From July 2011

Bay Area author honored, new movies in theaters this weekend!!

CBS 5 KPIX TV recently bestowed its Jefferson Award to Eve Lynne Robinson, an Oakland-based artist, former celebrity photographer and the author of the Ella B Jenkins children’s book series for her years of community service.  The Jefferson Award recognizes community and public service in America.

Robinson, who was diagnosed with agoraphobia 15 years ago, was given the award locally through CBS 5 for founding the nonprofit Sankofa Holistic Healing Institute (SHHI). She launched the organization in 1996 and wrote a companion Healing Journal: Baby Steps to Overcoming Negative Thoughts, Panic, Anxiety and Depression” in 1999 to help thousands of women and children who like herself, battle anxiety and depression. Her vision, said Robinson, is to develop an institution to promote healing in the midst of some of the poorest and most troubled neighborhoods in Oakland.

“I started Sankofa because I wanted to help people. I know what they are going through. Not everyone has access to the resources they need to get better. Sankofa is about healing.”

Since 1996, Robinson, who hosts Halloween parties and even had Oakland Mayor Jean Quan attend one of her Easter egg hunts, has expanded the organization to include food, clothing and bicycle distribution to low-income neighbors in her East Oakland neighborhood.

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A's offense dominates Rays

Oakland, CA – The better they get the more fans come out to see it for themselves. An outstanding performance tonight from the Oakland A’s as their offense completely dominated the Tampa Bay Rays.  Since the All-Star break the A’s have been hitting .322 and tonight every starter got at least one hit. They have turned things around in the second half, collectively the offense shinned in a 13-4 victory over the Rays.

“We got beat pretty badly before the break,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “Losing four games in a row in Texas was not a good feeling.  It’s about starting over, we are just trying to put everything in the past and literally start over.” Read more

A’s offense dominates Rays

Oakland, CA – The better they get the more fans come out to see it for themselves. An outstanding performance tonight from the Oakland A’s as their offense completely dominated the Tampa Bay Rays.  Since the All-Star break the A’s have been hitting .322 and tonight every starter got at least one hit. They have turned things around in the second half, collectively the offense shinned in a 13-4 victory over the Rays.

“We got beat pretty badly before the break,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “Losing four games in a row in Texas was not a good feeling.  It’s about starting over, we are just trying to put everything in the past and literally start over.” Read more

SF AIDS Walk Attracts 25,000 and Raises $3 Million

Part of 25,00 people who turned out for the SF AIDS Walk on Sunday.

By Jesse Brooks

More than 25,000 people turned out last Sunday to raise $3million and mark the 25th annual AIDS Walk in San Francisco (AWSF). This year also marks 30 years of HIV in the U.S. and the walk was a reminder that the battle is not over, and we have to keep pressing on until there is a cure. Currently in the U.S. 1.1 million people are living with HIV or AIDS.

Since 1987, AWSF has been Northern California’s largest fundraiser and has raised more than $70 million for HIV/AIDS programs and services. On the historical first walk 6,000 people participated and raised $667,000. The 2007 AWSF set a record, raising $ 4.5 million.

Sunday’s ceremony featured many stars, including Cloris Leachman, TV personalities and news anchor Dan Ashley (ABC 7), Mayor Ed Lee, State Senator Mark Leno, and the founder of the walk, Craig Miller.

Miller said “by showing up through the years the walks declare that we are our brothers and sisters keeper. We recognize then, as we do now, that each of us has a responsibility to look out for one another, to stand with each other, and raise each other up.”

Miller also said, “It is the social diseases which stem from racism, sexism, homophobia, and poverty that continue to fuel the disease.” He agreed with Neil Giuliano who said the disease could be halted with “testing, and ensuring access to medications and good care to all that need it. It’s not a question of whether we can we do it, but a question of, as a society will we do it.” Read more

California Will Continue Supporting Mental Health

By Oscar Iraheta and Susana Daniec Iraheta

A special coverage for The Post News Group

The Santa Clara County Mental Health Department hosted a two day meeting, June 27 and 28, for the Cultural Competence Mental Health Summit XVII. The main topic under consideration was the issue of Equity in the promotion of Health Services with real community-based solutions.

Nancy Peña, PhD., Director of the County’s Mental Health Department said that even with the large list of natural disasters, economic challenges and all kind of imaginable problems that California is faced with, that “we must always maintain our commitment and creativity by continuing to offer our help and services without any compromises on their quality. This must be a challenge for all of us as a nation, state, county and individuals living in this country. Therefore we have to act according to the diversity of the population that lives in California, mainly for those that are un-served or underserved”. Read more

Prepare the Future California

Prepare the Future California is a State-wide organizing network of the faith community, non-profits, schools, businesses, parents and youth engaged in supporting public education and education justice for all communities. The Community Forum will take place Wednesday July 27, 2011 from 6-8pm at First Christian Church located at 111 Fairmount Ave. in Oakland Shelton Hall. All are invited and music and food will be provided. Prepare the Future is offering organizer internships experience with a paid stipend to youth in high school or college.

For more information, please contact Rev. Ken Chambers, Prepare the Future California, Northern California Organizer at 510-239-6969 or email kenchambers1@yahoo.com.

You can also visit the website at PTFCAL.org

Youth Worship With Praise Dancing

By Imani Packwood-Scott

Praise dancing is a channel used, mainly by youth, to worship God. I am humbled to be a member of The Faith Empowerment Praise Dancers (FEPD) under the leadership of Coordinator Minster Cheron Mize. At the age of 2, my parents would find me dancing to Kirk Franklin in the living room every Sunday morning before attending church services.

I joined The FAME Youth Praise Dance Team under the leadership of Stacey Thompson. I was taught the fundamentals of dance, sacrifice, hard work and dedication.

It is very important to stay in the spirit when you deliver Gods message through dance, because it has the power to transform and save lives. Praise dancing is a life changing ministry and on Sunday July 24th, we have been blessed to worship through dance at the Black Expo main stage at 11:30am during the Gospel Showcase. My father, David Scott will be performing his Christian Comedy sketches between our performances. I will be performing with another Oakland Post intern, Miracle Chavis, and the F.E.P.D.

Active members of T.O.L.E.M, who regularly attend bible study at 106219 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland, can join F.E.P.D.

Olivia Wants It All and Moore

By Justina Lee and Miracle Chavis

Olivia Moore, a 13 year old girl who dominates track and field as well as the classroom, has been accepted into St. Josephs Notre Dame High School, in Alameda.

Over the past four years she has been involved with the Tommie Smith Youth Track and Field Program. “It started when I was in the fifth grade, the coach asked me if I wanted to join and I just said yes.” She has received over 30 medals and won a gold medal in the Hershey Track and Field Regional Meets from 2007-2009 and won the silver medal in 2010. Olivia says, “I feel great about my accomplishments, and it’s not surprising to me because I try to be good at a lot of things I do.”

Even though Track and Field kept her busy, Olivia maintained a 4.0 grade point average along with her perfect class attendance record. She was also the 2011 valedictorian at E.C Reems Academy. Olivia is a bright young girl that has honed the important skill of balancing school work with extra-curricular activities. She simultaneously excelled in school and in sports like shot-put, javelin, discus throw, soft-ball, and the 3000 meter race walk. At the Tommie Smith Track Meet held on April 30- May 1, 2011, Olivia won a total of three gold medals for the shot-put, javelin, and discus throw. Olivia thoroughly enjoys track and field but says, “My favorite is softball and running the 100.” Read more

True Vine Gives A Healthy Dose of Love to Oaklanders

By Chanelle Bell

Dr. Donna Carey (left) and her husband Pastor Zachary Carey. Photo by Jesse Brooks.

True Vine Ministries, a church that is truly a servant to the Oakland community, hosted their annual Block Party/Health Fair this past Saturday at their bible institute on 896 Isabella in West Oakland.

The event was wildly successful offering up free clothing, health screenings, take home food bags, and delicious home cooked soul food and BBQ. Mamma Sallie the Outreach Ministries Administrator and also the mother of Pastor Zachary Carey commented on the turn out saying, “We served 15,000 plates of food, it is truly a blessing. The Lord loves cheerful caregivers, when you give to your neighbor you are giving to the Lord. I love what we do at True Vine”.

Pastor Zachary Carey has been the True Vine Pastor for 11 years and has seen the desolation of Oakland due to poverty and violence. Every Sunday he encourages his ministry to “Live your faith out loud”. Pastor Carey doesn’t just talk the good talk he has a mighty fine strut. True Vine has hosted 32 block parties in Oakland, “The block parties provide opportunities to show the community the love of Jesus by our actions”. The event was such a hit that the police stopped by to get a plate of food because it was such a slow crime day.

Dr. Donna Carey, a pediatrician and the Medical Director of Pediatric Hospitalist Program and Neonatal ICU at Emmanuel Medical Center, is not only True Vine’s First Lady but she is also a Oakland Health advocate for the African Americans. In 2002 she added the Health Fair portion to the True Vine Block Party, “There are so many members in our community who don’t have health insurance and don’t have the resources to even get their blood pressure checked. Blood pressure is the silent killer and people are walking around like time bombs because they are unaware that they are at risk,” said Dr. Carey. Read more

Opinion: Chauncey Bailey, Rupert Murdoch, Media, Police and Politicians Connected

By Marvin X

Rupert Murdoch

The charges against media mogul Rupert Murdoch, the UK police and politicians has implications and parallels with the Oakland political establishment, the Chauncey Bailey Project and the Oakland Police Department.

The situation in the United Kingdom reveals the collusion of politicians, the Media and the police. Shall we say they had a symbiotic relationship or was it more sinister and synergistic, for allegedly Mr. Murdoch’s newspaper paid the police to help them hack into the phones of murdered persons. And it has been asserted that Murdoch’s American media organizations may have hacked into the phones of 9/11 victims. Politicians served at the behest of Mr. Murdoch’s media empire, seeking his support, Murdoch acknowledged that they slipped him into the back door of the Prime Minister’s residence.

The whistle-blowing journalist who worked for Murdoch and was investigating the corruption scandal was found dead 24 hours before Murdoch’s testimony before the Parliament. The Scotland Yard police said the death would not be considered “suspicious”. In 1987, another journalist, Daniel Morgan, was murdered because he, like Chauncey, was about to expose a drug conspiracy linked to police corruption. Read more

Dorsey’s Locker Celebrates 70th

During the week-long celebration (July 24 to July 30) of the Dorsey family’s 70th Anniversary, there will be plenty food and entertainment available at the historic North Oakland location of Dorsey’s Locker, 5817 Shattuck Ave.

“Dorsey’s Locker is the ideal place for parties, birthdays or any kind of celebration,” said Donald Dorsey.

He said they still feature a wide range of authentic Oakland Soul Food specials daily and their entertainment package also includes an “open mic” night for poets and comedians during “The Blue Candle” every Tuesday evening. They offer two nights of karaoke every Thursday and Saturday evening. Thursday’s events are Read more

NAACP Leads Protest at Airport Against U.S. Airways

 

Rev. Amos Brown

By Lee Hubbard

The Reverend Amos Brown of the San Francisco NAACP Chapter led a protest at San Francisco International Airport in front of the US Airways curbside drop off this week to protest the June arrest of Deshon Marman, a University of New Mexico , for wearing baggy pants,

Marman was removed from the US Airways plane before he could journey to New Mexico. The captain demanded that Marman get off the plane. After Marman left the plane he was arrested and held in jail for two days. He had to bail out jail, before returning to school. Faced with pressure from the San Francisco NAACP, a rally at San Francisco’s city hall and a resolution from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors questioning US Airways dress code or lack of one, the San Mateo County District attorney dropped charges against Marman.

“This protest reflects the arrogance and insensitivity of US Airways to do what is right for all of its passengers,” said Brown. “They kicked him off the plane because of his dress and race. They permitted a white cross dresser to fly from Florida to Arizona.” Read more

Police Chief Suhr Comes to Bay View Hunters Point

By Lee Hubbard

 

 

 It was supposed to be a question and answer forum with the Bay View Hunters Point community and San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr at the Bay View Opera House. The forum was called to deal with the recent shooting death of Kenneth Harding, a 19-year old from Seattle, who allegedly shot at police officers, before being killed by police officers on Third and Oakdale Streets in front of the Joseph Lee gym.But the community forum at the Opera House became a dramatic, emotion-packed venting session, as members from the community expressed their anger about the implementation of police policy in San Francisco’s black community. As Suhr spoke to over 300 people in the room, the tension increased.

 

“After asking him for identification, (Harding) became anxious jumped off the plaza and ran through a crowded Mendell Plaza,” said Chief Suhr. “I cannot tell you how badly I feel. I served the police department as captain of this station for two years. I love the Bay View Community.”

As he continued speaking he was interrupted by Boos and shouts.

“Put their names (the officers who shot Harding) in the paper,” said a bystander in the crowd. “Put who they are.”

The audience responses got so loud that they interrupted Chief Suhr for two minutes. He then walked away from the podium and stood in the center of the room, flanked to his left and right by six police officers, as he began to answer questions from the crowd. Read more

San Franciscans Say SHU-enough to Pelican Bay's SHU

 

 

A group of outraged and concerned Californians marched in San Francisco in support of the prisoners who are participating in a hunger strike.By Chanelle Bell

Last Friday, July 15, a group of outraged and concerned Californians marched in San Francisco in support of the prisoners who are participating in a hunger strike.

The Prisoner Hunger Strike, in its third week, is revealing some severe health problems, including irregular heartbeats and massive weight loss. The movement which started July 1st, originated at California’s Pelican Bay Prison in an effort to protest the inhumane treatment of the prisoners in the Pelican Bay’s Security Housing Unit (SHU).

The SHU is a section of the prison that holds over a thousand inmates that are in isolation 22 ½ hours a day. Many reports of harsh treatment from guards have emanated from the SHU’s residents.

The prisoners are refusing to eat until their five demands are met: 1. Individual Accountability, 2. Abolish the debriefing policy, and modify/ inactive gang status criteria, 3. Comply with U.S. commission 2006 recommendations regarding an end to long term solitary confinement, 4. Provide adequate food and 5. Expand and provide constructive programming and privileges for indefinite SHU status inmates.

Jared Gruendl, a 19 year old student at Portland University, who is double majoring in Black Studies and Legal studies, participated in the event handing out flyers and marching with his hand jutted in the air. Jared said, “The treatment that the prisoners are receiving is completely unacceptable. At the end of the day they are human beings just like us and they should be treated accordingly.” The march began at San Francisco’s UN Plaza and was forced to stop at Civic Center by the police. Read more

San Franciscans Say SHU-enough to Pelican Bay’s SHU

 

 

A group of outraged and concerned Californians marched in San Francisco in support of the prisoners who are participating in a hunger strike.By Chanelle Bell

Last Friday, July 15, a group of outraged and concerned Californians marched in San Francisco in support of the prisoners who are participating in a hunger strike.

The Prisoner Hunger Strike, in its third week, is revealing some severe health problems, including irregular heartbeats and massive weight loss. The movement which started July 1st, originated at California’s Pelican Bay Prison in an effort to protest the inhumane treatment of the prisoners in the Pelican Bay’s Security Housing Unit (SHU).

The SHU is a section of the prison that holds over a thousand inmates that are in isolation 22 ½ hours a day. Many reports of harsh treatment from guards have emanated from the SHU’s residents.

The prisoners are refusing to eat until their five demands are met: 1. Individual Accountability, 2. Abolish the debriefing policy, and modify/ inactive gang status criteria, 3. Comply with U.S. commission 2006 recommendations regarding an end to long term solitary confinement, 4. Provide adequate food and 5. Expand and provide constructive programming and privileges for indefinite SHU status inmates.

Jared Gruendl, a 19 year old student at Portland University, who is double majoring in Black Studies and Legal studies, participated in the event handing out flyers and marching with his hand jutted in the air. Jared said, “The treatment that the prisoners are receiving is completely unacceptable. At the end of the day they are human beings just like us and they should be treated accordingly.” The march began at San Francisco’s UN Plaza and was forced to stop at Civic Center by the police. Read more

Girls Inc. of WCCC End of the Year Celebration

 

 

Back row: From left to right: Jocelyn Perez, Jenni Ramirez, Marsha Dowell, Kamera Simms, Shawn Culpepper, Tiffany Farmer. Front row: Maddy Fisher-Wright, Amya Harris, Shannon Culpepper.

 

 By Mieasha Harris

On Saturday, June 25 jazz melodies dabbed the air as guests socialized at the Girls Incorporated of West Contra Costa County’s End of the Year Celebration that highlighted the successes of the agency, its program participants, supporters and new Board members. Held in the spacious backyard of the Girls Inc. center, about 60 spectators claimed the available seats and wall space to partake in the festivities of presenters, certificates, and great food. Health field professionals Mrs. Bea Williams, Health Nutritionist and Dr. Carla Wicks, OBGYN at Kaiser, delivered encouraging speeches to females in the crowd concerning education, caring for your body, mind and spirit and not letting anyone or anything deter them from reaching their goals. As well as the third speaker, Mrs. Alexa Weber-Morales, Grammy nominated Jazz singer, shared her life’s experiences and her journey to recognizing her inner strength. Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin along with Principal of the Year recipient, Barbara Penny-James and many others were in attendance.

Youth Jazz ensemble, Fade 2 Black, provided the entertainment, while 15 year old Tiffany Farmer, student at Hercules High School, was Mistress of Ceremonies. Other students, Elizabeth Murrillo of J.O. Ford Elementary School and Amya Harris of Alameda Community Learning Center, both spoke on their positive experience while participating in Girls Inc. Programming.

The afternoon concluded with Gloria Scoggins, first Vice president to Read more

Science, Engineering, Math Taught at Summer Camp

 

Shantina Jackson. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC

 

 By Chanelle Bell

The Science, Engineering and Math (SEM) Explorers Summer Camp is a new affordable 6-week program with a focus of science, engineering, and math enrichment for students in grades K-8. The summer camp runs from July 5 through August12, 8:30am to 5pm at 605 South 16th St. in Richmond.

Program Director Shantina Jackson, a Richmond native, is a UCLA graduate where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies with an emphasis in Sociology. She has a Masters and PhD in Education from UC Berkeley. She works tirelessly to promote SEM Explorer’s mission, which is designed to expose Richmond’s K-8 students to math and science through hands on activities, field trips, real world applications, career exploration, and the celebration of math, science and engineering themed weeks.

Jackson believes that, “Science, Engineering, and Math are the subjects most critical to innovation and innovation is most critical to our future as human beings and in particular as African Americans.” There is an underwhelming 8 % of African Americans in the U.S. who have SEM related degrees. Jackson wants to increase that number by exposing these important subjects to African American youth at an early age, “the skills needed to be successful in SEM are needed a lot earlier than high school more particularly in those elementary years. That’s when the development of imagination and innovation begins.” Read more

Eleanor Loynd is Working to Keep Richmond United

 

Eleanor Loynd. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.

 

When Eleanor Loynd heard about the BAPAC (Black American Political Action Committee) petition to support the City of Richmond’s Resolution 52-11 and the Alternate Plan by Tri-Cities that unites Contra Costa in one district, she didn’t take long to decide what to do.

She immediately took some of the petition letters to the Richmond Coordinating Council to get some signatures. As President of the May Valley Neighborhood Council she realizes that her neighborhood organization and the other neighborhoods stand to benefit more if the city remains together, intact, as they State Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC)draws new maps and boundaries.

 ”I support the BAPAC petition and I took some to the residents to let them know that we want a united city,” she said. I am an enthusiastic supporter because if we in Richmond are split in half and are joined with Oakland, which is represented by Barbara Lee, Richmond may not get the special attention we need.”

Loynd pointed to the example of the current bidding proposals to land the prestigious Lawrence Livermore laboratory research facilities in Oakland versus Richmond. She said the possible competitive disadvantages that could occur “if Richmond is split in half.” When it comes to jobs and economic development needs, she said the “majority of Richmond residents are in support of keeping our city together.” Richmond held a town hall meeting Thursday to convince the Lawrence Lab to locate in Richmond. Oakland also is making a similar appeal. “Which city do you think will get the support of Congresswoman Barbara Lee” asks, Loynd. Read more

The David Scott Gospel Show

 

From left to right: David Scott, Host plays Bro. Robert Rueben Richards, Shirley Watson plays Big Mama Arlene Jean Cooper, Rev. Sharon Clayton plays Priscilla Lynn Cooper Harris-Duncan, Sharina Pearson plays Rev.Samantha Cheri Black, and Harry Smyer plays Patrick Lee Taylor. Photo by Victoria Moses.

Oakland Post Advertising Executive and writer, David Scott, hosted his first radio broadcast ‘’The David Scott Gospel Show ‘’on More Public Radio International at 1801 Jefferson Street Downtown, Oakland.

The half hour internet radio show airs every Sunday Afternoon live on-line at morepublicradiointernational.org from 2:30-3:00 p.m. Mr. Scott’s first guests were his fellow cast members from the Adult Gospel Play ‘’ Now Is The Time’’ written by Rev. Yaa Aseda Rice-Hogue. The play exposes temptations struggles and victories of Christian folks inside the church, distinguishing the difference between Church Business and Kingdom Business. Scott ,a Christian Comedian, will be the M.C. for The Bay Area Black Expo Gospel Show Case , Sunday July 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Oakland Coliseum.

More Public Radio International is an entertainment and informational radio company broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from its offices and studios in Oakland, California.

For more information call 510 869-9910.

Black Repertory Group Presents “The Wiz”

By Ashley Chambers

Director Sean Vaughn Scott and summer staff pose with some kids from the Summer Day Camp. Background set design by Andrew Jackson.

Every year at the (BRG) Black Repertory Group Summer Theatrical Day Camp of the Arts, Director Sean Vaughn Scott trains young boys and girls to conquer their inhibitions through staged performances.

Thousands of youth have seen past performances by youth of “The Princess and the Frog”, “The Lion King”, “Coming to America”, “Oliver Twist”, as well as “Piano Lessons” by August Wilson.

This year, the major production of The Wiz will be no different.

“With open enrollment all summer long, the kids actually learn the opportunity exists in their life to make it to that next level. When they perform onstage for hundreds of people twice a day, they actually see themselves on the red carpet, in Hollywood, on Broadway, and that’s a real reward for them; they take that into other areas of their life,” says Scott.

Guest agencies, including summer camps and church congregations, have also enjoyed the shows. Faye Carol, a Blues and Jazz recording artist, also teaches students voice training and singing in her Music in the Community class in the summer. What began as 10-15 students 48 years ago has now grown to 70 -100 students performing each summer!

Starting Friday, August 12, the BRG will present evening shows of “The Wiz”, with a Paparazzi and Red Carpet Finale on Sunday, August 14. Director Scott says, “people can expect to see a show performed in the same dynamic manner as on Broadway.” Read more

End of Black Ownership at Ebony as JP Morgan Buys Stake?

By Chanelle Bell

Johnson Publishing Company (JPC), the publisher of JET magazine, Fashion Fair Products, and Ebony has sold a minority stake in its company to JP Morgan. Over the past 69 years JPC had remained a Black owned company . When JPC started publishing Ebony in 1945, JPC had become a driving force in Black culture. Many Black stars got their start between the pages of Ebony and JET magazines. In 1997 it achieved an astounding 1.9 million circulation. JPC, however, did not fully grasp or adapt to the digital revolution. Their sales plummeted as they were unable to reach their audience through technology. Desiree Rogers said Ebony is partnering with JP Morgan, a white owned company, but she insisted that JP Morgan (JPM) only Read more

Wells Fargo Fined $85M for Falsifying Documents

The Federal Reserve said Wells Fargo Financial has agreed to pay a $85million fine and to repay its borrowers for falsifying loan documents. The action, which is the largest enforcement fine marked “the first formal enforcement action taken by a federal bank regulatory agency to address alleged steering of borrowers into high-cost, subprime loans. Borrowers received money additional monies in cash-out refinancing loans “

The Fed says the tactics were linked to the company’s “incentive compensation and sales quota programs and the lack of adequate controls to manage the risks resulting from these programs.”

In addition, 16 former Wells Fargo Financial sales personnel are barred from working in the banking industry, even though the bank did not admit any wrongdoing, while posting a Read more

Distrust of Banks Reaches Highest Level


 

 

Brian T. Moynihan, received a bonus in 2010 of 9 million.

 

John Stumpf- Wells Fargo CEO, net worth is 50 million.

 By Tanya Dennis

 

According to a recent Gallup poll, 36% of Americans have”very little” or “no” confidence in U.S. Banks. This is the highest percentage since Gallup started tracking.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner outed the banks for the “huge amount of money (spent by banks) to erode, weaken, and walk back” from financial reform. In the first months of this year, banks have spent 2.7 percent more than last year to fight against higher capital requirements or swipe fees

Jefferson County Alabama is a prime example of why people don’t trust banks.

JP Morgan recently posted its largest quarterly profit ever of $5.6 billion and increased their CEO, Jamie Dimon’s salary from $20.8 million by a Read more

President Joe Smith Celebrates 70th

 

 

The Good Hope Baptist Church will honor Rev. Dr. Joe Smith with a 70th birthday celebration Saturday August 20th.The event will be held at the church’s location, 5717 Foothill Blvd. in Oakland at 4pm. Admission is free with a gospel concert to help celebrate this occasion.

 

Rev. Dr. Joe Smith has been the pastor of Good Hope Baptist for the last 38 years and has served as the President of the Bay Cities Baptist Ministries Union since 1998. He and his wife, Gnell Smith of 40 years have served the commnity.

For more information call (510) 569-7814 or (510) 915-4689

Martha Brown Passes Torch to Daughter

Pastor Frank Darby, Jr., pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, presents a plaque to Martha J. Brown for 25 years of service as the Church Clerk. Mrs. Brown retired from her position on May 1, 2011. She also served as President of the Bethel Bible Class for 39 years. She moved to California from Indiana in 1971, where she served as Secretary at the Union Baptist Church of Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Neola Crosby, Martha Brown’s daughter and 25-year assistant, is Bethel’s new Church Clerk.

Mrs. Brown, as Founder and Chairperson of the Dr. Herbert Guice Christian Academy Grandparents Club, initiated the Adopt-a-Child Program for supporters to donate up to 50% of tuitions for students.

During the past 30 years, she has been educating children, as the owner/operator of Brown’s Preschool and Childcare. She says she and her daughter have dedicated their lives to help “train children in the ways they should go so as they become adults they will not depart.”