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Martin Luther King, Jr. leads an anti-war march on March 21, 1967 in Chicago. The censorship of King's ideals, including his opposition to war and his poor people's campaign, was the topic of one lesson on the Urban Dreams website.

Teachers Accuse School Officials of Censorship for Closing Website

Teachers, community members and students are complaining that the Oakland Unified School District has violated academic freedom when it unilaterally, without any public discussion, shut down an “Urban Dreams” website, containing 27 units of federally [...]
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Two More Measures on November Ballot? Why Not Police Accountability?

When a community coalition sought the City Council’s approval recently to put a police oversight commission on the November ballot, most of them opposed it. The majority opinion on the council seemed to be that [...]
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Supervisor Malia Cohen Holds Hearing on Needs of Children with Incarcerated Parents

Over 100 advocates and members of San Francisco’s youth community gathered at City Hall Thursday for a public hearing to address the needs of young people with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated parents.Called by Supervisor Malia [...]
Supervisor Keith Carson and Black Elected Officials & Faith Based Leaders of the East Bay hosted the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on Wednesday, June 18 at the Beebee Memorial Cathedral. Left to right: singing "We Shall Overcome," civil rights attorney Howard Moore, Jr.; activist Angela Davis; Dr. Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University; Supervisor Keith Carson; activist and former Black Panther Party leader who now works in Supervisor Carson's office, Elaine Brown; and Pastor Charley Hames, Jr. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: The Struggle Continues

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act that was signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, faith leaders, elected officials, community members, and activists assembled together at the Beebee Memorial Cathedral in Oakland [...]
Zendaya (right) will star in the upcoming Lifetime biopic about the late singer Aaliyah (left).

Zendaya Cast to Play Aaliyah in Lifetime Biopic

Actress and recording artist Zendaya will be filling a new role this summer as the late songbird Aaliyah in a Lifetime biopic of the R&B singer’s life and rise to stardom before her untimely death [...]
From left Hank Roberts, Peacemakers Inc.; J'Mya Martinez, Rainin 3zz; John Ivey, Peacemakers Inc.; Mike Norris, 'Pitch to Success'; and Carol Tolbert, Civic Pride at the Inaugural Peacemakers Inc. Donor for Peace Fundraiser, honoring youth focused non-profit organizations in the Bay Area. 

Peacemakers Recognizes Youth-focused Organizations

The organizations spotlighted this year by Peacemakers Inc. were Rainin 3zz, a West Oakland-based AAU girls Basketball team coached By Darren Vance and represented by 13-year-old McClymonds scholar-athlete J’Mya Martinez.Also honored were Civic Pride, founded [...]
Larry Moore continues to fight for justice after becoming a victim of mistaken identity. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Larry Moore’s Three-Decade Fight for Justice

For 29 years, Larry Moore has been struggling to clear his record after a bureaucratic mistake attached another person’s criminal record to his name. In that time, he has endured what some may view as [...]