Slowly, but surely?

June 30, 2016 12:02 AM

Can Mayor Libby Schaaf’s new housing proposal save Oakland—before it’s too late? Oakland’s housing crisis has sent the city into a state of emergency, in spite of the city’s determination to provide low-to-moderate income housing. The total estimate of people without permanent housing in Oakland is 6,300, of which 600 to 700 are living in encampments, according to a 2015 survey on the city’s homeless provided by the Oakland City Council. These numbers also include those at risk of homelessness, due to evictions, loss of income, and gentrification. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and District Two Council member Abel Guillen proposed […]

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TOXIC NEGLECT

May 19, 2016 12:18 PM
TOXIC NEGLECT

Laney teach-in connects Flint water crisis to environmental racism in Oakland It has been two years since the State of Michigan decided to save money by switching Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron in Detroit to the Flint River. In response to the water crisis that ensued thereafter, Laney College held a teach-in on May 5 at the Laney Forum. Themed “From Flint to Oakland,” it strove to connect the dots between environmental racism and “toxic neglect” in cities like Flint, Mich. and Oakland, Calif. This event was sponsored by the Associated Students of Laney College (ASLC), The Peralta Foundation […]

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Toxic neglect

May 5, 2016 2:55 PM
Toxic neglect

Environmental racism across nation triggers schoolwide teach-in A teach-in is scheduled for the afternoon of On May 5 at Laney College. It will be both informative and a call to action for faculty, staff and students at Laney. The subject of the event is the crisis in Flint, Michigan and its toxic drinking water. The teach-in committee of student leaders and the faculty union have invited a panel of educators to participate in a panel discussion, including leaders from the Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) and the Flint, Michigan Democracy Defense League Water Task Force. Flint’s crisis reflects the breakdown […]

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Female activists panel speaks on origins of activism

March 17, 2016 1:49 PM

Saying “black lives matter” doesn’t mean all lives don’t matter, and implies that liberation for one race is liberation for all races. A panel of women imbued with the desire to serve others spoke on this topic Mar. 9, before Laney College English and Ethnic Studies students. The women on the panel were Cat Brooks, Asantewaa Boykin and Ashley Yates. These women are co-founders of the Anti-Police Terror Project (APTP) and significant organizers in the Black Lives Matter movement, whose mission is to eradicate police terror in communities of color. Brooks is a Las Vegas native who at an early […]

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Ginwright talks revolution, student equity

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As a part of the Laney College student equity series, the Equity Committee invited Dr. Shawn Ginwright to speak on Feb. 23 and give a review of his latest book. Dr. Ginwright is an associate professor of education in the Ethic Studies Department at San Francisco State University where he teaches African American history. He is the co-founder of Leadership Excellence Inc., and the Oakland Freedom School literacy program. He is known locally and nationally as an activist and advocate for students of color. He also serves on the board of Directors for the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and […]

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My experience at ‘The NFL Experience’

March 3, 2016 12:09 PM
My experience at ‘The NFL Experience’

Tower staffer was among 30-40 Laney students working at Super Bowl 50 This spring I was recruited by a temporary staffing agency to work at the NFL Experience held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The NFL experience is an interactive amusement event for football fans. I was recruited at Laney College along with a total of 800 others recruited by this particular staffing agency. The event is scheduled for seven days, including Super Bowl Sunday. The recruiter said that the ideal situation was to have two staffers for every one fan. I am grateful for the opportunity to […]

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MLK film festival celebrates 10th anniversary

February 4, 2016 2:58 PM
MLK film festival celebrates 10th anniversary

Mayor Libby Schaaf drops by library’s festival, lays out plan for the future of Oakland This year, the Jan. 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Film Festival at the African American Museum and Library in Oakland (AAMLO) marked 10 years of showing films dedicated to preserving the history of African American’s involvement in the civil rights movements. Felt throughout the world, this movement involved the efforts of many, protesting and fighting against racial discrimination and segregation, and still raising their voices in support of equality for all. “MLK Day is the only day that we are showing these films,” said Marco […]

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Peralta takes aim at smokers

December 10, 2015 12:15 PM
Peralta takes aim at smokers

BCC, Alameda to follow Laney example and ditch the butts On Nov. 26, 2014, 20 student advocates from Merritt, Laney and Berkeley Community Colleges were trained on the effect of e-cigarettes. The training was designed to impart knowledge about the addictive nature of nicotine, the bodily functions that nicotine affects, the second-hand vaping on health, and the marketing techniques of e-cigarette companies. The Peralta Community College District handbook on personal safety regarding smoking on campus (refer to Administrative Procedure 3570 for exceptions) states; “smoking including e-cigarettes is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor Peralta campus locations.” The Alameda County Board […]

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Black Panthers history on display

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Black Panthers history on display

Annual art exhibit returns to Laney Library until Dec. 19th The Black Panther Party (BPP) underground newspaper exhibit in the Laney College library will be on display through the end of the semester, Dec. 19. On Dec. 3, the librarians arranged a lecture to focus on the many social programs the BPP started to serve people in the community. This included and are not limited to the breakfast program for school children, free food distribution to seniors and low- income families. The BPP also organized busing program to prisons and the sickle cell education and testing campsites located throughout the […]

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KQED visits Laney to hear pitches for new show

November 13, 2015 1:20 PM

Laney College hosted the KQED Newsroom forum on Nov. 4, inviting a community of students and educators to pitch stories for the new KQED East Bay Desk. The stories were pitched to the East Bay desk, led by Holly Kernan, executive editor, who hopes to incorporate them into the program. The East Bay Desk is comprised of new reporters, Devin Katayama and Sandya Dirksas. Kernan refers to the new reporters as the “dynamic duo,” as well as, Joshua Johnson, coordinating the on-air program called “So Well Spoken,” which consists of candid conversations on race and identity. The radio station (KQED-FM) […]

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When it comes health, students are covered

October 29, 2015 1:58 PM

The Laney College Wellness Center distributes condoms, provides information and consultation for depression and anxiety, as well as conducts therapeutic massage free for students in the Student Center. The services of the Wellness Center are included in the $18 health fee portion of tuition. In addition to the services already provided, the center assists students navigating through medical insurance and Cal Fresh benefits. The Wellness Center has two locations: Center I is located in the Tower building, room 250. Here you will be greeted by clerical assistant Veronica Crawford, a Laney alumnus in the social sciences. She understands the frustration […]

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APASS Dir. Tomoko Ha leaves Laney staff

October 1, 2015 11:49 AM

The announcement that American Pacific Asian Services (APASS) Director Tomoko Ha would be leaving the program as of Sept. 30 brought glowing attributes for the job she has done. Ha has been the director of the APASS program for the last two years. The program is five years old and is currently applying for another grant. Ha said she is grateful for the support of the faculty, administration and staff for help in the operation of the program. Ha has worked at Laney for approximately nine years, on and off. She got her start as an interim staff assistant to […]

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OMCA leaves visitors in stitches

September 17, 2015 2:40 PM
OMCA leaves visitors in stitches

Small but colorful exhibit highlights local quilters Quilts you have no intention on sleeping with are on display at the Oakland Museum. The exhibit is called “Yo-Yos & Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts.” Eli Leon, an Oakland resident, artist and collector of unique and unusual items, gathered together five people who were strangers to one another to inspire 20 extraordinary quilts. Leon’s vision was to have the quilters tell a story of a time and place in African American history. The five quilters are Angie Tobias, Arbie Williams, Mattie Pickett, Rosie Lee Tompkins and Sherry Byrd. Each contributed a vision […]

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Building sisterhood at Laney

September 3, 2015 4:30 PM
Building sisterhood at Laney

ASLC hosts summer ‘Soul-mer Learning Community’ The ASLC hosted the Pink Panthers Soul-mer Learning Community this summer for four weeks. The Pink Panthers is a community project and sorority organized to build self-esteem, leadership, and the development of sisterhood in young girls of color from the ages four to 15. The sorority met each week on the fourth floor of the Student Center. The organization’s co-founders are Tamika Phillips and Nyisha Moncreaseor. Moncreaseor is a 2013 Laney graduate with a degree in Social Science. “The group was enlightened every day, especially the older girls starting high school, who were especially […]

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Dance department shows dance steps in concert

May 22, 2015 1:00 AM

The Laney College Department of Dance presented their annual Spring Concert, And Still We Dance… “History, Culture & Legacy” on May 8 and 9 in the Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center. Students performed Modern, Jazz, Tap, African, Samba and Swing dance wearing spectacular costumes depicting the appropriate era and genre.  The music, whether live or prerecorded was pulsating; driving the dancers across the stage, sometimes softly and graceful, other times, percussive and sharp, but always with intention. The concert is an annual fundraiser which helps to support the programs of the department of dance. Jacqueline Burgess, Artistic Director and the dance production […]

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