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Photo by Tanya Dennis.

Youth Summit Calls on Employers to Invest in Boys and Men of Color

The Invest in Youth Summit, sponsored by My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and other organizations, was held Thursday at the Oakland Convention Center, convening hundreds of boys and men of color between the ages of 18 [...]
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (left) and Councilmember Desley Brooks

Misgivings Over Mayor Schaaf’s Bond Measure Little community input, not enough funds for affordable housing among community’s complaints

A number of community leaders are expressing misgivings about Oakland Mayor Libby’s Schaaf’s $600 million infrastructure and affordable housing bond, approved by the City Council this week at the end of a nine-hour marathon meeting [...]
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 [...]
Gay Plair Cobb, CEO of Oakland Private Industry Council; and Kevin Blackburn, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

San Francisco Bank Creates $40 Million Initiative to Help Underserved Communities

  To determine best practices for creating quality jobs and small business expansion in underserved communities, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco ( on June 15 held a seminar in Oakland with local, [...]
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Op-Ed: Oakland Can Have Health and Good Jobs Without Coal

By Derrick Muhammad, ILWU Local 10   Dear Mayor Schaaf and City Council members,   I’m a longshoreman and elected Secretary-Treasurer of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 10. After much discussion, my union [...]