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Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson speaks to students at Berkeley Arts Magnet. Photo courtesy of Rodney Brooks.

County Supervisor Keith Carson Joins “It’s Up To All Of Us” Campaign Kick-Off

Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson spoke recently to a group of kindergarteners and parent champions at the “It’s Up to All of Us” Campaign Kick-off in honor of Zachary Cruz Pedestrian Safety Month, which took [...]
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton Belted the Blues

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, arguably the greatest blues woman of the second half of the 20th century, was alternately tough and tender whether singing on stage and on records, or interacting with musical and [...]
The one-day Youth Education Conference drew about 50 students and 30 parents and volunteers.

Youth Conference Promotes Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship

A financial education, entrepreneurship and college preparatory conference for students and Money Management Workshops for parents was held Saturday, March 7 at UC Berkeley, hosted by Life Courses Inc. The 2015 one-day Youth Education Conference [...]
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A Push for Alameda County to Fund Re-entry Programs

Alameda County and other California counties have begun receiving millions of dollars a year to partially offset the state decision to save money by shifting many inmates from state prisons to local jails.
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Gladys Green to Be Inducted in Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held Saturday, March 21 in Oakland

Gladys Green has made her mark on the community of Oakland many times over – as a neighborhood activist, a business leader, a champion of low-income and underserved residents, and as a driving force in [...]
Local supporters of the Jobs Not Jails campaign shut down the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting in Oakland on Tuesday, March 3. Those who participated were (left to right): Bill Chorneau from the First Unitarian Church; Judy Belcher, member of the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club; Rev. Jacqueline Duhart from First Unitarian Church; Zachary Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center and Black Lives Matter member; and Gopal Dayaneni, member of Asians for Black Lives and Movement Generation. Photos courtesy of the Ella Baker Center.

Protesters Disrupt Board of Supervisors Meeting, Demanding Services for Formerly Incarcerated

After months of rallying the community in the Jobs Not Jails campaign, organizers with the Ella Baker Center in Oakland and nearly 100 community members peacefully disrupted the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March [...]
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Oakland Book Launch for “Reach”

What happens when 40 African American men share stories of challenges and triumphs in their lives? An exceptional book; “Reach – 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding.” Th