The City of Oakland has many reasons to be a leader on racial justice and social equity. In order to ensure that Oakland makes improvements that are lasting and comprehensive for its diverse populations, we [...]
By Dan Siegel Dismissing Dylann Storm Roof as simply a crazy bigot is a big mistake. He may be both, but so were Hitler and the Klansmen who killed four Black children in the [...]
By Congresswoman Barbara Lee An article in the recent Post Newspaper, “Oakland is Losing Its Racial, Age and Economic Diversity,” highlights the growing crisis of income inequality in our communities and our country.
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (KJV) “And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” [...]
By Richard Johnson, Folsom Prison Those in prison are often ignored, dismissed and considered nonessential. We can find a number of reasons why this happens, and even some to support it.
Last month at the graduation ceremony of Tuskegee University, a historically Black college, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke candidly about the racial barriers facing African Americans and encouraged them to overcome continuing discrimination by staying [...]
They teach our children, drive our buses, clean our streets and deliver our mail. They staff the government and make it run. Their public-sector jobs are at the heart of the middle class, particularly for [...]
By Rebecca Kaplan In recent years, we have suffered from the cyclical epidemic of responding to problems by aiming at the wrong targets. Some people, expressing (or pretending to express) anger about police [...]
By Cornell William Brooks, President/CEO, NAACP How many more lives of unarmed Black men and women, tragically and senselessly killed by police, will our nation have to mourn before our country moves to fix [...]
By James Moore Jr. As a second-generation Oakland native, I have fond memories from my youth of the Oakland Auditorium, now called the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, attending Big Time Wrestling, Bay Bombers [...]