Unite to Fight


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Unite to Fight

It was wonderful to see the articles in your February issue highlighting the inspiring work of lawyers Bryan Schwartz [“Taking on Tesla”] and Jon Eldan [“The Advocate”] to make a difference. With the Trump administration, Congress, the Supreme Court, and corporations (and their lawyers) working daily to eliminate people’s rights and access to justice, it’s essential that all of us recognize the importance of fighting back.

America has to fulfill the principles on which it’s based. We all have to unite and fight.

As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”                                

Arthur Bryant, Oakland

 

Hoping for the Best Outcome

I attended the meeting of between 60 to 90 people concerned about the fate of the Rotary Nature Center [“What Ever Happened to the Rotary Nature Center?,” February]. Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development Director Nicholas Williams reported that the city intends to open it soon and will accept proposals for programming. We learned from Jeri Martinez that the observation bee colony was removed from the building two weeks ago and was open to a new home. Cindy Margulis of Golden Gate Audubon then gave a passionate call for the building to be restored as an interpretive center and protector of the nation’s first wildlife refuge.

The audience insisted that the OPR&YD hold open meetings to discuss the future mission of the nature center and the timeline for its opening. Williams and Griffin replied that they would convene a strategic action plan committee to undertake that task before the proposals were due and that they would provide information about the proposal requirements. Several have volunteered for that committee but have not been contacted so far. It was great to see so many people supporting nature programs and institutions. I hope the city follows through.               

Katharine Noonan, Albany

 

Luminaries Overlooked

While I was very pleased to see Ruth Belikove in the list [“They Made a Brighter Future,” January], I was stunned that Alameda school board member Solana Henneberry was not. How was this children’s advocate, special ed teacher, elected official, wife, and mother of three overlooked?

 Kimberlee MacVicar, Oakland

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