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A Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015. Photo via Facebook.

Oakland Bans Misleading Anti-Abortion Ads

Oakland City Council unanimously passed an ordinance recently tightening regulations around false advertisements by fake pregnancy clinics who suggest they perform abortions and instead try to dissuade people from having abortions.
(Left to right) Rev. Ben McBride, Rashidah Grinage, Noel Gallo. Photos by Ken Epstein.

Oakland Police Commission Will Be on November Ballot

Council members on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a November ballot measure to change the city’s charter in order to create a citizen Police Commission, which will have the power to investigate and impose discipline [...]
Jeralynn Blueford, founder of the Alan Blueford Center for Justice in Oakland, speaks at Tuesday’s City Council meeting demanding the city place an independent police commission on the November ballot. Blueford’s son, Alan, was killed by Oakland police
in 2012. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council to Vote on Police Commission Tuesday, July 26 Community wants commission to be independent of mayor and city council appointees

Nearly 100 people showed up to speak at Tuesday’s city council meeting in support of a strong, independent police oversight commission in Oakland, which will be voted on next Tuesday.
Dan Siegel speaks at a press conference held by the Anti Police-Terror Project in front of the Oakland Police Department headquarters. Photo courtesy of Twitter/Terri Kay.

Hotline Established for Police Whistleblowers to Report Corrupt Officers in Oakland

Police accountability activists this week established an anonymous hotline for whistleblowers to report “corruption, misconduct and predatory policing” within the Oakland Police Department (OPD).   The hotline was set up by Civil Rights attorney Dan [...]
Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Senator Loni Hancock met with panelists in Oakland to discuss bail reform for California on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Rob Bonta’s office.

Local Lawmakers Pushing for Bail Reform to “Fix Broken System” Bail bonds turn jails into a “debtors’ prison”

Experts, advocates and lawmakers gathered on Tuesday to discuss changes to California’s bail system, which often requires defendants to pay a fee upfront in order to be released while their case is pending.
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 [...]
Community members and organizers with the Bay Area Restaurant Workers Movement picket outside of Calavera during First Friday in Oakland. Photo courtesy of Brooke Anderson Photography.

Hundreds Call for Boycott of Calavera Restaurant After Alleged Labor Abuse Former workers say they were not paid minimum wage, overtime or given time for breaks

Hundreds of restaurant workers and community members are calling for a boycott of Calavera, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Oakland, after several kitchen workers were fired from a job they say was riddled with abuse [...]
Members of the Coalition for Police Accountability speak in front of City Hall about their ballot measure. Photo by Tulio Ospina. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Will an Independent Police Oversight Commission Make the November Ballot in Oakland?

The Oakland City Council, operating under the cloud of a continuing police child sex abuse scandal, is set to decide July 19 whether to place a measure on the November ballot to create a civilian [...]