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A focus group on the use of block grant money was held Jan. 25 at Wlliams Chapel Baptist Church in Oakland. Dr. Anderson (left) and Oakland City Councilmember Abel Guillen (second from right) led the meeting. Photo by Sue Taylor.

Williams Chapel Community Forum Discusses How to Use Block Grant Funding

  Oakland District 2 residents and other interested people gathered recently to brainstorm how to use Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money to benefit their neighborhoods.   The forum was held last Thursday evening at [...]
Los clientes de Centro Legal de la Raza se reúnen para una presentación de Conoce tus Derechos en Oakland. Foto cortesía de Centro Legal.

Oakland Council, SF Foundation financia la red de defensa de inmigrantes Junta de Supervisores del Condado votará el financiamiento completo el próximo martes

El Concejo de la Ciudad de Oakland votó unánimemente esta semana para apropiarse $300,000 durante dos años del fondo general de la ciudad para ayudar a establecer una red de respuesta rápida a nivel de [...]
Clients of Centro Legal de la Raza gather for a Know Your Rights presentation in Oakland. Photo courtesy of Centro Legal.

Oakland Council, SF Foundation Kickstart Immigrant Defense Network Alameda County Board of Supervisors to vote Tuesday on allocating $750,000 for immigrant legal defense network

The Oakland City Council voted unanimously this week to appropriate $300,000 over two years from the city’s general fund to help establish of a countywide rapid response network for immigration legal defense.   The money [...]
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Anthony Foxx, Outgoing Transportation Secretary, Approves Waiver to Provide Race-Conscious Goals

    US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx recently approved a waiver of U.S. Department of Transportation regulations to allow the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to provide group-specific race-conscious Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) [...]

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Reintroduces Women’s Health Act

Congresswoman Barbara Lee on Tuesday, along with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, and Congresswoman Diana DeGette, led a group of 104 Democrats in reintroducing the “Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act or the EACH [...]
Celebrating at the last rally held at Williams Chapel Baptist Church in the effort to pass ballot Measure A1 to fund affordable housing in Oakland are, L. to R.:  Front row - two Allen Temple Arms residents; Second Row: Donna Murphy, Resident Services Coordinator at Allen Temple Arms, Supervisor Wilma Chan, Senior Pastor Kenneth Anderson, State Legislator Nancy Skinner, Oakland City Councilman Abel Guillen; and, back row, Principal Architect Carlton Smith of Oakland-based MWA Architects, and Ancel Romero, President of Beacon Communities (formerly ABHOW).

Financing Faith-Based Affordable Housing “Our church made a commitment to build affordable, low-income senior housing as a first step.”

Faith-based, specifically African-American church-based affordable housing development in Oakland, “requires a holistic approach,” says The Reverend Dr. Kenneth Anderson, Senior Pastor of Williams Chapel Baptist Church, currently building 88 apartments and a community center at [...]
Community members at the Post's community forum on safe and affordable housing earlier this month. Photo by Cornelia Grimes.

Oakland Quickly Responds to Tenants’ Rights Issues with Emergency Measures Councilmember Kaplan promises to address jobs and economic opportunity

The Oakland City Council this week passed an emergency renter protection ordinance and voted to make Dec. 2 an annual Remembrance Day for the victims of the Ghost Ship fire.   The renter protection ordinance, [...]

Health and Housing Disparities Endanger Oakland Families, Says County Health Department

Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis presented a report this week on the correlation between poverty, substandard housing and health inequities in Oakland neighborhoods, speaking this week at the City Council’s Community and Economic [...]
A protestor holds a sign in front of SF City Hall on Wednesday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Bay Area Sanctuary Cities Vow to Resist Trump, Despite Federal Funding Cuts SF approves $1.5 million for immigration defense fund, Alameda County to follow

Quickly after President Donald Trump signed executive orders that would punish sanctuary cities by cutting their federal funding, Bay Area leaders doubled down on their promises to remain defiant against the president’s anti-immigrant attacks.   [...]