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Diane Blackmon Bailey welcomes South African Consul General Cyril S. Ndaba to Vallejo

Vallejo Think Tank Seeks Community Solutions

Crime. Economic Struggles. Community Discouragement. Those are some of the challenges residents of Vallejo face, but according to local native Diane Blackmon, ways must be found to raise community morale and to encourage residents to [...]
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D).  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Legislators Call for Reform of Solitary Confinement Conditions

A hearing was held Tuesday by legislators to push for sweeping reform in conditions faced by thousands of prisoners in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay and other state prisons, where they are often locked in [...]
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Finding “Justice” in the Wake of a Family’s Tragedy

Imagine how parents feel losing both of their children in the matter of seconds. That’s what the family of Justice and Mario Toliver has to confront.Justice, 17, was shot and killed by her 14-year-old brother, [...]
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Judge Henderson Fires Oakland Police Overseer

Federal Judge Thelton Henderson has fired the compliance director who has been overseeing the Oakland Police Department, saying that police reform will be better served by giving the authority to institute changes to the same [...]
Photo courtesy of the Christopher Lavell Jones Foundation.

Valentine’s Day Rally for Families of Murder Victims

The Christopher Lavell Jones Foundation’s advocacy group, #TheirLivesMatter, will host a rally Friday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. in front of Oakland’s City Hall for over 50 families from across the Bay Area who have [...]