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BOP is Hiring!

[fusion_text]BOP is Hiring! We’re seeking an experienced Organizing and Program Director to join the BOP team. Now accepting applications. The Organizing and Program Director is responsible for managing the organizing department and providing leadership, support and supervision to the staff and member leaders. Click Here to Download the Complete Job Description[/fusion_text]

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MLK Day 2015: Are we Free?

Written by Jasmine Jones, BOP Lead Organizer I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Friday I had a text message conversation with

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OUSD School Board Candidates Respond to Questions About Policing Students & School Climate

On Thursday, October 16, the Black Organizing Project hosted an OUSD school board candidates forum with the Parent Action Leadership Network and Californians for Justice. This was an important opportunity for school board candidates to address critical questions and concerns from the community about their views for the future of Oakland schools. BOP’s Bettering Our

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2014 OUSD School Board Candidates Forum

This Thursday, BOP, Californians for Justice, and Parent Action Leadership Network are hosting an Oakland School Board of Directors Candidates Forum at La Escuelita Elementary School to give community members an opportunity to hear from the candidates they’ll vote for to represent Oakland schools! Below is a list of the candidates who are running for

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Blackness is a Threat in Itself

Michael Brown’s murder calls the question of how a young Black man could be unarmed, hands up in a position of absolute surrender and still be gunned down by police, his lifeless body left in the street for hours while police decide their next move? The answer is connected to a long historical context of

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Voices on Police Violence

Perspectives around the murder of Mike Brown and overall trends of violent police attacks on Black people have been swirling. We talked to three people from our community who have experienced the impact of police violence and terror, to hear what they had to say. Here is what Thomeisha Finley, an active community member who has

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Community Demands New Restrictions on City Cops in Oakland Schools

After two years of organizing by BOP members with help from ACLU and Public Counsel, Oakland school district approved a policy last Wednesday, that provides guidelines and provisions for the way Oakland Police Department officers are interacting with students. The approval of this policy comes at a time when the nation is buzzing about police

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Oakland Parents Want to Be Present if Students Questioned by Police

Oakland parents, students and community members are shocked to find out that there are no provisions requiring Oakland’s law enforcement agencies to notify parents before interrogating students. Oakland parents expect to receive a call when their students are sick or hurt, and we’ve even heard stories of parents getting called when their child forgets their

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Educational Equity in the Face of Brown vs Board, 60 Years Later

“We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for integration, nor are we fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition…for the right to live as free humans in this society.” –Malcolm X This year we commemorate the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, a landmark advance

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The Dream That Lives in Our Hearts, Reflections From Jackson Rising 2014

BOP member and education coordinator for the Baby BOP summer program attended the Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference in Jackson, Mississippi during the first week of May. The conference was formed as an initiative to lay a foundation for the transformation of Jackson, MS into an example of economic democracy. The conference focused on providing

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Celebrating Malcolm X: A Legacy of Organizing

In celebration of the birth and powerful contributions of Malcolm X during his lifetime, this excerpt from University of Washington student-writer for “The Daily” examines the role of Malcolm as a powerful historic leader who never received, nor needed, the mainstream recognition that he deserved. Excerpt from “The Values of Malcolm X in Modern America:

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