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Local supporters of the Jobs Not Jails campaign shut down the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting in Oakland on Tuesday, March 3. Those who participated were (left to right): Bill Chorneau from the First Unitarian Church; Judy Belcher, member of the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club; Rev. Jacqueline Duhart from First Unitarian Church; Zachary Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center and Black Lives Matter member; and Gopal Dayaneni, member of Asians for Black Lives and Movement Generation. Photos courtesy of the Ella Baker Center.

Protesters Disrupt Board of Supervisors Meeting, Demanding Services for Formerly Incarcerated

After months of rallying the community in the Jobs Not Jails campaign, organizers with the Ella Baker Center in Oakland and nearly 100 community members peacefully disrupted the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March [...]
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Oakland Book Launch for “Reach”

What happens when 40 African American men share stories of challenges and triumphs in their lives? An exceptional book; “Reach – 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding.” Th
Demonstrators rally at Home Depot in Emeryville on Saturday, Feb. 21 for justice for Yuvette Henderson. Courtesy of @candesecharles, Richmond Confidential.

Protesters Shut Down Home Depot, Demand Video of Woman Killed by Emeryville Police

Over 100 protesters shut down Emeryville Home Depot last Saturday, demanding, “We want answers!” about really happened in the killing of Yuvette Henderson by Emeryville police earlier this month.
Ph.D. candidate Ianna Owen and Professor Na’ilah Suad Nasir. NewsCenter photo by Cathy Cockrell.

Reflections on #BlackLivesMatter, from Ferguson to UC Berkeley

By Cathy Cockrell, UC Berkeley News As #BlackLivesMatter protests erupted and spread across the country late last year — everywhere from Ferguson, Missouri, to Sproul Plaza — African American scholars at Berkeley asked themselves how [...]
A group of activists, led by Berkeley High, Berkeley City College and UC Berkeley Black student unions, marched from the UC Berkeley campus to the city council meeting at Old City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Berkeley Council Bans Tear Gas, Baton Strikes, Approves Investigation of December Protests

Two months after Berkeley police injured peaceful protesters with batons, tear gas and projectiles, some 150 activists led by Berkeley High, Berkeley City College and UC Berkeley Black student unions, took the Black Lives Matter [...]