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Front row (L to R): Brenda McCuistion, Michael Levingston, Jorge Montano, Officer Sevannah Stewart (far right); second row (L to R): Cumari Briggs, Justice McKinney, Jordan Ealy, Anthony Thomas, Hector Mendoza, Tony Duong, Jack Liu; back row (L to R): Amiya Hererra, Officer Virgil Thomas, Tommy Dang, and Matthew Chee.

RPAL’S Spring 2015 College Tour

By Brenda McCuistion   Two police officers, Officer Savannah Stewart and Officer Virgil Thomas accompanied Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL) to travel on the FIRST Southern California College Campus Tour with mentorship program participants.
Rev. Debra Avery of First Presbyterian Church of Oakland.

OP-ED: Proposed Dept. of Race and Equity and the Prophetic Work of Changing the Status Quo

By Rev. Debra Avery, First Presbyterian Church of Oakland   When I considered whether to offer my thoughts on Councilmember Desley Brooks’ proposal for a city Department of Race and Equity, I thought: What can [...]
Robin Raveneau (middle), Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), speaks at a City Hall press conference Thursday, April 16. Also pictured: George McDaniel, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, Destiny Iowma, Ron Muhammed, Robert Harris, Esq., Ken Wynn, Min. Keith Muhammed, Geoffrey Pete, Danny Williams, Lloyd Lawrence Jr., Devonte Jackson, Dr. Mark Alexander, Bryan Parker, Frank Tucker of 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Darryl Richardson, Oakland NAACP President George Holland, Saleem Shakir-Gilmore, Carroll Fife, Harrold Lowe, Bill Whyte, Darryl White, Abayomi Brami, and Chris Perryman. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Oakland Groups Demand City Action on Killings of Black Men

In wake of the recent killings of Eric Harris in Oklahoma and Walter Scott in South Carolina, both unarmed Black men killed by police officers, a group of community leaders, clergy, and activists are calling [...]
Protesters delivered a letter to Oakland police on April 12, demanding that they release surveillance footage from Home Depot related to the shooting of Yuvette Henderson by Emeryville Police on Feb. 3. Henderson's sister, Antrinette Jenkins stands third from right. Photo by Daniela Kantorová.

Protesters Rally for Justice for Yuvette Henderson

Over 100 people joined a roving protest this week to demand that Emeryville businesses release video footage related to the police shooting of Yuvette Henderson.   The protest on April 12 began with a vigil [...]
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Growing Voices Demand Coliseum City Must Yield Results for Residents

In the wake of the City Council decision to amend the Coliseum Area Specific Plan to protect businesses in the Oakland Airport Business Park, a coalition of local residents, Oakland workers, youth and faith leaders [...]
Michael Johnson, Urban Core Development. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Councilmembers Favor $3,000 a Month Apartment Tower Project, Opposed by East Lake Neighbors

The City Council’s Community and Economic Development (CED) committee voted unanimously this week to approve the sale of public land on East 12th Street across the roadway from Lake Merritt to a development company that [...]
Latino Action Network members (L to R): Victor Martinez, steering committee; Emma Roos, co-chair; Yolanda Schonbrun, co-chair; and Jorge Lerma, lifetime educator. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Latinos Significantly Underrepresented in Teaching and Other Jobs in OUSD Supt. Antwan Wilson: “We have to embody the diversity of this community”

While Latino youth make up 41 percent and still growing numbers of students in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), they are a disproportionately small part of the OUSD workforce, significantly in the classroom, where [...]
Arnold Perkins, former director of the Alameda County Department of Health, spoke Monday at a press conference calling on Sutter corporation to fund Thunder Road, a residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Oakland for teenagers.

RNs Rally to Save Thunder Road, Alameda County’s Residential Teen Rehab Center

Registered nurses are calling on the wealthy Sutter corporation to keep open an endangered residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Oakland for teenagers, including those from low-income families.
Rendering of the new Home of Chicken & Waffles restaurant planned for Downtown Richmond. Courtesy of Richmond Main Street Initiative.

Richmond Main Street Campaigns to Bring Restaurant and Retail to Downtown Richmond

The Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) recently launched an Indiegogo fundraiser campaign to create a retail and restaurant space at the Richmond Transit Retail space, located at 1600 MacDonald Ave. (adjacent to the BART parking [...]
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Día de los Niños, Children’s Day/Book Day in San Leandro

The San Leandro Public Library will host its annual El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s day/Book day) event on Saturday April 25, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Main Library, [...]