Monday, Sept. 14 2020
Major COVID testing event postponed due to unhealthy air quality
The Mercury News reports that a free mass-testing event organized by The Unity Council, USF and other community organizations has been postponed to Sept. 26 and 27. The event is being used as a way to look more comprehensively at how the virus has affected the neighborhood, which is one of the most impacted in Alameda County.
Amidst devastating unemployment, community works together
KQED reports on how COVID-19 has impacted Victor Moreno’s employment situation, one that isn’t that much different from other residents in the Fruitvale. Many community members are considered essential workers with a large portion working in the restaurant industry, an industry that has had to make major employment cuts.
Enforcing COVID-19 guidelines results in stabbing
A Quikstop store clerk was sent to the hospital after being stabbed by a group of men in the Fruitvale last Monday. The stabbing is said to be provoked by a dispute that occurred after the store clerk asked the group of men to wear their masks, KTVU reports.
The city of Oakland opens respite centers
As raging wild fires continue to burn in various parts of California, heavy smoke and unhealthy air quality become worse in the Bay Area. In response, Oakland has opened two additional locations to provide relief, NBC Bay Area reports.
Liberating outdoor market in East Oakland promotes healthy living
Read more about the Akoma Outdoor Market, founded by the Black Cultural Zone in partnership with Oakland City Councilmember Loren Taylor. A variety of goods are sold by local Black and brown vendors, Post News Group reports.
Monday, Sept. 21 2020
Fatal stabbing in Fruitvale results in arrest
California Department of Public Health considers equity metric; Rescheduled COVID mass testing in Fruitvale
WBBM Newsradio reported that the California Department of Public Health is also considering the disparities that enable higher covid numbers in low-income communities as a third metric by which to decide whether a county can reopen.
Two police officers save a man trapped in a burning van
Several businesses destroyed due to fire in Chinatown
Cuts to Oakland’s police budget a possibility in light of new City Council task force