School-Life Navigation: Surviving the Tracking and Inequality–A Student’s Journey

(A guest post by Edrees Saied an Oakland public school graduate and Energy Convertor Alumni) For students of color, school can be a pathless land. A land covered with a very thin layer of ice that breaks and swallows you when you make a wrong step. Being the only one in my family that can take my … Continue reading School-Life Navigation: Surviving the Tracking and Inequality–A Student’s Journey


Questions and Answers on the OUSD Bailout Bill

The State recently passed a “bailout” bill for OUSD that would ease the coming fiscal crisis.  Here Nima Tahai, GO’s director of educator leadership, breaks down the bill and the implications for Oakland, you can also see a video here that covers some of the same content. What is the so called bailout bill and … Continue reading Questions and Answers on the OUSD Bailout Bill


The State of Black Education in Oakland and What We Can Do

It’s a mistake to say the education system is failing, at least in regards to Black students.  It is not a coincidence that by most measures Black students are being left behind.  And if it were only Oakland that would be one thing, but it is literally the same everywhere, 200 million test scores were … Continue reading The State of Black Education in Oakland and What We Can Do


The Apology OEA Owes Director Hinton-Hodge; Call Her By Her Name

It was an amazing moment at the School board meeting when the Teacher’s Union Rep. Ismael Armendariz refused to address a Black Woman by her title, “Vice President of the School Board,” and instead referred to her by her first name repeatedly, even after she corrected him.  Misogyny and supremacy reared their heads, and as … Continue reading The Apology OEA Owes Director Hinton-Hodge; Call Her By Her Name


The End of Black Oakland?  The Latest Research on Housing and Displacement and Why it Matters

The latest study on gentrification and displacement from Berkeley, confirmed what many of us feel daily.  Oakland has changed and with housing prices skyrocketing, it is increasingly a place where Black folks are either being pushed or locked out of.  This research further confirms the need for us to act, and not accept this fate … Continue reading The End of Black Oakland?  The Latest Research on Housing and Displacement and Why it Matters