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Black History Month Events

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February 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
African-American Oakland: a Historical Overview*
Oakland History Room, Main Library, 125 14th St.
Oakland History Room librarian Dorothy Lazard will present a talk and slideshow entitled “African American Oakland: a historical overview.” In this overview, she will share key and little-known stories of the social, cultural, economic and political contributions of African Americans in Oakland.
www.oaklandlibrary.org or (510) 238-3134

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February 13, 7-8:30 p.m.
26th Annual African American Cultural Celebration
First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland
St. Paul Episcopal School’s signature musical event is a knockout evening of music presented by all students, grades K-9.
(510) 285-9600

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February 14, 2-4 p.m.
“We Are All African” film screening and book signing*
African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
Author Kwadwo Obeng shares his in-depth research on the teachings of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic religions from an African perspective. Disclaimer: the film/book presented does not necessarily reflect the views held by AAMLO or the City of Oakland.
www.oaklandlibrary.org/aamlo or (510) 637-0200

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February 15, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Love, Gratitude and Ancestry: Screening of Belle
New Parkway Theatre, 474 24th St.
In honor of Black History Month and 25 years of providing services to Oakland youth, families and adults, Attitudinal Healing Connection will be screening Belle. This powerful movie was nominated for the NAACP image award for Best Film and Best Actress. It is based on a true story about a mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral, raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England. The character finds love despite the challenges of the racial, social and political order. Afterwards, join in a meaningful discussion about the movie.
www.ahc-oakland.org or (510) 652-5530

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February 17, 5:30-6 p.m.
African American Leaders Recognition Ceremony*
Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
The Oakland City Council will honor leaders and organizations from each of Council District who have made significant contributions to the local African American community. The ceremony will be held at the beginning of the regular Council meeting.
(510) 238-7031

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February 17, 9:30-11:30 p.m.
Tribute to Greats of Black Arts
EastSide Arts Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd
A tribute to the greats of the Black Arts Movement. With the transitions of Amiri Baraka, Richard Dedeaux (of Watts Prophets), and Gil Scott Heron, we want time to celebrate our culture and Black Arts.
www.eastsideartsalliance.com

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February 20, 6-8 p.m.
“Speeches of A Dream” Black History Month Celebration*
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St.
Celebrate Black History Month at this open mic night with poetry, art and music.
www.mccatheater.com or (510) 238-7217

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February 20, 2-7 p.m. & February 21, 10 am- 4 p.m.
Festival of Knowledge*
African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
AAMLO is celebrating health and vitality at the 2015 Festival of Knowledge. Have you experienced difficulty concentrating? No sleep, no energy? Remember, we are what we eat. Keep those brain cells lively - learn about growing organic food at home, acquire new cooking skills and sample healthy foods.
www.faamloaamlo.org or (510) 637-0200

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February 21, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Mindful Drumming: Tapping Into Our Love Essence
Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc., 3278 West St.
Mindful Drumming is a transformative learning process that offers individuals opportunities to experience diversity through rhythm and sound. Issues can be addressed in a communal manner through the art of synchronistic drumming. In a primal way, we may never fully understand, drumming brings us into rhythm with self, one another, our community and our planet. Participants will utilize the twin concepts of rhythm and sound as a way of raising awareness and consciousness for a rich experience of love, joy and peace. There will be drums available. Kokomon Clottey, author of Mindful Drumming: Ancient Wisdom for Unleashing the Human Spirit and Building Community, will facilitate this gathering.
www.ahc-oakland.org or (510) 652-5530

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February 25, 7-9 p.m.
Healing Justice: A Conversation*
Student Union, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Join in an intimate evening with visionary healers and spiritual warriors Reverend Zenju Earhlynn Manuel and Dr. Arisika Razak, in conversation with anti-violence activist Alisa Bierria. Healing justice is a framework that identifies holistic responses to intergenerational trauma and violence. In this conversation, we ask what individual and collective practices can be generated to transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds.
www.mills.edu/academics/undergraduate/eths/blackhistorymonth.php or (510) 430-2080

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February 28, 10am-4pm
First Baptist Church of Alameda African American History Month Celebration
1515 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
You are invited to African American Art, Books, and Music Festival. African American Art and Books will be on display as well as some items for sale. In addition, we will have live music performances. Finally, there will be a bake sale and refreshments.
www.fbcalameda.net or (510) 522-9243

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Building Community Trust in Law Enforcement

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Please join me and the Assembly and Senate Public Safety Committees for a joint hearing on February 10 to discuss "Law Enforcement and Community Trust in California."

The hearing will bring together community leaders and members, law enforcement, educators, criminologists, and elected officials to find ways to build trust and confidence between law enforcement and the communities they serve and ensure allegations of officer misconduct are properly investigated and prosecuted.

I hope you can join us for this important discussion.

What: Hearing on "Law Enforcement and Community Trust in California"
When: Tuesday, February 10, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: California State Capitol, Room 4203
Who: Assembly and Senate Public Safety Committees

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Alameda Community Town Hall

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Town Hall MeetingJoin me next week for a community town hall to discuss proposed legislation and local efforts to provide children with a quality education, keep our neighborhoods safe from violence, maintain our social safety net, and create good jobs and prosperous communities through smart economic development.

Wednesday, February 11
6 - 7 p.m.

Alameda Free Library – Room
A
1550 Oak Street
Alameda

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Alameda City Hall is accessible by AC Transit Lines 51A, 21, and O.  For more public transit information, please visit 511.org.

Neighborhood Office Hours

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During Neighborhood Office Hours, constituents will have the opportunity to meet with Assemblymember Bonta's staff to access legislative information or to receive assistance with a state-related matter.

San Leandro

San Leandro Main Library
300 Estudillo Avenue, Conference Room B
San Leandro, CA 94577
EVERY FIRST TUESDAY, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Fruitvale District

(Se habla Español)
Ayuda con servicios del Gobierno de California
César E. Chávez Library
3301 East 12th Street, Meeting Room
Oakland, CA 94601
EVERY FIRST WEDNESDAY, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cada primer Miercoles, 10 a.m. a 12 p.m.

East Oakland

Eastmont Library
7200 Bancroft, Suite 211, Meeting Room
Oakland, CA 94605
BY APPOINTMENT EVERY SECOND THURSDAY, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Alameda

Alameda Main Library
1550 Oak Street, Administration Conference Room
Alameda, CA 94501
EVERY FOURTH THURSDAY, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

2015 Oakland Housing Fair

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Assemblymember Rob Bonta, the NID Housing Counseling Agency, the City of Oakland, and HOPE NOW invite you to the 2015 Oakland Housing Fair. Homeowners will have a unique opportunity to meet directly with their mortgage servicer and a HUD-approved housing counselor to find alternatives to foreclosure and get information on other mortgage options.

Saturday, February 28th
9:00am – 3:00pm

The Kaiser Center
300 Lakeside Dr.
Oakland, CA 94612

**FREE PARKING**

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Bring the Following Materials

  • Two current pay stubs
  • Two current bank statements
  • Mortgage statements
  • Property tax and home insurance information
  • Hardship letter
  • Profit/loss statement, if self-employed
  • Documentation of all income
  • Current utility bill

The 2015 Oakland Housing Fair is in collaboration with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and Oakland Councilmembers Dan Kalb, Abel Guillen, Lynette McElhaney, Annie Campbell Washington, Noel Gallo, Desley Brooks, Larry Reid, and Rebecca Kaplan.

For more information, please contact my office at (510) 286-1670.

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