November 2006

NYPD Kills Unarmed Man
Instead of attending their son’s wedding, Sean Bell’s family must now begin the painful task of making funeral arrangements for their son. Sean Bell, 23 years old, was killed when several undercover New York Police Officers’ open fired, releasing over 50 shots, killing Sean and injuring two others on the night before his wedding. Why and how did this horrible tragedy happen? Why has another young black man been murdered?

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Save the Date: Evening of Remembrance
On December 12, people from all over Oakland will gather to commemorate the lives of loved ones lost to violence at our annual Evening of Remembrance. We would be honored if you would join us in this effort to start Oakland on the path to peace. Tuesday, December 12, 2006 — 5pm-8pm
Jack London Inn: 444 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square Please join us as we honor those we have lost in 2006 and in years past. We invite you to bring a photograph or memorial if there are loved ones that you would like to honor.

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YES to Green-Collar Jobs
The effort to "go local" means different things to different communities. This month Yes Magazine looks at the state of the "go local" movement, and invited Ella Baker Center to share our perspective. Written by Executive Director Van Jones and Communications Director Ben Wyskida, Green-Collar Jobs for Urban America looks at the effort on the ground in Oakland to create a green economy strong enough to lift communities out of poverty.

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Through our Reclaim the Future program, Ella Baker Center is focused on creating jobs in the green economy as a path out of poverty. Jobs are only part of the equation, however. To create real opportunities for struggling communities, cities need housing policy that makes a good place to live affordable and available.

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LAPD AT IT AGAIN
Here we are, 14 years after the beating of Rodney King was caught on tape, and the LAPD is at it again. On August 11, 2006, two officers of the Los Angeles Police Department beat William Cardenas. They say he is a suspected drug dealer, which apparently gave the officers the right to beat him senseless, and totally ignore his civil rights.

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