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Speakers at a community coal meeting included (l to r) Pastor Ken Chambers of West Side Baptist Church, Margaret Gordon of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, and Will Scott, Program Director with California Faith Power & Light. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Churches, Community Unite Against Coal in Oakland

  Community members and faith leaders held a public meeting this week to oppose the export of coal from a terminal at the City of Oakland’s Army Base development project.
CallSocket has quickly expanded its workforce from 120 to 250 employees in one year, thanks to its ethical hiring policies and commitment to its employees. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

CallSocket Flourishes in its Commitment to Workers

With a rapidly growing and diverse workforce, offering paid training, full health benefits and pay above the minimum wage for Oakland residents, CallSocket is outshining many of the large businesses and restaurants that are situating [...]
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San Leandro’s Annual Halloween Carnival Set for Saturday Oct. 31

The City of San Leandro’s annual Halloween Carnival is set for Saturday October 31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marina Community Center, located at 15301 Wicks Boulevard. Admission to the event is [...]

San Francisco’s Healthy Heart Campaign Promotes Fitness for African Americans and Latinos

  African Americans in the city of San Francisco are almost at twice the number of stroke-related deaths, compared to other races and ethnicities.   Charles Burns, 56, almost found out about this the hard [...]
Larry Moore

Dr. Larry Moore Reaches Students Where They Are with School of Theology

As an educator who has taught in Oakland for over a decade, Dr. Larry Moore saw a need for schools tailored to the study of theology.
Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter

OP-ED: When Will Justice Come for Black and Brown Families?

By Patrisse Cullors, reprinted from Huffington Post   Last weekend, we learned with further certainty what we have long known to be true: Black and brown families will not be granted justice by law enforcement.
Walter Riley

National Lawyers Guild Honors Local Attorney Walter Riley

  The National Lawyers Guild honored Oakland civil rights attorney Walter Riley at its annual Law for the People Convention, which was held in Oakland this year at the Marriott Oakland City Center.
Left to right: Art Shanks, executive director of Cypress Mandela Training Center; Councilmember Larry Reid; Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney; Gay Plair Cobb, CEO of the Oakland Private Industry Council; Paul Cobb; and civil rights attorney Dan Siegel. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Gay Plair Cobb Honored for 30 Years of Service

Oakland City Council this week honored Gay Plair Cobb, CEO of the Oakland Private Industry Council (PIC), for her 30 years of dedicated service assisting job seekers in Oakland. Through her leadership, the Oakland PIC [...]

Ford Freedom Awards Honors Unsung Heroes in the African American community Nominations open until Nov. 16

Click here to Nominate Someone   In every community, there are individuals who go above and beyond to positively impact countless lives. Their stories deserve recognition.   In honor of the outstanding achievements of Unsung [...]
(From left to right) Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, President of the Attitudinal Healing Connection (AHC) Guillermo Ortiz, Founders of AHC Aeeshah and Kokomon Clottey stand in front of the crowd at the mural's unveiling.

Antonio Ramos Mural Dedicated

On Wednesday, dozens of neighbors, artists, community activists and elected officials gathered beneath the 580 overpass on West Street for the unveiling of the third Superheroes Mural, the project that muralist Antonio Ramos was working [...]