June 2011

Oakland Budget Deadline
The June 30 deadline is fast approaching for Oakland City Council and Mayor Jean Quan to pass a budget that closes the $58 million budget deficit looming over the city.  And organizations and staff of the Oakland Rising are pressing our elected officials to pass a budget that minimize

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Metal Noose
A poem by Heal the Streets fellow Tele'jon Quinn.

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Exercise Cell at the Pelican Bay SHU

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This post originally appeared on the ACRJ Blog.

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In a lot of ways, it’s pretty great to be a girl growing up today.  In my work with Girls on the Run, an after-school program for 3rd-5th grade girls, I get the joy of introducing girls to athletics.  For many of these girls, it’s second nature for their families

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Van Jones Does it Again!
If you were wondering where I was last week, I was busy getting re-inspired, re-engaged, and re-energized at Netroots Nation 2011. There were special moments throughout the conference. None more special than the speech of Ella Baker Center founder, Van Jones.

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A Rally for Fairness
Yesterday, I arrived at the Oakland United for a Fair Budget Rally ready to see change.  As an intern, I was attending the rally not only to support a fair budget, but also in support of the Ella Baker Center.  I was directed to introduce myself to people at the rally, and to talk to them about our work here at Ella Baker Center, and hopefully get some new contacts for our mailing list.

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Black Music Month
I will never forget the name Lionel Tate. In 2001, internationally acclaimed emcee and actor, Mos Def showed up unannounced to a political hip-hop show I helped organize in Los Angeles. We were all excited and curious as he made his way to the stage, but he didn’t come to perform that night. He came to advocate, and he came to teach.

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Norwalk Youth Prison

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