Healing For A Nation


The catastrophic events of 2020 have exposed America’s ongoing problems with institutionalized racism.

With the onset of COVID-19, our country’s lawmakers and leaders can no longer deny the health, economic and technological disparities that exist within communities of color.  And now, as the world mourns yet another senseless murder of an unarmed, black man by the hands of inhumane policing practices, criminal justice reform is also being thrust into the reformation conversation.  

All across the country, “fed-up” people have taken to the streets in protest, demanding justice for the murder of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd.  But protest alone won’t automatically translate into equality and justice for all. Social justice won’t be realized until marginalized and oppressed individuals are represented at all decision-making tables. The Honorable Dezie Woods-Jones, BWOPA’s State President offers some perspective on how to achieve this goal.

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BWOPA Oakland/Berkeley Blogs & Issues

Separate and Unequal: The Compound Effect of Racial Inequality and COVID-19 

co-authored by: De’Zhon Grace, Carolyn Johnson, & Treva Reid

A Viral Pandemic Meets America’s Pandemic of Inequality

Earlier this month both the New York Times and ProPublica wrote about the impact of COVID-19, reporting that in states where Black communities make up only a relatively small portion of the population, nearly half -- if not majority -- of all COVID-19 deaths are members of the Black community.  This is largely due to environmental, economic and political factors that have compounded for generations, putting black people at higher risk of chronic conditions that leave lungs weak and immune systems compromised: asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. Redlining and environmental racism, for example, have consigned Black neighborhoods to breathing some of America’s dirtiest air, drinking contaminated water, and living in food deserts.

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Let's Talk Roundtable

BWOPA members!!!
In this unprecedented time as we shelter in place and practice social distancing, its a critical time to continue to check-in on each other, our loved ones and engage, mobilize and organize our sisters and respective communities with pertinent information.
On Sat, April 4th from 10am - 11:30am, BWOPA California leadership held an "All Membership Zoom Call" --- BWOPA officers, board of directors, chapter leaders and membership joined by BWOPA very own Lifetime Member California Senator Holly Mitchell.
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East Bay Area School Sites "Grab & Go"

During our Shelter in Place mandate there are a number of Bay Area schools that are providing free breakfast & lunch for children under 18 for pick up only.

School District





Albany High School Cafeteria

603 Key route Blvd.

M-F, March 16-April 3

11am – 1pm








Berkeley Arts Magnet Elementary

2015 Virginia St.







T-F, March 17 – March 20 M,W,F, March 23-March 27







11am – 1pm

Rosa Parks Elementary

920 Allston Way

Longfellow Middle School

1500 Derby St.

Willard Middle School

2425 Stuart St.

Berkeley High School

1980 Allston Way

Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School 1781 Rose St.

Castro Valley

Creekside Middle School Cafeteria

19722 Center St.

M-F, March 18 – March 31

11am – 12:30pm









Cherryland Elementary

456 Laurel Ave.








M-F, March 17, March 27









Fairview Elementary

23515 Maud Ave.

Longwood Elementary

850 Longwood Ave.

Park Elementary

411 Larchmont St.

Schafer Park Elementary

26268 Flamingo Ave.

Treeview Elementary

30565 Treeview St.

Tyrrell Elementary

27000 Tyrrell Ave.


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Happy Kwanzaa

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Public Safety Power Shutoff


In 2018, California had one the deadliest and most destructive fire seasons ever with over 1.8 million acres burned. We are working now to better prepare our communities for wildfires and disasters. One focus has been to increase the access to safety information that gives our residents what they need to plan and prepare.
BWOPA is working with Pacific Gas & Electric Company on this, and we hope it makes all of the difference in keeping everyone safe.
People are being asked to prepare a Five Minute Plan to evacuate their homes immediately and watch for Red Flag Warnings. Evacuation orders means you have to leave right away to avoid getting stuck. Preparing a Five Minute Plan gets your family ready to go quickly once you are ordered to leave.
There are steps that must be taken in order to be able to leave in 5 minutes.
  • Mark evacuation routes on map
  • Plan where to go if you can’t come home
  • Put together an emergency supply kit
  • Explain plan to children
  • Practice leaving your home in 5 minutes
Visit PG&E.com to learn more ways to keep you and your family safe during this Wildfire Season.
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