April 2010

Growing A Global Heart
Belivie Rooks: educator, writer, producer, and veteran of the multiple civil rights and environmental justice movements around the world. You would think that speaking with her could be a rather intimidating for a 25 year old activist but talking with her was like talking with my mom. Her voice was surprisingly gentle and forceful at the same time. Her words rang with wisdom and experience. She spoke from a place love and responsibility.

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Attending the community vigil for Tiansheng Yu, the victim of a day-time attack in downtown Oakland on April 16th, was both highly emotional and extremely uplifting. The Yu incident was tragic and awful for all involved. But what inspired me was what I saw at the memorial on the same corner where Yu was fatally struck. As I walked up to the corner down Telegraph I thought to myself, “Wow, I wonder who I will see? What type of crowd? Will there be tension with my presence there as a young black man with dreadlocks’?”

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I recently learned about the You Tube video competition- Project Report.  One of the finalists is a short movie-  “The Effects of Violence on Oakland Youth.”  In the first few minutes of the video, its your typical story about violence in Oakland. Oakland residents being afraid of their neighbors, afraid to walk outside, and afraid of being shot. Something we all know.

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The following post is part three of our short series in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.


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Green & Co.
By Bobby Stahl The following post is part two of our short series in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

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40 Years of Earth Day
The following post is part one of our short series in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. By Sahar Shirazi

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Thank You, Dorothy
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights remembers the life and legacy of civil rights legend Dorothy Height who died today at the age of 98. Height was the founder of National Council of Negro Women and worked tirelessly over her career for human and civil rights.

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Check out this video from our Heal the Streets campaign with Christina Gomez who lives in the neighborhood covered by the proposed injunction. Saying No the Gang Injunction - A new Video Blog about the impacts of the proposed gang injunction on folks of color in the community.

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Next week, Oakland could become the first city in the country to stop a proposed gang injunction from being put in place. City Attorney John Russo filed the proposed gang injunction in February which covers over 100 blocks of North Oakland, where I live. The injunction would make it illegal for those on the list from participating in public activities and other activities that are already deemed illegal.

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Honoring Their Courage


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