Tuesday, August 14, 2007

On Aug 14, 2007, at 11:17 AM, Marvin X wrote:

You can read my latest book: How To Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy: A Pan African 12 Step Model for a Mental Health Peer Group. Should be a De Lauer's this week. This is my solution. m

Eric Arnold <eric@ellabakercenter.org> wrote:
hi marvin,
thanks for your response.
you have given me plenty to think about, and i will take your words to heart.
i should clarify that i don't "support the police." anyone who knows me will tell you that. as a journalist for many years, i try to stick to the facts and not get caught up in speculation.
i live just off of 14th; i walk past chauncey's shrine every day. it's very sad.
this i know: a good man is gone and a young life is forever tainted. there's got to be a better way.
fyi, i was at the express when white journalists were getting death threats, so i've seen the lack of response on the part of the police there too. it is possible opd had ybmb under surveillance; however, as i discussed with davey-d recently, it's a big jump to say they willfully allowed chauncey to be killed. i, for one, would need more than speculation to be able to buy that.
you mention alternatives to drug dealing and violence (to which i would also add wickedness in the guise of religion and embezzelement in the form of community responsibility).
well, i am working together with van jones and ella baker center to create pathways out of poverty and end eco-apartheid (green jobs core); bring peace to our streets (silence the violence); reform and shut down correctional facilities (books not bars); and combat police misconduct within the legal system on a case-by-case basic (bay area policewatch).
you can refer to metaphors and allegories all you want ("Armor of God" is a jackie chan film btw), but what concrete solutions do you have?
Eric Arnold
Media Relations Manager
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
344 40th Street
Oakland, CA 94609
510.428.3939 x232 (office)
510.428.3940 (fax)

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