Elmwood Scene: Neighborhood’s past is not its future

Elmwood is not without its own problematic history when it comes to breaking down racial walls. In the 1950s, according to scholar Richard Rothstein’s 2017 book, 'The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America', Elmwood was essentially envisioned as a segregated neighborhood. 

From Refugees to Diaspora: Generations of Vietnamese contribute to...

Gee mentions the rise in anti-immigrant sentiments in America. “When you’re new in a country that’s hostile to you, it’s pretty awful, because you [are powerless],” she says. “You may be coming from a country where if you speak up, you die. [Refugees] bring those fears with them.” After a pause, she adds, “Bullies always go after the people that are least able to defend themselves.”

Alameda DA Files Charges: Reporting by East Bay Express...

In a two-part cover series in 2018, the East Bay Express reported on Private Property Impound’s predatory towing for dollars in the East Bay cities of Oakland, San Leandro and Alameda. The reporting on “PPI,” and complaints by at least 13 victims, led to an investigation by the Consumer and Environmental Protection Division of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

Long Overdue: Afrofuturism and Ethnic Studies become graduation requirements...

“The inclusion of ethnic studies in the high school curriculum is long overdue,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina, a Democrat from Riverside who authored AB 101. “Students cannot have a full understanding of the history of our state and nation without the inclusion of the contributions and struggles of Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans.”

Healing Hearts: Fruitvale’s Dia De Los Muertos festival comes...

"Dia De Los Muertos is a three-day festival that is mostly observed in Mexico but celebrated around the world. It is very popular in California. Though the celebration is still observed as three days, the Unity Council decided to make it a one-day festival to focus on creating a smaller-scale festival that promotes social distancing. The holiday celebrated in Mexico is a 3,000-year-old Aztec tradition of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day that is portrayed more as a joyful celebration than the mourning of loved ones."

Loren Taylor Leads

"Last month’s poll asked for nominations of people whom panelists would like to see run for mayor in 2022. This month, we imagine that all those people intend to run—along with other rumored or actual candidates. Please select your favorites in this three-round, ranked-choice ballot, with the numeral one representing your top choice."

Facebook and Some of Its Apps Go Down Simultaneously

Facebook and some of its apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, appeared to go down...

Speaking Their Teacher Truth: Oakland organizations collaborate to support...

Citing the furor over teaching critical race theory, Cheng said, “I am concerned at the way education is being viewed.” Mosely pointed to a lack of support for Black teachers from administrators, some of whom “play the face of diversity,” but actually try to force Black teachers out.

Poll Picks Taylor: Plus, panelists want teachers vaccinated and...

"The rumor mill suggests that Loren Taylor is at least contemplating a run. He should thus be happy with his strong performance in this hella informal straw poll. As at least one panelist seemed aware, a bid by either Taylor or Reid could unite the mainstream liberals who strongly backed Schaaf with those voters who pine for the return of African-American leadership to The Town. 'Oakland needs its next great Black mayor,' that panelist wrote."

Latinos Shape California. Why Are So Many Sitting Out...

"Interviews with Latino voters, strategists and advocates throughout the state reveal a frustration among Hispanics that Newsom has never tapped into. The pandemic has further entrenched inequality statewide and deepened the anger over the pervasive class divide Newsom’s wealth only highlights."

What is the Recall?: How people can vote in...

After five failed attempts to get the Democratic governor removed in a very blue state, Republican organizers, led by retired Yolo County Sheriff Orrin Heatlie, got 1,719,900 valid signatures by July 1. Newsom now needs more than 50% of the vote to stay in office.

Black Panther Party Site Defaced—Then Cleaned

"According to a spokesperson for the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, “What this taught us is that the Oakland community is strong, generous and thoughtful. When Fredrika was at the site yesterday, and people stopped and offered their support, it also reinforced that the community work of the Black Panther Party has a very real and tangible legacy in Oakland."

People Power: How networking won a vital air pollution...

"Environmental groups have advocated for the regulation for years.," writes Janis Hashe, "But this time, new allies in health and equity organizations joined new voices on the BAAQMD board and committees to change the narrative from “loss of jobs and profit” to ongoing and systemic damage to frontline communities and beyond. The reverberations of this will extend much further than one decision."

Poll Backs A’s Housing: Oakland Power Poll respondents also...

"Just three months ago, 62% of respondents agreed with the position that 'the A’s seem to be negotiating in good faith,'" writes Stephen Buel. "Now, in the wake of several fatalistic proclamations from team President Dave Kaval, 59% believe the team needs to “compromise and stop being so unilateral.” More than one in five of our respondents had a change of heart in just a few months."
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