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Local Graduates Khiari Neal and Charlotte Waterson Win Richmond Library Scholarship Awards




Teen Services Librarian Angela Cox presented the annual “Scholarships Are Terrific! (SAT) Award” at the Richmond Pubic Library to graduating seniors who attend public or charter schools in West Contra Costa County.

This year’s award, presented on June 18, went to two recipients out of 74 applicants.  DeAnza High School graduate Khiari Neal was one of the award winners.  Joining other students, Khiari  successfully advocated for the creation of an ethnic studies programs in their school.  She was also active in the school’s mock trials and served as the senior class secretary and an Early Academic Outreach Program Ambassador.  Khiari will be attending the University of California, Los Angeles and will double major in Political Science and African American Studies.  Her ultimate goal is to become a criminal defense attorney.

The other scholarship recipient, Charlotte Waterson, is a graduate of El Cerrito High School.  She assisted seniors from the El Cerrito Senior Center with computer technology and also worked with a program for special needs individuals.  This fall, Charlotte will attend UC San Diego to pursue a major in International Studies and Sociology.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be accepted to a four-year college, write an essay on an assigned topic and describe their community activities.  The scholarship is a component of the Richmond Library Teens’ SAT Preparation Workshop, that has been offered to West Contra Costa students for 23 years.    

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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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