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Time To Sit Down At The Grownups Table
A Call To My Progressive Friends To Let Their Views Be Known On The Military And U.S. Defense Policy
December 23, 2005

Ned On The Corner
Answering A Reader's Criticisms About The "Mr. Brown's Benign Neglect" Column
December 9, 2005

Mr. Brown's Benign Neglect
In The Way Of The West Oakland Liquor Store Trashings, Mayor Jerry Brown Says "People Can Come Together To Discuss" The Problem
December 2, 2005

Drawing Lines
Preliminary Thoughts On Changing The Way We Set Up Our Political Districts
November 18, 2005

A Question Of Time

In His Defeat In California's Special Election, Governor Schwarzenegger Had Too Much Of It, And Too Little
November 11, 2005

Thirty-Five Arrests Every Time
Regular Problems At A (Certain) Regular Event Seem To Raise No Concerns For Oakland Police Or Politicians
November 4, 2005

The Passing Of Rosa Parks

Why It Is No Attack On Her Courage Or Her Legacy To Reveal That Her Historic Act Was Planned In Advance
October 28, 2005

A Legalized Sideshow

Part II Of Expropriating Black Culture
October 21, 2005


The Stealing Of African-American Culture
October 14, 2005

Racism By Some Other Name
Judging Mr. Bill Bennett's Remarks About Abortion, Black People, And The Crime Rate
October 7, 2005

Assembling On The East Side
Violating Constitutional Rights In Oakland While No-One Says A Word
September 30, 2005

Bottom Feeding
The East Bay Express' Gossip Columnist Hits A New Low In Item About The Sons Of Ignacio De La Fuente And Ron Dellums
September 23, 2005

Dancing With The Dragons
Or, "If You've Seen One Black Motorcycle Club, You've Seen Them All" (At Least According To One Oakland Police Lieutenant)
September 16, 2005

Do You Know What It Means?

Questions In The Wake Of Katrina
September 9, 2005

Seven Shots, And Some Questions
What Actually Happened During Disturbances Following A Motorcycle Club Charity Event At The Kaiser Convention Center?
September 2, 2005

Oakland's Jack London Dilemma–Some Solutions
Three Things Oakland Might Do To Both Honor Jack London And Highlight The Racism In His Writings
August 26, 2005

The Jack London Dilemma

Confronting The Racism Of Oakland's Most Famous Literary Son
August 19, 2005

The Arroyo Concerts

A Local Councilmember Gives Back To Her District By Sponsoring Free, Open-Air Music Concerts In the East Oakland Flatlands
August 12, 2005

Brown's Blog
Mayor Jerry Brown Runs Along The Information Superhighway, And I Find That I Can Keep Up
August 5, 2005

Trying To Understand The Meleia Willis-Starbuck Killing
Thoughts On Why We Are Picking Up The Gun
July 29, 2005

Getting The Mayor's Attention
Was It Political Considerations From A Prominent Los Angeles Times Article On Oakland's Sideshows Last March That Was The Genesis Of Mayor Jerry Brown's "Arrest The Sideshow Demonstrators" Ordinance?
July 22, 2005

A Conversation In The Sky
Fireworks Shooters Are Talking To Us—What Will We Say Back?
July 15, 2005

The Running Of Ron

The Draft Ron Dellums For Oakland Mayor Movement, And How Its Supporters Think That Will Be Different From Jerry Brown
July 8, 2005

Studying Slavery
A Proposal—Coming Out Of The Jefferson School Name Change Controversy—To Do A More Serious Investigation Of The "Peculiar Institution"
July 1, 2005

Stray Pigeons, Slavery, And The Achievement Gap

Should The Issue Of Thomas Jefferson As A Slaveholder And The Issues Raised By American Slavery Be A Topic Of Present Public Discussion?
June 24, 2005

Worth A Shot
More On A Safe And Legal Sideshow Alternative
June 17, 2005

Five Women, Three Men, And We'll See What Happens
Oakland City Council Balks At The Mayor's Sideshow Ordinance, And An Alternative Hits The Table For The First Time
June 10, 2005

The Dark Figures Of The Night
Mayor Jerry Brown Proposes A Last-Minute Ordinance To Make Criminals Out Of People Who Watch Sideshows
June 3, 2005

10(Not So O)Kay
Chilled Dark Girls On A Billboard And An Unrelated Look At The Mayor's Signature Development Program
May 27, 2005

Closing The Kaiser
Mayor Brown's Odd Plan To Do Away With One Of Oakland's Cutltural Centers
May 20, 2005

Focusing Oakland's Anger
A Potential Three-Way Coalition To Restore School Home Rule
May 13, 2005

Mr. O'Connell Comes To Oakland, Part Two

What The Oakland School Takeover Law Calls For, And What The State Superintendent And His Appointed Administrator Did And Didn't Do
May 6, 2005

Mr. O'Connell Comes To Oakland, Part One

How The Oakland Schools Got Taken Over, A Legislative History
April 29, 2005

The Miracle Chicken, And Other Stories
Tales Of Multicultural Oakland
April 22, 2005

Looking For A Mayor Who Loves Oakland

No Endorsement, But Criteria For The Person To Take Jerry Brown's Place
April 15, 2005

Mr. Brown's Farewell Tour
The Mayor's Extended Wave As He Makes His Way Out Of Oakland's Door
April 8, 2005

A Woman In The Next Room
Thoughts On The Ordeal And Death Of Terri Schiavo
The 100th UnderCurrents Column
April 1, 2005

Missing The Links
Oakland's Mayor Takes A Stab At Explaining Sideshows
March 18, 2005

Looking Down The Channel
Are The Oakland Schools Takeover, The Laney/Peralta Development Proposal, And The Kaiser Convention Center Closure Part Of The Same Land Grab?
March 11, 2005

When Police Become Advocates

A North Oakland Watch Commander Takes Public Sides In A Vigilante Shooting
March 4, 2005

Goodbye To Highland?
The State-Appointed School Administrator Goes After My Old School, And A Neighborhood Institution Is Threatened
February 25, 2005

Mr. Henderson Swings, Mr. Brown Ducks
After Running The Oakland Police Department For A While, Mayor Jerry Brown Appoints An Interim Chief Just In Time For A Federal Court Hearing
February 18, 2005

Critical Thinking
The Eric Ramon Baeza Murder Gets Blamed On A Sideshow, But Was A Sideshow The Cause?
February 11, 2005

Another Oakland Experiment
Mayor Jerry Brown's 10 PM Curfew Takes Aim At Parolees, And The Constitution
February 4, 2005

Enlarging Oakland's At-Large
Now That Mr. Chang Has Become The Procurer of Pandas, It's Time To Take Another Look At Oakland's Extra Council Seat
January 28, 2005

Mr. Schwarzenegger's Act Grows Thin
California's Governor Flaunts The Constitution And His Own Promises
January 21, 2005

A Message On Morals Concerning Our Conservative Christian Friends

On The Transgressions Of Armstrong Williams And Other Pertinent Topics
January 14, 2005

Circling The Peace Wagons In Oakland
Examining An Oakland Councilmember's Anti-Violence Proposal
January 7, 2005

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