The Oakland REACH Virtual Family Hub in Action #REACHforMore

For the past four weeks, the Oakland REACH has been doing something that has never been done before: opening and operating a virtual summer school for Black and Brown kids through a Virtual Family Hub.  Every parent — regardless of where we are from or how much money we have — wants what is best…


Bridges Stimulus Pledge raises $250k for Oakland families

It began in April as a simple enough plan: Bridges Academy at Melrose principal Anita Iverson-Comelo and her husband would donate their stimulus checks to Bridges families, 80 percent of whom had lost their source of income during the pandemic and majority of whom did not qualify for a stimulus check or unemployment benefits  from…


Should OUSD take the Green and Social Bond Pledge?

This election, OUSD is placing a $735 million construction bond measure on the November ballot.  While the investment is sorely needed, will voters hold their noses, swallow hard and trust the district to not waste all that money, after years of overspending from an organization that lacks an overarching building strategy and has suffered “a…


A local-to-global perspective on the digital divide in Oakland

When Anietie “Nate” Udofia thinks about the digital divide in Oakland, and the “new normal” public education is facing because of the pandemic, he does so with a global perspective. Udofia is a Nigerian American who has decades of experience working on distance learning and helping communities gain access to digital tools.  He sees similarities…


Lodestar mural celebrates the beauty and imagination of Oakland Black and Brown students

Walk around Downtown Oakland these days and you will witness an open-air art museum. Block by block, up and down Broadway and Telegraph and their cross streets, there are more than 1,000 beautiful and powerful murals that cover storefronts that reflect the values of our Oakland community. They support Black Lives Matter and condemn police brutality, but the messages…