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Lady Bianca

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Lady Bianca Brings Urgency to Blues & Gospel

Whether wailing with her multi-octave pipes and rhythmically pumping piano in nightclubs and at blues festivals, or every Sunday morning at Oakland’s Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, Lady Bianca infuses her songs with breathtaking urgency. [...]
Kitty Kelly Epstein, PhD.

OP-ED: Councilmembers Vote Not to Sacrifice Jobs for Growth

Thank you to Councilmembers Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Rebecca Kaplan, Larry Reid and Annie Campbell Washington for removing residential zoning from the area of the Airport Business Park at this week’s Community and Economic Development Committee [...]

OP-ED: NAACP Questions City’s Underfunding of Job and Training Programs

By George Holland, president, Oakland NACCP   (Thank you) Chairperson Larry Reid of the Community and Economic Development Committee…for placing on your committee’s agenda the issue of underfunding of our employment training organizations which provide [...]
Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks, District 6

Support Grows for City Department to Address Racial Inequality

A number of community leaders are speaking out in support of a new city department designed to decrease inequities and racial barriers in city policies and operations, such as housing, development contracts, employment, and education.
Anthony Finnell, executive director of the Citizens' Police Review Board.

Oakland Council Revives Proposal for Civilian Intake of Police Complaints

The Oakland Public Safety Committee at its meeting this week unanimously approved consolidation of all complaints against police to go through the Citizens’ Police Review Board (CPRB). <
Isaac Kos-Read is the recently hired Oakland school district's Chief of Communications and Public Affairs.

Public Relation Move by School District Backfires

For someone who does not understand unions and negotiations, it might appear perfectly innocent that the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) put a “polite invitation” on the teachers union Facebook page to read the school [...]
Gigi Crowder

For Women’s History Month, Honor Mental Health Worker Gigi Crowder

The subject of mental illness has been taboo in the African American community for too long. Too often these issues have been locked behind closed doors, viewed as “family business.” Many people misunderstand what a [...]
Professor Marsha Maloof will train faith and nonprofit organizations on the techniques of proposal writing in the workshop.

Workshop on Proposal Writing for Faith and Nonprofit Leaders

OCCUR and The San Francisco Foundation FAITHS Program will host the second in a series of free workshops, the 2015 Model Built on Faith Capacity Building Series VIII.
Book cover of "Ying Lee, From Shanghai to Berkeley".

Assemblymember Thurmond Honors Longtime Berkeley Activist Ying Lee

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) has recognized Ying Lee, former Berkeley City Councilmember and tireless social justice activist, as the 15th Assembly District’s Women’s History Month awardee.