From December 2011

Movers and Sheriff’s Deputies Refused to Evict 103-year-old From Her Home

By Ryan Young

Vinia Hall has shared her home on Penelope Road in Northwest Atlanta with her daughter for 53 years.

ATLANTA, Ga. —  A 103-year-old woman and her 83-year-old daughter were just moments from being evicted from their home Tuesday, when sheriff’s deputies and the moving company hired by the bank decided not to go through with the action.
Channel’s Ryan Young was there when the family started thanking God for the miracle.  At just  three weeks shy of her 104th birthday, Vinia Hall has shared her home on Penelope Road in Northwest Atlanta with her daughter for 53 years.
“I love it. It’s a mansion,” Hall said about her house.
Fulton County sheriff’s deputies and movers showed up at Hall’s home Tuesday after Deutsche Bank planned to kick the two women out.  The moving company and the deputies took one look at Lee and decided that would not happen.
“I saw the sheriffs, who came to put them out, take off and leave. I gave all glory to God,” community activist Michael Langford said.
“This family has been waging a war against Deutsche Bank,” community activist Derrick Boezeman said.

Harris Releases Report on Charitable Campaigns by Commercial Fundraisers

Kamala D. Harris

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris this week released data showing that commercial fundraisers in California raised $362.9 million in 2010, of which charitable organizations received less than 45 percent.
This represents an increase from the 2009 total of less than 43 percent. The data is included in the California Department of Justice’s Annual Report of Commercial Fundraisers, produced by the Charitable Trusts Section.
“The data in this report allows donors to make informed choices this holiday season,” Attorney General Harris said. “Commercial fundraisers play a role in supporting charities in California, but it’s important for donors to know how much of their money will be used to support the charity’s programs, and how much will go to fundraising expenses.”
Among numerous other tables, the annual report contains an alphabetical list of charities that hired commercial fundraisers in 2010 – along with the total revenue raised in those campaigns and the dollar amount and percentage of total funds raised that went to the charity.
Commercial fundraisers, who are hired by charities to raise money on their behalf, typically charge a flat fee for their services or a percentage of the contributions they collect.
By law, commercial fundraisers must register with the Attorney General’s office prior to fundraising in California and must file annual financial disclosure reports detailing income and expenses for each fundraising campaign.
According to reports filed with the Attorney General’s office, commercial fundraisers collected $362.9 million in donations in 2010. This figure excludes thrift store operations and vehicle donation programs, which are accounted for separately.
On average, $161.1 million – or 44.38 percent of the funds raised – went to the charities. The remainder was retained by the commercial fundraisers as payment of fees and expenses. Read more

Brown Appoints Jurena Storm to State Community College Board

By Post Staff

Jurena Storm

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Oakland resident Jurena Storm, 37, as a student representative to the California Community College Board of Governors.
“My goals are to increase communication and awareness about the community colleges and all that they have to offer,” said Storm. “People need to understand that lots of students are using this system to become productive members of society, and these college need all the resources they can get.”
Storm earned an Associate of Arts degree at the College of Alameda and is attending UC Berkeley. She has served as the communications officer for the California Community College Association of Student Trustees and was a member of the board of trustees for the Peralta Community College District from 2010 to 2011.
She worked formerly with the College of Alameda Associated Students as secretary and vice president of administration. She also served on the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, Region III.

American Cancer Society Elects First Female African-American Chair

Cynthia M. LeBlanc

The American Cancer Society (ACS), the nation’s largest voluntary health organization, for the first time has selected an African-American woman to chair its board, among  11 new officers elected to its volunteer 2011-2012 National Board of Directors at its annual meeting.
Presiding over the board will be Chair Cynthia M. LeBlanc, EdD, M.A., of Richmond, CA.
“I know the impact of cancer,” LeBlanc said. “The opportunity to take on a leadership role to fight this disease is one of great importance to me, especially because of cancer’s impact in the African American community. I hope to strengthen the American Cancer Society’s relationship with diverse communities so we can help them stay well, get well, find cures and fight back.”
 The Atlanta, Ga.-based organization’s National Assembly and National Board of Directors, the ACS’s primary governing bodies, have been comprised of elected volunteers since the organization’s inception in 1913.
LeBlanc, has more than 30 years of experience in administration in several school districts in California, for which she has received numerous recognitions and awards for outstanding leadership. An ACS volunteer for 24 years, LeBlanc has served in various capacities at the community, division and national levels.
She has served on the ACS’s California Board of Directors since 1994, including serving as chair from 2004-2005 and was instrumental in encouraging the inclusion of youth in the work of the Society and strategic planning addressing the impact of cancer in diverse communities.
A St. George medal recipient, LeBlanc is a Road to Recovery volunteer, Legislative Ambassador, and ACS National Leadership Development Program coach. She said she is humbled to be the first African American woman to serve in this position for the American Cancer Society.

Rev. Dr. Carroll Accepts Call to Pastor Church by the Side of the Road

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll will preach his first sermon as Interim Senior Pastor of  The Church by the Side of the Road at 2108 Russell St. in Berkeley. Rev. Carroll was selected to lead  the congregation through its transition and until search for a permanent senior pastor is filled.
Rev. Dr. Carroll received a Master’s of Divinity from Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta, GA, a Doctor of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Dr. Carroll and his wife Katresa Williams have two children; Amber Marie (4) and Ambrose Jr. (3)
The Church by the Side of the Road is overjoyed by Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll’s acceptance of the call to lead and shepherd  his flock during their Christian journey.

Praise dancers at Christian Tabernacle Church

Christian Tabernacle Praise Dancers “Sound the Alarm”

By Ashley

Praise dancers at Christian Tabernacle Church

Worship dance groups from various churches came together recently to “Sound the Alarm” at a performance at the Christian Tabernacle Church (CTC) in Oakland.
Praise dancers performed to many songs, including “Give Me” by Kirk Franklin, “Sound the Alarm” by Tye Tribbett and “Its Revolution Time” by Bishop Eddie Long.
Performers at the Oct. 29 event included young dancers of Master Seals Worship Center, Tree of Life Faith Empowerment teen praise dancers, Minister Nashone Holmes of New Birth Church in Pittsburg, Apostle Matthew McCain who performed a captivating miming performance, Sista Kee who performed poetry titled “Moving on Right Now,” and praise dances from CTC’s different groups, NISSI (Newly Inspired Saved Sanctified and In Position, adult ministry), BASIC (Becoming Anointed Servants In Christ, kids ministry), and Men of Honor (miming and flag ministry).
 “It was a group decision to put on a praise dance production to bring different worship arts ministries together and have a night of worship,” said Charlene Knox, Worship Arts Director at CTC.
As the main choreographer for the CTC groups, Knox has inspired the dance talent of her daughter, Imani James, 16, who co-choreographed the dances that CTC performed at the event, mixing ballet, jazz, and other dance techniques.
Dressed in cream and navy gowns, James and other young NISSI dancers took the stage with confidence, bringing the crowd to its feet with the performance of “Give Me.”
Particularly impressive was the way youth and young adults praise danced together. Moving like ballerinas, the young ladies danced harmoniously, and the young men vigorously waved their colorful flags. Read more

Wyclef Jean Says He Did Not Misuse Charity Funds

 Haitian hip hop star Wyclef Jean says he’s proud of the way his charity responded after the earthquake in Haiti almost two years ago. He says his Yele Haiti Foundation rebuilt an orphanage and set up a system of outdoor toilet and shower facilities in one of the largest shanties in the Haitian capital.
Jean’s recent comments follow reports published by The New York Post saying his foundation collected $16 million in 2010, but less than a third of that went to emergency efforts. The newspaper also says $1 million was paid to a Florida firm that doesn’t appear to exist, and that a company called P&A Construction – which is run by Warnel Pierre, Jean’s brother-in-law – received $353,983 from the group.
“Have we made mistakes before? Yes,” said a tearful Jean, a former Haitian presidential candidate, holding a January 2010 press conference to defend his charity against that charge. “Did I ever use Yele money for personal benefits? Absolutely not. Yele’s books are open and transparent.”
- AP

Habitat for Humanity Receives $975,000 Wells Fargo Grant

Tracy Curtis, President of Wells Fargo’s San Francisco Market.

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco and Habitat for Humanity East Bay announced this week that Wells Fargo & Company has made a grant in the amount of $975,000 and over 1,450 of volunteer hours to support local families, stabilize Bay Area neighborhoods and create more sustainable and affordable housing in local communities.
This is the single largest corporate gift in Habitat’s combined 24 years of service in the Bay Area.  The grant is made possible through funding provided by the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation as well as team member volunteerism.
Wells Fargo is participating in several such efforts across the country this year. Wells Fargo Housing Foundation supports local neighborhood revitalization initiatives, enabling Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco and Habitat for Humanity East Bay to construct, repair and rehabilitate affordable housing with low-income families in markets hit hard by foreclosures.
“Wells Fargo has supported Habitat’s affordable housing work for nearly 20 years, which is one example of our focus on doing what’s right for our communities,” said Tracy Curtis, President of Wells Fargo’s San Francisco Market. “Together we have made a difference with low-income families who now have homes in which they can take great pride – a mission that Wells Fargo has always deemed critically important.” Read more

Mayflower Community Chorus Performs “Feel the Spirit” Concert, Dec. 9-10

Mayflower Community Chorus

The Mayflower Community Chorus will present a “Feel the Spirit” concert on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10 at Marin Center Showcase Theater, and on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Church of Saint Raphael. Both locations are located in San Rafael.
The chorus will draw on the African-American musical heritage and will be praising, syncopating and call-and-responding to traditional spirituals such as “Deep River,” gospel songs such as “Come On Down” and “Great, Great Joy,” and a jazz “Kyrie” from “A Little Jazz Mass.”  
Pop songs include “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent,” “Cool Yule” by Steve Allen, and U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” in a special adaptation by accompanist David Manley, A.D. “Candle in the Night” celebrates the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.
Jujuana ShaRon Williams will be the guest soloist, and is excited to work with the Chorus for the first time. She will perform “Joyful, Joyful,” “Lean on Me” and “Sound Over all Waters.” Read more

San Leandro Presents Community Leadership Awards

Mayor Stephen Cassidy

Mayor Stephen Cassidy and City Council members will be presenting awards at the Dec. 5 council meeting to eight community members chosen for their contributions to the City of San Leandro.
“The City Council and I come in contact with so many residents and business owners over the course of a year who all truly care about our community and put that caring into action by giving their time and energies,” said Mayor Cassidy. “This year, each of us has named someone who has gone above and beyond in their contributions to our community.”
 Chad Pennebaker is a recipient of the mayor’s Award of Excellence.  A long-time resident of the city, he is active in support of youth and education.  He has been a member of the San Leandro Scholarship Foundation for eight years and Foundation president for the past six.  
Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy is receiving the mayor’s Award of Excellence in Business. He is president and founder of OSIsoft, LLC, one of the city’s largest employers.  He is leading the effort to implement San Leandro Dark Fiber, a project to install a fiber optic loop of approximately 10 miles through several areas of the city. The fiber system, known as “Lit San Leandro,” will provide an opportunity to revolutionize San Leandro’s digital infrastructure.
Deborah Cox is receiving the District 1 Leadership Award, selected by Vice Mayor Michael Gregory. She is a co-founder and president of the San Leandro Education Foundation.  She has been a board member and president of parent groups at Roosevelt Elementary and Bancroft Middle Schools. Read more

Lee Seeks 2nd Term

Congresswoman Barbara Lee held her Second  2012 Reelection  Leadership Breakfast on Nov. 21 at the Oakland  Marriott; and over 250 people were in attendance. Congressman George Miller was the special guest, who gave an overview of   the economy, social security, and medical benefit programs.
 The audience asked questions and either Congress member Lee  or Miller responded.

County Association of Realtors Hosts CanTree Auction

By Kia Croom

From left to right: Len Navarro, Security Pacific Real Estate, Tyra Wright, Wright Realtors, Jeff Wright, West Contra Costa Association Executive Director. Photos by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.

The West Contra Costa Association of Realtors (WCCAR) hosted its 30th Annual CanTree Auction benefitting the Bay Area Rescue Mission, raising a total of $8,842.
The association’s event to support Bay Area Rescue Mission’s programs and services was held Nov. 17 at the Richmond Berkeley Courtyard Marriott.
The “CanTree” concept is synonymous with the holiday giving.  Historically, community  members have hosted canned food drive to collect hundreds of canned items, stack them in the likeness of a tree and donate them to organizations in need. Over the course of its 30-year history, the realtors’ association CanTree Auction has evolved into a fundraising event in which members and representatives auction off items to raise funds.   
“We are in a business of serving the public, so it only makes since for us to put something back into the community. One of the ways we do that is through assisting the Bay Area Rescue Mission with this annual fundraising event,” said Jeff Wright, Chief Executive Officer of the association.
Approximately 90 people attended the event, enjoying dinner and refreshments as they bid on items that included: a vacation in Hawaii sponsored by Nicole Donn of U.S. Financial; a vacation in Cabo San Lucas sponsored by Dwayne Bartels of Security Pacific, a cocktail party at the Historic Downer Mansion sponsored by Lynda Bartels and the association’s special events committee and a bicycle sponsored by Charles Arnold and Fisher Realtors.
Association President Eric Meyers thanked the special events committee and chairperson Tracy Holm for her leadership in coordinating the event. Rev. John Anderson, President and CEO Bay Area Rescue Mission, and his wife Debra Anderson, Vice President of Community Relations of the Bay Area Rescue Mission, thanked event attendees for their support.
The West Contra Costa Association of Realtors is a nonprofit corporation committed to keeping the dream of home ownership alive and financial goals of community members within reach. For more information, visit or contact (510) 233-1152.

Jovance Salon Hosts Winter White Event

By Kia Croom

Maya Parker


Jovance Salon & Barbering will host its annual Winter White Event Saturday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at 3260 Blume Drive in San Pablo.
The event will feature a winter-themed fashion show, food and beverages, raffles and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Lifeskills 411, a nonprofit that serves youth and young adults.
The event is held annually to bring the community together, hosting local vendors who will display merchandise that is only offered at this time of year.  “Please join us to celebrate the closing of the year,” said Maya Parker, owner of Jovance Salon & Barbering.
Parker recently received a 2011 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, in honor of  her tenacity, acumen and contributions to her community. She was selected from a pool of more than 600 Bay Area nominees and was among 42 business owners to receive the award.

New Members Inducted in Contra Costa Hall of Fame

By Kia

2011-2012 Contra Costa College Foundation Hall of Fame Inductees. From left to right are Dr. Sylvia Greenwood (representing Sylvester Greenwood), Eddie Mure (CCC student), Cynthia Miller (wife of Congressman George Miller, representing him), Contra Costa College President McKinley Williams, Eric Zell and Nat Bates. Photo by Ed Miller.

Contra Costa College Foundation held its seventh annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony Nov. 18 at the Mira Vista Contra Club.  
This event has become one of West County’s signature fall events.  About 120 guests attended the evening, organized around a Memphis Blues theme.
This year’s inductees were Nat Bates, former Contra Costa College student and Richmond City Councilperson; Sylvester Greenwood, posthumously inducted and former West Contra Costa County Unified School District Assistant Superintendent; Congressman George Miller, longtime supporter of the college; Eddie Mure, fine arts and culinary arts student; and Eric Zell, fundraiser and long-time supporter of the college.  
Each recipient received an award commemorating the evening and had time to say a few words. Rafael Madrigal, the foundation’s board president, was master of ceremonies.
 “I am so proud to be selected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Ms. Mure. “Contra Costa College has made a tremendous impact on my life.  I thank the foundation board, President McKinley Williams and everyone involved in selecting me.”
Kia Croom, is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.

Miami Dolphins owner, billionaire Stephen M. Ross, CEO of The Related Companies of California.

Berkeley Considers Selling Public Housing to Private Company

By Lynda Carson

Miami Dolphins owner, billionaire Stephen M. Ross, CEO of The Related Companies of California.

With tens of thousands of protesters from the Occupy movement hitting the streets in Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and cities all across the nation demonstrating against the brutal on-going budget cuts and social inequality leaving families in the cold and hungry, massive budget cuts continue to devastate public housing and the nation’s housing programs.
The nation’s 1.2 million public housing units are already in need of over $25 billion in repairs and on Nov. 17, Congress passed legislation that involves massive budget cuts ($3.7 billion) to  housing programs,   signed into law by President Obama a day later. The public housing program alone is currently being underfunded by 22 percent less than the President’s request for FY 2012.
Tens of thousands of our public housing units may be lost as a result, and while thousands of families in public housing are placed at risk of living in substandard conditions or made homeless, the Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) has recently entered into an exclusive negotiating rights contract to sell Berkeley’s 75 occupied public housing units to Miami Dolphins owner, billionaire Stephen M. Ross, CEO of The Related Companies of California. Read more

Belgian pianist Jeanne Stark

Jeanne Stark Concert Was A Gift

By Matthew Owens

Belgian pianist Jeanne Stark

Though it is an unquestioned boon to have great performances at our fingertips, in the form of CDs or MP3s, whenever we wish, it is something altogether different to hold a great performance in memory or to let it hold us in its transforming embrace, maybe for the rest of our lives.
No performance of recent memory has so undeniably offered the lasting effect of a great soul upon an audience than Belgian pianist Jeanne Stark’s  recent concert at Regents Hall, University of Holy Names, in Oakland, of the four Ballades by Chopin, followed by his Fantasie.
On rare occasions a concert goes beyond great performances – cellist Matislav Rostropovich once said,”Every concert must be event!” – but only if the program is so deeply lived and generously expressed that the distilled qualities of both performer and composer radiate out to the audience, enveloping the moment in an atmosphere of astonishment and uplift – an effect Ms. Stark magically achieved.
The concert was a gift. From the moment she appeared on stage, radiant and profoundly present, we were led through the short, poignant, stirring, tragic life of Chopin, through a music both vividly narrative and ineffably pure, as if Stark’s own long and deeply searching story has given her the capacity to act, on our behalf, as a rare musical/spiritual guide.  Over the course Chopin takes through his four Ballades, a life opens to us with her touch, and such fervent eloquence that pictures of a childhood in Poland, surrounded by music, family, friends, Chopin’s heart-wrenching departure, the confusion of Invasion, the poignant longing to return, seemed to float before our eyes.  Following these images and flight, the Fantasie seemed to sweep through the narrative again, seamlessly, and yet to point to another world, beyond the stories and the sorrows.
Standing among friends afterward in the lobby in a Read more

Caldecott Tunnel Breaks Through

Construction crews digging from the east and the west broke through Tuesday afternoon, meeting deep inside the hills about 650 feet from the Oakland side and 2,500 feet from the Orinda end. Since “breaking through,” they have excavated the top portion of the long-awaited fourth bore about 22 feet high and 50 feet wide. Construction, which started in January 2010, is on schedule with the two-lane tunnel expected to open to westbound traffic in late 2013 at a cost of $391 million.
From left to right: Anne Taylor (District Director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee), Bijan Sartipi (District 4 Director for Caltrans), Senator Loni Hancock (9th Senate District), Victoria Smith (Mayor of Orinda), Don Tatzin (Vice Chair of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority), Mark Green (Mayor of Union City), Amy Rein-Worth (Orinda City Council, MTC Commissioner Vice-Chair), Brian Hooker (Representative for Congressman John Garamendi).

Community Press Conference Backs Mayor

By Ken A. Epstein

Some participants supporting Mayor Quan’s leadership at Allen Temple Baptist press event.

Community, business, faith, and organization leaders spoke at a press conference Thursday at Allen Temple Baptist Church, hosted by Pastor J. Alfred Smith, Jr., endorsing the efforts of Mayor Jean Quan and calling for citywide unity to address violence and other social issues. But speakers varied in how directly they criticized the recall campaign as divisive and counterproductive.
“We have a very diverse cross-section of the city (here at the press conference),” said Pastor Smith, introducing the event. “We have been working with our mayor, and we are behind her vision.”
“Our job is to see the potential in Oakland. Nothing would marginalize our city more than to spend more time, money and resources fighting among ourselves,” said Michael Morgan, Musical Director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony.
Carl Chan, from the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, strongly opposed the recall. “We don’t want to recall anybody,” he said, emphasizing that people should not be giving into “anger and frustration.”
 Chan said the recall would waste time, money and energy, turning the city into a   place that was “recall happy,”  that would be unable to solve its problems. Read more

Marc Morial, right, speaks while NAACP’s Ben Jealous listens.

Occupy the Hood With Whatever Gifts You Have !

By Marc H. Morial
President and CEO
National Urban League

Marc Morial, right, speaks while NAACP’s Ben Jealous listens.

The Black “Twittersphere” and “blogosphere” are abuzz with talk about ways to engage more African Americans in the Occupy movement.  There are even social networks forming under the banner:  “Occupy the Hood.”  From Zuccotti Park in Manhattan to Westlake Park in Seattle, the participants in Occupy events tend to be overwhelmingly young, white, and middle class.  This is the case even though the ills the Occupy Movement have identified – income inequality and the corrupt and predatory actions of big banks – are hitting communities of color the hardest.  
In pondering the potential reasons for this disconnect, I thought that maybe the stress of unemployment and lack of opportunities are so draining in the “hood” that there simply isn’t enough time or energy to join a rally.  Or maybe with more of a focus on racism’s role in structural inequality more people of color would join.  But then I thought about a woman named Oseola McCarty from Hattiesburg, MS.  
In 1995 at the age of 85, Ms. McCarty, an African American woman who earned a living washing and ironing other people’s laundry, donated her entire life-savings, $150,000, to the University of Southern Mississippi to give Black children the chance she never had to attend the previously segregated university. Her actions inspired many and led President Clinton to award her the Presidential Citizens Medal.  Osceola McCarty’s only wish was that she be allowed to attend the graduation of the first recipient of the McCarty Scholarship.  She developed a friendship with that student, Stephanie Bullock, and died a few months after Stephanie’s graduation in 1999. Read more

“Outstanding Principal” Robin Bailer Glover


Robin Bailer Glover, Principal of Dewey Academy, was honored along with a number of outstanding Oakland Unified School District staff and employees at the annual “Honoring Our Own” Employee Recognition Ceremony.

Bailer Glover, who began as a teacher 27 years ago at McClymonds High School, has served as principal of Mandela High School, a small school that is part of the Fremont High School Federation. Upon receiving the award,  she thanked her Dewey staff, Superintendent Tony Smith and  OUSD’s community and family for years of support of Oakland youth.

Norma Ward Honored for Public Service

By Aneesah Dryver

Norma Ward wins Jefferson Award.

Norma Ward, who has been in the forefront of issues of domestic violence and substance abuse for over 25 years, has won the prestigious Jefferson Award for her dedication to helping countless people in the community.
While Ward says she was shocked when she was nominated by a colleague and then won the Jefferson Award, it comes to no surprise to her friends and colleagues who she has inspired for over two decades.
 Although she never experienced domestic violence herself, Ward always deeply concerned about the lack of open discussion of the impact of abuse within the family and relationships.
“I was blessed to be brought up by wonderful parents, but I was trying to understand what this issue was about,” she said. “There was always some discussion about it but no one seemed to delve deep. It was under-addressed.”
Ward, who holds a Masters Degree in counseling and Psychology, has been working to peel back the layers upon layers of abuse that affect the women that she has served in order to get to the root of the issue. She has worked at Planned Parenthood and served as program manager for the Healthy Start Program at the West Oakland Health Center. In 2008, Ward and Kimberly Peters founded Progressive Transitions to better aid women who are dealing with domestic violence.  
Ward helps women realize their value as individuals so that they develop the strength not to remain in destructive relationships. Many of these women have seen their mothers stay in physically abusive relationships and have difficulty developing a healthy sense of how men and women behave in relation to one another.  “These ladies have years of this healing process, and the scars are untraceable,” she said. “How do I work with you to validate yourself and hold on to that? Violence is an addiction that men as well as women need to detox from.” Read more

Will Oakland Construction Mean Local Jobs?

Project Labor Agreements Have Subsidized Oakland’s Suburbs

Have you seen all those construction projects around Oakland?  Have you heard about all the new jobs that will come with development of the Oakland Army base?  Did you know that less than 10% of construction jobs go to Oakland Black residents?
 Much of the economic fate of Oakland and its residents will be decided by these and other projects.  OaklandWORKS  is determined to see that this time Oakland residents and businesses benefit from the developments, rather than having the jobs and contracts bypass us, especially those of us in the flatlands.  
 Get informed.  Get involved.  Attend an interesting, interactive conversation on Thursday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the West Oakland Senior Center,  1724 Adeline St. in Oakland. For information email

Musician Bono with Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Lee, Obama, Bono, Clinton, Bush Together on World AIDS Day

Musician Bono with Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), a founding co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, observed World AIDS Day by participating in a panel discussion with President Barack Obama, who announced new commitments for fighting domestic and global AIDS.  The Congresswoman joined leading AIDS advocates including former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, along with Tanzania’s President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Bono, and Alicia Keys.  The event was sponsored by ONE and (RED), organizations that combat global poverty and AIDS.
While the president announced an increase of $50 million for domestic treatment, efforts are underway on Capitol Hill to preserve essential global AIDS programs.  Congresswoman  Lee was joined by 102 Members of the House of Representatives in sending a letter to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations requesting robust funding for vital global health programs in Fiscal Year 2012.  
Specifically, the Members requested that appropriators support the Senate’s proposed funding level for bilateral and multilateral global health programs, including $5.25 billion for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and $1.05 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Mack: “School of Champions”

City’s smallest high school wins Silver Bowl while some officials debate its closure

McClymonds High beat Skyline 33-19 on Nov. 25 to win its second straight Silver Bowl and seventh overall. Harold Halcomb III rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and the Warriors had two fumbles returned for touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away later in the game. Photo by Curtis Mackey.

49ers clinch division with win over Rams

San Francisco, CA – Coming off a loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Forty-Niners had a lot of time to regroup before facing a team that has been successful in beating better teams despite their losing record.  But at home they remain undefeated and look to keep that record going.

A 26-0 shutout victory over the St. Louis Rams gave them a 10-2 record and the title, NFC West champions.  The 49ers have clinched the division and will return back to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.  It’s been a decade since the franchise has won a Super Bowl but their last appearance in the post season was when Jeff Garcia and company lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. Read more