Monday, March 23rd – East Bay Young Dems Monthly Meeting
Join the East Bay Young Dems for an in depth discussion about the California Democratic Convention and to endorse key races that directly impact young people: California Democratic Party (CDP) Controller and California Young Democrats (CYD) President. Candidates for CDP Controller were invited to make brief presentations to the membership at the 3/23 meeting. All four candidates received a questionnaire, and you can see their responses to the questionnaire on EBYD’s website. EBYD will send an announcement and link once they are loaded to the web. This meeting will be held from 6:30-7:45 pm at the Greenlining Institute, 1918 University Avenue, Berkeley. For more info and to RSVP, check out the Facebook page.
Tuesday, March 24th – Vigil for the Oakland Police Officers Shot & Killed this Weekend
The City of Oakland is organizing a vigil on Tuesday night for the Oakland police officers who were shot and killed this weekend. From the press release: “After yesterday’s tragic events, the Oakland City Council and Mayor Ron Dellums
believe this is a time when everyone in Oakland needs to come together to support the families of the officers who were shot and all our police officers. Our police officers protect us everyday, putting their lives on the line for us. In this horrendous moment, the City Council and Mayor Dellums stand in complete solidarity with the Oakland Police Force. We are working with them to provide all of the assistance we can. As Chief Jordan has said, the Oakland Police Force is out in force on the streets of Oakland protecting us, doing their job today and everyday. It is a time for all of us in Oakland to express our support for our men and women in uniform.” The vigil will be held at 6pm at the site of the shootings at 74th Avenue and MacArthur. There will also be a condolence book at City Hall Monday, March 23, in the main lobby, from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm for community members to share their thoughts.
Tuesday, March 24th – Walk Oakland Bike Oakland Monthly Meeting
Last month WOBO volunteers brainstormed and picked our next pedestrian campaigns. This month we will focus on the next steps – what it’s gonna take to turn our ideas into a reality: campaign planning, outreach messaging and upcoming volunteer opportunities including Bike to Work Day. Come out and show your Oakland bike/ped love! (and bring yo’ friends!) And did we mention free food…? This meeting will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm at Bay Area Wilderness Training, 2301 Broadway, Suite B – enter on 23rd Street. For more info, visit WOBO’s website.
Tuesday, March 24th – Charter School Debate
Last month, Oakland Unified School Board Director Chris Dobbins attempted to organize a debate about charter schools but got a lot of pushback fromt the community so it was canceled. He was commited to holding the debate though so it’s back on for this Tuesday. Charter schools are a hot topic in Oakland, and this debate will be a face off between pponents and advocates of charter schools. Arguing that charter schools are part of a new Jim Crow system of education that forces an increasing number of black and Latino students into separate, inferior schools will be Ms. Shanta Driver, National Chairperson of BAMN (By Any Means Necessary), Ms. Yvette Felarca, Teacher, Berkeley Public Schools, BAMN Organizer, and Ms. Kim Shipp, Educator, Parent Activist. Arguing that charter schools provide students with an education to enhance their academic skills in order to compete and be productive members of society will be Dr. Ben Chavis, Executive Director and former Principal, American Indian Public Charter School, Oakland, Ms. Kristin Gallagher, Principal, Millsmont Charter School, and Mr. Hugo Arabia, Principal, Oasis High School Charter School. The public is invited to attend and will have ample opportunities to pose questions to the speakers in what is sure to be a hotly contested debate. The debate will take place from 5:30-7:30pm in the OUSD Administration Building, Hunter Hall, 1025 Second Avenue. You can find more info at the Oakbook.
Wednesday, March 25th – Swearing in of Joel Young to the AC Transit Board of Directors
Join the AC Transit Administration for the Oath of Office of its newly appointed member of the AC Transit Board of Directors, Joel B. Young. A reception will be held on the 2nd floor immediately following the ceremony. The swearing in ceremony will take place at 3:30pm in the AC Transit 2nd Floor Board Room, 1600 Franklin Street.
Sunday, March 29th – Brainstorm Session to Save the Parkway
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the Parkway closed its doors today, and many in the community are very upset by this. So upset that some are taking action. A Facebook group that was created just this past Thursday to save the Parkway has already reached 4,000 members, and some members of this group are organizing a brainstorming session to discuss options for saving the Parkway. Here’s how the organizers describe the event: “Let’s keep the groundswell going and meet to brainstorm and collect ideas on creative solutions to the Parkway’s future. This will be a structured brainstorming session so we can achieve some real results.” This meeting will be held from 2-5pm at Rooz Cafe, 1918 Park Blvd. You can find more info and RSVP on Facebook.