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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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Supervisor Malia Cohen Holds Hearing on Needs of Children with Incarcerated Parents

Over 100 advocates and members of San Francisco’s youth community gathered at City Hall Thursday for a public hearing to address the needs of young people with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated parents.Called by Supervisor Malia [...]
Supervisor Keith Carson and Black Elected Officials & Faith Based Leaders of the East Bay hosted the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on Wednesday, June 18 at the Beebee Memorial Cathedral. Left to right: singing "We Shall Overcome," civil rights attorney Howard Moore, Jr.; activist Angela Davis; Dr. Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University; Supervisor Keith Carson; activist and former Black Panther Party leader who now works in Supervisor Carson's office, Elaine Brown; and Pastor Charley Hames, Jr. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: The Struggle Continues

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act that was signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, faith leaders, elected officials, community members, and activists assembled together at the Beebee Memorial Cathedral in Oakland [...]