Tonya Shipp

Tonya Shipp is a mother of two and avid supporter of education and development. For the past ten years, she has been freelancing and working through staffing agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area but recently began as Program Aide at Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency. She obtained an associate’s degree in the social sciences from Laney College and is one class shy of receiving a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She also served eight years in the Army Reserves before being honorably discharged. She volunteers regularly at the events and offices of non-profits. Having experienced extensive periods of homelessness, unemployment and being without dental coverage is a strong advocate for the poor.

Stories by Tonya

A Shout-Out To RBA Creative

A big shout- out to Randolph Charles Belle for hosting Oakland Voices Cohort Group #6  at his space, RBA Creative, for our twice -a- month[Read more]

Cruising Through The Fruitvale District

The Fruitvale District is huge.  I cruised it on three separate days.  There are three business districts surrounded by residences.  I rode up Fruitvale Avenue[Read more]

On Volunteering

I’ve volunteered at three East Oakland organizations:  Hieroglyphics Imperium, The Alameda County Food Bank and at The Unity Council.  I had learned about a music[Read more]

Avrahams Halwani Speaks His Mind

The OV team was assigned to interview East Oakland residents about Where Is East Oakland and What Is East Oakland Now.  I interviewed six subjects[Read more]

What’s New Around East Oakland

            The Buzz And What’s New Around East Oakland: Through August 9th, every 2nd and 4th Thursday is Night Market[Read more]

The Fear of Living with I.C.E.

Some persons in Oakland live in fear of being arrested and sent back to their original land although Oakland is a sanctuary city.  A sanctuary[Read more]