Book Signing: “The Struggle for Progressive Politics in Oakland”

Author Robert Stanley Oden will be present his book, “From Blacks to Brown And Beyond,” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th St. in Oakland. Oden, a professor in the Government Department at Sacramento State University, spent 15 years researching and writing the book, which is subtitled, “The Struggle for Progressive Politics in Oakland, California, 1966-2011.” He worked for the City of Berkeley and lived in Oakland from 1975-1991. He was engaged in many political campaigns in Oakland, including Elihu Harris’ first campaign for the state assembly, Cassie Lopez’s council races, Wilson Riles Jr. campaigns for mayor of Oakland, Jesse Jackson’s run for President in 1984 and 1988, as a member of the Steering Committee of the Berkeley-Oakland Rainbow Coalition, and the David Hilliard campaign for Oakland City Council. Oden was a founding member of the John George Political Club and worked on many other community issues.  He was also a member of the Black Panther Party in Oakland in 1968 and is presently the CEO of the Intercommunal Institute for Research and Social Change in Vallejo. Books can be purchased on-line by going to Cognella Publishers and writing in the title.  Books will also be at the Joyce Gordon Gallery event for purchase. For information call  (916) 422-5134.
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