Upcoming events regarding sit/lie debate:
April 21, 6pm: Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC), the policy-making body for the Democratic Party in San Francisco, will host a meeting in the basement auditorium of the California State Building, 455 Golden Gate Ave.
April 24: Stand Against Sit Lie citywide protest organized by grassroots groups
Sit/lie debate takes a strange new turn | San Francisco Bay Guardian.
The HOPE (Health for Oakland’s People and Environment) Collaborative will be celebrating the launch of the three-year proposal on October 31 at Laney College.
OAKLAND, Ca – The HOPE Collaborative was recently granted $1.2 million from the W.K Kellogg Foundation. They will mark the beginning of their implementation action plan at Laney College, on October 31 from 11 am – 3 pm. There will be healthy free food, plant give aways, music, spoken word and children’s activities. Representatives from the Oakland Mayor’s Office are expected to be present along with other dignitaries.
The HOPE Collaborative is a group of organizations, institutions, and community residents that was formed to improve the health and quality of life in Oakland’s most vulnerable neighborhoods by transforming its food and fitness environments. “HOPE seeks to dramatically decrease the disparities amongst community ownership, health and education,” said Leon Davis, co-chair of HOPE. “This then,” Davis continued to say, “will also decrease disparities in crime, improve property value and allow our neighborhoods to become more resilient in dealing with the social problems that affect all of Oakland.”
The HOPE Collaborative envisions: Having more vibrant Oakland neighborhoods that provide equitable access to affordable, healthy, locally grown food; safe and inviting places for physical activity and play; and sustainable, successful, local economies.
The HOPE Collaborative welcomes all community members and organizations that share the vision of a vibrant, healthy Oakland to come and celebrate at Laney College, on October 31 from 11 am – 3 pm.
Contact: Leon Davis oaklandfoodandfitness.net 1-510-877-9256 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Bychowski performing spoken word at Thursday's Open Mic night.
Performers of all walks, songs, poems, and acts of life showed off their talents at last Thursday’s night Open Mic Night—a Vincent and Louise House tradition. The evening maintained an informal, yet joyful rhythm as members of the DePaul community took up the stage to perform for friends and strangers alike. Each of the 16 ecletic acts contributed to the energetic vibe, but some of the night’s highlights included Mike Rogers rapping about the mystery of faith; an interactive improvisational skit by Lake Ponchatrain; spine-tingling spoken word by Mark Bychowski; V&L residents Emily Thenhaus’ and Kelli Nelson’s powerful piano version of “Winter Song;” and Dan Pasquini’s heartfelt reading of an original poem. Dinners at the Vincent and Louise House Sunday through Wednesday are always great ways to enjoy conversation and (free) food with the community, yet the Open Mic Night was an opportunity to intentionally celebrate one another’s authentic forms of self-expression. The Vincent and Louise House will be hosting another Open Mic Night Spring Quarter.