By Brigette R. LeBlanc
My name is Brigette R. LeBlanc, and I am President of Black Women Organized For Political Action San Francisco-Peninsula Chapter. I invite you to consider joining BWOPA and to also extend that same invitation to your colleagues and family members. BWOPA is a state organization with seven chapters throughout the state of California with 1600 plus members. BWOPA is the oldest and most prestigious Black Woman’s Political organization of its kind in the state of California. We have now enjoyed over 35 years of activism, political action, leadership training and mentorship; with seven active chapters statewide. In addition to this, as a BWOPA member you join a network of professionals, grass roots organizers, Civil Rights activists, and community organizers who are unified in ensuring that issues that impact Black Women and their communities are identified and addressed in the political forum. Read more
By Wade Woods
During his tenure as Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi has proved to be the most accessible public servant in the city. A graduate of the San Francisco Police academy, Ross worked as an investigator for the District Attorney’s Office, pursuing white-collar criminals before running successfully for District 5 (Western Addition/Haight) in 2004
Markarimi has been a fixture at Western Addition Community Advisory Council meetings, was the driving force behind bringing a One Stop Shop employment program to the Western Addition and has been of the community in it’s fights with the Redevelopment Agency. Some of Mirkarimi’s accomplishments during the last four years as District 5 Supervisors have been; Decline in violent crime by adding more foot patrols and community policing. Closed stagnant workforce programs and added new job programs. Passed legislation to increase affordable housing. Stopped unjust school closures and revived parent teacher associations. Defended against the closure of mental health bead at San Francisco General Hospital. Read more
By Post Staff
Mayor Ron Dellums this week urged local voters to pass Measure NN, a property tax that would increase the size of the Oakland Police Department by 35 officers and 25 technicians a year for the next three years.
“I think this community does want more police officers,” Dellums said at a press briefing Wednesday, explaining that the 105 officers and 75 technicians are what OPD says it needs. “At some point you’ve got to pay for it. Nothing comes for free.”
Pointing out that the Oakland police force is smaller than most cities of similar size, he said that increased staffing would put more officers on the streets, increase the number of homicide and robbery investigators and hire additional technicians to takeover civilian functions that are now must be handled by covered by sworn officers. Read more
By Ken A. Epstein
The orientation and family day for Oakland Fire Department recruits had a bitter sweet flavor – a new generation of firefighters was preparing to put on uniforms as an experienced leader was stepping down.
Eighteen enthusiastic trainees, along with their family members, came to the orientation last Saturday morning at the Fire Training Division near downtown Oakland to learn what do expect from the grueling 26-week training academy that will start Nov. 3
They were welcomed by Fire Chief Dan Farrell, a 28-year OFD veteran, who said he was retiring that day after he finished speaking to them.
“This is not about you; it’s about providing a stellar level of service to the citizens of Oakland,” Farrell said. Though he was retiring, he said, “After you finish your training, I’ll be there to congratulate you.”
The theme of service to community was repeated in presentations, where recruits learned they would be facing hard tests, both physical and academic. Read more
By 8th Graders Kristin Art and Rebecca Zinke
Children’s imaginations came to life during the annual International Peace Day celebration at the Principled Academy, a nondenominational religious school in San Leandro.
Kicking off the celebration was a heart-touching prayer for peace by Dr. Mose Durst, a founder of the school. Uniquely decorated river rocks, a huge “globe” drawn on the playground with sidewalk chalk and yoyo balloons filled the school with movement, laughter, and color.
As part of the program, the school sang in harmony to the song “Run, River Run”. Eighth-graders Michelle Thompson and Kristin Art, the MCs, explained the origins at the United Nations of International Peace Day in 1982 and then led a silent prayer for peace, ending with “Let Peace Prevail on Earth.” Read more
Burris sues Police for Misconduct Again
By Post Staff
In the wake of news reports uncovering failures of the Oakland Police Department to fully investigate the killing of Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey, Mayor Ron Dellums is asking Attorney General Jerry Brown to conduct an independent probe of the department’s handling of the case.
“I have asked the California State Attorney General to conduct an independent investigation into the Oakland Police Department’s handling of the Chauncey Bailey murder investigation,” Dellums said in a news release Tuesday.
In addition, Dellums requested that a retired judge or expert in criminal investigations be assigned to participate in the process to “further enhance the objectivity of this investigation,” he said.
A series of news reports were published in the Oakland Tribune Saturday, Sunday and Monday, produced by a team of reporters called The Chauncey Bailey Project. In the series, the project reported that lead detective Derwin Longmire, had failed to document in his notes evidence that linked Yusuf Bey IV, leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, to the slaying.
The evidence includes a tracking device that shows Bey IV stalked Bailey seven hours before the killing, According to the project, Longmire’s case notes do not document any analysis of Bey IV’s cell pone records, which were obtained with a warrant. They also show a series of calls within minutes of the killing. Read more
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By Alice A. Huffman
President, California NAACP
There comes a time when society’s values and mores are called into question and we must sort out what is important to the well being of humanity. Proposition 8 brings us to just such cross roads where we must cast a vote on November 4, on one side or the other. In arriving at our position we analyzed the issue from several angles and realized that there is no need for Proposition 8.
First we addressed the issue of “Marriage.” As we know, not everyone in our diverse community practice the same brand of religion and not all of us who profess faith in one denomination interpret the bible in the same way. The proponents will have us believe that marriage is a sacred union between a man and woman and they will use biblical quotes to back them up. The truth is, the sacred union of marriage is one performed in the church with believers in the doctrine of that church and practices its faith. Thus, the transference of the license to the sanctity of the church is a Christian choice made post the granting of the marriage license by the government. Read more
Barbara Tengeri is a top 100 volunteer with the Barack Obama Campaign. Barbara has made over 10,000 phone calls for the campaign. Barbara is very enthusiastic about the prospect of a Black President. Photo by Ace Washington.
Eva Rutland, a 91-year-old blind author, will be coming to Oakland Nov. 1 to sign copies of her book, “When We Were Colored, a Mother’s Story,” at the African American Museum & Library, 659 14th St., Oakland.
Eva Rutland’s memoir chronicles her life as a black mother raising four children in the 1950s and 1960s during the early days of integration.
Rutland went blind in her fifties, but she continues to write and has published more than 20 novels, mostly Harlequin romances.
Her first book “When We Were Colored” was originally published in 1964 and tells the story of a middle class black family living in Sacramento, California in the 1950’s and 1960’s, before civil rights when segregation was legal and discrimination was the norm. Read more
By Post Staff
Marlon McWilson, an educator and consultant, is challenging incumbent Marcie Hodge for the Area 2 seat on the board of the Peralta Community College District.
McWilson, a UC Berkeley graduate, chairs community feeding for the Oakland Black Caucus, which provides meals to thousands of people every holiday. He also organizes his own annual turkey drives in which he has given away more than 10,000 turkeys over the past decade.
Hodge, a psychotherapist and educator, says she has worked to keep college affordable for Oakland students and wants to ensure that students receive financial aid checks in a timely manner. She has sometimes been involved in hostile public conflicts with her colleagues on the Peralta board.
McWilson 33, played football at UC Berkeley. He has taught in Oakland at Castlemont High and Sherman Elementary schools. Currently, he develops educational curriculum and works with UC to support student athletes who are having academic problems. Read more
The Star Bethel Missionary Baptist Church will observe a Homecoming and Mortgage Burning Ceremony this Sunday, October 26, 2008, at 3:00 p.m.
The theme for the occasion will be Psalm 126:3a: “The Lord has done great things for us,” and the guest speaker will be the Reverend Gregory B. Payton, Pastor of Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland. Music will be provided by the Homecoming Choir and all past and present choir members are asked to participate in the musical portion. All former members of Star Bethel are also invited to share in this historic occasion. Everyone is welcome.
The event is presented by Reverend Dr. Earl J. Ward, Pastor, Mrs. Alberta Ross, Chairperson and Co-chairpersons Mr. Roman J. Bridges and Mr. Leonard Jones, Co-chairpersons
The Star Bethel Missionary Baptist Church is located at 5800 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, California. For more information on the event please call 510) 652-6464.
Oakland dancer and choreographer Ron Guidi founded the Oakland Ballet in 1965, 18 years after the California’s first African American Ballet troupe, the Los Angeles based “Ballet Americana” premiered their first performance.
In the years since Guidi, has become known as a maverick in the dance world and it’s his openness and insistence that dance be accessible for everyone that has lead to such a diverse company.
“I know people perceive ballet as this white art but that wasn’t my experience growing up” said Omar Shabazz who danced full time with the company for nearly 10 years. “I grew up in a multicultural company. It was like a family and my best friends.” Read more
“Her sense of justice – and injustice – runs about as deep as it’s possible to go.” Those are the words of BONO, lead singer of U2 and cofounder of the anti-poverty organization ONE, written on the back of the cover of Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s first book.
Lee’s passion for justice and peace are better understood as you read her uninhibited life story which included domestic violence, teen pregnancy, abortion and public assistance. She opens the book with the story of her birth which was surrounded with racism and inhumane treatment as her Mother, Mildred Massey, in need of a Cesarean Section, was refused admission to Hotel Dieu Hospital in El Paso, Texas. She remembers her father and step-father who served in the Army and “returned to America where racism, segregation, and degradation were legally institutionalized by the government”. Read more
By Wade Woods
The Northern California Radio-Television News Directors Association has selected four veteran broadcast journalists to receive a prestigious Lifetime Award at its annual dinner to be held on Saturday November 15, 2008, in San Francisco.
Barbra Rodgers retired in June from the KPIX CBS 5 anchor desk. During her 29 years at the San Francisco station, Rodgers won many broadcast journalism awards, including an EMMY for a series of reports on crime-ridden public housing, and a RTNDA/UNITY award for a series on American Muslims.
Also receiving the award will be Bob Mackenzie of KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland, Dave Walker and Lois Hart of KCRA 3 in Sacramento a Husband and wife team that will be retiring their nightly anchor desk later this year. Read more
Dexter Daniels has spent most of his life in Berkeley: attended Lincoln, Willard, and Berkeley High. He belonged to the South Berkeley YMCA and attributes many positive things to that membership. “They kept me out of trouble; I’ve never been arrested — never spent a day in jail,” he reports, “and I learned how to shoot pool there.” Daniels, now retired from 24 years with PacBell, is shown in photo demonstrating his talent as a sharp pool player.
Daniels has three boys: “twins and a junior”. he says, “ and I am passionate about Obama and his politics.”
Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.
Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church of Richmond joined with the Foster Kinship Care Program of Contra Costa Community College in co-sponsoring the first annual Breast Cancer Awareness 6.3 mile walk-a-thon at the shores of the Richmond Marina. Proceeds of the walk-a-thon was presented to the Friends of Faith Foundation. Photo by Gene Hazzard.
Ninety-five walkers participated in a 1st Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-a-thon co-sponsored by Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church of Richmond, Reverend Dr. Alvin C. Bernstine, Pastor, and the Foster Kinship Care Program at Contra Costa Community College, Dr. Intisar Shareef, Director, on Saturday, October 11, 2008.
Bethlehem’s Women’s Ministry Resource and Referral Team, under the leadership of Vernadine Randle, and coordinated by Glenda Roberts, organized the walk-a-thon as a part of the church’s 63rd Church Anniversary, as a community outreach, and to raise awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Read more
By Jorge Portugal L.
Side-splitting, tear-rolling, stomach ache inducing, raucous laughter will be the order of the night beginning at 7:30 PM this Oct. 20.
The James Moore Theatre at the Oakland Museum, (10th and Oak) will be the place to be. An impressive array of comedians headed and hosted by Mark Curry, star of ABC’s extremely popular sitcom series “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”, will do their stuff. Mark C. is a local son who made good. Born and raised in Oakland, Mark C., working with Councilwoman Desley Brooks, just did a comedy show, “Day on the Green” for about 2500 people at Arroyo Viejo Park – one of many events he’s done in support of the community.
Sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric, this series will be presented every Monday night for a bunch of Mondays. The humor will be targeted for the 18 and over bunch (blue supporting green?). A children’s program is also in the planning.
There will be a no-host bar. The cover is $20. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or online at www.markcurrycomedy.com. For more information call 510-433-9800.
Kathy Kahn, Voting Rights for All attorney, explains that people are eligible to vote while on probation or off parole. She spoke at a voting rights workshop last week at Oakland Private Industry Council’s One-Stop Center, 1212 Broadway, where voter registration continues until the Oct.20 deadline.
By Ken A. Epstein
A new state law will take the first steps to protect young victims of commercial sexual exploitation, who up to now have been often treated as criminals.
“At last we can begin to attack this modern day slave trade,” said Assemblymember Sandre Swanson, the author of the legislation.
“Until now, the law treated these children, some as young as 11 or 12 years old, as nothing more than criminals. Yet the truth is that they are the victims, forced onto the street for financial gain by sexual predators.’
Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 499, saying in a prepared statement that he supported it because “it expands victims rights, provides further protections and develops training for law enforcement to better assist victims of these horrific crimes.” Read more
By Post Staff
Mayor Ron Dellums hosted the 2008 Mayors’ Technology Summit in Oakland this week, providing an opportunity for mayors and officials of cities across the country to seek ways to work together to save city services in the face of economic conditions that are forcing deep and painful budget cuts.
“The Mayor’s Technology Summit: Solutions for Safe Communities and Economic Sustainability,” held Wednesday through Friday at the Claremeont Resort and Spa, was hosted jointly by Mayor Dellums and the Center for Competitive Government at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management.
“This technology summit is about leadership, because there has never been a more important time for the mayors of America to work together to save the services we can provide our communities, to save our budgets and to save the quality of life for our residents,” he said. Read more
The First African Methodist Episcopal Church, (FAME) celebrates 150 years of service on Friday, November 14, 2008. The gala will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel at 10th and Broadway Streets. Festivities start at 6:00 p.m. with the Pastor?s Reception, followed by dinner and the awards program at 7:00 p.m.
Honorary co-chairs include: Dr. and Mrs. Harold R. Mayberry, The Honorable Ronald V. Dellums and First Lady Cynthia Dellums, City Councilmember Desley Brooks, and Actor Delroy and Mrs. Nashormeh Lindo.
Marc H. Morial, President of the National Urban League, will give the keynote address. In a career spanning 25 years, Morial has served as an entrepreneur, lawyer, professor, legislator, mayor, and Louisiana state senator.
As President of the National Urban League since 2003, he has been the primary catalyst for an era of change — a transformation for the nearly 100-year-old civil rights organization. He expanded the League?s work around an empowerment agenda, redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between racial and class lines. Read more
Veronique Powell is at the S.F. Library Book Sale looking for books with maps. A trained cartographer, she graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2007 with a major in Geography. A resident of San Francisco, Powell is an Inventory Planner with Gap Inc.. She wants to travel: Southern Africa is her passion. “I studied for 6 months in South Africa and I intend to return.”
Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.