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Workers on an Oakland Unified School District construction project.

White’s Departure Disrupts Facilities and Repair Department at OUSD

Administrator Tim White’s departure under pressure from the Oakland Unified School District has left the department he led – Facilities Planning and Management – in disarray, according to sources. Wo
Group of young girls in the 2014 Oakland Teen Empowerment Pageant Scholarship.

Oakland Teen Empowerment Scholarship Pageant Empowers Young Girls to Lead

The 2nd annual Oakland Teen Empowerment Scholarship Pageant & Brunch is accepting applications from young girls, ages 13-18, to participate in the competition. The pageant promotes education and empowers young girls to “be the change” [...]
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 [...]
Jazz singer Mary Stallings

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Jazz Singer Mary Stallings Still Feelin’ Good After All These Years

Deciding on which of some 50 women to begin Women’s History Month in a projected yearlong series, “Bay Area African American Women in Music,” presented a dilemma since there are so many distinguished possibilities. &a
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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
Ed Fitzpatrick

Ed Fitzpatrick Honored by Automobile Dealers Association

The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) has honored the Fitzpatrick Dealership Group owner Ed Fitzpatrick with the 2015 David F. Mungenast Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award.
Demonstrators rally at Home Depot in Emeryville on Saturday, Feb. 21 for justice for Yuvette Henderson. Courtesy of @candesecharles, Richmond Confidential.

Protesters Shut Down Home Depot, Demand Video of Woman Killed by Emeryville Police

Over 100 protesters shut down Emeryville Home Depot last Saturday, demanding, “We want answers!” about really happened in the killing of Yuvette Henderson by Emeryville police earlier this month.
Len Turner, president of Turner Group Construction, was one of the honorees at the recent East Bay Small Business Council Black History Month program.

Small Business Council Honors Local Leaders

The East Bay Small Business Council recently honored several local leaders for their dedication to business and the community. Featured speakers at the Small Business Council’s Black History Month program, held at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle [...]
Photo: Rogers Family Foundation, BET.

OP-ED: Charter Schools are not the Answer to Oakland’s Public School Crisis

By Dan Siegel The debate over charter schools is waged on misleading and superficial grounds. According to the dominant narrative, the charter school discussion pits incompetent teachers championed by corrupt unions against sincere, committed parents [...]