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Help High School Student Shawn Cunningham Attend Stanford Summer Law Program




Bishop O’Dowd High School student Michael “Shawn” Cunningham II, an exemplary student who serves as a role model for his peers at school and church, has been invited to participate in Stanford Law School’s Intensive Law & Trial 2015 Summer Program.

This program is designed to give critical insights into the legal profession and a taste of the study of law, which is a perfect fit for Shawn, who has wanted to be a lawyer since age 12.

Being invited to this national program for high achieving high school students is an honor in itself. Shawn is very excited, and his mom and his sister are overjoyed.

He lives with his family in Oakland and would like to take advantage of this great opportunity but due to limited resources and a single income in the home, Shawn will need help from members of the community so he can attend.

The cost for this two-week program, including meals and housing, is $3,300.

While attending O’Dowd as a scholarship student, Shawn has been a member of the debate team, won several national debate tournaments, has served on the executive council of the school’s Black Student Union and has been a volunteer at the Allen Temple Senior Center of Oakland.

Anyone who would like to help this Bishop O’Dowd junior can make a donation of any amount by going to, or by calling Ralonda Cunningham (Shawn’s mom) at (510) 772-2795 by March 13.


East Oakland Organizer Needed

The East Oakland Stadium Alliance (EOSA) is seeking an Oakland-based grassroots organizer for a short-term engagement to help grow and mobilize our coalition! Comprised of local businesses, workers, labor organizations, and community members, we are deeply concerned about the Oakland A’s proposal to leave the Coliseum site in East Oakland and build a new stadium at the port. An ideal candidate has on-the-ground campaign field experience, a strong awareness of Oakland and Alameda County political figures, and deep ties to East and West Oakland communities. Being a local resident of Oakland is a plus.

Employment with EOSA is a part-time role and will last for a minimum of four months with an opportunity to extend longer. Transportation and cell phone use would be reimbursed and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Penrod, For more info about EOSA, visit our website and check us out on Twitter @AllianceOakland.


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