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Members of the Committee to Protect Oakland Renters hold up the mayor’s eviction notice at a demonstration in front of City Hall on Tuesday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Renters Serve Eviction Notices to Mayor and City Council Two days after protest, mayor meets with advocates of placing rent initiative on November ballot

Friday, May 20 marks the halfway period of the 90-day housing state of emergency, intended to put a halt on rising rents and evictions while City Council takes action on solutions for Oakland’s housing crisis [...]
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Willie Johnson Turns 100

Longtime Oakland resident Willie Johnson turns 100 next Sunday.   Born in Delhi, Louisiana May 8, 1916 to Willie and Bessie Johnson, he is a retired carpenter who worked many years in Anchorage, Alaska.
La Misa Negra is a unique Oakland band which plays a mix of cumbia and Afro-Colombian dance music. Photo by Jaron Epstein.

“Sights and Sounds of East Oakland” Celebrates Art, Music and Resistance

Laney College recently hosted a celebration of the many cultures, kinds of music and people from across the world that make up the “Sights and Sounds of East Oakland.” &
Photo courtesy of the Oakland Justice Coalition.

Disappointed by Council Members, Housing Activists Organize to Put Rent Protection on Ballot

The City Council’s Rules and Legislation Committee voted last week to delay a decision that could have put one of the most important rent protection initiatives directly onto the November ballot, bypassing the need to [...]
Stacey Harris with his son. Photo by Adam L. Turner.

Oaklanders Hard-Pressed to Find Housing Even with Minimum Wage Jobs Private Industry Council Helps the Homeless and Underemployed Find Hope

Stacey Harris is on a mission to provide for himself and his son in this challenging economy. As a single father who is also struggling to find stable and affordable housing, securing a good job [...]