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Vericool Packaging Company and Reentry Success Center Give Youth a Second Chance

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Young residents of Richmond came to the Reentry Success Center on June 22 at the conclusion of a five-day job training program organized by Antwon Cloird.

The young adults are reentering society after stints of incarceration, and it’s always a challenge for reentering populations to maintain sustainable employment, Cloird said.
This was an opportunity for the participants to have, as Cloird says, “a second opportunity at a first-class life.”

The program offers jobs at Vericool, a green packaging manufacturing company based in Livermore. The company’s CEO, former Richmond resident Darrell Jobe, and CFO Danny Dubuk went to the Reentry Success Center, where they met the applicants.
After a lengthy discussion, Jobe and Dubuk offered full-time jobs to all of five of the young adults.

Jobe, who had his own troubles while growing up in Richmond, said it is his goal to increase the proportion of his workforce that is made up of local reentry men and women.

The company represents a paradigm shift in packaging because coolers currently manufactured worldwide are not usually biodegradable, but Jobe has created a cooler product that is 100 percent biodegradable.
The company’s model is environmentally friendly and socially responsible.

The Reentry Success Center opened in 2015 to serve as a hub of services for the formerly incarcerated.

“I’ve been trying to reach out to the City Council leaders about removing barriers to employment, and Darrell has given us the opportunity to have a pipeline to remove the barriers and guide reentry residents to secure employment, which is vital to their long-term success,” said Cloird.

“With more programs like this in our community, our recidivism rate and gun violence will steadily decrease thanks to the opportunities given to our residents. There is only one way to change the stigma in the city from violence, and it’s by investing in the community,” he said.

The offices of Supervisor John Gioia and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier were on hand to support the effort.

Supervisor Gioia’s District Coordinator Robert Rogers, said, “The center is a great hub of resources and support for our formerly incarcerated West County residents.”

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Oakland Native Serves in Navy’s ‘Silent Service’ of Submarine Technology

A major component of that maritime security is homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., where Zeigler is stationed.

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Justin Ziegler

An Oakland native is serving aboard USS Florida, one of the world’s most advanced nuclear-powered submarines.

Fireman Justin Zeigler, a 2008 Life Academy High School graduate and 2017 University of California, Los Angeles graduate, joined the Navy one year ago.

“I joined the Navy to be a part of something new and completely outside of what I had been exposed to,” said Zeigler. “I really wanted to challenge myself. and I feel the core values of the Navy represent what I strive for.”

Today, Zeigler serves as a machinist’s mate whose responsibilities include working on nuclear propulsion machinery.
According to Zeigler, the values required to succeed in the military are similar to those found in Oakland.

“I learned resilience from my hometown,” said Zeigler. “I think that’s been a part of my life and childhood. It’s what’s keeping me going while serving in the Navy.”

Known as America’s “Silent Service,” the Navy’s submarine force operates a large fleet of technically advanced vessels. These submarines are capable of conducting rapid defensive and offensive operations around the world, in furtherance of U.S. national security.

There are three basic types of submarines: fast-attack submarines (SSN), ballistic-missile submarines (SSBN) and guided-missile submarines (SSGN).

As a member of the submarine force, Zeigler is part of a rich 121-year history of the U.S. Navy’s most versatile weapons platform, capable of taking the fight to the enemy in the defense of America and its allies.
Serving in the Navy means Zeigler is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“The submarine force is always out there ready to strike,” said Zeigler.

With more than 90% of all trade traveling by sea, and 95% of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through underwater fiber optic, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

A major component of that maritime security is homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., where Zeigler is stationed.

As Zeigler and other sailors continue to train and perform the missions they are tasked with, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy means being a part of something more than myself,” added Zeigler. “I’m committing to my team, always striving to be better and bringing more to the table.”

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East Bay Area Section of NCNW: 70th Anniversary

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East Bay Area Section of NCNW: 70th Anniversary Flyer

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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Ella Baker Center Turns 25

Community members will have the opportunity to join the celebration virtually or in person at Restore Oakland at 1419 34th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601.

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Alicia Garza

Co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Alicia Garza and Michelle Alexander, acclaimed author of “The New Jim Crow,” will join youth justice leader Xochtil Larios to discuss a collective vision for liberation at the Ella Baker Center’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27.

After 25 years of working to empower Black and Brown communities and fighting for a world without prisons and policing, the event will seek to inspire organizers, community members and changemakers to reflect on past victories in the movement for social justice and imagine how to continue moving toward a world based on justice.

The event will include entertainment by musicians, poets as well as comments by founders of the Ella Baker Center, Dianna Frappier and Van Jones. Community members will have the opportunity to join the celebration virtually or in person at Restore Oakland at 1419 34th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601.

The in-person event will be held outdoors and available to vaccinated guests only. 

To RSVP for the virtual event, please email ashley@ellabakercenter.org by Oct. 14 

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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