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Why, in 2015, is racism still a pressing issue? According to a new poll released today, half of Americans believe that race politics are a deep concern than any other point within the past twenty years. While racism [read: white supremacy] has always existed within the U.S ( and we are far–very far, from achieving a post racial society, in spite of the fact that whites will become the minority by 2045), people are becoming more aware and resistant to the systemic oppression faced by many within this country.

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What seems like nonstop, around the clock breaking news coverage of another police involved shooting of an unarmed victim, where the details are vague and sparse, a continuous (and necessary)  national dialogue has begun to brew, built upon years of silence.

Last week, AJ+ released a video, titled ‘Why Are We Still Talking About Racism?’ The video captures raw, authentic dialogue from the perspective of people who experience racism on a daily basis. Their experiences are a sobering look at  how racism impacts one’s life on almost every level.

The fight against racism isn’t over, in fact, it’s just begun. Here in Oakland, we are fortunate to be surrounded by changemakers who are questioning the status quo and working hard to dismantle a broken system that isn’t meant to work for everyone. Two of such changemakers, Danielle DeRuiter-Williams and Calvin Williams [no relation], shown in the video below, co-founded The Justice Collective, whose mission is to support changemaking and changemakers to be more effective, impactful and connected to the communities they serve, to policymakers and founders and to each other.

“There is an abundance of talent and expertise among Bay Area POC professionals but often limited access to opportunities to apply that expertise to projects and programs directly affecting low-income and communities of color. We believe representation is important, but inclusion at all levels of leadership is essential.”The Justice Collective 

Check out the AJ+ video below.



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Originally from the Bay, I was uprooted from my eclectic surroundings and forced to spend my formative years in conservative San Joaquin County (Stockton) after Loma Prieta. Earthquake central couldn't deter me, and in 2010, I relocated to San Francisco. After a year of not being rich or knowing how to code, I moved to Oakland, where my momma and my momma's momma were born. Oakland has changed A LOT from when I was growing up, and I love getting reacquainted with my roots. Like our city's logo, Oakland grounds me, it's where I've rediscovered myself and unleashed my creativity. If I were a tattoo, I'd be eyes on my eyelids so I can snooze the day without anyone noticing (which I do often.) If I were a street in Oakland, I'd be Skyline Blvd, because, the view. Favorite spot in Oakland? I love it all! But I'd have to say Redwood Regional Park...or Raj Indian in Piedmont.

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