Abel Habtegeorgis

With the California Air Resources Board set to hold its first auction of carbon emissions permits under the state’s cap-and-trade program today, recently-signed legislation finally guarantees that a significant proportion of the proceeds will benefit low-income, highly polluted communities. This is a big win for California communities of color.

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More than 5 months ago I attended an incredibly sad event in Oakland that unfortunately has been common place in the city I call home. It was the funeral of a young black teenager slain on the streets of Oakland- Alan Blueford.

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2012 Ellas
What a night!

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This summer, GO Public Schools is doing a listening campaign to gather input from a diverse group of Oaklanders about public education in this city.

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Happy Birthday Madiba
Nelson Mandela means all that to me. He was a dreamer, innovator, and fighter. Happy 94th Birthday Madiba!

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I’m a Tar Heel born and bred. For the past 22 years. On June 24, 2012, my home state will dedicate a Historical Marker at Highway 158 and East End Avenue to Ella Baker in Littleton, North Carolina.

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A Father's Pain
As a father, I try to keep an appearance of strength and perseverance. Yet almost daily, I find myself breaking down in tears and frustration, because all I can do is picture my oldest son sitting in a small, dirty prison cell of the DJJ. Because of that, my heart will be torn this Father’s Day.

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In a city as lively, diverse and vibrant as Oakland, innovation is important and celebrated. So it would only make sense that a film festival highlighting innovation would be created in da town’.

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On April 29th, 1992 I was a 7 year old second grader in Oakland, CA with little understanding of race and identity issues. I was just being introduced to the history lessons of slavery and the plight of Native Americans at a time when all that occupied my mind was the foursquare game during recess and what Oakland A’s game I could figure a way to attend with my buddies.

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The Slave Next Door
    Two years ago, as we were moving into our charming, lake view apartment on a quaint little corner of Lake Merritt, I got this email from a friend: Subject:  URGENT NEED!

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