February 2012

Edible Roof Top Garden Service Project
Earlier this month, we teamed up with Oakland Food Connection for a day of service at E.C. Reems Academy in East Oakland. Together we worked on an edible roof top garden that serves as a living classroom for students learning how to prepare simple, healthy meals from the food they grow onsite.

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In 2007, Paul Hawken published Blessed Unrest, which documented a new type of movement. One which has no single leader, but in which many people are leading. There are literally millions of organizations large and small that were -- and still are -- growing a new type of movement.

TAGS: Billy Parish
“Health is a social justice option”
With fewer than 30 days until Team Ella Baker Center shines at the Oakland Running Festival, I bring you part four of my heath and fitness series on Ella’s Voice. Meet my awesome and kickass workout buddy Salima Hamirani.

TAGS: fitness
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 Mayor Jean Quan, gave her first State of the City speech entitled “Oakland is on the Rise” to an audience of Oakland’s community, labor, business, athletic, musical and grassroots leaders.  As one of Oakland’s native daughters, the mother of a young son and the Executive Director of Oakland Rising, I listened to the State of the City pensively.

TAGS: 100 Block Plan
This morning, I read the Colorlines article about Rihanna’s new song, “Birthday Cake” featuring her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.  The release of this song comes three years after Chris Brown attacked his then-girlfriend on the eve of the Grammys, inflicting a split lip, a black eye and other injuries.

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Sh*t People Say to Oaklanders
Have you seen our video yet? Over 8,000 people have. We love what Youtube commenter @stmontauk had to say: "it's making fun of people who say that sh*t. The intended audience is people? who actually know how great of a city Oakland really is." Check it out and share it with fellow Oaklanders.

TAGS: In Oakland
Today, We March for Dignity
On Friday morning (February 17th), hundreds of people rallied and marched with workers recently fired from Pacific Steel in Berkeley after a federal immigrations crackdown on their workplace.  Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents audited their factory in December and demanded the firing of all workers without social security numbers.

TAGS: #oo
“We take prisons for granted but are often afraid to face the realities they produce.” –Angela Davis 350 men were burned alive on Tuesday. 350 men were burned alive on Tuesday in Honduras. 350 men were burned alive on Tuesday in Honduras inside a prison. 350 men are dead.

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INSIGHT: Jakada Imani
m/Oppenheim is a consultancy focused on recruiting non-profit executive leadership. They also produce INSIGHT videos featuring remarkable leaders. Watch this interview with Jakada Imani, our Executive Director, on strategies and solutions to youth violence.  

TAGS: Ella Baker Center