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BERKELEY’S JUNETEENTH COMMITTEE ACKNOWLEDGES ‘SLAVE APOLOGY’ FROM ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Berkeley Juneteenth Festival Publicity Chair, Ms. Delores Nochi Cooper Edwards, accepted a ‘Slave Apology’ resolution from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, on behalf of the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival Association. Having being honored that the Board selected her to accept the resolution; Edwards noted that, “my initial response was a flood of overwhelming emotion.” “As sincere as the gesture appeared, and as honorable as it was for the Board to have the insight and foresight to extend this olive branch,” said Edwards, my initial thinking was: “How can we (African Americans) accept this apology; how can this apology undo the atrocities of slavery148 years after the Emancipation Proclamation; and how can … Read entire article »

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Alameda County Board of Supervisors Adopts a Resolution Apologizing for Slavery of African Americans

Alameda County Board of Supervisors Adopts a Resolution Apologizing for Slavery of African Americans In commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States also known as Juneteeth, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors formally adopted a resolution this week apologizing for slavery of African Americans and calling for reparations and reconciliation. “I want to thank President Nate Miley for his leadership on this issue and allowing me an opportunity to co-sponsor the resolution,” said Supervisor Keith Carson at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting. “Apologizing for slavery is not just about past tense but the impact that it has on the present day community.’’ The resolution calls for economic reparations through health, education, employment and housing programs to address the disparities in the African American … Read entire article »

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Supervisor Carson, Assemblymember Skinner discuss Realignment Proposal at Community Forum

Supervisor Carson, Assemblymember Skinner discuss Realignment Proposal at Community Forum

Local elected officials and agency heads hosted a forum on Friday at the Way Christian Center in Berkeley to discuss the impact of Gov. Jerry Brown’s realignment proposal to transfer some mental health, foster care, and public safety services to the county level. Panelists included Supervisor Keith Carson, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi and representatives of affected state and county agencies, including corrections, probation, health and social services. The … Read entire article »

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SWANSON HONORS LOCAL OAKLAND BUSINESSMAN FOR STELLAR WORK

SWANSON HONORS LOCAL OAKLAND BUSINESSMAN FOR STELLAR WORK

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – During the California Small Business Day reception this week in Sacramento, Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson (D-Alameda) honored local businessman Tom W. Williams, Jr. with the small business award for his significant leadership as Chief Executive Officer and founder of the accounting firm Williams, Adler & Company. California Small Business Day was sponsored by the California Small Business Association and well-attended by Members of both houses of the Legislature, including Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg and Speaker … Read entire article »

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Port of Oakland to Receive Federal Funding for Dredging Project

Port of Oakland to Receive Federal Funding for Dredging Project

Funding is vital to maintaining Port’s position as gateway for international trade Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) is pleased to announce that the Port of Oakland will receive $18 million in funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the maintenance and operation of the 50-foot Harbor Deepening project. Congresswoman Lee hailed the funding, adding that it is vital to ensuring that the Port remains competitive in … Read entire article »

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BARBARA LEE FIGHTS AGAINST BLANK CHECK FOR ENDLESS WAR, PUSHES FOR SWIFT WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN AND SENSIBLE CUTS TO BLOATED PENTAGON BUDGET

BARBARA LEE FIGHTS AGAINST BLANK CHECK FOR ENDLESS WAR, PUSHES FOR SWIFT WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN AND SENSIBLE CUTS TO BLOATED PENTAGON BUDGET

Lee Opposes Defense Authorization Bill That Repeats the Same Mistakes All Over Again Washington, DC – This week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced several amendments to the Defense Authorization bill. Through her bipartisan work with Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI), Congresswoman Lee forced a floor vote on the Amash-Lee amendment which would strike the controversial Section 1034 from the bill. Section 1034 represents a broad definition of undefined enemies in any … Read entire article »

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BARBARA LEE: PATRIOT ACT SACRIFICES OUR FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

BARBARA LEE: PATRIOT ACT SACRIFICES OUR FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) released the following statement this evening following House passage of the PATRIOT Act, which she opposed: “We should balance our national security with protection of our civil liberties, but the PATRIOT Act does not achieve that necessary balance. I opposed the extension of the PATRIOT Act because we cannot sacrifice fundamental freedoms, including the right to privacy, in our effort to manage the … Read entire article »

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ACCESS TO SALARY SHOULD NOT DETERMINE ACCESS TO JUSTICE, SAYS SWANSON

ACCESS TO SALARY SHOULD NOT DETERMINE ACCESS TO JUSTICE, SAYS SWANSON

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The Equal Access to Justice Act, authored by Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson (D-Alameda), Chair of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, passed the Assembly today. The bill will increase low-wage workers’ access to the justice system after a recent court decision, Chavez v. City of Los Angeles (2010) 47 Cal.4th 970, effectively discouraged low-wage workers from making employment discrimination claims under the Fair Employment and Housing … Read entire article »

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Maintaining Family Ties

Maintaining Family Ties

Alameda County Social Services Agency Opens County’s First Family Visitation Center for Children and Youth in Foster Care Oakland CA—Grand Opening and Open House of The Gathering Place.  Children in the Alameda County foster care system will no longer sit in a sterile office or fast-food restaurant to see their biological parents, siblings or relatives during family visits.  Instead, they will be able to have a relaxed visit at the newly … Read entire article »

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U.S. Supreme Court Orders Release of 46,000 Inmates, Emphasizing the Need for Swanson’s Nutritional Assistance for Families Act

U.S. Supreme Court Orders Release of 46,000 Inmates, Emphasizing the Need for Swanson’s Nutritional Assistance for Families Act

(Sacramento, CA) –The Nutritional Assistance for Families Act, which provides critical food services to individuals released from prison for certain non-violent felonies, passed the Assembly this week and now moves to the Senate. The bill is significant in light of yesterday’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring the California Department of Corrections to release 46,000 prisoners within the next two years. “Nearly 46,000 prisoners will soon be released … Read entire article »

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