Powerful Women of the Bay Awards Luncheon

When: Friday, March 31st, 2017  11am – 1:30 pm
Where: Scott’s Seafood,  2 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

Celebrating Women’s History Month and the Contributions of Outstanding Women in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Contact:   Phone: (510) 653-4085


The Black & Brown Founders’ Project

When:  Monday, March 20th, 2017  9am
Where: Galvanize San Francisco – Soma, 44 Tehama Street San Francisco, CA

The Black & Brown Founders’ Project is an event aimed to provide Black and Latinx founders with tools and hacks to start companies without relying solely on venture capital.

*For sponsorship opportunities, please email Brady Campbell (


OCCUR & SF Foundation FAITHS Program Workshop Continues March 23 with Focus on Program Impact and Funding

When: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 9 a.m. – Noon (check in 8:30am)
Where: 360 14th St., Suite 100, Oakland.

Contact: or  call (510) 839-2440.

OCCUR and the San Francisco Foundation FAITHS Program, A Model Built on Faith, will present the second in the 2017 series of free capacity building workshops designed for faith-based organizations and other nonprofits on.


Councilmember Brooks Hosts Green Job Fair for Youth of Color

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MobilizeGreen, a nonprofit that seeks to help young people find careers in the green economy, held a job fair last Friday at Oakland City Hall, co-hosted by Councilmember Desley Brooks.

About 150 college-age youth from all over the country, including a number of local residents, attended the three-day conference and job fair organized by MobilizeGreen and Brooks, which is seeking to bring young people of color into the environmental industry.

A number of young people were matched with one-year internships with the U.S. Forest Service, which is co-sponsoring the project with MobilizeGreen.

Kathy Mick of the U.S. Forest Service says that creating opportunities for young people and diversifying the workforce are part of the reason the Forest Service exists.

“Our mission is to care for the land and serve the people,” she said. “We are focusing on expanding our diversity.”

One of the participants at the job fair was Janneice Hines, who was working at Starbucks over a year ago when she found out about the MobilizeGreen conference from Brooks.

Hines applied and had a one-year internship at the Forest Service in Utah and is now in the Vallejo Office. She was hoping to find another internship at the job fair.

“It’s the best experience I’ve had,” she said. “It’s the field work that makes the difference.”


Councilmember Brooks Partners with Legal Firms to Provide Free Legal Help at Eastmont Town Center


Do you have a basic legal question but couldn’t find anyone who could provide an answer? Do you need to talk to an experienced attorney? Do you need straightforward answers to your legal questions?

Councilperson Desley Brooks has partnered with the Charles Houston Bar Association and the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) of the Alameda Bar Association to provide free legal information and referrals at her Eastmont Office starting Saturday, March 18.

Lawyers will be available the third Saturday of the months of March, May, July, September, November, and January at at Councilmember Brooks’ Eastmont Office at 7200 Banccroft Ave. (upper level) from noon to 2 p.m.

The volunteer lawyers from Charles Houston Bar Association will provide free legal help to people living in District 6 who otherwise cannot afford it.

This program matches trained volunteer attorneys with low-income people in need of critical legal services – such as family law, criminal law; landlord tenant issues, or protecting a parent’s right to custody and visitation.

In 1983, the Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) was founded in response to cutbacks in federal funding to the Legal Aid Society and the increasing demand for legal services for the poor. In 1983, the VLSC budget was just $37,800. VLSC mission is to provide free legal assistance to Alameda County’s low income population remains as strong as ever.

During its 30+ years, VLSC has served more than 35,000 clients, providing legal education, advice and counsel and representation to low-income people in the community.

On average, VLSC has supported 300 volunteers annually through training, technical assistance and mentorship. Over the last three decades, VLSC volunteers have logged approximately 60,000 pro bono hours, which ranslates to $18 million worth of free legal services for Alameda County!

The Charles Houston Bar Foundation, Inc. is a charitable organization. Its mission is to provide educational services and programs to improve access to justice; to advance equal protection under the law, by promoting the provision of services to under-served Bay Area communities.

The Charles Houston Bar Association also seeks to advance African American access to justice and the courts and to increase diversity within the legal community and the bench.

Barbara Lee Denounces Republican Attempt to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday:

Lee-Barb-1-1170x780“Last night, Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and make hardworking families pay more money for less care. Make no mistake, this plan strips healthcare from millions, defunds Planned Parenthood and rations healthcare for low-income Americans in order to offer handouts to the wealthy and healthcare executives.

“Access to quality affordable healthcare is a basic human right. Millions of Americans have made their voices heard in protests, town halls and in the streets. Their message is clear: repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be deadly for our communities.

“During the writing of the ACA, I worked tirelessly with the Congressional Black Caucus and President Obama to expand access to healthcare for all Americans, especially those in communities of color. I refuse to stand idly by as Republicans unravel the lifesaving reforms we’ve made over the past seven years.

“Today I stand with the American people and my colleagues in Congress to put President Trump and Congressional Republicans on notice. The fight to protect affordable healthcare is on, and we will not rest until Republicans end their coldhearted campaign to kick American families off of healthcare.”