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Speakers at CDBG meeting on Aug. 31. Photo by Sydney Johnson.

Oakland Community Worries About Future of Federal Neighborhood Funding City staff is “effectively killing” community boards, says Councilmember Brooks

Confusion and disagreement over the way the city allocates its federal funding for low- and moderate-income neighborhoods has some residents worried that their neighborhood will not be getting proper say in the allocation process.
Among those who attended the City Council committee meeting Thursday to speak in favor of a strong city job policy were: (L to R) Kristy Chee, Jeri Abram, Noni Session, Rev. Daniel Buford of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Gay Plair Cobb and Carroll Fife. Photo by Ken Epstein

Council Members Must Pass Strong Local Jobs Policy, Say Residents Many ask: Why pass $600 million bond unless it puts Oaklanders to work on city-funded projects?

Oaklanders are being asked to vote in November for a $600-million infrastructure bond to enhance streets, sidewalks, lighting and sewers.   But is the City Council willing step up to guarantee before November that the [...]

Art Exhibit Honors 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party

Emory Douglas and the Oakland Maroons Art Collective (OMAC)
 are presenting “The Point Is…2.0,” a group exhibit honoring the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party (BPP) with a focus on the BPP’s 10-Point Program [...]
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 [...]