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Teachers fight for pay raise

Teachers fight for pay raise

By Fatima Carrasco, Advocate Staff

March 6, 2019


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OAKLAND — With the popular slogan, “When we strike, we win,” the Oakland schools teachers union organized a seven-day strike before reaching a tentative agreement granting them an 11 percent increase in salary over four years plus a 3 percent bonus upon returning to work. Conditions were finally...

Black local artists express cultural heritage, history

Black local artists express cultural heritage, history

By De'Jon Sylvain, Advocate Staff

February 27, 2019


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RICHMOND — As Black History Month continues to inspire hearts and minds, the Richmond Art Center pays tribute to African-Americans in the Bay Area with its annual “Art of Living Black” exhibit which opened Feb. 9 and runs through March 3. The 23rd Annual “Art of Living Black” exhibit presents...

Africanism inspires passion

Africanism inspires passion

By Michael Santone, Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2019


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Often times in one’s educational experience students are fed the narrative that black history begins with slavery. They are also taught the defining moments of African-American culture are those perpetuated by the stereotypes that come with living while black in America. For Contra Costa College...

Educator returns home

Educator returns home

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

February 27, 2019


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Students entering AA-215 for their Mass Communication class were greeted by an unfamiliar face on Jan. 28 for the first time in 39 years. Dr. Patrick Johnson is a newly hired adjunct professor teaching Journalism 130 after nearly four decades of the course being taught only by journalism department...

Poetry Slam infuses words, rhythm into evening of prose

Poetry Slam infuses words, rhythm into evening of prose

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

February 27, 2019


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The Black Student Union’s first event on campus for African-American Heritage Month was an evening of poetry, live music and food in the Fireside Hall on Monday. Three poets won cash prizes at the Poetry Slam contest for centered on the topic of the black diaspora. Local artist Randy Babb won the...

Film series sheds light on origins of descendants

Film series sheds light on origins of descendants

By Nijzel Dotson, Advocate Staff

February 27, 2019


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“Geechees and other Gullahs” was a film seminar hosted by professor J. Vern Cromartie not only for his sociology students but anyone willing to be educated as part of 2019 African American Heritage Month activities at Contra Costa College. Before playing each film, Dr. Cromartie briefly told the...

International day honors women

International day honors women

By Jessica Suico, News Editor

February 27, 2019


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The political science department and Community Organizing Political Action Club (COPA) are hosting a women’s day event on March 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in GE-225. A keynote speaker, Judge Tamila Ipema, and a five women in law panel will be a part of the event that will have refreshments...

Eco-friendly adviser hired

Eco-friendly adviser hired

By Daniel Hernandez, Advocate Staff

February 27, 2019


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This past January, Contra Costa College welcomed Dwight Calloway as interim custodial manager to campus on an environmental stewardship. His job, until June 30 is to stay current on waste reduction and work through strategies to improve waste disposal. Calloway has years of experience improving the...

UC Hastings hosts workshop to highlight legal studies

UC Hastings hosts workshop to highlight legal studies

By Luis Lopez, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019


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For students interested in law school, UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco will be hosting the 16th Annual Diversity Outreach Day event March 16 to empower people of color to enter the legal field. The event is being presented by UC Hastings La Raza Law Students Association and People of Color...

Veterans’ coordinator brings experience, hope

Veterans’ coordinator brings experience, hope

By Efrain Valdez, Sports Editor

February 13, 2019


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After a prolonged period without a veterans’ outreach coordinator, Contra Costa College hired TeJae Dunnivant to fill that void at the start of the 2019 spring semester. The position was open for nearly a year after Dedan Kimathi Ji Jaga resigned as the coordinator last spring. This hire comes...

Student government seeks rebranding

Student government seeks rebranding

By Cindy Pantoja, Opinion Editor

February 13, 2019


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The Associated Students Union (ASU) began the 2019 spring term with a new president who plans to have a new approach toward student success. The ASU is the student government run by students who represent the interests of students at Contra Costa College. It consists of two branches, the Executive...

In perfect harmony

In perfect harmony

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor

February 13, 2019


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Beautiful horizons continue to shine ever more clear for the award-winning musical group from Contra Costa College following their performance for a national audience of fellow musicians. JAZZ-ology was one of six groups selected to perform at the National Convention of Jazz Educators on the weekend...

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