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Unity Day Empowers Castlemont Students to Lead for Positive Change

Castlemont High School students celebrated Unity Day last week, attending workshops centered on the impacts of mass incarceration, gentrification, and racism on people of color in America.
The SambaFunk! Funkquarians led the drum circle protest with over a hundred drummers in front of City Hall on Monday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Racially Profiled, Drummers Make Noise about Gentrification in Oakland

    Over one hundred people, most of them drummers, gathered in front of City Hall Monday evening to bring attention to what longtime Oaklanders feel is an increase in tensions between longtime residents and [...]
A panel of experts spoke at the Oakland City Council's public hearing on the housing crisis on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Left to right:  Muntu Davis, Alameda County public health director; Kalima Rose, senior director of the PolicyLink Center; Edward Del Beccaro, Transwestern; and Alma Blackwell, Oakland Housing Rights Organizer at Causa Justa: Just Cause. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Residents Push Council to Protect Renters and Homeowners Who Are Being Driven from the City

  Angry, desperate and determined residents filled City Council chambers Wednesday evening for a public hearing that had been called to discuss Oakland’s housing crisis, demanding that councilmembers move beyond talk to take immediate action [...]
Demonstrators march in New York against police brutality. AP photo.

#CaravanForJustice Mobilizes Communities Against Police Violence

A caravan seeking to mobilize communities of color against police brutality will travel throughout California Oct. 3 through Oct. 10, led by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in partnership with the ACLU of [...]
Senator Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren Calls for Racial Justice “None of us can ignore what is happening in this country,” she said.

In a Sunday speech on racial inequality, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called for broad reform of police and compared today’s Black Lives Matter movement to the Civil Rights movement that won the right to vote [...]
Student leaders from the Peralta Community College District attended the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Legislative Conference, which was held in Washington, D.C. Sept. 16-20. Left to right: Lasana Hotep, Dean of Student Success and Equity; Vivian Allen, President of the Black Student Union, Berkeley City College; Patricia Warfield, Professional Alumni Student Success Leader, Laney College; Denis Salazar, President of Associated Students of College of Alameda; Chancellor Jowel Laguerre; Ajari McCaster, Senator of Associated Students of Merritt College; Marquita Price, President of Associated Students of Merritt College; Linda Handy, Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees, Area 3; Meredith Brown, President of Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees; Adrien Abuyen, Student Trustee; Brianna Rogers, President of Associated Students, Berkeley City College; Jon-Mychal Cox, President of Associated Students of Laney College. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Peralta Students Gain Leadership Skills at CBC Annual Conference in D.C.

  Student leaders from the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) put their leadership and networking skills to work last week as they engaged in panels around legislative policy, criminal justice, STEM education and hip-hop at [...]
The tech diversity panel included (left to right): Van Jones, president and co-founder of Dream Corps; Angel Rich, founder of Wealth Factor; Harrison Harvey, student at Head Royce High School, Oakland; Olivia Zama, student at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Maryland; Jamal Simmons, co-founder of; and Andrea Hoffman, founder and CEO of Culture Shift Labs. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Diversity Panel Addresses Need for Black Youth in Tech

  It is no secret that the tech industry is growing. However, the dismal numbers of African Americans in the industry continues to be a problem that politicians with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are [...]