Alameda residents are
The homicide of George Floyd and the Capitol riot pressure us to reckon with policing and racial fairness like by no means earlier than. The pandemic has left us battling well being, employment and housing insecurities at unprecedented ranges. With this in thoughts, what actually retains us secure?
Our group, Unbundling Providers Subcommittee of the town of Alameda Policing and Racial Fairness Process Power, is made up of attorneys, folks of coloration, younger mother and father with youngsters, victims of crime, white allies, criminalized folks, youth, folks with disabilities, former police and probation officers, and educators. After taking a detailed look, we realized that roughly 50% of what the police reply to just isn’t even crime-related. Regardless of our variations, all of us got here to the identical conclusion: We have to remodel our police division and reimagine public security.
Please full the neighborhood survey at www.alamedaca.gov/policing and tell us what you suppose retains Alameda secure.
Debra Lewis Mendoza
Chair, Unbundling Providers Subcommittee
Authorities has failed
however secession no reply
Re. “Time for U.S. to consider a political divorce,” Letters, Web page A6, Jan. 19:
I take the phrases of the creator as dismay on the political state of affairs. Secession is definitely not the reply.
Our drawback boils all the way down to the truth that our authorities not works for us. Properly-known writers, Chalmers Johnson was one, have indicated that the U.S. is an empire and may’t be a democracy on the identical time.
I contemplate the rebel on the Capitol as a lot the fault of the Congress because the individuals who stormed the place, and it must be a wake-up name to our authorities.
However, alas they’ll by no means see it that means and issues won’t change. Our authorities is geared towards argument not the answer of issues. Secession — don’t maintain your breath. Give them 100 years to consider it.
Protections wanted for
There’s a gap in our society’s social security web for seniors on fastened incomes. Present laws for housing help doesn’t favor tenants. It advantages builders, buyers and landlords.
We should create a housing analyst place on the metropolis of Oakley to supervise reasonably priced housing tasks making certain compliance with California Tax Credit score Allocation Committee guidelines offering advocacy for tenants for grievance resolutions. HUD should change Median Space Earnings calculations to be extra equitable. The IRS should change Inside Income code 42, low-income housing credit score, to extend the credit score interval for builders from 10 years to twenty years.
Our legislators should make applicable adjustments to current laws to guard senior residents and people on fastened incomes from insufficient Social Safety Value of Dwelling Changes. We should finish Social Safety taxation, revert low and really low-income restrict from 50% of median incomes to 30%, and create state and federal tax exemptions for all these on everlasting fastened low incomes.
East Contra Costa Tenants Affiliation
Propaganda and deceit
have poisoned discourse
President Joe Biden says he desires to reunite the nation, however is that even potential when one facet has been propagandized and incited to behave on cult-like falsehoods? Donald Trump has been charged with inciting his followers in a speech he gave simply earlier than the assault on our seat of presidency. Really, the right-wing media bubble has been inciting them for years.
I’ve a buddy who, 20 years in the past, stated he needed to cease watching Fox Information at evening as a result of they’d get him so riled up that he had hassle falling asleep. When one celebration is liable to utilizing falsehoods, propaganda, rhetoric and insults as an alternative of motive, we should query whether or not it has, actually, become a political cult. As Washington Publish media critic Margaret Sullivan just lately wrote: “When one side consistently engages in bad-faith falsehoods, it’s downright destructive to give them equal time.”