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Tawana Williams, motivational speaker and author of "UNarmed But Dangerous."

“Speak What You Expect,” Says Author Tawana Williams

Born without arms and impaired use of her legs, motivational speaker and “UNarmed But Dangerous” author Tawana Williams has persevered through adversity. After doctors told her mother she wouldn’t walk or live past two weeks [...]
From left to right, Dianne Millner, Jai Jennifer, Nishant Sharma, Bill Aboudi, City Administrator Henry Gardner, Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, Dexter Vizinau, George McDaniel, Len Turner, Ken Houston, and John Monetta at Oakland City Hall after signing the 55-year lease for Aboudi's 17-acre army base development. Photo courtesy of Nishant Sharma's Facebook

OMSS $25-Million Army Base Development Will Hire 300 Local Workers

In its marathon negotiations with the city, Oakland Maritime Support Services (OMSS) owned by Bill Aboudi has faced countless obstacles over many years, even after the City Council approved an agreement.But this week, Aboudi finally [...]
AfricanAmericanWellness

Kevin Nichols, New Executive Director of African-American Wellness Project

The African American Wellness Project held a reception recently for its new its new executive director, Kevin Nichols. At the event held July 16th at the Imagine Affairs Art Lounge in Oakland, community members had [...]
Martin Luther King, Jr. leads an anti-war march on March 21, 1967 in Chicago. The censorship of King's ideals, including his opposition to war and his poor people's campaign, was the topic of one lesson on the Urban Dreams website.

Teachers Accuse School Officials of Censorship for Closing Website

Teachers, community members and students are complaining that the Oakland Unified School District has violated academic freedom when it unilaterally, without any public discussion, shut down an “Urban Dreams” website, containing 27 units of federally [...]
Oakland Police Department

Two More Measures on November Ballot? Why Not Police Accountability?

When a community coalition sought the City Council’s approval recently to put a police oversight commission on the November ballot, most of them opposed it. The majority opinion on the council seemed to be that [...]