Political Mastermind- An Open Letter to Regina Jackson

What is a community activist? What are the rules of the community activist? And how do you monitor those rules?

As a person who has worked in this revolutionary movement for 16 years I always noticed how kids were used to serve an agenda they may not fully understand they are a part of. One day my teacher took us to meet some white people at some random hotel in San Francisco and talk about what is going on in our school. To this day I don’t know why we were there telling these white people our problems going in the school system.

On August 29, 2016 there will be a press conference featuring Regina Jackson and Libby Schaaf discussing the great community plan that will get community input on the new police chief. Now if you think this is great, I would say in some ways it will work. You get Regina Jackson, a community organizer and leader of East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC) to lead this. Sounds great.

Except this is not her cup of tea. She serves kids at her youth center, not create a committee where she is supposedly going to lead the community in talks with the police.

As of right now there are many anti-police and police watchdog organizations that should be at the front seat of this table. Someone like Cat Brooks should be there first. But Libby is smart. Or stupid depending on how you flip it.

Libby’s first day in office as mayor was going to the police station as a show of solidarity with the police force. The last mayor, Jean Quan, was not really supporting the cops like that. Occupy Oakland was confusing because of her ties with political organizations that supported Occupy Oakland and her new friends inside City Hall that supported the cops.

Libby has no problems with that because her political daddy, Jerry Brown, is pulling all the strings. If you know about Oakland politics, the police union is the strongest union in the city. That is why it is hard for people to de-fund them or create boards that could get more community say so in how they operate.

This has become a issue of late because the cops have a massive sex scandal on their hands. A sex scandal investigation that wasn’t started till May after the cop who started the sex scandal killed himself in October of last year leaving a note detailing his misconduct. After that they found out that multiple cops were using her as a sex slave. And the girl in question mother worked as a dispatcher for the police department.

This issue is big to me because it involves children. And since the investigation is ongoing Regina Jackson should not allow her children or organization to be involved in this. What if we found out one of the students from EOYDC was used as a sex slave? As a mandated reporter it scares me that Libby Schaaf has stated in numerous interviews that the public should not know what is going on when sex trafficking is huge in Oakland. This could involve multiple women who are underage and go to our schools.

I know people need to use these things as political leverage but using kids in a situation where the investigation involves kids is odd. We do need a police chief but we need to know what ways the mayor and the city administration are going to deal with a scandal that I see everyday. Furthermore take direct action to create a better relationship with the sex workers like having women patrol the strip instead of men.

I live on E. 14 in the 20’s and I see sex workers everyday. I also see the cops drive past them everyday. I have been since 2014, so I know where the suicidal cop pick Celeste Gaup up. It sickens me everyday knowing that I walk on this street and I see a cop talking to sex worker knowing potentially that he could be using her body.

This is a serious matter because some of the girls who work out there are not even from out here. So the police in multiple counties could communicate to each other about a potential sex worker they can pass around for sex, but they can’t figure where the girl is from or know how the pimps move to find out what city she is from. Are the cops really make a dent in this sex trade and if so what does that looks like?

Looking at the text messages from the cops to Celeste Gaup I don’t think they took their jobs seriously. Call me superman. Beds in the back of squad cars. Giving tips about when not to go to the blade because of raids. They would laugh about these things in their squad cars.

I think Regina Jackson should hold off on supporting this until the investigation is over. I think using kids is great way to help change key policies in government offices but I also think as regular adults we have to see ourselves as leaders too. You don’t have to be young, college educated, and boastful to be involved in this political process. This process should be handed to people who have dedicated their time to being police watchdgos because they knew that these cops are capable of doing such things when you have too much power and little oversight. So please do the right thing.

Below is a video dedicated to Libby

Featured in Desley Brooks newsletter

I am humbled and honored to be featured in Desley Brooks newsletter in my hometown of Oakland, CA. Growing up in East Oakland is interesting and beautiful. I continued to strive to make Oakland better and understand that people need to support people’s skills instead of complaining about the lack of opportunity. We create the change, from the babies to the adults. If you like more information about Delsye Brooks, Ise Lyfe please feel free to hit me.

Leon Breckenridge wears many hats all aimed at the same goal; empowering community through media and film.
After spending the first half of his childhood in North Oakland, Leon’s family moved to the Seminary area of District 6 where he spent his teenage and high school years growing up. He shares memories of taking a Capoeira class at the locally famous Rainbow Recreation Center, an ironic point now that he serves as a Recreational Leader and film instructor at the Digital and Culinary  Arts (DACA) center right next door, founded by Councilmember Brooks.

“My teaching style has evolved over time at DACA. I came in with a very technical focused approach, but I also found the value in letting the students do their own thing and supporting that proccess…”, says Breckenridge.

After graduating from Oakland Tech he was accepted into both Morehouse and Howard but chose SF State University to study film. He earned a BA

in Cinema from their famed department- and impressively talks at length about film nuances and history, citing Charles Brunette (Killer of Sheep) and Julie Nash as his influences- along with Eastern European films for their propaganda approach to using media to influence public opinion.

When asked about the key to being a great educator he humbly guides, ” You won’t get it right every day but if you strive for perfection you’ll get there. Teachers can be too hard on themselves. We have to be willing to mess up and learn from it. You’ll be alright and your students learn with you.”

Leon is currently writing his first full length film about gentrification in the inner city.pics pics2

Educated Gentleman Film Festival: Back to School Edition

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Leon Breckenridge
Eye Glass Media

To Whom It May Concern:
On September 25th at One Fam Center, Eye Glass Media presents Gentlemen Film Showcase: back to school edition. The address for the One Fam Center is 1606 7th Street and the event starts at 7 PM. The showcase is created by the nationally recognized team of Joe Cokes and Leon Breckenridge. Filmmakers for many years, they have decided to create a film about educated black men in the bay area. Eye Glass Media is about delivering quality films for multiple outlets from on-line and off-line. We deliver services to our community that will help them succeed by using media.

The two men we are showing is Shahad Wright and Theodore White III. Shahad Wright is a educated brother from Richmond who now works in Richmond as YMCA Family Director of West Contra Costa. His ten years of experience at YMCA has given him the wisdom to develop curriculum and relationship with the youth of that city and change lives. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University and has a smart and educated son. Theodore White III is from Oakland, CA and builds light fixtures throughout the bay area. His experiences on love, money, and relationships is helpful for any youth and adult who watches this.

The film will be shown at the One Fam Center, a community center in the heart of West Oakland designed to support filmmakers, artists, and community activists get the word out for their projects. This is a great event for our youth as we move forward in 2014 and find ways of helping them to be better in school and life. We also looking for school supplies for the youth we are working with.

Support my GoFundMe Campaign

Many years ago I graduated from San Francisco State University. You know what my advisors said to me? “Make films.” Sounds simple. But it is a daunting task. For me at least because I feel like I need to be perfect. But now is not that time. The time is now for me to act. That is why I starting my GoFundMe. To interact with folks. To get to know people. To help understand my skills. So please support my campaign because losing me like is losing a key figure in Oakland’s quest for social justice. 

http://www.gofundme.com/8qdcnc

East Oakland Connection

Working with the community is a great opportunity. As a man I can see that. I see that our nation needs more manpower. Sean Marshall is a great man. We met each other at the Kevin Epps’ movie Straight Out of Hunter’s Point and knew each other from San Francisco State University. Then one day he came to me about a project called Chainwheel. Chainwheel is a great project that once it completes the film festival cycle it have people talking about police brutality and oppression in America.

The fact he written and directed the film was great, but the fact he wanted to study my skills was greater. I was honored for that. He didn’t have to do that. Because honestly there are moments and time I feel like I have little to offer the world. I have broken myself many times because I feel like I am not doing enough. Sean helped with me that. Appreciate those who appreciate you. So when it was the last day of our class he wanted to do a project about me. It was about police brutality, brutality of our community, and my life inside of East Oakland. Hope you enjoy this video and I can wait to talk to many of you online and off. Peace and blessings.

Educated Gentleman Film Festival July 5th, 2014

Flyer of the year

Educated Gentleman Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the work of men in the community making a difference.

After the movie is shown we will have a discussion about people in the community could do to help improve our people.

Donations will be asked at the door.

Video Marketing, Video for Your Business, Video for Yourself

When you are YouTube they have been trying to push that video marketing as a necessary part of your business. Not that is a bad thing but you must remember that you must pay into it. And not only pay into it make sure the stuff you are promoting is of high quality.

Video has become a part of the social media spectrum because of Instagram video, Vine, and Youtube. But unlike twitter, facebook, video requires movement, voice, and visuals. Those tasks are daunting to many people want to make sure their businesses and themselves sound good. Unfortunately in order to do that it will cost many dollars and resources you may not have.

But fret not because Oakland Parks and Recreation has an idea for you. We could show you the tools of the trade where you can create your video for your business, yourself, or someone you love. This video class can be catalyst to a career in this field or just something you can do for fun.

I have learned about being artistic from various forms of artistic expression. I have created wooden pieces, draw, and made music. For me I learn how to be a team player by learning in different ways instead of the same ways. I learn to be a better person, employer, and leader. So here is the information:

5818 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94621

Fridays 1-3 PM 6/20-7/18

Cost $50

FYI there is also other adult class that vary.

Information: 510-615-5807 Claytoven, Andrea

http://www.dacaoakland.com

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Business and Art Equal Business and Art?

Circles Part 2

People of Color (POC) Culture is necessary for the growth of businesses, especially in communities of color. So how you do that? How do you get the people from other cultures to want your services? And how you get other cultures to improve their quality so you could bring in quality businesses?

That is the big question as we head into Oakland 2014 year. 30% of Oakland residents reported speaking a non-English language at home and there are 154 languages being spoken too. California is becoming more diverse with 30 percent of the population also speaking a language other then English. You also have to tied in the culture of people who are English-speaking but have a different sets of customs then the common American culture.

One of those is the African-Americans, who are still a major force in this community, but lack commercial and political backings. That has to change because the African-Americans feels the shaft of being left out and it produces anger and frustation. A strong African-American community can produce a quality community not only in their own area but outside of it.

But because of the violence you can only get certain jobs and businesses to come into your community, creating disparity and lack of growth. My videos will seek to change that because I feel like businesses are needed to create change in this community. Furthermore the community needs to understand that the need to create an environment that is safe for businesses to grow. If we have STEM in schools, then we need to have bio-technology companies in the backyard of these schools.

My videos will showcase these things because I want my community to prosper. The event will showcase the history of Oakland and show the future of Oakland and what it is possible for our city.

Event Place:

I, Wannaminni Art Gallery

1529 Franklin Ave. Oakland, CA

Myth of Video Businesses #1

For the next few weeks I will have you look at different myths for video businesses that may look like a pot of gold but is far from it.

Myth #1: Our Video goes “viral” and we make money

If you business has a video on YouTube and gets a million hits, you will think you will be rolling in the dough. You will be rich and you have created another revenue stream on top of your own business.

But can you keep doing ‘viral videos’ all the time? And how does that help you get new customers? And how does that shows the essence of what your company is about?

Example of this plan is a Dollar Shave Club. This company only spent $4,500 for their video and after uploading their video on YouTube 48 hours later prompted 12,000 sign-ups for people to be a part of the dollar shave club. All major companies have a YouTube page featuring videos from TV and just on-line only. The majority of all videos from these companies barely make 100,000 views. But the point is to create videos revolving around what your company does and what your product is. So the only numbers you need to worry about is your gross income, not YouTube views.

http://contently.com/strategist/2013/06/27/youtube-legend-dollar-shave-club-says-tv-isnt-dead/

Dollar Shave Club

My Business Video

Keep Your Friends Close, and Keep Your Enemies Closer

We live in a capitalist society, so you have competition.

But competition will get the best out of you. It will help you find ways of destroying your competition. In the world of business it is not just about making sales, it is about beating the competition. The perfect analogy would be a great basketball player. A great basketball player (Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Bill Russell, Gary Payton) plays offense and defense, creates their own shot, and helps other players on the team be better than they really are. Yes, that sounds taxing but it is necessary in order to get your business on the right track.

So with competition you must stand out even though your product is the same as your competition. Two examples that come to mind are Kaiser and Chevron.

Kaiser’s Thrive Campaign is really helping you stay out of the hospital instead of going into it. Well doesn’t Kaiser make money if a person comes into the hospital for a check-up? True, but the majority of their money comes from insurance. So Kaiser gets their money regardless if you go to the doctors. This Thrive campaign shows they care about you regardless you come into the hospital or not. They recognize that the hospital has become stale and pale, so with this campaign the hospital has a human element.

Kaiser Permanente

http://www.campaignbrief.us/2013/08/kaiser-permanente-launches-new.html

Chevron is the same way, as they use toys and animation to make the cars come to life. 4 years ago I took an animation at Berkeley City College we talked about putting human elements into inhuman products. If you do it right, the audience will care for that character as if it is a real person. These Chevron toys talk about how Techron help them be better cars. These commercial struck a chord with consumers because the cars are human and they must be well maintained. If the car does break down, you have to care for it like any human being. It made Chevron’s investment in your (or you) car the focus rather than trying to make a buck (or in their case billions).

Chevron Toys

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1999-09-19/travel/9909190064_1_chevron-dealers-chevron-stations-chevron-corp

Ferdos Ahmedin had a vision to win this contest through Post-It. She wanted to win a grant for her Non-Profit OneDay.OneMeal.EveryChild. The point of her non-profit is to help children all around the world receive food aid. To explain her vision, Post–It gave Ferdos a multitude of Post-Its to showcase her dreams of her future nonprofit.  One idea she came up with was to create a world with Post-Its. Her inspiration was using the bigger Post-It to show the words she wanted to express in the video (see below). The combination of Ferdos’s ideas created the video, which won the contest. This video was a great way to convey her passion for her non-profit, which aims to help children.

We decide to showcase our creativity to let people know we are ready to take on the world. Our creativity helps passion flourish within us. There are many people who do not understand creativity shows passion. You don’t have to be an artist to be unique. Being unique means you think about your business frequently. You reflect about how people view your product and how you want your product to be viewed. How your product translates to the masses is crucial to the success of your business.

For your business, know that people like to see something that displays heart and demonstrates passion. Everyday stop and reflect about the human characteristics of your business. Is your business funny? Is it serious? Does my business help one person? Will it help the world? These concepts are important as you move forward with your business.