Thursday, May 20, 2010

SOLD - Child's Rocker - $40

SOLD - Wooden Bench w/ Rush Seat - $100

“Oakland’s Health Disparities in Black and White” -- 5/18/10 Health Forum

On Tuesday, May 18, 2010, the Oakland branch of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) hosted a forum entitled “Oakland’s Health Disparities in Black and White”. The forum brought members of the health industry and the African community together to address the “toxic mixture of conditions such as poverty, pollution, poor education, substandard housing, a shortage of grocery stores, cheap fast food, violence, unemployment, and racism [that] combine to make people sick.”

This quote is from the excellent 166 page document produced by the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) entitled “Life and Death from Unnatural Causes: Health and Social Inequity in Alameda County”. Dr. Muntu Davis of the ACPHD gave a brief multi-media presentation of this document to the well-attended forum. He presented hard data documenting the inequities that lead an African person born in West Oakland to “expect to die almost 15 years earlier than a white person born in the Oakland Hills.”

MC, Joel Hamburger provided the overview and context for this forum. They brought out a few of the many injustices specifically effecting African people such as the need for economic development as opposed to police and prisons, anti-black predatory bank lending and the necessity for community controlled schools. Maureen Wagener of the African People’s Solidarity Committee presented on how six hundred years of slavery, Jim Crow and colonial domination of African people formed the roots of these indefensible inequities contributing to the poor health of African people.

Two dynamic young organizers, Nyisha Moncrease and Tamika Phillips applied their immeasurable talents and enthusiasm to building this successful forum. Nyisha gave an uplifting presentation about the need for African people to unite and reclaim ownership of nutrition and self-worth (among other things) in order to fight and transform the health of the community.

The forum participants were mobilized to take action! They donated generously to the new commercial kitchen being built by APEDF in St. Petersburg, Florida. A lively question and answer session followed. Many participants signed on to help build a Wellness Festival in October. We have already held our first planning meeting and you can join the process by calling Joel at 510-763-3342. APEDF is leading the transformation of the conditions of the African community and a vision toward a better future for us all. Come be a part of it.

SOLD - 7' Tall Oak Bookshelves - $90 each

SOLD - Fish Tank + Stand - $85

SOLD - Sofa - $100

SOLD - Tile Top Dining Table - $90

SOLD - Ash Table - $40

(chairs are sold)

SOLD - Universal Sewing Machine + Cabinet - $120

Everything packs away nicely into a small cabinet!

SOLD - Sewing Machine + Parts - $45

SOLD - Leather Sofa + Loveseat - $360

SOLD - Wooden Desk - $60

SOLD - Bright Colorful Framed Mirror - $50

SOLD - Antique Singer Pedal Sewing Machine - $125

SOLD - Pioneer PL-115D Turntable - $65

SOLD - Queen Anne Coffee Table - $70