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Vallejo Kwanzaa Celebration




The Kwanzaa principle “ujima” means “to build and maintain our community together, making our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and solving them together.”

Celebrating this principle, the 13th Annual Kwanzaa will be held on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.

As a traditional celebration in the African American culture, Kwanzaa begins the day after Christmas and lasts until Jan. 1. The seven principles of Kwanzaa are: “umoja”- unity; “kujichagulia”- self-determination; “ujima”- cooperative work and responsibility; “ujamaa”- cooperative economics; “nia”- purpose; “kuumba”- creativity; and “imani”- faith.

Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga as the first African American holiday, to honor the African heritage and give Blacks the opportunity to celebrate themselves. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits of the harvest.”

Symbols of the holiday include a candle holder “kinara” with seven candles that represent the principles of Kwanzaa; a decorative mat “Mkeka”; a cup for the pouring of libations; and a black, red, and green flag.

The 13th Annual Kwanzaa celebration will feature food, vendors, and entertainment including a drumming performance. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, 734 Marin St. Donations of $5 are requested.


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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