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All Star “Best of the Best” Basketball Tourney Set for Oakland

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Event will raise funds to help young women go to college

Three local young women are participating in the Nor-Cal All Star “Best of the Best” Basketball Tourney, a fundraiser to help teen girls go to college.

The event takes place at Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive in Oakland at 4 p.m. on April 8 and April 9.

Xinavane Foreman, a senior at Berkeley High School, has played basketball for over 10 years. A guard/forward with a 3.5 GPA, she has a “free ride” scholarship to Cal State Fullerton where she intends to major in Criminal Justice.

Forward Victoria Avery, a senior at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, loves playing with her NorCal All-Star team. With a 4.2 GPA, she will be attending either New York University, Carnegie Mellon or Emory University where she intends to major in sociology and become a non-profit entrepreneur or policy maker.

Bianca Shaw, a senior with a 3.5 GPA at Bishop O’Dowd, is a point/shooting guard. She will attend Arizona State University majoring in Sports Medicine. Her father is Lakers Coach Brian Shaw.

The Nor-Cal All Star “Best of the Best” Basketball Tourney is fundraiser to support three months of college-prep, empowerment and life skills workshops to teen girls who need the financial aid.

Empowerment participants will meet for 12 weeks in workshops conducted at Castlemont High School Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Orientation is Saturday, April 1 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Castlemont High School Auditorium, 8601 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland.

Participants will be given preference when applying to any Peralta College and will receive a two-year scholarship.

Coaches John (Pops) Phillips and Johnny Burks will host the two-day event and have coordinated “Best of the Best” female high school basketball players from Sacramento, San Jose, San Francisco and the East Bay to participate in this tournament.

“I’m blessed and feel a responsibility to help those not as fortunate as I am,” says Shaw, Bishop O’Dowd senior. “Playing in this tournament hopefully will give some of these girls the same opportunities I have for success.”

“Playing in these games is a wonderful opportunity for me,” says Avery, O’Dowd senior. “My major in college will be sociology and I’m interested in housing justice issues, but there are so many other factors that stand in the way of girls succeeding, I’m just happy I can do something that will make other lives better.”

“Other girls who don’t have the support system I’ve had to excel scholastically and in sports,” says Foreman, “who knows, there might be a girl out there who can play as good or better than me, who just hasn’t had the support or opportunity or even the encouragement to show off her skills.”

“I hope by playing this tournament, we’ll raise awareness that these girls matter, and people will support us by attending our games,” she said.

Enrollment is currently open for the Empowerment Program.

Tournament Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

For more information or to make donations, go to: www.oaklandtep.org or call (510) 326-8668.                                          

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Charlotte Maxwell Clinic Marks 30th Anniversary
In Virtual Event, Thursday, October 28th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

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Barbara Lee Celebrates Local Entrepreneurs, Vows to Continue Fighting for Recovery during National Small Business Week

In addition, Congresswoman Lee is a co-sponsor of H.R. 3807, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act, which will provide an additional $60 billion to support restaurants and other food and beverage businesses.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released the following statement on September 23 celebrating East Bay entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week, and vowing to continue fighting for resources to help local businesses to recover from the COVID-19 economic crisis.

“During this year’s Small Business Week, we celebrate the local business owners, entrepreneurs, and workers who drive our economy and give the East Bay so much of its diverse, resilient, and unique character,” Lee said. “Our small businesses have struggled to survive during the pandemic, and many have closed their doors permanently. Our work to get help for small businesses through the American Rescue Plan and other measures resulted in major investment in this community and allowed many businesses to weather the storm. But the pandemic is not over yet, and we still have more work to do in this recovery.”

East Bay small businesses have received significant help from funds authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), the $1.7 trillion recovery bill passed by Congressional Democrats and signed by President Biden in March. The bill included a Restaurant Revitalization Fund and Shuttered Venue Operating Grants administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

A total of 668 East Bay restaurants, other food and beverage businesses, and venues received close to $300 million through these two programs. A city-by-city breakdown showing the number of businesses helped and the amounts of money awarded is below. More information about the individual businesses that received assistance can be found here.

Lee and House Democrats are now working to pass President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act, which includes a “generational” investment in American small businesses. The bill will help small businesses get through the ongoing pandemic and thrive by increasing access to capital, funding entrepreneurial development programs, supporting underserved businesses, and driving innovation.

In addition, Congresswoman Lee is a co-sponsor of H.R. 3807, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act, which will provide an additional $60 billion to support restaurants and other food and beverage businesses.

For more information about help available to small businesses, please see this comprehensive guide to SBA resources.

Recovery Funds Awarded to Small Businesses in California’s 13th Congressional District

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Total Awardees: 590

Total Amount: $212,676,228.49

By City:

  • Oakland

Total awardees: 297

Total amount: $99,965,410.64

  • San Leandro

Total awardees: 44

Total amount: $12,909,939.13

  • Berkeley

Total awardees: 146

Total amount: $63,817,616.60

  • Alameda

Total awardees: 61

Total amount: $20,031,428.71

  • Albany

Total awardees: 12

Total amount: $2,686,934.95

  • Emeryville

Total awardees: 29

Total amount: $13,163,744.46

  • Piedmont

Total awardees: 1

Total amount: $101,154

Shuttered Venues Operating Grants (As of September 13, 2021)

Total Awardees: 78

Total Amount: $87,142,607

By City:

  • Oakland

Total awardees: 36

Total amount: $19,917,509

  • San Leandro

Total awardees: 3

Total amount: $234,970

  • Berkeley

Total awardees: 29

Total amount: $59,197,077

  • Alameda

Total awardees: 7

Total amount: $5,098,536

  • Albany

Total awardees: 1

Total amount: $311,674

  • Emeryville

Total awardees: 2

Total amount: $2,382,841

  • Piedmont: None

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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Congresswoman Lee Applauds Rep. Cori Bush’s Bold Action to Halt Evictions

“This is only a temporary solution while Congress works to pass Congresswoman Maxine Waters bill, but in the meantime, states and local governments must distribute the relief funds allocated to them through the COVID relief packages passed in Congress.

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Congressmember Cori Bush, once unhoused herself, camped out on the steps of the Capitol in protest.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) issued a statement this week cheering the actions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to extend a federal eviction moratorium.

“With the COVID-19 delta variant on the rise across the country, this decision by the CDC will help protect the millions of renters at risk of being evicted from their homes and protect our communities from this pandemic,” said Lee.

“This is only a temporary solution while Congress works to pass Congresswoman Maxine Waters bill, but in the meantime, states and local governments must distribute the relief funds allocated to them through the COVID relief packages passed in Congress.

Congresswoman Lee praised the bold leadership of Rep. Cori Bush to fight for an eviction moratorium.

“This victory, of course, would not have been possible without the fearless advocacy of Congresswoman Cori Bush, who shared her own experience of being unhoused and turned passion into action to get this done.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and members of “The Squad” celebrated this week after the CDC announced the 60-day extension of the eviction moratorium that had expired over the weekend, crediting Bush’s protests for winning the extension.

Bush (D-Mo.) had been camping on the Capitol steps  for several days to protest the expiration of the ban and  pressed the Biden administration to extend it.

“On Friday night (July 30), I came to the Capitol with my chair. I refused to accept that Congress could leave for vacation while 11 million people faced eviction. For five days, we’ve been out here, demanding that our government acts to save lives,” Bush wrote on Twitter on August 3.

“The House is at recess. People are on vacation. How are we on vacation when we have millions of people who could start to be evicted tonight?” Bush said on July 31.

“There are people already receiving and have received ‘pay or vacate’ notices that will have them out on tomorrow. People are already in a position where they need help, our most vulnerable, our most marginalized, those who are in need.”

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