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Re: “Taken by Force

Cops can't have it both ways. If they want to be "heroes" who "protect and serve", they can't buy their own safety at our expense. They can't complain about the danger and then demand the credit for engaging it. There is no reason for 10 cops to be handling a situation like this unless the goal is not to de-escalate, but to intimidate and earn some sweet overtime while they're at it.

We civilians live here. We get a say in what kind of force is appropriate. I'll second guess a bureaucrat with a badge any day. No cop is forced to do their job, so if they don't like a community standing up to them, they can quit. But we the civilians have a moral right to live our lives in the town we call home without unaccountable, perpetually frightened and amped up bullies throwing their weight around with impunity.

Go on YouTube and find ample documentation that modern law enforcement is many things, maybe some good things, but also an uncontrolled menace to society.

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Posted by Jeremy on 10/10/2014 at 5:13 PM

Re: “The Builders

If all of the marginalized individuals who live and have lived in this city had the same political privilege and clout as VCU, maybe we'd have a marketing budget to brag about our accomplishments, too. VCU is fine, I guess, but "it" didn't "do" anything. It's instead a brand taking credit for myriad, unacknowledged flesh-and-blood human beings who namelessly did the real, on-the-ground work. Like most hierarchical institutions, VCU pushes the blame for the ills it causes to others and lets the credit accrue to its well-paid, politically connected leadership class who buys their claim to "hard work" with the blood and sweat of others. It's just awesome to see somebody finally calling the blatant arrogance and self-importance out. You don't need to be a left wing radical to see that VCU pushes this town around, and if we the actual people get something from that then that's of secondary concern to the powers that be.

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Posted by Jeremy on 10/10/2014 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Modern Day Horror

Why couldn't Mr. Holmberg make the point he's making about poverty and hold actual people with power and authority accountable for the failure (i.e. Mayor Jones, city council, etc). Why, of all the people to hold accountable, does he single out the powerless and struggling activists working against the Shockoe Stadium?

This seems like a cheap shot, punching down at those trying to chart a new course for the city without the power, connections, money, resources, and prestige of City Hall. Who could possibly defend City Hall given the conditions Holmberg himself cites? Perhaps a reporter who seeks to maintain his access to powerful, influential folks? After all, what have the Defenders done for Mr. Holmberg lately?

I echo TANSTAAFL's sentiments on this matter: say what you want about the priority of the stadium relative to other pressing problems, but it is a symbol that can galvanize people and a discrete target we can aim for. We activists don't have salaries for doing what we do like the Mayor, his staff, and the lobbyists, bankers, corporatists, and real estate developers that can work on influencing city policy full time. We don't have offices where people know they can come to work on city issues like the Mayor and his cronies do. IOW, Holmberg is expecting us to do good in this city with no budget, while excusing the inaction, waste, mendacity, and greed of the powerful, wealthy parties in the city with "at least they're trying". Mr. Holmberg, please give your article another read; I don't think you are saying what you perhaps believe you are saying.

Surely we all can have a say in how city resources are used and priorities are set both in the case of poverty and the legacy of slavery. But as far as I'm aware, Holmberg is the first person to imply that we have to choose one or the other, and that working on one is some sort of insult to the other. Either that, or he just has it out for activists in general -- which was exactly the experience we in Occupy Richmond had with him and why, like Mr. Wilayto, those who actually hit the streets want very little to do with him.

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Posted by Jeremy on 06/17/2014 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Council’s Rules: Popcorn? No! Firearms? Yes!

I don't think people are entitled to a subjective, personal feeling of safety guaranteed by another body. People are entitled to be left alone if they're not hurting anybody. Chris and I have our differences but open carry is not one of them.

Can anybody tell me what the nature of the ban on applause is? Ordinance, procedural rule, or what?

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Posted by Jeremy on 03/09/2013 at 5:08 PM

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