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OP-ED: Emergency Preparedness Organization – CARD – Needs Community Support

By Sue Piper   Ever since the 1991 firestorm, I have dedicated my volunteer activities to emergency preparedness. I am asking people to support of one important emergency preparedness organization–––Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters, better [...]

OP-ED: What Oakland Unified Can Do to Destigmatize Adolescent Pregnancy

  By Brittany Chambers, MPH, CHES   Despite the decline of adolescent pregnancy rates in Alameda County, it remains an issue among youth of color and those from disadvantaged communities.
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OP-ED: High School Students Can Take College Classes Through “Concurrent Enrollment”

By Dr. Elñora Tena Webb   Hopefully, like a growing number of folks, you’ve heard about “Concurrent Enrollment.”   It’s an opportunity provided to California’s youth that encourages them to enroll in their local community [...]
Julian Bond and Martin Luther King cast their ballots in Atlanta on Feb. 23, 1966.

Julian Bond Was a Leader With Strength and Character

  The news this weekend that Julian Bond passed away at 75 saddened me deeply. America has lost a true and still vital champion for justice.   President Barack Obama, hailing Bond as a hero [...]
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OP-ED: Sleep Deprivation for African Americans Linked to Racism, Study Shows

  By Yael Levin, UCLA BRITE Center   Studies show that racial and ethnic minorities in the United States often experience more sleep problems compared to whites, which poses a risk especially for individuals over [...]