl beforehand, which led his former right-hand man to participate in the recall petition. Then Eggers swore out an arrest warrant for Klevesahl on charges of alleged forgery.