The Real Lesson We Should Take from Juneteenth, and Why We Celebrate

“The Freedman are advised to remain quietly at their present houses and work for wages.  They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”- Final lines of the Juneteenth Proclamation Don’t get it twisted, Juneteenth did not “free”…


Every Child Deserves a Shot at College, it’s Time to “Dump the D” and Make that a Reality in Oakland, You Can Help

At one public school, 100% of Black students graduated, only half were UC/CSU eligible. At what is considered the “Black” high school, 93% of Black student graduated and 48% were college eligible. We have other schools, where 100% of Black graduates are college eligible. The issue is one of grading and support


The Opportunity Ticket, Opportunity Hoarding, and What We Learned from the latest Enrollment Data

For my own mental health I skipped the last board meeting, but by the next day a half dozen, mostly fuming, folks had reached out to me on enrollment data the district presented.  And the presumed twisting of a policy that I helped write and pass, The Opportunity Ticket(OT).   While the idea behind the policy…


OUSD’s Double Talk on Reparations, Passing an Empty Policy While Moving to Exclude Black Contractors

If OUSD supports Black families it needs to support the Black economy and that means actually hiring Black, Brown and women contractors.  Unfortunately, its latest, pennywise pound foolish response is exactly the opposite.  Tonight they plan to dilute their policy that encourages the hiring of small, local and minority contractors, expanding the list of eligible…


Our Babies Can’t Read, Will OUSD Take Action to Change That, and How You Can Help

If you are born, Black, Brown, Pacific Islander, Yemeni, or in another underserved group in Oakland, chances are you will never learn to read in Oakland Unified.  For Black kids its less than 1 in 5, around 1 in 4 for Brown kids and the numbers are no better for our other babies.  There is…