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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 »

Filed under: Alameda County, Featured, Local News, Politics

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 »

Filed under: Alameda County, Featured, Local News

Toyota refuses to thank Black consumers

We can play it too.  We will ask the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus to lead a delegation of Black newspaper publishers and leaders to Japan so that we can speak directly to Toyota’s leadership.” “Black newspapers are tried, true, and trusted when it comes to Black people in America,” said Mr. Bakewell.  “We are the gatekeepers for reaching Black people.  Ford and GM understand that, as do other corporations like AT&T and Wells Fargo.  When corporations want and need to reach the African-American consumer they see Black newspapers as the vehicle through which to reach Black people. Toyota needs to stop trivializing the power the of the Black press and understand that all we want is for Toyota to give Black people … 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 »

Filed under: Alameda County, Business, Featured

Miller Statement on Proposed WIC Cuts in Agriculture Appropriations Bill

Miller Statement on Proposed WIC Cuts in Agriculture Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In light of harmful cuts proposed by House Republicans, U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), senior Democrat on the Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement regarding the proposed cuts to the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). These cuts further the attack on poor and working class Americans outlined in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contra Costa County, Health, Local News, Politics

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 »

Filed under: Alameda County, Featured, Local News