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Pastor Michael McBride speaks over the crowd as they staged a die-in on University Ave. in Berkeley symbolizing the fight against police brutality and injustice in the killings of unarmed Black men. Photo by Laura Wong.

Berkeley Churches March Together for “Black Lives Matter Sunday”

A large group of community members and faith leaders marched down University Avenue in Berkeley on Dec. 14 – recognized as “Black Lives Matter Sunday” in churches across the country – with signs that read, [...]
Donning shirts that read, "Black Lives Matter," Alameda County Public Defenders held a rally today and observed four and a half minutes of silence outside the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland to honor the life of Michael Brown. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Alameda County Public Defenders Rally for “Black Lives Matter”

Attorneys in the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office held a rally on Thursday outside of the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland to show their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The lawyers wore [...]
Maria Moore spoke on the use of excessive force against protesters by Berkeley police at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Her sister Kayla, an African American transgender schizophrenic woman, died in police custody in 2013 after friends had called for help due to Moore’s bizarre, but not threatening, behavior.

Berkeley Council Hears Police Abuse Claims, Fails to Act

By Judith Scherr More than 100 people came to a raucous Berkeley City Council meeting Tuesday to vent their anger at what they said was police use of excessive force at Dec. 6 protests against [...]
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OP-ED: Choked Out 

  By Ron Busby, Sr., President of U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce   This one is different. We didn’t see George Zimmerman kill Trayvon Martin or Darren Wilson murder Michael Brown. Having only the perpetrators’ [...]
Berkeley High School Students walked out Wednesday in solidarity with protests against police brutality and killings. Photo courtesy of the Daily Californian.

Berkeley High Students Walkout, Joining Nationwide Protests Against Police Violence

Berkeley High School students walked out Wednesday and marched to the Campanile at UC Berkeley to protest police brutality and in solidarity with the burgeoning “Black lives matter” movement.
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Petition to Name the South Branch Library in Honor of Tarea Hall Pittman

By Jane Fong I interviewed Richie Smith as she passed by our signature-gathering table – a long time resident of Berkeley – to discover the reason why the Berkeley Community is signing petitions to rename [...]