African-Americans made up 28 percent of the Oakland population in 2013-2014 but only worked five percent the hours on city-funded construction projects. That may seem impossible in Oakland, a city that prides [...]
By the nature of God’s good grace, we are a loving, caring and forgiving people. But, at times, conflict with truth forbids us from being our true selves. When we allow fear and [...]
By Troy Williams If you are interested in seeing a change in our criminal justice system, believe that children in the system should be treated differently than adults or that sick and disabled seniors [...]
On Sunday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and I sat down at a Post Salon to discuss overcoming barriers for the formerly incarcerated to vote and find jobs.
Upon my arrival from Folsom back to the San Quentin State Prison where I had spent some time as a youth, I realized that there are some remarkable and astonishing changes occurring.
By Erica Terry Derryck, Office of the Mayor The Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) was created by a citizen-led initiative passed by voters in 1996 and then reauthorized in 2009. [...]
“The community’s lack of trust in CPD (Chicago Police Department) is justified,” so concluded the blistering, in-depth report of the Police Accountability Task Force, set up by Mayor Rahm Emanual after the uproar surrounding the [...]
There are a number of new educational research findings that are important for teachers and parents to consider. Especially significant are four new studies: the importance of ethnic studies in student performance, the negative [...]
By Cat Brooks In 2014, I was appointed to the Board of Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY). This body manages City monies that support organizations serving Oakland’s young people.
This country has made remarkable progress on civil rights over our history. We’ve moved from slavery to segregation to equal rights under the law. African-Americans have gained the right to vote, the right to equal [...]