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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Weaving Tales of Oakland

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Weaving Tales of Oakland

Oakland: There by The Sew n Sews A mini group of AAQGO Pat Bailey, Blanche Brown, Marsha Carter, Marilyn Handis, Debbie Mason, Norma Mason, Carolyn Pope, Dolores Presley, Ann Robinson, Julia Vitero OAKLAND’S LEGACY: STANDING FOR JUSTICE by FranCione WEST OAKLAND BLUES by Norma Mason WELCOME TO JINGLETOWN by Teresa Weyand OAKLAND GEESE by Jackie Houston

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Black History Month brings in big names

March 3, 2016 12:52 PM
Black History Month brings in big names

Liberation after incarceration: Angela Davis on Mumia Abu-Jamal, the future of the prison industrial complex Angela Davis drew a standing room only crowd last Thursday, Feb. 18 at the First Congregational Church of Oakland, where she called for the abolition of the prison industrial complex. The occasion was the publication of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s new book, Writing on the Wall, as well as the fiftieth anniversary of the Black Panther Party. Johanna Fernandez, who edited this collection of Mumia’s essays, opened the night by calling for revolution. “As recent right-wing reactions to Beyonce’s Superbowl performance suggest,” she noted, “memory of the […]

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Choosing community over chaos: Bobby Seale on the future of Oakland

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Choosing community over chaos: Bobby Seale on the future of Oakland

When it hit evening on Feb. 27, countless people had gathered at Merritt College to hear Bobby Seale, an Oakland native and a co-founder of the Black Panther party, speak. Before Seale even made it halfway to the stage, the audience was giving him a standing ovation. The event was called “Community and Chaos: Where Do We Go From Here?” hosted by The Barbara Lee & Elihu Harris Lecture Series, and co-produced by Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center and Merritt College. Barbara Lee, Eilhu Harris, representatives from the MLK Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, and Merritt College President […]

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Writing like a butterfly, stinging like bee: Ishmael Reed on Muhammad Ali

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“Our generation of the 1960’s broke the mold,” author Ishmael Reed declared to a receptive audience of students Feb. 25 in the Laney Forum. Reed is known as an important African American writer, who has written 10 novels, many plays, poetry, short stories, and non-fiction books. He has also written 2 travelogues, one of which is about Oakland. Reed had just turned 78 on Feb. 22. Professor D. Scott Miller, author of the book “Afro Surreal Manifesto,” introduced Reed, and wished him a happy birthday. That was after Miller told the audience that when he was deciding where to go […]

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Word on the Quad

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Word on the Quad

What are your thoughts on the issue of homelessness? “I’m originally from Vietnam. When I came here, it surprised me to see the large homeless community. In my country, I feel like [homeless people] have a better life. They have shelter, even if they’re poor, and no one’s going to kick them out.” Diep Tran Nursing   “There’s plenty of open space, buildings, to build shelters, or just have a place to provide clothes, showers, and food for people who don’t have homes. If you just had a group of people who focused on that issue, anything could happen.” Tamarra […]

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Wiffle ball tournament hits Oakland with a whack

February 18, 2016 2:47 PM
Wiffle ball tournament hits Oakland with a whack

As people awoke from their slumber on February 6, William Johnson and a few other friends were setting up for the Second Annual West Oakland Co-Ed Slow Pitch Wiffle Ball Winter League Championship Series Picnic For Indoor Kids. Focusing on the game between MLK Jr. Juniors and The East Bay Bats was a compelling competition. The Wiffle ball rules only allow three innings, but for this game it ended in five. Both teams put equal efforts and by the third inning—it was tied 2-2. By the bottom of the fifth East Bay Bats were down 5-2. As Josh Freitas steps […]

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Tower Watch – ATM (still) withdrawn

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Tower Watch – ATM (still) withdrawn

The ATM in the student center is still on the fritz. The closest alternative to Laney College’s ATM is in the donut shop at 8th and Oak, or the Wells Fargo at 12th and Madison. Something broken on your campus? Email laneytower(at)peralta.edu.

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Word on the Quad

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Word on the Quad

How do you feel about the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show? “It was appropriate for the Super Bowl, and the celebration of the Black Panthers 50th year anniversary. I liked when she said, ‘[You] could be the next Bill Gates.’ It was great to see her use her spotlight to send this message.” Jonel Anderson Business Administration   “I was disappointed with the reaction of the media. I respect Byonce and her art. I agreed with Santana; that the NFL should have invited… a local musician [like Santana].” Bryan Cotton Environment Control   “I am from Oakland and grew up […]

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OMCA 15th annual Lunar New Year Celebration Year of the Monkey

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OMCA 15th annual Lunar New Year Celebration Year of the Monkey

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 At the Oakland Museum of CA on Valentine’s Day, visitors came together to welcome the Year of the Monkey and celebrate and explore connections between the diverse Asian cultures represented in the state of California.

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When it comes to community, Cosmetology dept. nails it

February 4, 2016 3:02 PM
When it comes to community, Cosmetology dept. nails it

The staff and students of the Laney Cosmetology Program would like to welcome all new and returning students to the Spring 2016 semester. Come in to the Laney College Salon, located in room B-100, for a complimentary (free!) polish change, between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1 thru Friday, Feb. 5. Regular services resume Feb. 10. The salon regularly features hairstyling, coloring, chemical treatments, facial treatments, manicures and pedicures all done by students. Discounts for students, staff, disabled and seniors. No appointment needed.

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MLK film festival celebrates 10th anniversary

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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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Word on the Quad

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Word on the Quad

What are your Super Bowl 50 predictions? “Panthers. They look like they’re an unstoppable team. They have a better offense, they’re younger, and they also have experience.”Joshua Johnson Computer Info. Systems     “I don’t like the Broncos and I don’t like the Panthers, but if it’s gotta be one of them, I’d rather keep it on the West. 9er’s not there, Raiders not there—so, all right, let’s go Broncos.” Akisha Sanders Culinary Arts   “Panthers. Their record is really, really good right now. I don’t care for both of them, but I know [the Panthers’] record is ridiculous.”Jené Lamison […]

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RECLAIMING A REVOLUTIONARY

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RECLAIMING A REVOLUTIONARY

MARCH IN HONOR OF REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CAPTURES THE RADICAL AND REVOLUTIONARY IDEAS OF A HISTORICAL FIGURE “WE KNOW THROUGH PAINFUL EXPERIENCE THAT FREEDOM IS NEVER VOLUNTARILY GIVEN BY THE OPPRESSOR; IT MUST BE DEMANDED BY THE OPPRESSED.” REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

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Pow Wow wows Laney

December 10, 2015 12:22 PM
Pow Wow wows Laney

Laney College played host to the 16th annual Pow Wow on Dec 5 and 6 in the gymnasium.

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