No need to dream Kathy, come join the Eureka Fair Wage Initiative in registering Eureka's neglected working families that need a raise out of public services.
The culture wars in this county are old and tiresome. "Good Old Boys" have had power long enough and it's long past time they pay their dues to the human race and embrace the diverse cultures by accommodating all of us, equally. Yes, I'm a dreamer.
I understand your skepticism.
But I find skepticism so debilitating and I hate being a victim, so I just try to do what I can where I can...
By the way, I used your photo in https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-uTx6Hua…
I can't help but see things in cost perspective, as the public's money is always an issue. Over $20,000 of our tax money was just spent to pay for the planning commission to illegally rewrite less than a printed page of land use documents. $20,000 for a handful of closed-door meetings that nobody asked for. Less than half that amount of money could and should be infinitely better spent cleaning up a spontaneous holiday in a public place formed by the people themselves to do nothing more than celebrate eachother's freedom to be free. That cleanup money means paychecks for the county's diligent grunt workers as well. It is money very well spent any way you look at it. When was the last time in human history such an event as 4/20 occurred? Military operations involving death and mayhem? 4/20 and such events as the now-defunct plaza gathering on Halloween are genuine peaceful holidays for and by the people sans government direction. In fact, counter to government direction. That's a very VERY good thing! It's a phenomenon that should be embraced. I agree completely with marcy's take on the disillusioning methods of squelching public gatherings. It's like the concept of freedom being redefined altogether, in "the land of the free" of all places.
Good luck with that freedom thing, it's been a joke since 9/11
I have an addition to this proud list of assemblies, though it probably maxed at about 25 brave souls. In 2003, after a few months of weekly Women in Black vigils in front of the Fortuna Vets Hall we were asked to leave and told the police might be called to arrest us for trespassing. I called the Police Chief. He nicely asked us to decide we had been there long enough. I stood one last time by myself, just to say no, we haven’t.
According to the current draft agenda memo on April Fools Day Human Rights Commission Policy Statement and Recommendations is on the Board of Supervisors' Agenda to discuss and take appropriate action, if necessary. Before insisting on a copy of the draft I thought it was there only for discussion, because that is what I had been told.
I was at the meeting when the draft came out of five months of private meetings last August. A new Commissioner asked about the phrase, "usually without incident." She was told the only incident was Occupy Eureka.
The Board order sent this to the Human Rights Commission to "further review of Ordinance 2477." There is no review of the ordinance. No mention of Occupy Eureka, the first weeks of peaceful assembly, two months of raids, police and then staff imposed restrictions, a winter without shelter, or months of confiscated signs.
Unspecified “health and safety” issues are mentioned. But no mention of Occupy Eureka’s offer to provide a nighttime toilet, the ban on any rain shelter, or the evening and weekend closure of the public toilet in the jail lobby. The ad hoc committee indicated last October there wasn’t time to review the “complaints” justifying this “health and safety” ordinance.
They might have found that 18 of the incidents involved the taking of demonstrators’ signs, 6 involved a “tent,” “structure,” or “kiosk.” Zero incidents involved food, tables or presence on the grounds that interfered with the flow of pedestrians. All of these are restrictions applied to Occupy Eureka by fiat first by the Eureka Police Department, then by County staff, and then in the "health and safety" codes.
They would have had to insist on getting a less edited version to know that one fine fellow who enjoyed the attention was involved in 32 incidents like drunk in public, kicking things, and being involved in a disturbance. Another loud and sometimes angry woman is in 21 incidents. Sixteen people who I talked with about issues of public policy were involved in those sign and temporary shelter incidents and 12 other incidents, mostly sleeping or camping incidents.
And as for the fine fellow and loud woman, I bet they had something they wanted to communicate. I felt threatened only twice. Once it was just an aggressive posture and the evil eye. As it seemed to me the person was angry because my quest for water on a warm afternoon had ended with a locked jail bathrooms, this silly do-gooder just moved out of the way. The other was when a bunch of police arrived at 11:30 at night to remove the canopy over the table. Realizing I was witnessing armed robbery I left them to it and took pictures of license plates.
But I am very glad that the Commission is again recommending repeal.
The policy statement will neither protect rights nor avoid future misuse of law enforcement resources; it isn't necessary and could do more harm than good.
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vol XXV issue 15
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