December, 2007

Sacramento Bee
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Huddled against the wall, an 18-year-old second-degree murderer named Jeffrey Stevenson crooked a telephone into his neck, barely talking, but staying in touch with the transmitted sounds of life on the outside. Under Assembly Bill 1300, a new law lobbied by Books Not Bars and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, it was one of at least four telephone calls that Stevenson will get to make every month, regardless of his disciplinary status. > more
Tell Me More from NPR
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
NPR News aired an interview with Jakada Imani on green-collar jobs initiatives and community dynamics. An excerpt: "As you take predominantly African-American and Latino communities and you break them up by adding what often ends up as white newcomers, you shift the voting demographic, you shift the stores and what is available around, and you completely change the 'complexion' of the community. By lifting up the folks in the community and provide better economic opportunities, we can create mixed-income communities in a very different way..."
Listen to the radio interview (7 min):
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LA Times
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
The principal financial backer of a proposed state ballot measure to step up the fight against crime in California is under investigation by federal prosecutors, who are looking into possible stock manipulation. Henry T. Nicholas III, an Orange County billionaire who contributed $1 million as the sponsor of the Committee to Take Back Our Neighborhoods, has also been accused in civil litigation of using illegal drugs and paying for prostitutes. > more
KQED
Monday, December 17, 2007
Jakada Imani focuses on urban futures amidst the presidential campaign, addressing the question, "What is the 'urban agenda?'" For the full forum discussion, follow the title link.
Listen to the story from KQED radio (2.5 min):
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Oakland Tribune
Friday, December 14, 2007
The Evening of Remembrance, held at First Christian Church in Oakland, is one of several events this week designed to provide support for friends and families of murder victims. What the events all have in common is a desire to bring people together to begin the healing process and also to come up with solutions to stop the violence that has snuffed out the lives of so many Oakland youths. There have been 116 homicides in Oakland so far this year. > more
Alameda Times-Star
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
A plan to make Oakland a center of "green-collar" jobs — endorsed with $250,000 by the City Council last summer — came closer to fruition this week when the group spearheading the effort produced an inventory of 126 green businesses willing to participate. Now, businesses ranging from Blue Sky Bio-fuels of Oakland to Solar City in Foster City to Dan Antonioli Construction, an Oakland contractor using ecologically sound building practices, have said they will hire people trained in "job readiness" skills and will provide specific on-the-job training in their fields. > more
Gambit Weekly
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
A few American notables (including Ella Baker Center's Aaron Lehmer) respond to the question: How far have we come since Kyoto and what needs to be done next? > more
Oakland Tribune
Monday, December 3, 2007
Youth from Oakland, Richmond, and Berkeley came together for Turf Unity II, when the Ella Baker Center transforms into a music studio. They worked across neighborhood lines to write, record, and produce an entire album. "It's getting people to think differently about what's happening with the homicides," said Nicole Lee, director of Silence the Violence. > more
KTVU Channel 2 News
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Youth from Oakland, Richmond, and Berkeley came together for Turf Unity II, transforming the Ella Baker Center into a music studio for a weekend. They worked across neighborhood lines to write, record, and produce a complete album with a message of peace. Check out the clip > more
Green Seed Radio
Saturday, December 1, 2007
As the specifics of green-collar jobs plans come together, Aaron Lehmer decribes the face of a green job, tells how they fit into communities, and talks about the origins of environmental justice.
Listen to the radio interview (12 min):
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