A mural honoring the women of the Black Panther Party was unveiled last weekend in Oakland. Located at the corner of Center and 9th Streets in West Oakland, just a few blocks away from the original Black Panther Party’s former headquarters. The Black Panther Party, a national black power organization founded in 1966 in Oakland, was rooted in advocating for social justice and human rights. They established medical clinics, schools, provided free ambulances, door to door elder checks, a free shoe program, free food programs for children, and a news service, to name just a few. Many of these programs were created and lead by the women of the organization. The women of the Black Panther Party played a pivotal role supporting the civil rights of the disability community. They fed disabled protestors, who staged what ended up being a 25-day sit-in for disability rights, inside of the San Francisco Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) building in San Francisco in 1977. Working together to fight oppression in the United States and coalition building with other organizations that struggled for equality, regardless of color, size, age, or disability, is an important legacy that these women have left for future generations to build on.
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Gleidson Martins was born in Brasilia and raised in Araguari, a small town in Minas Gerais state, Brazil. In 2017 Martins founded News UpNOW to produce content that matters to the Bay Area. In 2020 News UpNOW became registered as a non-profit organization.
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