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Caravan to End Mass Detention & Incarceration

June 5, 2015

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 was led by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) which lifts up the lives of black immigrants and exposes the ills of the prison industrial complex, including the cancerous expansion of the ICE and immigrant detention apparatus. EBASE’s Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME) chartered a bus and joined the convoy of seventy Bay Area folks to protest...Read More
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...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