Oakland Rising Blog

Oakland Rising Honors Stanley "MC Hammer" Burrell

M.C. Hammer is considered a "forefather" and innovator of pop rap, and is the first hip-hop artist to achieve diamond status for an album. BET ranked Hammer as the #7 "Best Dancer Of All Time”. Vibe's "The Best Rapper...

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Oakland Rising Honors Angela Davis

Angela Y. Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, and activist/organizer. She is a living...

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Oakland Rising Honors Lil' Bobby Hutton


Little Bobby Hutton was the first to join the newly formed Black Panther Party for Self Defense. He was only 16 years old when he joined but already believed in the ideals that Seale and Newton had outlined in the Ten-Point Program; he was...

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Oakland Rising Honors Ericka Huggins




Today Ericka Huggins is a professor of Women’s Studies at CSU, East Bay. Her political career got its early start in Los Angeles with the Black Panther Party.

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Oakland Rising Honors Tolbert Small

Although, never officially a Black Panther member, Tolbert Small was the official physician to Oakland’s chapter of the Black Panther Party.

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Oakland Rising honors Dezie Woods-Jones

Dezie Woods-Jones was the first Black woman Vice Mayor of Oakland and also served as an Oakland city council member. Currently, Dezie Woods-Jones is the State President for Black Woman Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), an organization...

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Special Thanks to our Donors for helping us make our Fundraising Goals

At the close of 2011, Oakland Rising set out to run our first ever end-of-year fundraising drive and raise $3,500 by the end of 2011. We reached out to our circle of donors, supporters, and volunteers and asked you once again to stand with Oakland Rising by supporting our campaigns with your grassroots donations and we were successful! We...

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Oakland Rising Announces our first Deputy Director

We are thrilled to announce that Jessamyn Sabbag will become the Deputy Director of Oakland Rising beginning January 15th, 2012. “Over the last three years as Field Director, Jessamyn has been a cornerstone of Oakland Rising...

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We Run the 510! Oakland Rising at the Oakland Running Festival 2012!

Now Hiring: Field Coordinator

We are excited to announce that we are hiring a Field Coordinator in early 2012!  Please see the full job description and application instructions below and on our Jobs page.

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