By Debi Mason
In an effort to give interested parents, teachers, students and community members an opportunity to meet the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education candidates, the Black Organizing Project is hosting a forum from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Castlemont High School, 8601 MacArthur Blvd. in East Oakland.
The candidate's forum will be moderated and include the nine candidates for Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7. At the forefront of the discussion will be African-American male achievement gaps including the staggering drop-out rate of young people of color; budget cuts to school programs; recent school closures; and more. The event will give parents and local residents a chance to hear the candidates' vision for the future of Oakland schools and help local voters make informed decisions at the polls on Nov. 6.
Other activities will include a free lunch, entertainment by the dynamic group - Young, Gifted and Black - an opportunity to register to vote and a Teach-in on the OUSD School Board.
Event co-sponsors include Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network, Community Assessment Planning Education and Evaluation, East Oakland Community Playdate,
Parent Voices, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Youth Together and Youth Uprising.
For information on the Black Organizing Project, event information and the importance of this candidate forum to the community, visit blackorganizingproject.org.