Hayward is a town about 20 miles southeast of downtown Oakland. I have worked as a counselor at a public hospital in the Oakland, California, area for 30 years. We now have many patients who have lived on the streets, in the prisons or have been in and out of psych facilities.
The protestors on the streets are not of the African-American community nor from the people I have served. These protestors are college educated/indoctrinated Marxists who want to ruin local business and services. The chant is "No more business as usual!" The people behind the scenes in Oakland are Van Jones and ACORN people.
More than one-third of the homes here are or have been in foreclosure, and unemployment is very high. The loss of business profits and the cost of policing drains public funds for aid to the homeless and the unemployed. Next summer these Marxists will be hiring "brown shirt" types for "street theatre" and riots. They want the media and civil authorities to overreact. They want the "bottom to rise up," and force the "top to come down" hard, so that they can "turn the inside out." It's revolution!
Michael F McCarthy Hayward, California