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Housing activists occupied City Hall during a rally for rent control in June. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Activists Kick Off Campaign to Recall Mayor Libby Schaaf

Activists kicked off a campaign this week to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf, criticizing the mayor for an explosive series of scandals in the police department and concerns over her lack of willingness to counter the [...]
“The City Council needs to put this measure on the ballot (and not change it), and let the people decide,” said Rev. Damita Davis-Howard, one of the speakers at a press conference Thursday calling on the council to vote next week for the Protect Oakland Renters Act. Speaking for the measure at the press conference were Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Abel Guillén and Noel Gallo. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council Will Vote Tuesday on Renter Protection, Police Commission Ballot Measures Rebecca Kaplan’s proposal would protect Oakland renters immediately if approved by voters in November

The Tuesday, July 19 Oakland City Council meeting is one of the last chances for council members to place progressive measures on the November ballot.   The council is scheduled to decide whether to place [...]
Among those speaking Thursday to council members against the proposed amendments
to Oakland’s Equity Permit Program were (L to R): Robert Brackins, member of 100 Black Men; Gay Plair Cobb, CEO of the Oakland Private Industry Council; Rev. Kevin Barnes, Abyssianian Missionary Baptist Church; and Frank Tucker, president of 100 Black Men of the East Bay. Photo by Tanya Dennis.

Proposal Would “Undermine” Oakland Cannabis Industry Reform

The Oakland City Council is considering a proposal from an organization that calls itself the Oakland Diversity and Equity Cannabis Coalition that would reduce the benefits of a recently passed ordinance that gives preference to [...]
Carroll Fife

Oakland Activist Seeks Funding to Join Democratic Party Platform Committee in Philadelphia

Activist Carroll Fife recently received a message with some unexpected, exciting news.   “I got a text last week saying ‘congratulations,’” said Fife. “It had my name on a paper that said ‘Clinton and Sanders’ [...]
Pastor Ken Chambers (right) and supporters of the ordinance banning coal speak at Monday’s city council meeting in Oakland. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Bans Coal Shipments Clergy agree to come together to heal the community after the city’s division

In an historic victory for environmental activists and local communities, the City Council voted unanimously at a heated council meeting this week to ban large amounts of coal from being stored and handled in Oakland.
Cortney Glenn (in yellow) and Paula Beal (to her right), backed by community members,
speak to Mayor Schaaf’s Chief of Staff Tomiquia Moss at the front desk of the mayor’s office on Thursday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Evicted Family Tells Oakland Mayor Schaaf: “Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures”

Family members, along with their children and supporters, packed into the lobby of the office of Mayor Libby Schaaf in City Hall Thursday afternoon, demanding that the mayor take steps to provide emergency relief for [...]
Cat Brooks (center) of the Anti Police-Terror Project speaks at a press conference in front of the Oakland Police Department about the several demands the community has of the city and the police department. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Black Lives Matter Demands Oakland Mayor Schaaf Resign Civilian-controlled policing and more community investment on community list of demands

While Oakland is reeling from widening revelations of the Oakland Police Department’s rape and racist text scandals, the community is demanding changes to the way the police department is run and to the city’s public [...]