September 22, 2023

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BWOPA's Job Opportunities, Mental Health Symposium & More
September 14, 2023

Posted Courtesy of Wright Enterprises Community Spotlight San Francisco ~ Dallas ~~~

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APPLY BY EOD: BWOPA is hiring phonebankers and community canvassers to talk to Oakland residents around housing issues.


Join us and our friends at Hisapanas Organized For Political Equity and Generation Thrive for our Mental Health Career Symposium, Saturday, September 2023

Join our friends at the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center and the Peralta Community College District for the Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series on Saturday, September 16

The Greenlining Institute's Just Future Summit, October 19-20

The Just Future Summit is the Bay Area’s premier racial equity conference where you can engage in deep conversation with fellow equity advocates and experts and hear from  main stage speakers who will challenge you to envision a more just future for our communities-- you don’t want to miss out.

You’ll come away feeling energized, hopeful, and ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Tickets start at just $60 and include: 

  • Stellar Speaker Line Up: Hear from more than 80 inspiring change makers, activists, artists, corporate leaders and policy experts
  • Hands-on workshops: Learn tools and strategies to advance equity work at your organization
  • Networking: Gain exclusive access to a national network of racial equity advocates and regulators.  
  • 20+ Breakout Sessions: Stay up-to-date on the latest policies and priorities impacting communities of color

The Ronald V. Dellums Memorial Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship is now accepting applications. 

About the Dellums SMART Scholarship 

The Department of Defense (DoD) is the largest employer of STEM professionals in the federal government, with nearly 300,000 civilian scientists and engineers. The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students funded by the DoD.

Students seeking to attend a Historically Black College and University, Minority Institution, or Minority Serving Institution are particularly encouraged to apply. The Dellums SMART Scholarship is open to all applicants who meet the eligibility requirements.

A major shoutout to Congresswoman Barbara Lee for being instrumental in making this happen!

The application is open annually from August 1 to December 1. Learn more


PSA: How To Protect Yourself From Extreme Heat

Protect the whole family and get #HeatReadyCA. Extreme heat can hit harder than you think, especially for those 65+, pregnant people, and children under 4. Know the signs of heat-related illnesses and look out for loved ones who may be at a greater risk.

Learn more about extreme heat and make a heat plan at

READ: What Extreme Heat Does To Your Body via The New York Times (link)


It's Wildfire Season. Have a 5-Minute Plan.

It can be a matter of life or death. Be proactive in protecting yourself and others; take the time to create a 5-minute plan to evacuate from fires. With a clear escape route, you can leave at a moment's notice, keeping your loved ones safe from harm. Remember, waiting for official evacuation orders might be too late – act quickly when it feels unsafe.

To ensure a smooth evacuation process:

  1. Establish a meeting place for your family.
  2. Prepare an emergency kit containing essentials like medication, important documents, clothes, food, and water.
  3. Stay updated with weather reports and Red Flag Warnings.
  4. If it's time to leave, have your emergency bags packed and gather your family, including pets.
  5. Don't delay; evacuate promptly.

For more information on creating a 5-minute plan and staying prepared for disasters, visit

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Posted Courtesy of Wright Enterprises Community Spotlight San Francisco ~ Dallas ~~~ On Friday, September 29th at 7pm at Oakland Paramount Theatre, Oakland Ballet Company and Life in Motion Productions presents the Oakland Premiere of Flower, a short film starring and produced by international ballet trailblazer Misty Copeland. One of the pinnacles of the event is the live performance featuring Our Very Own Oakland Bay Area American Ballerina Angela Watson (appears courtesy of San Francisco Ballet Tamara Rojo Artistic Director), the newest member of the corps de ballet at SFB and the new future of ballet who is expected to ascend into the pantheon of principal dancers at SFB.
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