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Coliseum City: Public Land for the Public Good

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 new condos and apartments. The question is: will Coliseum City be public land for the public good? Or will it be a playground for out-of-towners and wealthy tech professionals? The heart and soul of Oakland is at stake, and we have a choice between creating a formulaic, corporate development that could be Anywhere USA and pushes long-term residents out. Or,...Read More

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...Read More

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...Read More

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...Read More

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. Dionte Greene. Aiyana Jones. Miriam Carey. Malissa Williams. Tarika Wilson. The list could go on forever....Read More

Victory! We raised the minimum wage!

November 5, 2014

I am so proud of what we have done together. Yesterday, a landslide of 81% of Oakland voters voted YES to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 with paid sick days so that 48,000 families can put food on the table and 57,000 workers can stay home when they are sick without losing wages. This is huge....Read More

Kate’s Announcement on First 100 Days

June 18, 2014

This summer, after 7.5 years with EBASE, I was humbled and honored to take on a new role as Interim Executive Director. Today, I am thrilled that our Board of Directors has appointed me to continue on as the Executive Director. What I’ve seen in my first 100 days has reaffirmed for me why I do this work....Read More

Redeeming Our Economy & Our Religions

May 28, 2014

I recently asked some coworkers what words they associated with “organized religion.” I got “oppression,” “rigidity,” and “Right Wing politics.” However, when I asked if people considered themselves “spiritual” and whether faith had a role to play in our movement...Read More