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Aaron Davis (right), on traps, welcomes support from SambaFunk!

After Harassment, Community Rallies to Support Young Lake Merritt Drummer

By Wanda Ravernell   Oakland showed its love for a young local musician who sets up his trap drums on a patch of grass near Grand Avenue and Macarthur Boulevard at Lake Merritt and sets [...]
Visitors enjoy the “Protect the Sacred” exhibit at the Intertribal Friendship House on Wednesday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

From Oakland to Standing Rock: Native American Activists Back Struggle to Protect the Sacred

Dozens of community members gathered Wednesday evening at the Intertribal Friendship House in East Oakland for the opening of an art exhibit highlighting the ongoing struggle by Native American activists to halt the construction of [...]
Carroll Fife (left) and Jahmese Myres spoke Thursday at a community meeting to demand living wage jobs at
a new Port of Oakland warehouse development. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Coalition Demands Port of Oakland Agree to Living Wage Warehouse Jobs Rally for jobs at Port Commission meeting Thursday at noon

A coalition of local organizations is pushing for the Port of Oakland to create living wage jobs for Oakland residents at a logistics center the port is getting ready to build.
Oakland, CA.

Report: Rise in Housing Costs Leads to Poorer Health in Bay Area Increased housing costs cause higher rates of asthma, hypertension in affected communities

Harmful effects of displacement and rising housing costs are not limited to physical displacement. According to a recent survey by Alameda County health workers, serious negative health impacts have resulted from the Bay Area’s housing [...]
Rebecca Kaplan (left) and Roseann Torres.

Oakland Voters Hit with Fake Polls and Negative Campaigning Negative political polls aim at Rebecca Kaplan, Renter Protection, School Boardmember Roseann Torres

In the past week Oakland residents have been receiving an anonymous voter survey attacking Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan and falsely claiming that one of her opponents for the at-large city council seat—Peggy Moore— has the endorsements [...]
Dozens gathered at Lake Merritt to distribute window signs and to talk to community members about voting Yes on Measure JJ. Photo courtesy of the Committee to Protect Oakland Renters.

“Yes on Measure JJ” Campaign Kicks Off to Protect Oakland Renters

The “Yes on Measure JJ” campaign kicked off last Saturday at Lake Merritt, as dozens of community members and local leaders gathered to show their commitment to making sure renter protection passes in Oakland this [...]
Liliana Villalpado (left) and her family were sharing a two-bedroom home with another family of four before they found out that their landlord had skipped town and the house had been foreclosed on in 2014.

Two SF Families Being Evicted After Landlord Skips Town

Ten tenants living in a home in San Francisco’s Excelsior district are facing eviction and possible life on the streets after their landlord skipped town without telling them that her home had been foreclosed on [...]
Alvina Wong (right) translated the concerns of several Chinatown community members at the Planning Commission
meeting last Tuesday.

Oakland Chinatown Development Approved Despite Community Displacement Concerns

The Planning Commission recently voted 4-2 to approve the W12 project, which will bring two, seven-story market rate apartment buildings to Oakland Chinatown. The 416-unit development is slated to go along 12th street between Webster [...]