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A siloed left stands no chance against an organized right

By Patrick Nolen and Ilsa van den Broeck

“If you know your enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”  The Art of War by Sun Tzu, 600 BC. 

Sun Tzu was, of course, originally referring to warfare in ancient China.  But to the hundreds of thousands who have more recently studied and applied his principles, his observation holds just as true in modern politics, and in our efforts at organizing around social justice issues.

Many right-of-center institutions and advocates seem to have taken Sun Tzu’s advice to heart. Moreover, they may even be well on the way to perfecting the deployment of intelligence-gathering tools and technologies in their efforts to understand what they view as their enemies.  At the same time, those of us who are left of center seem almost to be afraid to understand our opponents, lest the effort involved in gaining that understanding somehow contaminate us. Continue reading

Public argues against extending Sit-Lie

Leo Rhodes

Leo Rhodes

Fritz and Fish insist they need time for further discussion

City Council heard a wave of public testimony this morning against the downtown sit-lie ordinance, which they are considering extending until at least October 23, 2009.

The 2-year-old Sidwalk Obstruction Ordinance was scheduled to expire June 8. A Street Access For Everyone committee report finding that the ordinance was predominantly enforced against homeless people was presented to council in November.

Rather than having the council decide whether or not to renew the controversial ordinance permanently, Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposed prolonging its term to give her and Commissioner Nick Fish — both relatively new to council — time to study the ordinance and discuss it with the wider community.

For the play-by-play: Continue reading