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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 [...]
Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson speaks to students at Berkeley Arts Magnet. Photo courtesy of Rodney Brooks.

County Supervisor Keith Carson Joins “It’s Up To All Of Us” Campaign Kick-Off

Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson spoke recently to a group of kindergarteners and parent champions at the “It’s Up to All of Us” Campaign Kick-off in honor of Zachary Cruz Pedestrian Safety Month, which took [...]
A painting in the exhibit, "Maestros: 20th Century Mexican Masters" at The Mexican Museum of San Francisco.

San Leandro’s Big Read Hosts Field Trip to Bay Area Museums

As part of San Leandro’s 2015 Big Read Program, the Public Library is offering a field trip to two Bay Area Museums: The Oakland Museum of California and The Mexican Museum of San Francisco. <
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A Push for Alameda County to Fund Re-entry Programs

Alameda County and other California counties have begun receiving millions of dollars a year to partially offset the state decision to save money by shifting many inmates from state prisons to local jails.
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Gladys Green to Be Inducted in Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held Saturday, March 21 in Oakland

Gladys Green has made her mark on the community of Oakland many times over – as a neighborhood activist, a business leader, a champion of low-income and underserved residents, and as a driving force in [...]
San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata

New 5-Year Contract for San Leandro City Manager

Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter and the San Leandro City Council have adopted a five-year extension of the contract with City Manager Chris Zapata, who has been serving in that capacity since 2012. “The City Council [...]
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 [...]