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Fwd: Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, the verdict is in!

From: domainremoved <Aram>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:13:10 -0700

> FYI:
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>>> 4/16/2015
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>>> Dear Editor, (Op-Ed submission)
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>>> The Palo Alto City Council ( on Tuesday April 14, 2015) with some minor changes to the relocation/mitigation package, have now ruled to allow the closure of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park (BV), home to a very large percentage of Palo Alto’s Latino population.
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>>> Say what you want, some may prefer to sugar coat it, but the reality is that the practical impact of closing (BV) is in fact "ethnic cleansing." Ethnic cleansing of a large portion of Palo Alto's Latino population, by the city of Palo Alto, and the further re-segregation of Palo Alto schools.
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>>> Would this same all white citizen council have allowed this to happen had BV been occupied primarily by my dad's and grandfather's people: Russian and Ukrainian Jews? Not a chance! "Tell the truth and shame the devil"
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>>> And the last minute face saving efforts by the council, to sweeten the mitigation package, to include factoring in the value of a Palo Alto education, and the safe neighborhood feel of BV, doesn't alter the bottom line: The closure of BV has been approved, the die is cast. The residences of BV have been thrown to the wolves, another causality of the war on the poor.
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>>> And make no mistake, this wealthy white city council could have stopped this vicious attack.
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>>> The city council had all the community support and political cover to do the right thing, but instead, they chose to align themselves with the rich and the elite and to turn their backs on our city's precious diversity. But we had no choice! We had our marching orders! Follow a bad law or else!
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>>> I for one didn't expect justice from an all-white wealthy jury asked to rule on the interests of the poor and people of color. When push comes to shove, an all-white wealthy jury will protect their own, and, at best, give lip serve to the poor and the vulnerable.
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>>> Writer James Baldwin said it most eloquently:
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>>> "If one really wants to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected-those, precisely, who need the laws' protection most!” and listens to their testimony. The Price of the Ticket, “No Name in the Street” (1972)
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>>> In the Buena Vista case, the jury (city council) in fact listened, not to the extraordinarily compelling testimony and pleas of the unprotected people, but to and from the voices of their own self- interest, their race and their class. These were the deciding factors not the justice of this case.
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>>> Any claim by council members of acting with a heavy heart and great sadness in upholding the closure of BV rings hollow, has a visceral feeling of the deepest level of hypocrisy, and the shallowest pretense of compassion.
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>>> It's time the community stand-up to this city council and demand that justice be served. The harsh implementation of an unjust mobile home ordinance, must be nullified by community outrage and protest, and all appropriate legal responses.
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>>> Will Palo Alto’s 7-8 billionaires now step-up to save the day? These billionaires who may well have profited from low wage workers, some of who many live at BV, and in other similarly situated low income housing.
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>>> We cannot allow Buena Vista to be closed. We must continue our collective community action to override and resist this hideous unconscionable decision, a decision whose legitimacy is undercut by the institutional biases that produced it.
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>>> The verdict of this rogue jury, not of our peers, must not be allowed to stand.
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>>> Aram James
>>>
>>> 832 Los Robles Avenue
>>> Palo Alto, CA 94306
>>> Abjpd1_at_(domainremoved)
>>> (415) 370-5056
>>>
Received on Thu Apr 16 2015 - 16:09:21 PDT

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