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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 [...]
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 [...]
Mayor Libby Schaaf

Op-Ed: Libby Schaaf Should Apologize It’s clear the mayor lied to the residents of Oakland about Police Chief Whent’s departure

By Robert Gammon, Oakland Magazine   Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is facing the biggest challenge of her political career right now—and she’s failing badly.   The Oakland Police Department’s horrid sexual misconduct scandal has already [...]
A mural at 1600 Broadway in downtown Oakland from 2012. Photo by Anne-Sophie Braendlin, courtesy of Oakland North.

Oakland at National Forefront of Cannabis Reform

The Oakland City Council unanimously backed a resolution this week urging the state of California to create a process to erase criminal records for cannabis-related offenses and to remove restrictions that prohibit offenders from participating [...]