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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 [...]
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Oakland Rejects Police Discipline in 74 Percent of Review Board Cases

A new report from the city’s Citizens’ Police Review Board (CPRB) reveals that the Oakland City Administrator dismissed or modified the review board’s recommended discipline against police officers in 74 percent of the allegations that [...]
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Coalition for Police Accountability Launches Ballot Initiative

A coalition of 30 diverse organizations in Oakland have announced the launch of Measure X, to be put before voters in November 2016.     The proposed charter change would empower an independent police commission [...]
The #ByeAnita hashtag was part of a successful social media campaign encouraging Chicagoans to vote against State's Attorney Anita Alvarez. (Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee).

Movement for Black Lives Notches Major Win in Chicago Race Elected officials who are “deaf to our cries” will be voted out, say activists

By Kim Bellware, Huffington Post and other sources   Chicago’s States Attorney Anita Alvarez was ousted in the Democratic primary Tuesday night by challenger Kim Foxx (D), who now eyes a November bid for the [...]