Blog Posts

Freedom is in the Eye of the Beholder

By Jasmine Williams, Staff Writer What is Freedom? Some common definitions include the following: the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government. By these definitions, have Black people in this

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Black Love = Black Liberation

by Jasmine Williams, Staff Writer March 2, 2017 As we wrap up the month of love we must pay homage to a type of love that serves as a foundation of hope and strength for millions of people. A love that is unrelenting, unconditional, and eternal: Black Love. Black people are born into the world with

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5 Reasons Why the OUSD Superintendent Search is Extremely Problematic

by Shani Ealey, Staff Writer March 2, 2017 The search for the next superintendent for the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is well underway. Since former OUSD superintendent, Antwan Wilson announced that he would be leaving his role and taking on a new position as chancellor of Washington D.C’s public schools, Oakland community members and leaders

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Black organizing is Not Just Important, But Essential to Our Survival

by Ni’Keah Manning, Staff Writer March 2, 2017 I can vividly recount the pivotal existential moment in my life that happened four years ago back in college– I was on my bed sitting across from my roommate, crying. But this was a different cry for me; one that was unexpected and troubling but ironically just on

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There Are No Sanctuaries

by Kesi Foster, Urban Youth Collaborative (NYC) December 16, 2016 Black and Brown youth have never received sanctuary in this country, its cities, our communities, or in the institutions that are supposed to provide a safe, nurturing and supportive environment, including our schools. Despite Mayor’s and municipal governments from New York to Philadelphia and Los

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#NoDAPL: “Water is Life” is more than a phrase

By: Anthony Williams, Staff Writer December 16, 2016 Our material reality as Black folks is rooted in this country’s traumatic origins, and it still shows today. Given the recent victory in North Dakota, we must extend gratitude to Indigenous water protectors and allies for obstructing the damaging Dakota Access Pipeline. After seeing such a show

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A Look at BOP’s Integrated Voter Engagement Program

By Jasmine Williams, Staff Writer December 16, 2016 “IVE was amazing. The door-knocking just brought us together as a community and reminded us why we value face to face interactions with the community,” “The work we did with IVE was very unique. It was work by Black people for Black people. you could feel the

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Post-Election Thoughts: What’s Changed?

By: Shani Ealey, Staff Writer  December 16, 2016 Knots and twists. What are they? It’s that feeling you get when something is fundamentally in direct opposition with your spirit, heart, and mind. That uncomfortable turning in your stomach signaling that something is incredibly off. Not right. Your body’s internal alarm letting you know that something

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The Militarization of Police: An Extension of the COINTELPRO

A few weeks ago the news showed a quick glimpse of a scene and there were 4 or 5 police officers hanging on to a tank.  This was not somewhere across the world.  It could have been South LA or Sacramento or San Leandro or Ferguson Missouri, but it wasn’t. This was in East Oakland. We

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Black Panthers’ Oakland Community School: A Model for Liberation

by Shani Ealey, Staff Writer November 3, 2016 Community. It is all about community. This was the common theme repeated at the Oakland Community School panel discussion with Ericka Huggins at the Black Panther Party’s 50th Anniversary Conference.  This October the Black Panther Party for Self Defense celebrated it’s 50th anniversary. The four day anniversary conference was

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Where Do We Go From Here? BOP Sits Down with Former Black Panther

Steve McCutchen Interview .mov The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was a revolutionary organization founded in 1966 in Oakland, California. The Party not only united Black communities across the country but served as springboard for the movement towards Black liberation. It is because of the revolutionary spirit left behind by the Panthers and other inspirational

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BOP Youth Speak out on Police in Schools

POLICE HAVE NO PLACE IN SCHOOLS! Why is it that our nation feels it is ok to prioritize police over counselors and teachers? Police are not mentors , educators, or counselors. Policing and the over criminalization of Black youth has been proven to create hostile and unwelcoming environments that lead to Black youth being funneled

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