From August 2008

Hundreds Gather to Listen to Obama Speech

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By Gene Hazzard

Hundreds of Oaklanders gathered at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle in downtown Oakland last Thursday to hear Barak Obama officially accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for President.  The event brought out the cities politicians, religious and community leaders and families with their children, all anxious to witness the historic occasion.  The Post was there to take picture and document the event.

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Harvesting Hope Celebration Sept. 11

Harvesting HOPE, a celebration of Food, Community, and Oakland’s Future, will take place on September 11th from 4-8pm at Club Oasis in downtown Oakland at 135 12th Street.

HOPE (Health for Oakland’s People and Environment) is hosting a community celebration of efforts to increase access to fresh, healthy, and affordable local foods and safe places for people to play and be active in Oakland’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

Performers will include Ise Lyfe, Silence the Violence, Youth Speaks, and DJ Be Brown, with Chef GramCrackah firing up a free BBQ. The event is free and open to the public. Read more

Obama's acceptance speech

Following is the text of Barack Obama’s speech accepting DNC nomination for president.To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation;

BarackObamamug.jpgWith profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.

Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest – a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and to yours — Hillary Rodham Clinton. To President Clinton, who last night made the case for change as only he can make it; to Ted Kennedy, who embodies the spirit of service; and to the next Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, I thank you. I am grateful to finish this journey with one of the finest statesmen of our time, a man at ease with everyone from world leaders to the conductors on the Amtrak train he still takes home every night.

To the love of my life, our next First Lady, Michelle Obama, and to Sasha and Malia – I love you so much, and I’m so proud of all of you. Read more

$50,000 Reward Offered “Restaurant Robberies Are Unacceptable”

dellumscops.jpgFrom left to right – Deputy Chief Jeffrey Israel, Mayor Ronald Dellums, Jeffrey Thomason, and Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Oakland Mayor Ronald Dellums issued the following statement on weekend takeover robberies in Oakland:
“The fact that the city of Oakland has had to endure yet another spate of restaurant robberies are unacceptable. The safety of Oakland residents is paramount. The residents of Oakland deserve better than to be victimized by the acts of individuals who tear at the heart of our communities.
“I am working closely with the Oakland Police Department and they are working extremely hard to bring these people to justice. We’ve increased deployment of patrol officers in strategic areas, we have garnered the assistance of the Guardian Angels, and are working out the details on a partnership for private security in our business corridors. Our public safety director will continue to reach out to businesses and merchant associations to discuss additional services that we may provide. Read more

Oakland Athletic League Public Hearing

ahleticleague.jpgFrom left to right: Oakland School Boardmember Chris Dobbins, Michael Moore Sr., recently appointed OAL Commissioner and Oakland School Boardmember Noel Gallo listen to speakers at public hearing on the future of the Oakland Athletic League. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

By Ken Epstein

Speakers at a school district public hearing overwhelming opposed a proposal to dissolve the 89-year old Oakland Athletic League as an independent section in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF).
If dissolved, the Oakland Athletic League (OAL) teams could become part of the larger North Coast Section, which contains 168 schools and is based in San Ramon.
The OAL, smallest of 10 sections in the CIF, is in charge of varsity-level competition at the city’s six public high schools, serving more than 2,000 students a year in 22 men’s and women’s sports, with an annual budget of about $800,000.
“As far as the OAL maintaining its autonomy, it’s an absolute must,” said Robert Perry, former Oakland Fremont High basketball coach, one of the community speakers at the hearing, held Aug. 21 at the school district headquarters. Read more

Thousands Celebrate Back to School

b2school.jpgOakland Tech High School graduate and Boston Celtics superstar basketball player Leon Powe with some of the Oakland school students who participated at City Hall on Sunday in the all-day event of “Attend and Achieve” 2008 Back to School Rally. More than 600 back-to-school backpacks were provided to students from “Native Oaklanders Give Back”. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Leon Powe’s Basketball Camp

powefab.jpgBoston Celtics superstar Leon Powe and Rap artist Mr. Fab with students attending the two day Leon Powe’s basketball clinic at the campus of Merritt College in Oakland. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

By Ken Epstein

Leon Powe, former Cal All-American, helped the Boston Celtics win the NBA title in June. Now, the Oakland Technical High School graduate is back in his native city to share his expertise with young people.
Last Friday and Saturday, he put on the second annual Powe Folk’s basketball camp for 200 young men and women ages 7 to 18. Held in the Merritt College gymnasium, it cost $25 for the two days.
“We want to bring something positive to Oakland, especially for the kids,” Powe said. “We want to give them something that they can take into their in everyday lives.”
Before they broke for lunch on Friday, some the young athletes told Powe what they learned that was new. Read more

Obama’s Electric Moment in Denver

situation.jpgFrom left to right: Post Publisher Paul Cobb, Kevin Jefferson, Conway Jones and Gay Plair Cobb in “the Post Situation Room” at the Sheraton Hotel in Denver. Photo by Ace Washington.

By Paul Cobb
Special from Denver, Co

The Post News Group converted the Denver Sheraton Hotel’s main lobby into its “situation room” during the Democratic national Convention. Many impromptu interviews and photo-ops were available. Senators, Governors, Mayors, Congresspersons, other electeds and many of the selecteds, along with “other ordinary greats” were “Posterized.” From the Post’s perch we were able to see the passersby; from Willie Brown to Rev. Amos Brown, from Jesse Jackson Sr. to Jesse Jackson, Jr., from Ray Taliaferro to Wade Woods from Desley Brooks to Dezie Woods Jones, from Alice Huffman to Chris Jackson, from Tom Hayden to Charles Rangel, from Barbara Lee to Bill Clinton from Delores Huerta to Gloria Allred, from Vernon Jordan to Percy Pinkney, from David Chai to Gay Plair Cobb, from Jean Quan to Alicia Wang, from Angela Glover Blackwell to Danny Glover and many more volunteers and political aficionados were interviewed, photographed and given bottles of H2Obama water to quench their thirsts for “Change”. Read more

Faces Around the Bay: Akaysha and D’Asia Calhoun

facesakaysha.jpgBerkeley Schools resumed classes on Wednesday, August 27Th. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are minimum days. Monday, September 1st is the Labor Day Holiday.
Akaysha and D’Asia Calhoun are reflecting on the fun of summer and anticipating returning to school.
’Asia recalls, “Summer was fun; I loved Camp Winnarainbow. We had classes in hip hop, gymnastics, stilt walking, and we were never bored.” She anticipates school (she’ll enter the 6th grade) because, “I love to see my friends and enjoy shopping for school supplies.” Akaysha, entering first grade says, :”I played on the Computer, ‘Games For Girls “ and adds, “The games are free!”, “I made a huge paper umbrella this summer.” As for returning to school, “I will have a new partner this year. I love to play wall ball and spider, and I like Phonics because it’s harder than other things

Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.

Balinese Mask Maker’s Featured in Dancing Poetry Festival

dancingpoetry.jpgTuju Taksu Masked Dance Theatre will performs at the Dancing Poetry Festival on September 27 at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco.

By Natica Angilly
Part 4

The fifteenth annual Dancing-Poetry Festival on September 27th at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, is from noon to 4PM. This year’s program includes 18 diverse international groups selected during a broad search for contrasting & distinctive talents. The three Grand Prize winners will be premiered on the Florence Gould Theater stage . Of the many candidates, forty other prize winning poems will also be honored.
One of the international performance groups to be featured is Tuju Taksu, a performance troupe using masks by a Master Balinese mask maker, Ida Bagus Oka. Read more

Get Wise About Your Credit Matters

Dear Credit Lady:

I’m in the process of purchasing a home, and I’m thinking about paying off some collection accounts and closing down a few accounts to increase my score. My mother told me that this would decrease my score. Will my score actually go down by paying off my old collection accounts and closing out a few accounts?
Melissa Jones

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Wells Fargo Announces $2 Billion, 10-Year Lending Goal to African American Businesses

brenda-ross-dulan.jpgAfter reaching its goal to lend $1 billion to African American business owners by 2010 earlier this year, Wells Fargo has announced a goal to lend an additional $1 billion by 2018, expanding the cumulative goal to $2 billion. The announcement was made as Wells Fargo celebrates the 10th anniversary of its African American Business Services program. Through alliances with national and regional organizations supporting the African American community, Wells Fargo provides outreach and education to African American business owners, increasing their access to capital and other financial services. Read more

Rev. Joseph L. Jones – 45 Years of Service to the Community

lovemain.jpgRev. Joseph L. Jones stands in the computer center at his church where youth are given free computer training.

By David Scott

On September 17-21, Rev. Joseph L. Jones and The Love Temple Missionary Baptist (LTMB) Church will celebrate its 45th year at 8401 Birch Street at 84th Avenue, Oakland.
Rev. Jones, who was born in McGee, Arkansas in 1930, is the founder and senior pastor who, with his wife, Bobbie, has faithfully served the congregation. He credits two church sisters, Betty and Emma Jean Immersion for helping maintain a strong congregation base.
The Jones’s have 4 children; Debra Jones, Dexter Jones, Corliss Jones-Nelson, and Stanley Keith Jones. Read more

Whites Will No Longer Be A Majority By 2042

By Stephen Ohlemacher
The Associated Press

White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, according to new government projections. That’s eight years sooner than previous estimates, made in 2004. The nation has been growing more diverse for decades, but the process has sped up through immigration and higher birth rates among minority residents, especially Hispanics. It is also growing older.
“The white population is older and very much centered around the aging baby boomers who are well past their high fertility years,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. “The future of America is epitomized by the young people today. They are basically the melting pot we are going to see in the future.”
The Census Bureau last week  released population projections through 2050, based on rates for births, deaths and immigration. They are subject to big revisions, depending on immigration policy, cultural changes and natural or manmade disasters. Read more

Dr. D.J. Williams’ 20 Years With Wings of Love

wingsoflove.jpgSeptember 6 marks the 20th Anniversary of Wings of Love Maranatha Ministries pastored by Bishop D. J. Williams and First Lady Ida Williams.
Standing like a beacon in a residential area of East Oakland , Wings of Love at 7007 MacArthur Blvd., has been an extraordinary example of community building and spiritual revitalization serving those most in need.
Their leadership and dedication has allowed Wings Of Love to flourish greatly, and their service to both members and the community has been a great inspiration to the local youth due to the great sense of character that they demonstrate. This milestone deserves tremendous celebration as they pursue great success in the years to come.
Mayor Ronald V. Dellums has officially proclaimed Saturday, September 6, 2008 as “Bishop D. J. and Ida Williams Day.”
Celebration Services are as follows:
Divine Worship Service 11:00 a.m.
Fellowship Dinner 1:30 p.m.
Afternoon Musical 3:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Dr. James Doggette, Madison Alabama

For more information, call (510) 569-0223.

‘Freedom Fighters Night’ Honors Activists

By Ken Epstein

allornone.jpgAll of us or None, a unique civil rights organization composed of prisoners and former prisoners, recently held a Community Freedom Fighters Night to honor two activists who have close family members with life threatening illnesses.
The honorees, Dorsey Nunn and Linda Evans, are active members and among the co-founders of the organization. Prominent Oakland businessman Geoffrey Pete donated his club, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, for the Aug. 21 event, which raised more than $10,000. Read more

The Black/White Divide in America…Still

 By Post Staff

Although modernized, the incredibly destructive  racism and discrimination that persisted from 1619 into the 1960’s  in America have been replaced, though not completely, with the damage of indifference. This tragedy is clearly set forth in the recently published book: The Black/White Divide in America… Still, by Dr. Marlin Foxworth and Ralph Gordon.
Many cling to the myth that America is the preeminent land of equality, but the authors, by delineating numerous negative social consequences of racism explode the myth and show that America is a nation permeated by dominance and subordination.
In 1968, Black Rage, written by two psychiatrists: Price Cobbs, M.D., and William Grier, M.D., revealed, with profound insight, the social circumstances of racism. Foxworth and Gordon dissect the modern versions of those same circumstances, while highlighting the powerful function of stereotypes and language manipulation, which engender the varied perceptions and misperceptions of the racial divide that keep racism in alive and well. Read more

Lee Alarmed By U.S. Census Bureau Report Findings

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) on Wednesday issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Census Bureau report that found that 8.4 percent of the residents over the age of 65 in Alameda County are living in poverty and that African-American households continue to pull up the rear when it comes to family incomes, earning substantially less than their Hispanic, Asian-American and non-Hispanic white counterparts.
“I am troubled by the statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau that found that the number of elderly residents living in poverty continues to increase throughout Alameda County,” Congresswoman Lee said. “It is unconscionable to have so many of our elderly residents living at or beneath the poverty line, especially when you consider that they reside in a state that is among the wealthiest in the nation. The report shows that we must redouble our efforts to ensure that those in the twilight of their lives can live comfortably. Read more

Swanson Chooses Budget over Convention

SandreSwanson.jpgAssemblymember Swanson (D-Alameda), announced on Friday that he will forgo a trip to the Democratic National Convention, scheduled to run from August 25-28, in order to continue work on the State’s budget crisis. Like many other legislators, he is a delegate to the convention.”In good conscience, I just cannot go there.  Our current budget crisis is preventing students from attending California State Universities, we are laying off state workers, and teachers continue to receive pink slip notices. In fact California’s unemployment rate has reached 7.3%.  I will be spending every day of next week urging my colleagues to finish the budget, and to complete the remaining legislative work we have before us, ” remarked Assemblymember Swanson, who chairs the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee.  He is also a member of the Budget Committee. Read more

Education: the Cornerstone of Our Democracy

By Ruth Love, Ph.D.

Ruthlovemug.jpgEducation is the major social justice issue of this decade. It remains a gigantic challenge for educators and non-educators, alike.. Without question, every child has the right to be well education., whether rich or poor, black, white or brown, bilingual or mono-lingual, we mis-educate these children at our peril.

As an industry, education is one of least expensive investment that can be made. Indeed, it is an investment in our collective future. To realize a return on our investment, education must be equitable and excellent. It is the great equalizer, the balance wheel of justice, as Horace Mann predicted. There is no place in this highly technological society for an uneducated man or woman. Those without an education and skills will likely find their way into anti social, non-productive avenues. Many will become victims of the prison system, the largest growth industry. Others may join the unemployment lines. Still others will detour to drugs and alcohol. All of these detours are costly, both in terms of human capital and in expenditures passed on to citizens. Hence, by comparison, education becomes much less costly. Someone has said, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Read more

African-Americans and the 2008 Democratic National Convention

The delegation to the 2008 Democratic National Convention is being called the most diverse in Party history, and African-Americans are playing a central role. More African-American delegates have been elected to this year’s Convention than ever before. African-American speakers will be featured nightly in roles from roles on key committees and as senior leaders on the Convention’s management team.Below are some key facts about African American attendance and participation during the convention.

Delegates

There is a 4.1% percent increase in the number of African-American delegates elected to the Convention from 2004 to 2008. 24.5 percent of delegates elected in 2008 are African-American (1,087 in total), compared to 20.4 percent in 2004
(886).

Convention Speakers (partial list)

Monday: One Nation – Speakers include Michelle Obama, Craig Robinson and Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL)
Tuesday: Renewing America’s Promise – Speakers include Gov. Deval Patrick and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC).
Dr. Cynthia Hale will deliver the Invocation.
Wednesday: Securing American Future – Speakers include House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (SC)
Thursday: Change You Can Believe In – Speakers include Senator Barack Obama

Convention Standing Committees

Credentials Committee
The Credentials Committee is charged with coordinating issues around the selection of delegates and alternates to the
Convention. The committee will issue a report that is the first official item of business at the Convention. African-
Americans serving on this committee include The Honorable Alexis Herman who is a Committee Co-chair, Baltimore
Mayor Sheila Dixon and Christopher Edley, Jr., Dean of the Berkley School of Law at the University of California.

Platform Committee
The Platform Committee is responsible for drafting and recommending a proposed National Platform for approval at the
Convention. African-Americans serving on this committee include Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick who is a
Committee Co-chair, Colorado Senate President Peter Groff, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, Trenton
Mayor Douglas Palmer and National Education Association President Reginald Weaver.

Rules Committee
The Rules Committee is responsible for proposing the Permanent Rules for the Convention, adopting the proposed
Convention agenda and making recommendations for permanent Convention officers – all addressed as the second
official item of business at the Convention. African-Americans serving on this committee include Columbus Mayor
Michael Coleman, Bishop David Evans, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson and Bishop Vashti McKenzie.

Special Convention Programs

Interfaith Gathering
The Interfaith Gathering will kick off the 2008 Convention on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wells Fargo
Theater. The gathering will include religious leaders from many faith communities, including Bishop Charles E. Blake of
the Church of God in Christ, and musical artists such as Grammy-award winning artists Richard Smallwood & Vision.

Unity Breakfast
This event will commemorate the 45th anniversary of the March on Washington on Thursday, August 28 and will include
prominent African American leaders including Martin Luther King III, Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Caucus Meetings

Meetings of the Black Caucus will take place Monday, August 25 and Wednesday, August 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00
p.m. MDT at the Colorado Convention Center. All caucus meetings are open to the public and members of the media.

Monday: Urban Renewal, Quality Education and Job Creation (10:00 a.m.)
The program will feature a panel of experts in the areas of education and economic development who will engage in a
discussion of Senator Obama’s plan for the renewal of Urban America and the importance of investing in our schools
and infrastructure as a means for creating high quality, high wage jobs. The panel will include the President and CEO of
National Urban League Marc Morial, former Mayor of New Orleans; Hon. Michael Coleman, Mayor of Columbus, Ohio;
and Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone.

Monday: Young Leaders Summit – Building the Next Generation of Democratic Leaders(11:00 a.m.)
Senator Obama and the DNC will recognize young leaders from across the country already making a difference in the
lives of their communities in the spirit of Senator Obama’s message of activism, cooperation and change. Panelists
include Kerry Washington, National Co-chair, Vote for Change voter registration program; Alisha Thomas Morgan, the
first African American elected to the Georgia House of Representatives from Cobb County; and Ephren W. Taylor II, the
youngest African-American CEO of any publicly traded company ever – City Capital Corporation

Wednesday: Training the Trainer – Organizing That Works
The Obama campaign has developed one of the most successful grassroots campaigns in the history of American
politics. Featured participants will include Donna Brazile, President and CEO of Brazile and Associates and national
political commentator. This session will provide an overview of the campaign’s activities from the primary season and
insight into its plans for the fall.

Senior Staff of Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC)

African Americans also occupy key leadership roles on the DNCC, the official arm of the Democratic Party responsible for
planning and organizing the 2008 Convention in Denver. Key staff members include Convention CEO Leah D. Daughtry;
Travis Dredd, Deputy CEO for Inside the Hall Operations; Christian Duffus, Deputy CEO for Finance and Administration;
Cameron Moody, Deputy CEO for Outside the Hall Operations; Tina Akintayo, Director of Housing; Yolanda Caraway,
Director of Podium Operations; Tasha Cole, Director of Political Affairs; Atif Harden, Co-Director, Colorado Convention
Center and Damon Jones, Director of Press Relations. Mayor Shirley Franklin of Atlanta serves as Co-chair of the 2008
Convention.

Convention to Highlight Diverse Faith Leaders

DENVER – In keeping with Barack Obama’s personal commitment and the commitment of the Democratic Party to put faith in action, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) and the Obama for America campaign today announced that the 2008 Democratic National Convention will recognize the tireless efforts of those in the faith community working toward the common good.
“Senator Obama is a committed Christian, and he believes that people of all faiths have an important place in American life,” said Joshua Dubois, Obama For America Director of Religious Affairs. “He’s proud to work with the Democratic National Convention Committee on a Convention that fully engages people of faith in dialogue, celebration and prayer. We are honored that so many religious leaders are reaching across partisan and ideological lines in this Convention to address the values that matter to Americans.” Read more

Thompson to Direct Guice Christian Academy

Guice.jpgDr. Clifford Thompson has been appointed to head the prestigious Dr. Herbert Guice Christian Academy. The private elementary school has achieved distinction for its excellent academic performances by the students for more than 10 years. The school is located 6925 International Boulevard, Oakland.
The school was started by the late Dr. Guice and the Bethel Baptist Church, in 1997. Bethel had given more than a million dollars in scholarships.
Dr. Thompson, known as a “Learning and Instruction Administrator” with over 25 years of experience in education, said he believes “all children can learn and with a proper instructional facilitation, they will learn.” Read more

Sports Owners Backing McCain

Owners of professional sports teams in the U.S. are overwhelmingly backing Republican John McCain over Democrat Barack Obama in the presidential race.
Through the end of June, team owners and their families in the four major sports — baseball, football, basketball, and hockey — have reportedly contributed or raised more than $3.2 million to aid McCain, compared to only $615,000 for Obama.
McCain even raised over six times more than Obama from the owners of teams in Obama’s hometown of Chicago.
And owners of the teams in McCain’s hometown, Phoenix, contributed or raised as much as $550,000 for the Republican — and nothing for Obama. Read more