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Artists block street to guard new Black Lives Matter mural

Original post made on Jul 9, 2020

A group of demonstrators has parked cars on top of the new Black Lives Matter mural on Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto, guarding it against wear-and-tear of traffic and concerned the image of a convicted police killer could be erased.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 11:07 PM

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Posted by Matthew Basirico
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Jul 9, 2020 at 12:13 am

For the record I am for Cops getting funded. I love the police. That is my official position. Thank you.


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Posted by Support Law Enforcement
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 9, 2020 at 1:04 am

It is offensive - this part of the mural should go. Let's respect our law enforcement officers. Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, ended up on the FBI Most Wanted list due to her part in the killing of New Jersey State Police Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973. Shakur was convicted of first-degree murder, assault and battery of a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to kill, illegal possession of a weapon, and armed robbery. She later escaped from prison and was granted political asylum in Cuba by the Castro regime.


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Posted by Member
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 1:14 am

Mayor Fine and City Manager Shikada, how do we sign up for our political mural of choice? Pride? Women's Rights? Open Our Schools? Blue Lives Matter? Mental Health? Are you rotating messaging every month? Who pays? This is a slippery slope...government picking favorites is tricky, especially when the mural features controversial figures such as Chesimard.


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Posted by JustSayin
a resident of Woodside
on Jul 9, 2020 at 1:58 am

This art work needs to come off the filthy streets and onto building sides. Artists, get off you knees! Start with city hall and other government and local buildings in Palo Alto. All BLM artists... Stand up and be strong!
#BLM #VoteTrumpOut


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Posted by JR
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 9, 2020 at 7:22 am

Black Lives Matter does not support police murder. I find it extremely doubtful that those supporting this mural are affiliated with BLM. More likely they are part of an extremist group trying to capitalize on BLM’s advocacy for civil rights. I would even go so far to say that if you support this mural, you are advocating AGAINST BLM.


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Posted by Tiger Mom
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2020 at 8:54 am

It’s illegal for the city government to use public resources to support one political movement against another.

And it’s reprehensible to celebrate lawlessness and violence against our law enforcement personnel.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2020 at 9:05 am

Umm, it is a street. Street art is obviously temporary. Do I have to walk around every bit of sidewalk chalk art I see? Temporary is-- temporary.


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Posted by BM
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 9, 2020 at 9:12 am

Black lives matter. But anyone, Black or otherwise, who murders in cold blood should not be celebrated or memorialized in any way. These artists are stupid if they think reasonable citizens will support their cause while they defend Joanne Chesimard. As if there is a lack of heroes and champions of civil rights and social justice to honor.


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Posted by pedant
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2020 at 9:21 am

Classic example of an asymmetric conflict.


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Posted by Support Law Enforcement
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 9, 2020 at 9:29 am

Seriously, we are not considered adding a "coating" over this mural or making it permanent? That is insane. It's public property. Mayor Fine and City Manager Shikada need to understand they represent all residents, not just those that support the BLM organization. While most agree with the statement "Black Lives Matter" many do not support a Marxist group that believes in nationally defunding the police. Glorifying Chesimard is not something Palo Alto would support if we voted on it.


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Posted by Support Law Enforcement
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 9:39 am

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Posted by merry
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jul 9, 2020 at 9:41 am

It’s a public street. How can they legally block? Open the street!
These tantrums r fatiguing.


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 9, 2020 at 9:46 am

I'd like to understand what our Black Lives Matter mural is in support of.
I watched Don Lemon on CNN argue the other night that Black Lives Matter is exclusively about Blacks that are victims of police violence. So is Palo Alto's Black Lives Matter mural really an anti-police expression? Web Link
Or is our mural in support of the Black Lives Matter organization, which is led by devout Marxists, with links to convicted terrorists? So is our mural really about support for overthrowing our representative democracy, and replacing it with a Marxist state? Web Link
My personal opinion is every Black Life Matters, including all of our unarmed citizens killed by police, and also including the thousands of victims of violence and homicide annually in our major cities. I would love to systemically attack both of these issues - and solving the latter would save more than 100 times more lives than unarmed people killed by police each year. Web Link
I also think the excellent discussion above shows why it's a slippery slow for the city to endorse political speech without being very clear exactly what speech the city is supporting.


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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2020 at 9:57 am

VIrtue signaling by our city staff and city council. "Look at me, I'm so cool, and hip"


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2020 at 10:11 am

Have to open the street. Shouldn't allow a mural to be painted on the street if those implementing it think that it is somehow going to be made "permanent". Really shouldn't allow these street murals at all on public roads. The only protective coating applied should be a new layer of pavement to restore the street surface to its original condition after the temporary mural becomes worn by normal traffic.


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Posted by Matthew Basirico
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jul 9, 2020 at 10:38 am

I am here for 3 reasons:

1 - protect the art
2 - Black Lives Matter
3 - Support the Police

It’s that simple. Anyone reading into this too deeply is confused. That’s it.

Thank you.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 9, 2020 at 11:05 am

Message mural on private property with agreement of property owner, provided it meets code, is ok.
Realize people cannot have oversized signs, remember Grocery Outlet on Alma had fight to get their sign approved about a decade ago.
Political signs popping up on blocked public streets are NOT ok.
Or is it only ok if it matches YOUR thought!?
City leaders, be brave and follow and enforce the Law.
Otherwise, you are a virtue-signaling joke.


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Posted by Paly Girl
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2020 at 11:09 am

Palo Alto has always been staunch supporters of public art. and art is subjective. What one person loves, another might think is ugly. We have had spirited debates about our public art for decades.

The truth is, that if you install unauthorized art on a public street, you have to expect that it is temporary. Isn't there a law that says you can't block a public street without city approval, i.e. parade, street fair, room for outdoor dining? Can I paint a mural on the street in front of my house and then block traffic so it doesn't get worn? I doubt it. What am I missing about the legality of this?


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Posted by Stepheny
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2020 at 11:11 am

PAPD, Matthew Basarico is breaking the law, blocking the street. He should be escorted -- very gently, of course -- off the street and or/have his car towed.
Enough of these BLM tantrums already. Let the art mark a moment in time and be as temporary, as was intended.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 9, 2020 at 11:22 am

Couple years ago I tried to broker a deal where the famous graffiti artist twist would tag the Palo Alto Caltrain station in such a way that it would be ambiguous whether it was public art or graffiti I even got as far as meeting with my former Gunn basketball teammate who is in charge of real estate for Caltrain. It is intriguing that are very world class, at least 14/16 of it mural Is not on the wall but the street in effect it’s graffiti end by design intention and agreement by the artist temporary is not on a wall but the street in effect it’s graffiti end by design intention and agreement by the artist temporary. Or as another Palo Altan HY Wrote and recorded For Geffen records under the prophetic name black lab “wash it away”.
I’d like to see Stuart Robertson a recent MFA from Stanford On a wall. His work. A frescoes or mural there would be more time for modeling in detail like what can see on his website


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Posted by Compromise?
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 9, 2020 at 11:22 am

Why not agree to coat it over and let it stand for a year if the letter containing the person who murdered a cop is replaced? I don't think we should let that letter stand but I'm all for having a semi permanent BLM mural.


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Posted by Tiger Mom
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2020 at 11:29 am

How about we leave it for a week and then replace it with a mural commemorating all the hundreds of police officers murdered in the line of duty by violent suspects in the last twenty years?


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Posted by Cleo
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jul 9, 2020 at 11:33 am

We understand that the women on one of the letters is controversial but a lot of people are using that as an excuse to dismiss the art all together. Yes we know it’s a temporary piece of art, putting a coal to seal the paint to have it last a little while longer isn’t hurting anyone. As usual a group of people who this city has not listened to are being silenced once again. We asked for one thing and one thing only. A coat to seal the paint a little longer. Blm isn’t against police. We’re against racist police and police who cover up for racist police. This mural was used to make the black residents in this city feel heard because it has been proven that we are not listened to. Making excuses just because one person on the mural was problematic is beyond stupid. The work artists put in to this mural it deserves to be there regardless of how long it’s there.


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Posted by ru
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 9, 2020 at 11:48 am

Putin's Revenge


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Posted by Tiger Mom
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2020 at 11:48 am

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Posted by Bad Call, Mayor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2020 at 12:02 pm

Bad call, Mayor Fine, to not immediately condemn the inclusion of a "police killer" when that part was revealed. This builds trust with the PA police? It's not too late. Please order that part removed or covered over (hmm, the car already is covering it over, interestingly enough...). The point is not censorship, but carefully building alliances at a highly charged political time. Every art patron sets the parameters for the work, and it's quite within the City's rights, indeed moral duty at this charged time, to do so.

Also bad call to have a BLM mural. They are a highly controversial group that wants to defund (= abolish) police nationwide, according to their official website Web Link. Yes BLM really is an official group, with actual leaders. The video there from their Managing Directory explicitly claims that "police reform just doesn't work", and thus BLM is for abolishing police.

Thus, avoid BLM-related shows of solidarity, at least anything that uses that phrase. Instead, promote inclusion and good faith by creating environments in which honest conversation can happen, where truly everyone's voice are heard, including those who question misleading police statistics that are being trotted out (stats which ignore that blacks commit crimes, especially homicide and theft, at rates disproportionately higher than their percentage of the population), and not by promoting divisive artwork such as this.


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Posted by Margie
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 9, 2020 at 12:09 pm

"This mural was used to make the black residents in this city feel heard because it has been proven that we are not listened to."

If the purpose of the street mural is to help people who are not heard in Palo Alto listened to, then we should commission a big "TRUMP" mural in front of City Hall. I'm unaware of anyone in the Palo Alto Establishment or Government who has one positive thing to say about Trump or Trump supporters, who according to the 2016 election results are more numerous than African Americans in our City. Shouldn't their voices be listened to also? It's time for the City to support the truly marginalized residents of Palo Alto: Trump supporters.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 9, 2020 at 12:09 pm

Am I reading here that students are the perpetrators of the sign? They seem to be the ones who are busy writing on the roads. So what are we teaching these students?

Rush Limbaugh on his show had a lamentation: You send your daughters of to college and they come back telling you that you are a racist and a white supremacists. That is because the university system is geared to convert your children to a huge amount of guilt for coming from a middle class / upper class family. Liberal to Marxist approach to education.

But your children are not in school - they are in your house now. And it is your rules - not the university rules. Bottom line is that this city does not condone street art unless it is approved by the city so stop trying to jerk the city around - it has enough trouble on it's hands.

This further shoots down the rational about lowering the voting age - these students have no background in history and are impressionable.


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Posted by Bad Call, Mayor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2020 at 12:13 pm

@Cleo said:
"Blm isn’t against police."

Actually, they consistently clarify that defund means eliminate.

Respectfully, if you or anyone reading this thinks BLM occupies the high moral ground please see how this BLM leader interacted with the mayor of Minn at a protest (warning: disturbing content and foul language): Web Link.
Mayor: "I do not support the full abolition of the police."
BLM Leader: "Get the F*CK out of here!" They all boo him and say they'll vote him out of office as he slinks away.

Also see link in my previous comment on the official BLM take on defunding (hint: they explicitly don't want police reform... not my words, but theirs).


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Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 9, 2020 at 12:34 pm

@ Matthew Basirico ... you cannot say that you support and love the police knowing that the image of a convicted cop killer is painted on the mural. You want to prove what you say and gain some credibility? Paint over the image today, otherwise you're just blowing smoke.


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Posted by Michelle Higgins
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 9, 2020 at 12:36 pm

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2020 at 12:37 pm

This recent trend in painting slogans on city streets all over the country is quite worrying to me. When you think about it, streets are for vehicles and are designed to be safe and not a distraction to drivers. These slogans are going to be the cause of accidents as they are not helping safety issues. As far as human drivers go, they will be distraction, and as far as self driving vehicles go, I have no idea how they will cope with them.

Has anyone seen a Google car drive over one?

I would like to see this trend in slogans stop. As a driver, I like to be able to see where I am about to drive as clearly as possible. If an accident were to occur, can the driver blame brightly colored paint obscuring other vehicles or pedestrians before hitting them? I wouldn't like to guess what might happen in a court of law!


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Posted by densely
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 9, 2020 at 12:43 pm

For once I agree with Adrian Fine. This is ephemeral art. It wasn't done with the thoughtfulness that we should expect for permanent public art.

I hope Black Lives Matter endures and I'll do what I can to make sure the movement succeeds. Put a big photo of this project into a scrapbook and put your attention back where it belongs, on fixing the way we police ourselves.


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Posted by Joe Commentor
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 9, 2020 at 12:59 pm

If a white cop killer can be in the mural, General Grant that fought the war can be on it, too.

How about a mural with the Angolan king who sold the 1619 slaves? Or was he just ‘a man of his times’?


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Posted by Mama
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 1:27 pm

Impound the cars. Arrest anyone blocking the public street. We never agreed the mural should last forever. It did its job making a point but now it’s time to give the street back to the public. We need it, particularly with University closed.


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Posted by Michelle Higgins
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 9, 2020 at 1:31 pm

@Resident1-AdobeMeadows: "Am I reading here that students are the perpetrators of the sign? They seem to be the ones who are busy writing on the roads. So what are we teaching these students?"

Why the use of the term "perpetrators"? Have you described other artists commissioned by the City to create public works of art in similarly derogatory terms that imply an element of criminality?
This mural is not vandalism, it is not "writing on the roads", it is a publicly commissioned work of art that is both beautiful, moving and thought provoking. How wonderful that some of the artists involved in the project are students! Why is this problematic? Creativity and civic engagement should be celebrated not derided.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 9, 2020 at 1:36 pm

I caught all three, MFA Stuart Robertson, Oakland’ CeCe Carpio and Palo Altan Matthew Basirico en camera the day the mural was installed:
Staff person Nadya is also in the shot
Web Link


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Posted by come on
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 1:59 pm

Shocking that our city officials are even giving this serious consideration and not demanding they leave immediately or be fined. Unbelievable that a mural that includes a convicted cop killer should be treated as something worth saving. Another sign that our liberal woke politicians look the other way as radicals vandalize our cities, tear down statues, even illegally takeover portions of cities while at the same time demonize our law enforcement most of whom are good people. Sad.


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Posted by Peers Parent
a resident of Southgate
on Jul 9, 2020 at 2:07 pm

Wow. I'm a bit concerned by some of what is being put out here in these comments.

@Dan - BLM has been seriously involved in the gun violence prevention movement for at least 5 years (not long after its inception). They partner with gun violence prevention groups all the time. As you state, it is a more common way for Americans to die than at the hands of police. The big difference here is that the police are a state sanctioned organization and when cops murder they almost always have qualified immunity so there is zero accountability.
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@Tigermom - "Vandalizing the streets and blocking traffic for more attention"? Really? No one is vandalizing streets - this was a commissioned piece of art. More attention? YES. Exactly. As Cleo stated above, this community has been ignored for the entire time the city has existed. Now you are going to tone police them and demand that they fight for their rights "politely"? Please. If you have listened to a single thing over the past month, I hope you have heard Black Palo Altan after Black Palo Altan standing up at city hall and at rallies and gatherings and speaking truthfully about their experiences. Sharing very painful things that have happened right here - in our schools, in our neighborhoods, in our city. Black residents are BEGGING to be heard. Might you stop and listen? And consider what role you might play in improving the systems right here in our town? Please, please listen...
Web Link

@Bad Call, Mayor - defund the police does not mean abolish the police. And I clicked on the link you provided and nowhere does it say abolish. Over the years we have bloated our police budgets and had our police respond to anything and everything in town. They are the catch all for every crime, mental health crisis, physical crisis, personal argument, etc. They are called for everything. So many of these incidents are better responded to by a different body. Ones with training in different areas. If you take some of the funding for the police and use it to fund other types of community support organizations, then police are dispatched when police are needed, and other community organizations are dispatched when they are more appropriate. Just because you saw a video of one guy in Minneapolis saying he wanted to dismantle, doesn't mean it's the position of the movement or the organization. I would imagine we could find someone representing a cause in which we believe in a way that we wouldn't agree with.

@Margie - are you seriously comparing feeling unsupported locally because you support a particular political figure with a group of people systemically brutalized, punished, and failed by our systems? Wow. That is some entitlement. If you still openly support Trump in July of 2020, when we can't open our schools because of the complete and utter lack of a federal response, you should be expected to stand up and defend that position. If anyone murders you for it, or fails you in school for it, or won't sell you a house because of it, let me know. I'd be happy to hear. Those two things are not equal.

@Mama - "It did its job making a point but now it’s time to give the street back to the public." Back to business, huh? Restore the status quo? This is what Palo Alto does so well. Signal support with something as insignificant as a mural and then pat itself on the back for "taking action". The mural didn't make the lives of Black Palo Altans better. Black Palo Altans are still 13x more likely to be arrested than white residents. They still report being followed and stopped by police disproportionately. Our Black students report being downlaned in school, being called racist names, and experiencing constant aggressions. So are we going to do anything about all of those things? We painted a mural, so what? It happens to be a beautiful one. And it happens to be getting a lot of visitors who are then engaging in conversation about what BLM means IN PALO ALTO. But the mural itself is not the work. The work is changing policy in our city and in our school district to make it less challenging to be Black in Palo Alto.


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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2020 at 2:27 pm

I agree with Tiger Mom. Being polite and law abiding is a way to impress people. It's very easy to understand, if you're open minded and logical.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 9, 2020 at 2:31 pm

How about the social justice-promoting Palo Alto hypocrites who live behind economic fences support black lives THIS way: by giving a noticeable number of high level jobs to black people? Who cares about merit, skills, and all that. Just do it, hypocrites.

Most of the dubious "officials," as well as the virtue-signaling corporations and their delusional staff, have no significant number of black employees at the top. The whole charade is about those people maintaining their own power while directing everyone ELSE to roll-play their social agendas - just so they can get a pat on the head for doing nothing themselves.

Let the mayor step down and be replaced by a black person, AFTER they have laid off 50% of the staff and replaced them with black people, because it's only "fair." Ask the corporate employees who push their social agendas quit their jobs so they can be replaced with a black person. How about Palo Alto's social warriors agree to a big tax increase so black people can live in a similar fashion?

Not gonna happen - because the virtual signalers are complete and total hypocrites.

And then there's the reality that the Black Lives Matters ORGANIZATION is nothing more than a front to channel money into other people's pockets - a little investigation shows very little actually goes to black people.

But none of this is really about helping anyone - it's just a power play and poltics - all commandeered by people who never see a black person more than once every few months, if that.


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Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 9, 2020 at 2:54 pm

Why is the mural featuring Chesimard? This is a beautiful and strong mural and the image of Chesimard needs to be painted over. She is no hero. Now her story is the topic and detracts severely from Black LIves Matter. Also I disagree that Black Lives Matters is a Marxist group. Republicans are broadcasting this falsehood.


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Posted by Oldster
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 9, 2020 at 4:07 pm

If the mural artists and their political speech allies could do what Christo and Jean Claude did with their internationally famous temporary art projects "wrapping" islands, bridges, archways, and buildings. Those artists always made their art with local government permits but made their temporary art permanent thanks to their photos, books, posters, and museum exhibits, they used to fund their next art projects. Palo Alto BLM Mural artists could "take a knee" while some of them power wash off the mural. That should make good YouTubery and new photos to get maximum attention for their art and political messages. Palo Alto BLM artists could also project images of their mural onto Palo Alto City Hall and other Palo Alto landmarks at night including the homes of all their political speech supporters, take photos of the "show" and then sell such photos to pay for the fines I hope those who parked cars in the middle of the street should be getting.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2020 at 4:17 pm

Well, I do have an issue with this part of the "ideological frame" of Patrice Cullors and Alicia Garza.

"The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories." -- Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter Web Link

I can't help but wonder if they are aware that 18-45 Million people died during the Great Leap Forward. For example. I suspect that the BLM leaders' knowledge of the history of Marxism is pretty shallow, despite their training in ideological theories.

However, their message, "#BlackLivesMatter" resonates with people who are completely fed up with police misconduct.

Don't understand it? Try reading this: Web Link


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Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 9, 2020 at 4:33 pm

@ ALB ... look into what BLM is really all about. It has nothing to do with political affiliation. It's all about facts. There is nothing false about their true purpose.

Web Link


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Posted by Oldster
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 9, 2020 at 4:42 pm

Oops, misspelled Jeanne Claude's name. Also, she and her husband don't like being called the "wrapping" artists and they funded their temporary art installations by selling their original art such as sketches made for each project not by selling books, t-shirts, and such.

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Posted by John
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm

These semantical debates and displays "to prove a point" are a waste of time and energy. They only distract and alienate folks who are sympathetic to BLM's cause and genuinely want to do more to help.

BLM has a moment in time to effectuate real and meaningful improvements in society. Fighting for street murals doesn't strike me as meaningful at all. Especially when they celebrate cop killers. It's unfortunate to see this moment squandered.


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Posted by Pres. Trump Here...
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 9, 2020 at 5:21 pm

Good thing I have long since graduated and moved on from Shallow-Alto.
If I still lived there I was would do a Donut on the Mural, then paint a big
MMMMAAAAGGGGAAAA over it.
Hard to believe this was paid for and they are blocking the public street.
Cops should tow the cars away like they did when I lived there. So Sad....


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 5:21 pm

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Posted by Do Something More
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 9, 2020 at 6:43 pm

Email Ed, the City Manager: Web Link

Email the City Council: Web Link

Someone allowed to block the street and paint an obvious political statement that the entire city does not agree with?

Does our City Council care about the safety of its citizens? Why would they cut our police budget?! They cut the traffic team; now the commuters can run down our children who bike in town. Who do we call if our safety is compromised? Forget the bogus $26 million pedestrian bridge, that few will use, give all the money to the police building and police force, we all want to feel safe.

Moreover, if they really cared about black lives, they would be tutoring and mentoring black children [portion removed.]


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Posted by Mark
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2020 at 6:59 pm

A slap in the face to law enforcement. Hopefully that part of the mural will removed. If not, I hope that all Palo Alto police officers start looking for other police agencies to work for because the city does NOT care about you.


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Posted by Mama
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 7:14 pm

Let’s not let this escalate into Seattle. Is anyone surprised that invasive protests are happening here and there? Know why? Because they know they can get away with it in ultra-liberal areas.


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Posted by Michelle Higgins
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 9, 2020 at 7:16 pm

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Posted by TimR
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 9, 2020 at 7:18 pm

The "mural" is now blocked off as an impromptu traffic island, with cars being allowed to pass in both directions. The ones heading NE have to use the empty parking spots as their lane. So at least that problem is solved. As for a long-term solution, maybe Harvard will buy it when PA residents tire of it (which won't be long)? [Portion removed.]


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Posted by John Kevin
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jul 9, 2020 at 7:45 pm

Black Lives Matter does not support police murder!! I can't help but wonder if they are aware that 18-45 Million people died during the Great Leap Forward.
Web Link


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 9, 2020 at 8:12 pm

Yes - black lives do matter. At the end of the daily White House briefing they showed the pictures of the children who were killed over the holiday by people just shooting them. Beautiful little children. Your major cities on the east coast are out of control. Our job is to make sure that we do not get swept up in the same madness by the same people. The people who are calling for the elimination of police in our cities need to be called out by name, rank and serial number. Know who they are.
The typical media people who attend the white House Briefing never asked about the children - only stupid questions.


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Posted by White Guy
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 9, 2020 at 9:05 pm

@Jennifer: " Being polite and law abiding is a way to impress people. It's very easy to understand, if you're open minded and logical." I must be irrational, or maybe closed-minded, because I don't understand at all. Are you saying that Ahmaud Arbery's polite, law-abiding JOGGING so impressed some white dudes that they had to murder him in broad daylight? Or that Breonna Taylor's polite, law-abiding SLEEPING was so impressive that the cops who burst into her apartment had to shoot her at least eight times? Or that 12-year-old Tamir Rice was so impressively polite and law-abiding as he PLAYED that police were compelled to shoot him? Oh, wait, those must be the exceptions. Same with all the polite, law-abiding Black residents of Palo Alto whose experiences you belittled with your comments yesterday on "Black in Palo Alto" -- they just need to "rise above any type of discrimination," right? And if discrimination kills them, like it did Arbery and Taylor and Rice and too many others to name, then THEY must have done something wrong, right? Please explain again how this is logical. [Portion removed.]


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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 9, 2020 at 9:24 pm

If the artist will not remove Chesimard's image, can someone just throw some soapy water on it? That murderer's image should never be celebrated.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 9:42 pm

I oppose erasing the mural. It should be left there as-is.

However the city should erect a billboard on the side, explaining who is depicted there, the violent history, the killing of police, etc. It will help educate and remind people what BLM is really about: Marxism, violence and narcissism.


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Posted by Andy Smith
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 10:26 pm

Stop blocking the flow of traffic


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Posted by Support Law Enforcement
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 9, 2020 at 11:13 pm

The co-founder of Black Lives Matter names a convicted cop killer (prominently featured in our PA mural) as one of her heroes, and the BLM national organization is fiscally sponsored through a leftist group whose board of directors includes a convicted terrorist, Susan Rosenberg.

Alicia Garza, one of three co-founders of the Black Lives Matter national organization, has repeatedly talked about how convicted cop killer and wanted domestic terrorist Joanne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, is one of her main inspirations. Susan Rosenberg, a member of the board of directors for the left-wing Thousand Currents group, which handles the intake of donations made to Black Lives Matter, is a convicted terrorist who, among other things, was suspected of helping Shakur escape from prison.

Rosenberg, who was listed as the vice chairwoman of the board of directors for Thousand Currents until the webpage was pulled down this week, as first reported by the Capital Research Center, had been a member of the radical leftist revolutionary militant group known as the May 19th Communist Organization, affiliated with the Weather Underground terrorist group and other radicals. She was convicted on weapons and explosives charges and sentenced to 58 years in prison, serving 16 years before being pardoned by President Bill Clinton in January 2001.

Web Link


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Posted by William
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 10, 2020 at 5:13 am

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Posted by PA Mom
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 10, 2020 at 6:30 am

Some people don't know how to take a win. How you could turn the murder of an innocent man into something polarizing by including the image of a murderous fugitive is unfathomable. Furthermore, the attempt to turn a glorified act of graffiti into a permanent art installation is a non starter.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

Posted by William, a resident of College Terrace

>> Liberals love to encourage radicalism

Liberals are opposed to both Right-Wing Authoritarianism (simplified, "Fascism") and Left-Wing Authoritarianism (simplified, "Communism").

Liberals are in favor of individual, personal freedom, and individual, personal rights. As, for example, embodied in the US Constitution, as modified by the Amendments.

Authoritarianism is on the march. Read this: Web Link


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Posted by Boho
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 10, 2020 at 9:30 am

If my friends and I want to paint messages on our street I assume that it is now okay. Will the city paint a protective coating over my message too?


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Posted by Stan
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 10, 2020 at 10:12 am

If the city isn't going to move forward in placing sealant over the mural, then they should at least figure out another alternative where the artist(s) can paint another mural in a place where sealant wouldn't be an issue, or onto the side of building. I am in support of the BLM movement and equality for "ALL" and agree that change needs to happen throughout our city, and throughout the rest of the country. I believe in defunding and restructuring the police department, as we can divert funds to community programs and community engagement. It's easy for people to complain and fuss about what the mural represents, and for those who have an issue...you're apart of the problem in this country.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 10, 2020 at 11:26 am

This is an easy one. Let the mural stay. Then I will paint my Trump 2020 mural on the street and demand equal protection from Palo Alto. When they say no, I sue. That will put an end to these dura-murals.


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Posted by Anti-racist
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 10, 2020 at 12:28 pm

The 'artist' who painted the cop killer has a history of creating murals of terrorist murderers. She has previously painted a hugely controversial mural of a convicted anti-Semitic terrorist in a restaurant in Oakland.

Who thought she was a good choice and invited her to be part of this project? Is there any accountability?


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2020 at 12:43 pm

Posted by Anti-racist, a resident of Barron Park

>> Who thought she was a good choice and invited her to be part of this project? Is there any accountability?

Let's figure out how to peel it off the pavement and donate it to a (private) museum for -preservation-.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 10, 2020 at 1:05 pm

Stan - you have provided a personal opinion. PERIOD. Personal opinions are just that.
We are not creating chaos in city streets, we are not defunding the police and putting the residents of a city at risk. The people on the east coast are in a Marxist windmill. We are not wanting to be in a Marxist windmill. And my opinion is that this city does not need "activist" who are trying to destroy the American Democracy. The mural needs to go. We do not need national coverage of supporting extremist with a known track record of chaos. And we could use the names of the people that painted the mural there so that they cannot run for any office or work on any "commission". Our Commissions right now are going off the deep end with strange agendas.
Yes we believe that black lives matter - but the organization called Black Lives Matter only cares about their Marxist agenda which right now is eliminating the police.


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Posted by Ryan Andrews
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 10, 2020 at 5:19 pm

The current blockage of the middle turn-lane of Hamilton Street is making left turns onto Bryant Street very dangerous. For the safety of drivers, please restore use of the middle lane.


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Posted by Robert Alexander
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jul 10, 2020 at 8:27 pm

Shameful, disgraceful, reprehensible, appalling, indecent, obscene,.............immoral.

Do the right thing! What is that you ask, the same thing you would want done if it was the image of a domestic terrorist, escaped fugitive, and person who MURDERED your husband, wife, father or friend.

This a no-brainer.......Regardless of what you feel about the discord in our communities....Do not let this justice go unheard. Do not let it diminish peaceful protests. Do not let it harm a family who has already lost so much. PAINT OVER THE MURDERER's IMAGE. Simple, just replace her with someone who is not a WANTED MURDER.

Call, email, protest to get this removed NOW. More connects us than divides us. Let's find the common ground. #AllLivesMatter #WeAreAllChildrenOfGod




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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Jul 10, 2020 at 9:25 pm

Rising above discrimination is healthy. It protects your mental well being. People do it all the time, and it's strongly encouraged.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 10, 2020 at 9:51 pm

A full autopsy report on George Floyd, the man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police last month, reveals that he was positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The 20-page report also indicates that Floyd had fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death, although the drugs are not listed as the cause.


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Posted by Barron Paek
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 11, 2020 at 8:20 am

Unbelievable. How is the mayor allowed to do this? Can we vote spineless Adrian Fine out? What a joke. Every normal person is disgusted by what BLM has morphed into - a Marxist attack on American values of equality, respect, and freedom. More and more people I talk to are saying they will hold their nose and vote for Trump over this.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 11, 2020 at 10:16 am

Thank you to Sue Denham for clarifying the data on the murals. What we know now is that the lady who conceived the mural is an Oakland resident with a very distinct history.
Questions :
1: Did she try and shop this idea around the bay area? Why not Oakland? Did Libby Schaff say NO?
2. Adrian Fine allowed this to happen and knew up front and approved. She was shopping for a location and ended up in Palo Alto because Adrien Fine Approved it?
Note to Adrien - we did not elect you Mayor - you are a mayor by default of a system of rotation within the PACC.
3. What other PACC members were aware of this prior to it happening? We need to know that.
4. The Weekly's front page states that "the mural rankles police group". Weekly - I am seriously rankled. There is a depiction on the mural of Joanne Chesimard - AKA Asata Shakur. She is a famous cop killer and on the FBI's Most Wanted List. Is that what we are selling to our residents and our children? That is a serious error in the concept.
5. When a mayor is unavailable does the Vice-Mayor take over?
6. I have a serious problem with outside people coopting our city and getting away with it.
7. I have a serious problem with "Commissioners" who are unnamed until things go wrong coopting our city. These people did not end up in PA without some help.
8. The Weekly has done some follow-ups on FHP to perpetuate the issue - we need some follow-up here because this is not done. Hopefully it will de done at election time when we can vote in new/old people to run this city without extremists chaos.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 11, 2020 at 12:27 pm

07/11 - KQED is running a series on Black America since MLK. NOW. Check it out - get real data on the last 50 years.


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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 11, 2020 at 5:46 pm

Charge cop-killer loving Basirico and any accomplices with vandalism, graffiti, defacing public property, illegal stopping on a public road, creating a hazardous condition and whatever other charges you can summon. Oh, as part of their sentences, they get to pay the cost of removal of this trash graffiti.


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a resident of Crescent Park

on Jul 11, 2020 at 5:59 pm

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Jul 11, 2020 at 11:37 pm

Take some high quality photographs for historical purposes. Then get it off the street.

You can trot the photos around in a travelling exhibition if it's that important.


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Posted by Independent
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 11, 2020 at 11:55 pm

Recent events remind me of the revolution 40 years ago in Iran. They toppled the statues, changed the names and brought 40 years of misery to the population. The lesson learned for some of us immigrants living here is that nothing good comes out of extremism and any form of revolution. This country has all the tools to make changes in a rational deliberative manner without resorting to violence and derailment of the system. I am not sure blocking a public street is one the aforementioned tools.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 12, 2020 at 6:49 am

Reading the Daily Post this art event is on the agenda for the city council - Los Altos. Give credit that it is up for discussion in a required format. And they have assigned art commissioners to review the plans so that they do not end up with questionable profiles in the art work. Los Altos may end up with their own at work.
I went by and checked it out. It is actually kind of fun. We can use some color there. The problem is the process and the depictions which have questionable content.
Los Altos is in control of the event - should it happen. Palo Alto is not in control - and when questioned by the Daily Post for comment got a defensive answer.
It is not appreciated that this city is getting jerked around by a lot of people. We pay big bucks for a city manager and flotilla of paid city workers who should be in charge of their area of expertise. But instead we are hearing from Commissioners who are challenging everything, including the Police Force. We need to get our act together here.


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Posted by Oldster
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2020 at 6:50 am

The City solicited for 16 artists, approved their sketches, and paid each $700. Did the City know it was approving a portrait of someone on the Most Wanted FBI list? The City required water soluble paints and said before the painting started cars would be kept off the art only for one weekend. Now cars have been kept off 2 weekends.


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Posted by Oldster
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2020 at 6:56 am

A bunch of links on the City website have been taken down such as the original link to submit an artist's sketch but this call for artists on the City's Public Art Program page on Facebook is still up: Web Link

I'm kind of curious which artists and their designs were rejected. Brown Act and freedom of information anyone?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2020 at 7:43 am

At last some common sense in the last few comments.

I was shocked at the time in how quickly this was done and was equally shocked to hear that it had not been vetted enough before approval of the images.

In normal times, this type of thing would have to be done by the Palo Alto Process, which of course means take twice as long as normal. It should have been part of that long, slow process. Something extremely fishy happened and I think heads should roll on this one, as the saying goes.

Individual bureaucrats making quick decisions on feel good virtue signaling is not what effective local government should look like.


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Posted by Attack the messenger
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 12, 2020 at 8:04 am

Classic attack-the-messenger syndrome exhibited by many to drown out the message or acknowledge the underlying issue, probably implicit in many of them.
It's the inner insecurity that is source of fear about those who are different
- it's natural but it's also high time to overcome it!


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Mayfield
on Jul 12, 2020 at 8:13 am

@ Attack the messanger

What are you talking about?

The underlying issue?

How about glorifying a cop killer.

The far left have lost their minds.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Mayfield
on Jul 12, 2020 at 8:33 am

Assata Olugbala Shakur (born JoAnne Deborah Byron; July 16, 1947, sometimes referred to by her married surname Chesimard) is a former member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA), who was convicted of being an accomplice in the first-degree murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster during a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. Shakur was also the target of the FBI's COINTELPRO (counterintelligence program) directed against Black Power movement groups and activists.[2]


Born in Flushing, Queens, she grew up in New York City and Wilmington, North Carolina. After she ran away from home several times, her aunt, who would later act as one of her lawyers, took her in. She became involved in political activism at Borough of Manhattan Community College and City College of New York. After graduation, she began using the name Assata Shakur, and briefly joined the Black Panther Party. She then joined the BLA, a loosely knit offshoot of the Black Panthers, which was engaged in an armed struggle against the US government through tactics such as robbing banks and killing police officers and drug dealers.

Between 1971 and 1973, she was charged with several crimes and was the subject of a multi-state manhunt. In May 1973, Shakur was arrested after being wounded in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike. Also involved in the shootout were New Jersey State Troopers Werner Foerster and James Harper and BLA members Sundiata Acoli and Zayd Malik Shakur. Harper was wounded; Zayd was killed; Foerster was killed by Acoli. Between 1973 and 1977, Shakur was charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery, and kidnapping in relation to the shootout and six other incidents. She was acquitted on three of the charges and three were dismissed. In 1977, she was convicted of the murder of Foerster and of seven other felonies related to the shootout.

While serving a life sentence for murder, she escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in 1979. She surfaced in Cuba in 1984, where she was granted political asylum. Shakur has lived in Cuba since, despite US government efforts to have her returned. She is on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list, as Joanne Deborah Chesimard.[3]


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Posted by StaySane
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 12, 2020 at 9:30 am

To the city government officials:

Do your jobs in serving the public, don’t just pander to a few fringe individuals who may not even be Palo Alto residents. You foolishly allowed our public street to be painted with a pic of a cop murderer. The painting is a safety issue and may result in vehicle accidents.

[Portion removed.]


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2020 at 9:43 am

Posted by Resident, a resident of Midtown

> A full autopsy report on George Floyd, the man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police last month, reveals that he was positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The 20-page report also indicates that Floyd had fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death, although the drugs are not listed as the cause.

Sorry, but, I don't understand your what point(s) you are making. Please spell it out for me.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 12, 2020 at 10:40 am

[Portion removed.]

We are providing here clear statements - cop-killers of her notoriety and legal status within the country are not a prime candidate for the current chaos. The current chaos says the we need to get rid of cops that have a history of abuse. That does not mean that we victimize the whole police force. The Police Union needs to participate in this as well as the CA-AG Becerra. He is part of this problem - he protects bad cops.


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Posted by PAResident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jul 12, 2020 at 12:03 pm

This just seems like a poorly executed project by City Hall. It seems like they intended it to be temporary, doesn't seem like the artists quite got that part. Also, its human nature that once one has created art, one would want to preserve it. All the controversy aside, I would love for the City Hall to explore what can be done to make it more permanent. What are other cities that have painted BLM on their streets doing? If there is not a solution that's driving safe, then temporary art it is. Given the times, there isn't a lot of traffic, so closing that block has not been a big problem for drivers. But I'd love for City Hall to resolve this situation quickly.


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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Jul 12, 2020 at 7:45 pm

This all boils down to where you stand "politically" and this shouldn't be about politics, whether you're moderate, conservative or liberal.


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 12, 2020 at 8:11 pm

Jennifer, setting politics aside, this begs the question of whether the city is willing to condone the glorification of the Black Liberation Army and one of its leading activists, the convicted cop killer Assata Shakur, in the process of permitting advocation of the BLM. If Palo Alto takes no action to delete the portion of the mural supporting Shakur, then by such default there is implicit support of all that the BLA and Shakur represent - not the kind of affiliation that BLM should aspire to if they want continued support from the general community.


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Posted by Oldster
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2020 at 8:41 pm

I watched as a kid Palo Alto City Hall deliberately allow anti-Viet Nam rioters to run wild smashing windows on Unverisity Avenue. Around the same time, I saw photos in the newspapers of at least one car being burned by rioters on Castro Street in Mountain View and photos of the burned ROTC building at Stanford. Read newspaper articles about astronaut Wally Shirra's son being hospitalized after being hit in the kidneys with a 2 by 4 when he tried to stop the burning of that building. Saw many downtown Palo Alto storefronts empty til the 1980's as a result of such "civil disturbance" along with many new Brutalism buildings here designed to withstand such urban rioters. Recall being told by friends in Los Altos about the bullet there through the window of Stanford ROTC unit's commanding officer which missed the head of a kid by inches. I grew up knowing a mob of any political persuation can go dangerously wild when police are ordered to "stand down" when members of the public are allowed to act like children smashing and burning anything when they get angry with no personal accountability.

I recall clearly the arguments between MLK and Malcom X, the Black Panthers, BLA about the effectiveness of violence in political debates.

The Palto Alto BLM mural according to artists' contracts and $700 fees to each one means their art in-situ is protected from cars for only one weekend and with the required soluble paints the street art was never intended to survive street cleaning or autumn rains. However, all the photos, vidoes, and sketches can survive forever for display anywhere.

Either our City Hall stands now for rule of law and or it doesn't. Meanwhile, I noticed last night, Saturday evening, around 8pm at least 3 Palo Alto Police SUVs with officers parked near the mural but just out of sight ready to deal with any civil disturbance. Few downtown restaurants had all outdoor seats full except those farthest away from the mural. Is that the New Normal for us?


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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2020 at 11:17 pm

Two wrongs don’t make it right.

Just like gang wars, gang “A” kills a gang “B” member. Gang “B” kills a gang “A” member.

Never ends…

You are just poking the Tiger!


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 13, 2020 at 5:31 am

This is a symptom of the real problem, and the real problem is leftism - which has completely overtaken the democrat party:

A leftist is someone who will count your money to determine how much you need. And, how much they are going to give others to make themselves feel compassionate.


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Posted by Gus L.
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 13, 2020 at 4:17 pm

BLM is a SCAM, dont fall for it, remove this ridiculous Graffitti ..
Why be fooled by a group like this? Palo Altans are smarter than than, Or at least used to be smarter than that..


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Posted by AZ
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 13, 2020 at 5:29 pm

Is the city allowed by the Charter to spend our tax money on a political display, regardless of its content? Of course not! Or perhaps portraying a convicted cop killer on our public road invalidates the law?


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 13, 2020 at 7:46 pm

I think we should keep the murals up for as long as we keep using the streets to subsidize the restaurants and their landlords; I don’t agree with every sub message of the Mural but I am proud of the expression overall; it is exactly how I want a small percent of our tax dollars spent to stimulate discussion and thinking harder about the important issues.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 13, 2020 at 7:49 pm

I went back to see the art work today. Problem with traffic on the street is that you really can't see anything. I will make the wild suggestion that the city put barriers up at each end so that no cars are on Hamilton in front of the City Hall. That way people can walk around and check it out. I looked for the lady in question but wonder if her picture is slightly modified - or I was not looking in the right place.
Other wise I think it adds some festivity to the street because it was slightly boring before.


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Posted by Concerned Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 14, 2020 at 1:23 pm

Where the heck is our leadership and who is actually in charge here?

Enforce change through your vote. Ed Lauing has come out and addressed this. Now more than ever, we need mature and capable leadership.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 14, 2020 at 6:01 pm

Yes - BLM is a Marxist group with specific goals - aimed at police and the reduction of their presence in the city. But that does not make sense. So let's up the ante here - the art work is actually pretty good. And it adds color to the street. So let it be there for the rest of the month - or some designated time period, and get our police force going with great thanks to them and celebrate the police in a public venue. So people want to play - let's play. They do not have all of the cards and we are not going to give them any cards. Common PA where is your game face? We go to games at SU all of the time with opposing teams - this is just another game. Game on.
Stop throwing in our hand.


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Posted by Paly Student
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 17, 2020 at 8:01 am

Adding a murderer and fugitive to the BLM mural is surely the noblest deed that one can do, and it is highly suggestive of the aforesaid organization's motives. Assata Shakur's friendly face is now painted into the street in its full glory and regalia.
How convenient it is, to put a cop killer's portrait right in front of the city hall, where police officers can go to work and see it every day, and be reminded that you can commit any crime and still be called a social justice hero.


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Posted by rob
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 21, 2020 at 3:29 pm

i'm planning to paint a MAGA 2020 mural on my street...


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Posted by bjw
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 21, 2020 at 8:05 pm

Since our City has now opened up our streets as public forums, and set a dangerous precedent, then anyone wishing to paint their “art” on the streets is within their Constitutional rights to do so. The streets are apparently ours. We can post Or paint anything and perhaps even ask tax payers to cover the cost of having our own police stand at the ready in case there are problems with anyone disagreeing with the “art.”

Why are our leaders folding under pressure? Why are they reacting Instead of studying and then acting? Why are they disregarding/disrespecting our police by allowing the art to honor a cop killer. I don’t believe she was innocent as the flyers that have now been plastered along Middlefield Rd state...all criminals claim their innocence...she was convicted in a legal court with no evidence strong enough to help her defense. Oh, and in addition to Hamilton Avenue being crapped up we now have flyers cluttering what used to be a nice, clean town.

Sure the paint will eventually wear or wash away but who will tear down the flyers (which I guess is a right to free speech also) which have become a blight..,not art.

Wake up Palo Alto. Preserve our streets. Put art in its right place. Support our police, and let them do their jobs of serving the community and not babysitting paint on asphalt!


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Posted by Ha ha ha
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 21, 2020 at 11:04 pm

Real what you sow!


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Posted by Ha ha ha
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 21, 2020 at 11:05 pm

*reap what you sow!


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Posted by Sir Topham Hatt
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 22, 2020 at 12:01 am

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 22, 2020 at 3:25 am

Part of this art should be wear and exposure . Craft or art to experience. What was intended? Why have one group keep the experience from others by diluting or adding to the message? Or is that all part of it? Dies the group blocking the rights of others full use of public property realize how they are in opposition to the original message if freedoms and individual rights? Are they just wanting their pics on social media as per formative activism. Also sf I covering it And forcing their views ruins the chance for people’s authentic reaction to the message I like to have my own reaction and don’t like being told how to react .


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Posted by Tina Sveinson
a resident of another community
on Jul 27, 2020 at 2:37 pm

What if I want a Mural in support of pro life? No group should get special treatment


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 27, 2020 at 11:38 pm

Today was the celebration of the life of Congressman Lewis. Many spoke of the whole generation of people who initiated work and legislation on race issues. One distinction that was made is that the BLM Organization which focuses on reducing the police should not be confused with the long standing BLM movement. The BLM Movement did not agitate for violence. The BLM Organizations is capitalizing on all of the effort preceding it.
The Art is colorful and interesting. But using it to feature a individual that did not portray the best message for unification is not supporting the end goal of a balanced city structure. And right now cities are being conflicted by not differentiating the messages.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 28, 2020 at 6:10 am

I just drove by this the other night. I get it ... Black Lives do Matter, or course.

Bad spot for a mural though.

Who decides these things because, I hate to say it but, a lot of the political
arguments on these issues are often expressed in the media in some kind
of "off" or "problematic" way that leaves them open for criticism that
derails the issue.

They always tweak people's reasonableness, or they provoke an us/them
racist or sexual or some other divide, or they can be purposefully misconstrued
leading whatever issue to be reduced to noisy bickering. The one thing
these seem to stay away from is provoking a class divide ... much more than
I think just random chance would indicate?

If I could make a suggestion to think more about messaging. That is the
one important technology that the Right seems to be much more able to
afford, and understands the importance of - and it sadly for the most
part it works even when it is very wrong.


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