October 2006

Chron gets hyphy?
With a little help from Ella Baker Center Political Director Nicole Lee, the San Francisco Chronicle took a look at the "hyphy" movement in Oakland - and its positive impact on young people:

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Racial Profiling At Its Worst
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera is seeking a civil injunction against a street gang called the “Oakdale Mob”. His reasoning is that the community of Bay View Hunters Point needs protection from members of this infamous gang, whose members commute there to sell drugs, kill rivals and witnesses, and overall terrorize the residents of that community.

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This past Monday in Los Angeles, eighty Families for Books Not Bars members and our allies took our case right to the Governor. At his Los Angeles campaign headquarters, families of youth in California's terrible system demanded justice and change. La Opinion - the most widely read newspaper in California - was there to capture the moment. Read more about the action here.

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Copley Decision Good for Cops
In light of the recent Copley decision, which basically says that we, the public, no longer have the right to know the names of police officers that have had any disciplinary action taken against them, as a community, we are headed in a very distressing direction. For some of us, this may not seem like an issue that needs much attention paid to it. After all, the issue is wrapped up in legal verbiage that some of us cannot understand.

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