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San Leandro LINKS Shuttle Service Releases New App and Offers New Upgraded Buses

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The San Leandro LINKS, a free shuttle between the Downtown San Leandro BART station and West San Leandro that serves over 1,000 employers and major commercial areas, has introduced new upgraded buses and the Nextbus application. LINKS has been connecting commuters to and from San Leandro areas such as the Marina Square and Westgate Center, as well as residential neighborhoods since 2001. The service provides over 200,000 rides per year and runs in the mornings and afternoons

The convenient service has now been made even better with the introduction of comfortable new shuttle buses and the NextBus application that allows riders to: find real-time arrival predictions for nearby stops instantly; find stops and pinpoint precise vehicle locations; get walking directions, and save favorites or set alerts for favorite stops and times. Visit the Next Bus site at www.nextbus.com to download the app and learn more  (LINKS is listed as San Leandro Links).

Employees at innovative companies seek a range of transportation options and LINKS offers an easy, free connection between employment locations and BART. With the comfort of new shuttle buses and convenience of the NextBus app, LINKS is now easier to use.

LINKS is a key component of the City’s efforts to revitalize San Leandro’s industrial areas and a partnership between the City of San Leandro and the San Leandro Transportation Organization. The shuttle is funded by businesses along the bus route through the West San Leandro Business Improvement District. LINKS also receives funding through the voter approved Measure BB, which funds transportation projects throughout Alameda County.

For more information on LINKS, including route maps, service hours, and stop locations, please visit www.sanleandrolinks.com or contact the LINKS Shuttle at linksshuttle@sanleandro.org.

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Garden Planted at Marin School During MLK’s Holiday

Michelle Bryant, the Garden coordinator, was inspired by the White House Kitchen Garden that Michelle Obama started, and which was maintained by Melania Trump and now by the First Lady Jill Biden. The Garden supplies the White House kitchen with about 2,000 pounds of fruits, vegetables and herbs each year, and what is not used is donated to a food bank in Washington, D.C.

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Volunteers prepping the soil. Bottom: Start of Meditation Circle (Photos by Godfrey Lee)
Volunteers prepping the soil. Bottom: Start of Meditation Circle (Photos by Godfrey Lee)

By Godfrey Lee

About 50 adults and youths came to weed and till the soil at the children’s garden at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy. This was a Day of Service in the Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday, on Jan. 17, and part of a year-long celebration of Marin City’s 80th birthday.

The event was organized by Felecia Gaston, the director of Performing Stars of Marin, and the Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church.

The event will help the students at the school get a head start in planting the crops for their vegetable garden. The garden needs to be planted before the end of January, according to Michelle Bryant, the Garden coordinator. Bryant also said that the soil, which has now turned black in color, is now richer and more fertile as it was left alone during the COVID Pandemic. While the garden became overgrown, the soil became more fertile, and should yield some good fruits and vegetables for the students in the school.

Some parents in the community came earlier in November to clear out the previous garden. Now Bryant is able to reimagine and improve the garden to have a meditation circle in the middle where the students can enjoy the garden. It will also have a victory rose garden and orchard trees, along with the other fruits and vegetables.

Bryant was inspired by the White House Kitchen Garden that Michelle Obama started, and which was maintained by Melania Trump and now by the First Lady Jill Biden. The Garden supplies the White House kitchen with about 2,000 pounds of fruits, vegetables and herbs each year, and what is not used is donated to a food bank in Washington, D.C.

Most significant to Bryant, in drawing inspiration from the 2800 square-foot White House garden, was the rich dirt that was used, and that children are able to walk through it.

The garden at the school will help students learn about growing the plants they will be eating. It resembles the abundance Bryant saw in Marin City when she was a child. “Everybody had something growing. They just loved the idea of being from the farm.” Bryant told the Marin IJ.

Gaston, who was working in the Garden, also told the Marin IJ “It’s a perfect time to bring people together from all diverse backgrounds, to come and do a day of service … and still continue the work of Dr. Martin Luther King.”

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Evangelical Technology: The New “E.T.”

In his book, “Branding Faith,” Phil Cooke wrote, “Whatever the purpose, the goal is to win the hearts and minds of the largest audience possible and imprint an indelible story around your church, ministry or mission.” In short Mr. Cooke is saying that how we tell our story and how our story looks, will determine the impact that we will have on a world in need of relevance.

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Curtis O. Robinson, Sr. is the senior pastor at the Faith Church in Oakland, CA. He is also managing director of Global Acquisitions at Nimbus Networks, LLC.
Curtis O. Robinson, Sr. is the senior pastor at the Faith Church in Oakland, CA. He is also managing director of Global Acquisitions at Nimbus Networks, LLC.

By Curtis O. Robinson, Sr., M.A., Resident fellow ’19 Harvard Divinity School

The year was 1982 and Steven Spielberg released the blockbuster movie of the century entitled, “E.T., The Extra Terrestrial.” The movie outgrossed Star Wars and in 1983 grossed more than $359 million in North America and $619 million worldwide. Spielberg was making an estimated $500,000 a day, and the rest was cinematic history.

With the onslaught of the COVID-19 virus, the strain and challenge of presenting a relevant Christ to a culture in need of spiritual balance has been demanding. For the most part, houses of worship have had to close their doors. However, a few have been strategic enough to weather the storm with minimal attendance for in-house worship. So, it is still a daunting task to continue to get the Word of God to a culture desperately in need of spiritual enrichment.

In his book, “Branding Faith,” Phil Cooke wrote, “Whatever the purpose, the goal is to win the hearts and minds of the largest audience possible and imprint an indelible story around your church, ministry or mission.” In short Mr. Cooke is saying that how we tell our story and how our story looks, will determine the impact that we will have on a world in need of relevance.

Enter Nimbus Networks, LLC. Nimbus Networks is a certified solutions provider that creates tailored communications plans for you in collaboration with the world’s leading telecom providers.

We work with over 220 vetted worldwide carriers as a full-service technology consultant, and we have engineers who can help you design, deploy, and maintain your environment. Because no two organizations are the same, we tailor our Cloud, Voice, IT, and other technology services to match your unique requirements.

This is the first in a series of articles that will talk about the importance of having a reliable and robust IT platform. And for churches, we must still engage the world for Christ. It is important that our ET platform is effective and inviting. Stay tuned.

For more information concerning your IT or ET needs, you can reach him at crobinson@nimbusnet.net. You can also visit our website at nimbus-networks.com or you can call 925-285-8357 for a free consultation.

Curtis O. Robinson, Sr. is the senior pastor at the Faith Church in Oakland, CA. He is also managing director of Global Acquisitions at Nimbus Networks, LLC.

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Beautiful Bus Tour of Atlanta Neighborhoods Ends at National Center for Civil and Human Rights

I got to experience what it would have been like sitting at a lunch counter as a Black person and enduring racial slurs just because I asked to be served a cup of coffee. Even though I knew what to expect by sitting at this faux diner counter with headphones on, it was dehumanizing and frightening, to say the least.

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Mural inside the entrance to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Photo by Navdeep K. Jassal.
Mural inside the entrance to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Photo by Navdeep K. Jassal.

By Navdeep K. Jassal, Post News Group Ambassador

In my first week in Atlanta, I took a city bus tour to get better acquainted with the city.

I really noticed how green it is with large trees growing abundantly everywhere.

Besides ‘Sweet Auburn’ Avenue, tour highlights included riding through the Buckhead neighborhood and to see Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s mansion. As many know, Kemp is a Republican who opposes mask mandates and getting vaccinated.

The beauty of this was seeing another mansion across the street with a gigantic mask in the yard, encouraging responsible mask-wearing to protect oneself and their fellow Americans noting it’s patriotic. It was a glorious sight for my eyes and gave me a good chuckle, too!

We drove around Centennial Olympic Park, a 22-acre greenspace that serves as Georgia’s legacy of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Next to the park is the incredible National Center for Civil and Human Rights which is a museum and cultural institution that connects the U.S. Civil Rights Movement to human rights challenges today.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.

There, I got to experience what it would have been like sitting at a lunch counter as a Black person and enduring racial slurs just because I asked to be served a cup of coffee. Even though I knew what to expect by sitting at this faux diner counter with headphones on, it was dehumanizing and frightening, to say the least.

My co-volunteer at the Food Ministry at First Presbyterian of Oakland and co-Publisher of the Oakland Post, Mrs. Gay Plair Cobb, had shared stories with me about travelling to Atlanta during that era in the 1960s and sitting at these counters, trying to get served and being completely ignored.

In one of the magnificent displays, I read personal stories from some of the original Freedom Riders. I imagined the bravery and courage these college-aged African Americans had to challenge segregation on bus terminals and buses that travelled interstate. This was such a powerful moment in history, that there were buses being set on fire to stop integration from happening!

I perused the personal papers and items of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This collection represents much of Morehouse alumnus Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and work spanning from 1944 to 1968. There was a remarkable multi-media display on his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech made during a rally for Memphis sanitation workers who were striking for better pay. It was one of his most powerful speeches and alluded to the numerous threats on his life and eerily forecasting his death, which occurred the next day.

Prior to visiting Atlanta, I spoke with Mr. Paul Cobb, co-Publisher of the Oakland Post, and he told me about how close he had come to getting a ride from Mrs. Viola Liuzzo one night to get a hot shower and food.

Liuzzo, a white housewife and mother of five from Detroit, felt compelled to take action during these demonstrations and drove down to help in Selma. A few nights later, as she was driving with Leroy Moton, a Black teenager, she was murdered by members of the KKK. Astonishingly, Moton survived because he pretended to be dead when the Klansmen looked into the vehicle. There was a posterboard dedicated to her courage on the walls of the museum.

There was an outstanding temporary exhibit on the Rosenwald schools. Mr. Julius Rosenwald and Mr. Booker T. Washington forged one of the earliest collaborations between Jews and African Americans to create schools throughout the nation for Black children who had no access to publicly funded education.

From 1912 to 1937, the Rosenwald schools program built 4,978 schools for African American children across 15 Southern and border states. Hundreds of thousands of students walked through these doorways. I am one of the many interfaith lay people who believe in the inherent worth and dignity for all. This exhibit made my eyes well up with how great humanity that collaborates for what is right can look.

The museum also covers contemporary issues such as white supremacy, international human trafficking, and LGBTQI policies.

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