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Portland Police shooting: learn from Oakland's mistakes and sucesses

Here are several thoughtful pieces on the Oscar Grant rebellion published by various groups in the Bay Area. I am publishing the links here in the hopes that anarchists and communists in Portland can learn form the failures and successes of the struggle in Oakland.
Here are several thoughtful pieces on the Oscar Grant rebellion published by various groups in the Bay Area. I am publishing the links here in the hopes that radicals in Portland can learn form the failures and successes of the struggle in Oakland.

The piece's all come form different ideologies and practices, and come to some different conclusions, but all are worth reading and considering. I know that many will be familiar with at least some of these these, but my hope is that the experiences of your comrades in the Bay can be used to help push the fight in PDX. Do not let non-profiteers control the struggle!

The first is from an anonymous group of anarchists:
 http://issuu.com/unfinishedacts/docs/unfinished_acts

Second, from Advance the Struggle, a communist group:
 http://advancethestruggle.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/justice-for-oscar-grant-a-lost-opportunity/

Third, from Bring the Ruckus, a reply to the previous piece, posted at Advance the Struggle:
 link to advancethestruggle.wordpress.com



I hope this is helpful, solidarity and love from the Bay Area!

not much to learn 29.Mar.2010 21:37

jean

There is little or no resemblance between the Grant killing, which seems to have been something like a deliberate, summary execution in plain view of hundreds of eyewitnesses, and the excessive use of force against mentally ill people that Portland has seen numerous times in the past several years. While neither are acceptable, they are extremely different phenomena, which require different means to handle. The Grant case appears to have been a straightforward incident of cold-blooded murder, on a completely passive citizen. The cases in Portland we've seen recently are more of an indictment against the failure of the mental health system, in which the lack of appropriate access to and intervention by mental health professionals turns mental health issues into police issues by default.