Updated: 04/08/2015 03:12:31 PM PDT
allstaractivist note: Having grown up in Berzerkeley and experienced severe harassment there, this comes as no surprise. People think of Berkeley as some ultra liberal little town but it is in fact, ground zero for establishing the “New World Order”. How can this be, you ask? Well, think of it this way. If you are a super fascist bent on world domination and at war with all freedom lovers, what would you choose as your primary targets? You would choose to target the bastions, symbols and locations where liberty had historically been at it’s zenith. Places like Washington DC, The Great State of Texas, Boston Massachusetts and last but not least, Hippie dippy stuck in the 60’s, peace and love Berkeley. Fly your fascist Jolly Roger over these and you’ve won.
“But those business owners are just trying to protect their livelihoods”, you say. “If they want to pay for private
goons “Ambassadors” to operate in a government capacity but with neither the liabilities nor accountability then, they can…” you say? My reply to you would be “now just where have we seen something like that before? Hitler’s Brown Shirts, that’s where!”. What a disgrace that it has to happen in Berkeley too, even though, I’ve nearly had violence inflicted upon me by our own version of “Ambassador” here in San Francisco. I had simply been explaining that they were functioning as citizen spies.
The guy wanted to assault me not for my accusatory history lesson but rather, for educating his partner in his absence. His partner was female and her father was a cop. She knew all about what I was explaining to her and really only wanted to make her coworker/fuck-buddy jealous. Her plan nearly worked too, because when he returned I thought for a minute that I might have to defend myself. Neither one of them were threatened by me in the least and totally dismissed me when I uttered the name of “Alex Jones”. For all the world they appeared to me to be adrenaline junkies, people who loved to escalate conflicts rather than diffuse them. The people who take these jobs are horrible human beings and flatter themselves by thinking otherwise.
This is a perfect yet unfortunate time to stress to everyone that whenever you see law enforcement (or in this case, private thugs) engaged in any type of violent acts aka “use of force”, PLEASE TAKE STREAMING VIDEO. There are phone apps that will instantaneously stream any video you shoot off of your phone and onto a remote server. In other words, safe from being erased when they
snatch “confiscate it for evidence”. We have now seen that if there is no video, the enforcers will be allowed to craft their own particular version of the “truth”, any way they see fit.
Where is Janet Napolitano when you need her? Oh, wait a minute, she’s right up the street “leading” the university! It’s all becoming much clearer to me now. Take a listen to what current Berkeley resident and world renowned scientist Ms. Lauren Moret has to say about our mutual hometown of Berkeley;
BERKELEY — A strongly-worded resolution approved Monday by the city’s Peace and Justice Commission asks the City Council to call for “termination of the Downtown Berkeley Association’s relationship to Block by Block and the current ambassador program.”
On March 19 an ambassador was recorded on video beating a homeless man with whom he’d had a verbal confrontation. The DBA hires ambassadors through Louisville-based firm Block by Block, to create a welcoming downtown business climate.
Business association CEO John Caner has apologized for the March 19 incident multiple times through the media, fired the ambassador responsible for the beating and promised improved screening and training for new hires.
But Mental Health Commission Chair Paul Kealoha-Blake, a longtime advocate for the homeless and a downtown business owner, told commissioners the March 19 event was not an isolated incident.
He described an Aug. 19, 2014 incident on Shattuck Avenue, told to him by an individual named Joseph Deetz. Kealoha-Blake recorded Deetz’s witness statement on tape — which was shared with this newspaper — in which Deetz describes an ambassador rousting an ill homeless person lying on the sidewalk, harassing him verbally, then punching him as he was walking away.
Another homeless advocate, Carol Denney, told commissioners that the problem with the ambassador program is harassment that occurs daily.
About eight months ago, there was “a woman wrapped in a blanket with all her stuff beside her, sitting on a bench near the BART station downtown,” Denney said.
“One of the ambassadors with a big trash can and a broom was sweeping round and round her — continually sweeping all around her over and over again. And they did the same thing with someone sitting near the post office two days ago.”
Commission Chairman George Lippman responded, “The point people make to me, is that it’s not just the violence. It’s like, ‘We want you guys out of here.’ If it’s supposed to be a welcoming and beautification program, that’s not the experience that homeless people have.”
In interviews this week, Caner and Lance Gorée, who manages the ambassador program, again apologized for the March incident, and defended the program.
They said they knew about the August incident Deetz described on video, but tell the story differently.
“(The ambassador) was kicked a number of times,” Caner said.
“The ambassador defended himself.”
“This was a very different situation,” Gorée added.
“The (March 19) incident was very wrong.”
Caner disagreed with allegations that the DBA simply wants to move homeless people off the streets.
“Berkeley people are pretty compassionate,” he said, underscoring that the issue isn’t people sitting on the sidewalk.
“It’s problematic behavior, rather than their presence,” he said.
The problem, however, is that many street people are “service resistant,” Gorée said.
Caner said he welcomes others providing homeless outreach.
“I’d love seeing more homeless outreach,” he said.
“YEAH (an organization working with homeless youths) and others have different skill sets.”
Caner underscored his support for a proposed Housing Crisis Resolution Center that the City Council will consider April 28. The intent of the center would be to help people resolve housing needs by using existing resources more efficiently.
The commission spent some time talking about whether to include specific recommendations in the resolution, such as creating a “robust” city-run homeless outreach team, as there was in the past.
Today, just one staff person performs that function, though city spokesman Matthai Chakko noted by phone Tuesday that the city funds outreach to homeless persons through a nonprofit agency and performs outreach tasks via its housing and aging services.
Commissioners ultimately decided not to recommend services, but to ask the council to support recommendations to be presented in June by the Homeless Task Force.
The Peace and Justice resolution will likely be considered by the council in June or July.
In another action, commissioners voted to send a letter to the City Council, calling proposed laws aimed at street people “ill-considered, repressive policy against the marginalized homeless population.”
The laws, such as banning un-permitted cooking on the sidewalk, panhandling within 10 feet of a parking pay station and placing objects within three feet of a tree well, were adopted in concept on March 17.
They will be written as ordinances by staff and then go back for council final approval.