African People’s Education and Defense Fund expands to defend the people in Oakland

OAKLAND, CA—The African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) is growing in Oakland, California.
APEDF’s mission is to defend the human and civil rights of the African community and to address the grave disparities in health, education and economic development faced by the African community.
Conditions for Africans in Oakland are brutal. Africans are facing some of the starkest statistics in housing, health, incarceration and education in the nation.
In 2015, at a time when the basic rights of our African communities across the U.S. and throughout the world are under attack, APEDF is growing in Oakland to meet the needs of the people by building institutions of economic development, health and education.
This year, under our president Ona Zené Yeshitela’s tireless leadership and infinite vision, APEDF is finishing renovations at the Uhuru House community center in East Oakland and opening it up as “Akwaaba Hall” for community rentals and APEDF programs.
APEDF is in the process of opening the Uhuru Jiko Community Kitchen in Oakland and kicking off a workforce development project through Uhuru Jiko to provide employment and training––especially to those in the African community––who have faced incarceration and experience drastically limited opportunities to contribute to their families and communities.
Not only that, but after 27 years, the much-loved APEDF economic development institution Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles will be EXPANDING into the retail space next door to its current location at 3742 Grand Ave., Oakland.
UFC in Oakland has been voted “Best Furniture Store” by the East Bay Express newspaper Reader’s Poll for the last SIX years in a row! It has also been voted “Best Furniture Store” by Oakland Magazine in 2014 and 2015!
This expansion will mean doubling the showroom floor space, giving customers more choices and offering a more pleasant shopping experience.
This expansion is able to happen because of all the support by shoppers, donors, staff and volunteers over the last 27 years!

Join APEDF to celebrate these victories

  • Friday, October 9, 2015, from 6pm to 9pm, Akwaaba Hall is opening up for a night of culture, food, entertainment ad a tourof the facilities.
  • Saturday, October 10 from 10am to 6pm, Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles will open up its new expanded space at its Grand Opening featuring refreshments, music, prizes and amazing deals.
  • Sunday, October 11 from 1pm to 3pm, join us for a forum at Akwaaba Hall entitled “African Working Class – Push for Economic Development” to discuss the importance of Africans building our ownAfrican independent economy.

Presenting at all three events is keynote speaker Omali Yeshitela, the Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party and APEDF President, Ona Zené Yeshitela.
Contact Info: Akwaaba Hall at the Uhuru House, 7911 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA, 510-569-9620
Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles, 3742 & 3744 Grand Ave Oakland, CA, 510-763-3342,


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