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Oakland – The season of giving is upon us but for the Oakland A’s they give back throughout the year.  The Oakland Post would like to recap their year in review with some of their best community events.  The Community Relations team works very hard every year to show the fans how much they appreciate their support.

Back in April the A’s hosted 3,000 kids from elementary to middle school for their STEM Day. It was an opportunity for kids to see real world connections between baseball and school.  Labeled “Science of Baseball” a few players were able to learn geometry on how far a baseball can travel.  Using math and science in to research the metrics was exciting for all.  Especially pitcher Sean Manaea, who participated in the event.

“I’m interested in math and science and seeing the physics of how far a baseball can go through the eyes of the kids,” said Manaea.  “I’m here to learn as much as the kids and I’m really having a good time.”

During the month of May, Pitcher Aaron Brooks and “Stomper” the A’s mascot paid a visit to Kaiser Permanente and helped celebrate “Nurses Week”.  A wonderful time to acknowledge the selfless acts of people who continuously care for those in need.  The nurses were extremely pleased as well as the children’s ward to have Brooks and Stomper onsite.  They brought bobbleheads, toys and autographed baseballs.

Brooks and Liam Hendriks also gave back to the Alameda Food Bank an organization that is very popular in the Bay area.  Many corporate companies and professional teams assist in preparing food to be delivered to families in need.  The food bank serves over 5,000 individuals throughout Alameda county.  Up to 200 or more volunteers assist daily in making sure food is properly prepped and stored for delivery.

December 9th Outfielder Stephen Piscotty surprised first responders at our local Fire Department.  A sincere “thank you” for all the hard work they continue to do across the Bay Area.  Piscotty signed autographs, took photos and brought Round Table Pizza for lunch.  Surprised firefighters were very pleased to be recognized by the Oakland A’s.  

Piscotty also joined First Baseman Matt Olson and the A’s front office during the “week of Giving”.  A time to celebrate the holiday season and continue to give back to the community.  A’s players, staff and Stomper visited the Mobile Food Pantry to distribute pre-packed boxes to the Mobile Food Pantry Program’s clients.  They also stopped by the emergency shelter of the Salvation Army Garden Street Center.

The A’s couldn’t complete their week of giving without stopping by Kaiser Permanente to spread holiday cheer to patients.  Another exciting time included, the entire A’s front office, along with A’s players, helped CityTeam Oakland with two projects.  Half of the group helped CityTeam Oakland residents at the main location in downtown Oakland to get ready for the holidays and winter months.  

Volunteers helped with painting rooms, building dressers, constructing garden beds, decorating for the holidays, sorting and wrapping donated holiday presents, and more. The second group of volunteers supported CityTeam Oakland’s new Women’s Bridge Housing Program by beautifying the yard space, constructing garden beds, cleaning the kitchen and common areas, and sorting and wrapping donated holiday presents. Materials for the beautification events were donated by Ashby Lumber.

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City Government: Please Do No (More) Harm

Oakland city government declares war on the unemployed. An overstatement? Not really.

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First in a Series on Jobs in Oakland

Oakland city government declares war on the unemployed. An overstatement? Not really.

City administration professes concern for its residents who need help with access to jobs and training, while at the same time failing to issue contracts to the community organizations that stand ready to provide needed services.

The city council approved these contracts in June. As of late September, they have not been issued by the city administration.

Q: What does this mean? A: Non-profit organizations, operating on shoestring budgets in the best of times, have been required to advance their own funds in July, August, and September to serve the unemployed, with no reimbursement by the city because as the administration says, “Your contract has not been signed yet.”

Another impact: the workers who provide front line job services may not receive their paychecks on time…. creating unnecessary instability in their own households.

And who is responsible for issuing these contracts? Yup…it’s the city…. painfully tone deaf to the needs of the community, particularly those on the economic margins. Most of those served with job help are Black and Latinx residents who consistently suffer double digit unemployment. Many are returning home after incarceration.

And for this level of harmful disregard, the city receives  28 percent of scarce job training funds. Astonishing, since the city provides no direct services to job seekers.

As Oakland struggles with its horrific crime wave, it seems that attention would be paid to root causes, joblessness being paramount among them. Instead, the city administration seems intent on hobbling the very groups who stand ready to help. This happens year after year…. with no apparent consequences to an impenetrable bureaucracy.

Oakland, we can do  better than this.

We must.

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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‘A Way Out of No Way:’ EP Honors Black Shipyard Workers

Youth from Marin City created a musical tribute to Black workers from the Marinship Shipyard called “The Marinovators – A Way Out of No Way.”

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Top left to right: Jaliyah Cook, Sarah Williams, Dominiq Austin, Camron McDonald, Raymone Reed, and Tayana Bland. Bottom left to right: Brenda Lara, Bella Lucky, Mykolas Vilatis, Jahi, Mason Le, and Briana Zuniga. Rohan Ayyar is not shown.

Youth from Marin City created a musical tribute to Black workers from the Marinship Shipyard called “The Marinovators – A Way Out of No Way.”

The Marinovators are a group of young people from Marin City and other parts of the Bay Area who came together to lift up the lost stories of Black workers at the Marinship shipyard in Sausalito during World War II, according to their press release.  They created a six-song extended play record (EP) titled “The Marinovators /A Way Out of No Way,” which also featured songs like “Wonder Women Workers” and “Equality” in a “Hamilton-ish” hip-hop style. 

The songs from the EP highlighted Ms. Annie Small, Ms. Rodessa Battle, Rev. Leon Samuels, and Joseph James. Joseph James was instrumental in changing the laws of the union at the Marinship shipyard by going to the Supreme Court with the help of Thurgood Marshall in 1944.

The project will also feature a Virtual Reality experience to be released in October 2021. Oakland-based artist Jahi co-wrote and arranged the EP.  Chris Jeffries engineered, recorded and mixed it at The Marinovation Center in Novato. It was produced by Configa for Configaration Records.

Collaborators include XR LostStories, Performing Stars of Marin, California State Library’s CREi Initiative, The Marin County Free Library, Marin Office of Education, Microphone Mechanics, John MacLeod, Felecia Gaston of  Marin Performing Stars, Anita Gail Jones, Leslie Pelle, and Tim Bartolf.

The sponsors include the Milagro Foundation, the TomKat Foundation, and the Marin County Office of Education.

The EP was released on Sept. 4, 2021 and is available now for streaming on Spotify and iTunes. To listen to the “A Way Out of No Way” video, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyQdXEpRQuA

 

The Marin County Post’s coverage of local news in Marin 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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Healing Through Art at West Oakland’s Alena Museum

The Alena Museum is a Black-led, 501(c) 3 non-profit that provides services in health and wellness through experience installations, Black sanctuary gardens, community space access, and an Art Residency (mentorship).

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The Alena Museum/Photo Courtesy of Alena Museum Facebook

Development has come at the cost of Black health, land ownership and belonging.

The Alena Museum in Oakland gives African American residents a way to heal through the medium of art “by providing critical, safe spaces for the African diaspora the Black community can express and cultivate their cultural identity in the face of gentrification. 

The Alena Museum is a Black-led, 501(c) 3 non-profit that provides services in health and wellness through experience installations, Black sanctuary gardens, community space access, and an Art Residency (mentorship).

Through the group’s public art activism, they teach cultural preservation and cultivation with an Afrofuturism ownership model to promote cultural equity with the goal to reclaim urban landscape and gain creative control in real estate development. Through restorative justice art, the Alena Museum educates the community on urban planning; how it works and how to become involved. 

The Alena Museum’s most recent project, “Magnolia Street” began in March of 2020. According to the website, “Magnolia Street is an experiential installation following Alena Museum’s land libration journey. From holding space for African Diaspora creatives, to confronting gentrification in practice, the story of Magnolia Street channels the spirit of Oakland’s Black Resistance movement into the present through Alena Museum’s eyes. Our story roots Black Power into any land we activate, including this one.”

The Alena Museum was evicted from their 8th Street site in West Oakland and is now located at 2725 Magnolia St, Oakland, CA 94607. 

If you would like to reach out to the Alena Museum you can email them at info@alenamuseum.org. To check out the latest, visit them on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to support their vision, visit the support page.

Information in this article was sourced from the Alena Museum website. 

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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