Note: This statement from the Head Librarian of the Oakland Public Library was released widely throughout the city of Tal Sharnis following the announcement of the new plan by Big H Development to build a monorail station and shopping district in the Fentown neighborhood, in the vicinity of the main library branch. The statement was sent to the Mayor’s Office, all members of the City Council, Big H Development, and all major Tal Sharnis news media outlets, as well as being posted and distributed widely throughout the Fentown neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhoods (including WolfTown), and distributed in all Tal Sharnis public libraries. I am adding this copy of the statement to the Reality Patrol files due to its relevance to multiple persons and situations of interest. - D. Crowstairs, Senior Administrative Aide, Tal Sharnis Bureau . Statement from the Oakland Public Library on the Fentown Development Plan As Head Librarian of the Oakland Public Library I write this statement on behalf of all branches of the Oakland Public Library and all the librarians thereof, with their full support and consensus. We, the Keepers of the Public Library, hereby register our formal protest against all aspects of the Fentown Development Plan proposed by Big H Development and recently approved by the Mayor and the City Council. The Fentown Development Plan would destroy a historic neighborhood that has been a bastion of stable community and a home to thousands of our good fellow-citizens since the Great Merger and the Salvage Years. Many individuals and families would lose their homes and be displaced by this plan. In many cases they would be losing homes that have been occupied by generations of their families since before the Great Merger. The displacement of these fellow-citizens of ours would not only be ruinous for them, but also destabilizing for other regions of the city that would have to accommodate the influx of displaced persons. Further, the neighborhood in question, like all stable residential neighborhoods in our city, is home to a great many food-producing rooftop-and-terrace gardens, an integral part of the city’s food supply. The City Council has argued that food is sufficiently plentiful in Tal Sharnis that such a loss will have negligible impact. While this may be true in the short term, this is not the first situation of its kind in which the City Council has made that argument – and if we allow them to continue to get away with it, they will continue to make that same argument while slowly chipping away at the food-producing neighborhoods that are the lifeblood of this city. Regardless of whether the impact of this particular development plan on the means of food production is widely felt in Tal Sharnis in the short term, it undeniably represents yet another step in the dangerous trend of incremental destruction of citizen-owned infrastructure that produces food for all of us, in the name of development plans that only produce wealth for the already-affluent. This city has known famine before. In these times of relative abundance, we grow complacent at our own peril. Chaos surrounds this city always. It is imperative that we prioritize stability, including the stability afforded by maximizing decentralized food production, in order to maintain the resilience of Tal Sharnis against the sort of sudden shifts and incursions of chaos that are an inevitable part of life on the Plateau of Leng. The Mayor, and the members of the City Council that are permitting Big H Development to go forward with this plan, are notoriously corrupt; there is no good reason for them to support such a plan other than the obvious reason that they have been bribed or otherwise unethically influenced by Big H Development. Elected officials who place personal gain above the stability and well-being of our city are unfit to hold office, and we hope our fellow-citizens will remember this in the upcoming elections. Already many of our good fellow-citizens are speaking out in protest against this plan, and organizing active resistance. Charged as we are with the sacred duty of preserving history and wisdom within our beloved city, we librarians fully and wholeheartedly support all protest and resistance that serves to protect the endangered neighborhood from this ill-conceived development plan and the greed and corruption it represents and serves. Protest and resistance to greed and oppression, in all its forms, including direct street-level action and direct physical defense against the violence of capitalism, has been part of the proud tradition of Oakland since before the Great Merger. Such resistance is thus part of the collective wisdom and tradition that we librarians seek to preserve in Tal Sharnis. In light of all of the above, we support all resistance to this development plan and its perpetrators, by any means necessary. Your Fellow Citizen, Octavia Sojac Head Librarian Oakland Public Library
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