Category: Op-Ed

Opinion: Oakland’s Failure to Apply for State Crime Prevention Grants Is Devastating Blow to Citizens

We are shocked, perplexed, and furious that the City of Oakland forfeited millions of dollars in crime prevention funding by missing a state grant deadline. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Board of State Community Corrections approved awards for dozens of cities and counties – divvying up $267 million that Gov. Gavin Newsom touted as the largest ever single investment to combat retail theft.

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Opinion: How We Can Protect Our Communities From COVID After the Pandemic

Every Sunday, I look out at the faces of my congregation, and I am grateful that we have overcome the many challenges we have faced over the past few years. At the same time, I am also reminded of all the beautiful souls we have lost to COVID-19. The pandemic has upended the lives of many in our community, and the residual effects are still being felt.

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OP-ED: Safeguarding Charitable Medicines Programs in America

All Americans should have equal access to high quality healthcare.  As our nation steadily emerges out of the awful debilitating aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of communities of color, and in particular the African American community, are all facing lingering challenges and prolonged difficulties in having access to affordable and quality healthcare.

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An Unflinching Advocate for Black Children: Honoring the Life and Work of Educator Dr. Rex Fortune

Dr. Rex Fortune, who was a husband and father, an educator, author and advocate passed away on January 29, 2023 at the age of 81. He devoted his life to lifting up the most vulnerable students and closing the academic achievement gap and in doing so made a lasting impact on the lives of countless students and faculty members during his extensive career.

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