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Cover Story - August 23, 2013

Can Silicon Valley move King's 'Dream' forward?

King scholars challenge tech leaders to commit to local social change

by Sue Dremann

If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he would focus on the issue of poverty more than anything else, according to Clarence Jones, King's former attorney and speech writer.

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Posted by John
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

"How can they sit silently when they know what's going on in East Palo Alto? It's a disgrace. It's immoral. It's obscene. So don't tell me how much contribution they made. I've seen with my own eyes. I drive through the community. If Silicon Valley and Palo Alto really wanted to make a difference in stopping the high drop-out rate, if they really wanted to make a difference in affecting the programs that would stop violence, guess what? They could do it. There's a trillion-dollar platform of wealth in Silicon Valley," he said."

[Portion removed.] EPA needs to start with its leaders DEMANDING common decency and old fashion morality. Poverty is no excuse for crime. Jones is WAY off base. [Portion removed.]

Posted by lmftfy
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 23, 2013 at 12:38 pm

"Jones is WAY off base."

Here, lmftfy....

"JoHN is WAY off base."

All better.

Posted by Charter this
a resident of Mayfield
on Aug 23, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Honoring Martin Luther King? Palo Alto?...Only if this is a wake up call!
and not just another City of Palo Alto attempt at "innovation" for being acknowledged by Obama?

Palo Alto is a "Walmart City". Palo Alto is charter city that does not support prevailing wage and Palo Alto does not have to! Being a charter city in California means that Palo Alto - one of the very richest cities in the California can avoid paying state funded project workers prevailing wage on projects using California tax payer monies. The City of Palo Alto supports the exploitation of workers and the exploitation of California state tax dollars.

Affirmative Action ended in California, and apparently so did our diversity awareness. Palo Alto did not pick up the ball on that one...where is outreach hiring for minorities?
Oh yeah, sitting on Newell and Palo Alto Ave.

Palo Alto is not at all sensitive to the needs of the lesser economic and minority populations in it's midst. Palo Alto works to exploit minorities. That's why we are a charter city.

Palo Alto is fun! ...Gotta' love a city where people would suggest we help the animal shelter first because it does more good than helping in their vehicles.. LOLOL! COMMUNITY AID? ... the proposition to give aid to people living in their vehicles? ... Isn't this the city that ended the community services help/referral phone line and community aid kiosks?

NON DISCRIMINATORY? Martin Luther King Plaza dedication? Isn't this the city that ended the collection of racial profiling data? With the premise that the city would address it if it became a problem? Need a the police? Look two blocks in form any north city gateway.

RESTRICTIONS on living in your vehicle?...Isn't this the city that's 1200 units behind on low income housing? GREEN? It's a commuter destination for work because there is not affordable housing.

JOBS? IF "those people" aren't working it's because they chose not to?! Have you been out there looking for a job lately ? Lots of PT and $10 -15 dollar an hour jobs. And the financial sustainability level here is what? ...$45,000 is poverty for a family of 2.


Face it - we are out of touch...The majority of people who live here either inherited their homes, bought 30 years ago, or are millionaires...

If we actually have housing here it's because "it's for those of us who DESERVE IT!" cake.

Posted by Norman
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

In the 60's the civil rights movement took a wrong turn. The leaders and the Democratic Party decided that integration and affirmative action was the way to equality. That has not turned out to be the proper path but it is still being pursued and demagogued.

The path to equality is education. We cannot have an African-American community that is equal to the rest of the country, equality in economic wellbeing for instance, without their educational attainments being equal to the rest of the country.

Better the leaders of African-American rights reverse their efforts from 95% complaining about the inequities in 'the system' and 5% on the education of their youth to the other way around. We'll all know that the tide has turned when we see marches on schools and parents turning up at PTA meetings rather than sing-song, black preacher-type speechifying.

Posted by Jimmie C
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

"The leaders and the Democratic Party decided that integration and affirmative action was the way to equality."

Yeah, we should have listened to the Republicans and the Dixiecrats (that soon fled to the GOP) and kept the laws the same. Jim Crow would have fixed everything!

As republican presidential contender Rand Paul says, he wouldn't have voted for the Civil Rights Act of '64. He's going to get a lot of Republican votes, from a whole lot of folk that detest Obama for a single reason. All you have to do (if you have strong enough a stomach) is listen to right wing radio for a bit. Like on last night's show, how Michael Savage (real name Michael Wiener) again claimed the "coming race war" is Obama's fault.


We need MLK.