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Providing Sanctuary for Immigrants

July 16, 2015

Brace yourself, the following will be the cold truth. Nine black churchgoers are dead in Charleston at the hand of a white supremacist. Do we vilify all white people? Far too many people of color have been wrongly gunned down …

Caravan to End Mass Detention & Incarceration

June 5, 2015

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Recently, a ground-breaking Caravan to Free the People embarked in the early morning dampness from the Oakland jail and headed to the Mesa Verde Detention Center in the parched city of Bakersfield where immigrants are also being warehoused.

The caravan …

Get Fired Up for Our Fired Up in ’15 September 24 Event

May 28, 2015

Save the date mission impossibleHere at EBASE, we’re getting fired up for our fall celebration, Fired Up in ’15! Mark your calendars, because we hope you’ll join us on September 24th from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

We all have a spark within us to transform our economy, …

Emeryville Votes for Highest Minimum Wage in Nation

May 28, 2015

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Emeryville has transformed from a gritty industrial city to the “Mall of the East Bay.” And it is now the inspiring beacon of hope for low-wage workers as the City Council voted unanimously to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 …

Coliseum City: Public Land for the Public Good

March 10, 2015

You may have heard that the City of Oakland is working on a massive development project on public land that will transform East Oakland: Coliseum City. It will include new stadiums, hotels, retail and tech office space, and thousands of …

The Shmittah Year and Raising the Minimum Wage

March 9, 2015

Rabbi David Cooper, A FAME Steering Committee member, reflects on the importance of raising the minimum wage in context of a biblical mandate.

Every seven years in ancient Israel, the country was supposed to go on a nation-wide sabbatical. This …

Immigration Reform Now!

February 24, 2015

For those of us belonging to marginalized groups, the world can often feel like an unwelcoming place. However, I think back to my first week as EBASE’s Community Engagement Coordinator, when the EBASE staff huddled around a computer to watch …

Living Wage Jobs Saved!

February 11, 2015

Walgreens and City of Oakland Cave to Community Pressure on Development Project!

After community pressure to preserve living wage jobs, the City of Oakland pulled a request for a blanket exemption to the City’s living wage ordinance on an East …

Black Lives Matter

December 17, 2014


The recent grand jury non-indictments point to a ubiquitous travesty of American life; those with power project that power in violent ways that are often life ending. Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Oscar Grant. Trayvon Martin. Ramarley Graham. Tamir Rice. …