Oakland venue criticized for remaining open during COVID-19

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Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Alameda County has 21,189 COVID-19 cases. Oakland has 8,385. The coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately impacted Oakland’s Latinx community. Officials hosted mass COVID-19 testing this past weekend. The prior weekend, USF hosted major outreach to East Oakland’s Black community.

Oakland venue defies public health order

The San Francisco Chronicle highlighted event space Humanist Hall’s defiance of Alameda County’s ban on indoor gatherings. Officials raised concerns since the space is often utilized by Black and brown communities, “which have been hardest hit by the pandemic.”

Oakland educators address food insecurity

NPR interviewed Juan Vaca, principal of Global Family Elementary School in East Oakland about food insecurity during COVID-19. OUSD distributes food at nearly two dozen school sites during the week.

The Peralta Community College District is starting contract negotiations with new interim Chancellor Dr. Carla Walters, the Chronicle reports. 

Oakland Protests, Reflections on Breonna Taylor

Oakland Voices correspondents Brandy Collins and Sa’uun Bell shared their reactions to the non-indictment of the cops that killed Breonna Taylor in The Oaklandside. Protests broke out in Oakland and other Bay Area cities after officials announced that no officers would be charged for killing her. 

Oakland Voices and The Oaklandside are also partnering on an elections project, focusing on the four ballot measures affecting Oakland residents. The project will launch in October, and includes a dozen staff and correspondents from the respective organizations. 

Oakland actors win Emmy Awards

In case you missed it, two Oakland-raised entertainers won Emmys last week. Zendaya won lead actress for her role in HBO’s “Euphoria” and  Yahya Abdul-Mateen II won an Emmy for Supporting Actor on HBO’s “Watchmen.”

Every Monday and Thursday, Rasheed Shabazz and Momo Chang produce the Oakland ‘Rona Roundup, COVID-19 related stories impacting the Town.

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Rasheed Shabazz is a multimedia storyteller, urban planning historian, and youth development professional based in the Bay Area. He is co-director of Oakland Voices. He recently completed his Masters of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. 

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