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Blackout for Human Rights

Dear Friends, Partners and Colleagues, We recently sent a message out entitled Ferguson: Towards Building A Beloved Community. Despite trying to hold on to a glimmer of hope, many of us anticipated that the grand jury would return with a decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown. The pain and frustration of this decision is reflected in the fact that many took to the streets last night in Ferguson to express their outrage. The Campaign ... Read more

Oakland is My Beach (community voices)

Oscar Grant, Devonte Riley, Phillip “Tooda” Wright: the list goes on. The nation is on high alert. Protests in Ferguson and around the world highlight and delineate a historically unequal justice system. In the words of Fannie Lou Hamer, these protestors are just “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Sick of watching the African-American male become an endangered species. Tired of them neither being respected nor valued in this time and space. Protest signs state, “Not again,” “Am I next?” and ... Read more

Oakland-based Agencies Receive IBMA Capacity-Building Grants

The Institute for Black Male Achievement recently announced the awardees of its first-ever Capacity-Building Grants. Three Oakland-based agencies were selected to be part of the 20 member cohort, which includes representation from across nonprofit organizations, public school systems, universities, faith-based organizations, networks, and city governments. Grantees were selected based on the following criteria: clarity of the black male outcomes they aim to achieve and how those outcomes are achieved; clarity about capacity needs and focus on improving targeted capacity areas, leadership’s commitment to building capacity, demonstrated time and attention ... Read more

2014 Wishbone-Kapor Tech Cohort

Wishbone and the Kapor Center for Social Impact are partnering to send Bay Area high school students of color to summer programs. This summer, we will accept 35 students from the College Bound Brotherhood (and affiliates) to attend summer technology programs of their choosing. How to apply: 1. Pick a Program: Visit www.wishbone.org/students to select the program you want to attend. 2. Apply to Wishbone: Click “Apply Now” to submit the first step of the application form. In the field, “How did you hear ... Read more


This past weekend Impact Hub Oakland opened its new doors to Oakland’s first ever Startup Weekend as well as the first ever Startup Weekend focused on Black Male Achievement, a national agenda that the College Bound Brotherhood is actively part of.  Known throughout the twitterverse at #SWOBMA, Startup Weekend Black Male Achievement brought developers, educators, parents, youth, and anyone else who gives two cents about the success of young black males together for three days of innovative history. Under the leadership of ... Read more
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