Monthly Archives: November 2012

  • Community organizer Jesus Rodriguez has been developing a connection to the Cambodian Buddhist Temple over the past year through his relationship with two healthcare workers from Asian Mental Health Services who are leaders at the temple. Through this connection, Jesus and I were invited to the temple to register elders to vote. Most of the […]

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  • It’s so easy to get discouraged, disillusioned and downright disgusted by elections. Even a video of a 4-year-old Colorado girl crying to her mother because she’s “tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney” touched a universal nerve. But on this Election Day, we celebrate those who power though the negative ads, the dizzying campaign mailers and the incessant robo-calls and cast their ballots just the same. From first-timers to veterans, Bay Area voters who have taken the time to decode the complicated propositions, research local candidates and — bonus points here — watch the presidential debate during Game 7 of the National League baseball playoffs, we commend you.

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  • Down the block from the polling place at the Preparatory Literary Academy of Cultural Excellence School on Campbell Street in West Oakland on Tuesday morning, Lasheta Jackson stood on the corner yelling at cars that slowed to make the turn. “You vote?” she’d ask countless times in the course of the day. Most people had, or at least told her they had. Dressed in bright red shoes, blue pants and a red and white striped tank top, Jackson looked like she’d have a lot to say to someone thinking of skipping out on their civic duty.

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  • Because of the importance of this election, especially to Latino voters and people of color, Everly Salazar knew that the first place to get out the vote was in her own family. As soon as the Manzanita SEED parent signed up to participate in OCO’s civic engagement campaign to find supporters for Prop. 30 in […]

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  • Francisca Anaya is a grandmother of two young children who attend Manzanita SEED, and her work with OCO this election has been her first time getting involved in any civic engagement work in Oakland. However, this is not her first time being active with an effort that is fighting for schools. She previously worked in […]

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  • A San Antonio action meeting led by organizer Rev. Ken Chambers, Sr. of Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) sought to unite churches, city officials, and community members together for the cause of providing solutions for the city’s youth on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Foothill Baptist Church, and hosted by Rev. Gary Golden.

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  • This week, a group of boisterous teenagers marched down to a ballot box a few blocks from their school. The first-time voter contingent and their sign-holding supporters whooped and chanted all the way to the Alameda County Courthouse, eliciting friendly toots from passing cars. “I feel like I’m always complaining about what’s wrong with the world,” said Di’Jahnay Stewart, a Dewey Academy student who turned 18 on May 23 and registered to vote shortly thereafter. “I feel like if I vote, at least it’ll mean something.”

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  • As a history teacher in Oakland for 12 years, Edgar Sanchez knows all about social movements and how they’ve shaped our country’s growth. He sees the same type of movement taking place with the civic engagement work that OCO has been involved with. “I know about the door knocking in the past, all the people […]

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