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Fourth OPD Officer-Involved Death Since June

An Oakland police officer who had responded to a distress call for physical assault on Thursday, Aug. 27 ended up fatally shooting the physical assault suspect after he allegedly attacked her with a metal chain, [...]
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Kennedy High Woodshop Teacher Gets Students on Career Track

A lot of building goes on in woodshop teacher James Henderson’s classroom at Kennedy High, and not just chairs, benches and library shelves.   The award-winning teacher also helps his students build character and careers [...]
Velivia Peterson, 8, walks with others across the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the start of the Journey for Justice March, organized by the NAACP. The 860-mile march is planned to go from Selma to Washington D.C. over the course of 40 days.  Photo by Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser via AP.

 “Journey for Justice” Marchers Call for Police Reform

  By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams   Social justice and human rights activists rallied Monday on the steps of the South Carolina State Capitol Building, calling for full-scale criminal justice reform including national, uniform standards [...]
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More gentrification, Displacement in Bay Area Forecast

  By Kathleen Maclay, UC Berkeley News   The San Francisco Bay Area’s transformation into a sprawling, exclusive and high-income community with less and less room for its low-income residents is just beginning, according to [...]
A Give Life, Save Life billboard displays a young Eriana Smith who is in need of a bone marrow transplant. Photo courtesy of Give Life, Save Life.

Keith Crawford Raises Awareness of Organ Donation in Black Community Created Give Life, Save Life Foundation in Memory of Late Daughter

  What Keith Crawford remembers most of his late daughter Brittany is her caring, fearless spirit and zeal for life. Her presence would light up a room, he said.
Jessica Gatewood, Richard Linyard's mother. Photos by Ken Epstein

OPD Releases Video Footage in Two Police-Involved Deaths

  In an unprecedented move, the Oakland Police Department this week released body camera evidence to some representatives of the media but not to the general public in two police-involved deaths, hoping to clear up [...]
Protesters block streets after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

State Bans Grand Juries in Police-Involved Deaths The ban is not a significant change to the pre-existing process, say civil rights experts

  Public reaction was enormously positive last week when California became the first state to ban the use of grand juries in police-involved killings, but civil rights experts say the change is not significant. Signed by [...]
Oakland Natives Give Back provided free backpacks and supplies to children at the annual Attend and Achieve Back to School Event at City Hall in 2014. This year's event will be held Saturday, Aug. 22.

Oakland Kids Go Back to School Flurry of activities sprout around city as families and educators prepare for opening day

  With school set to start on Monday, families of Oakland’s 48,000 public school students are getting ready while the Oakland Unified School District’s 2,500 teachers are already back at school, holding meetings, arranging desks [...]
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“War Comes Home: The Legacy” to be Exhibited at the San Leandro Main Library

  The San Leandro Public Library Veterans Resource Center is partnering with Cal Humanities, the California State Library, and Exhibit Envoy to present “War Comes Home: The Legacy,” an exhibition of wartime correspondences provided by [...]