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Oakland, Calif. City Attorney Barbara Parker poses for a photograph at City Hall, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 in Oakland. (Photo by D. Ross Cameron)

City Attorney Sues Owners of West Grand Hotel for Appalling Conditions

The Oakland City Attorney this week sued the absentee owners of the West Grand Hotel, a single room occupancy rental property that has a reputation for for drug activity and unsafe, inhumane living conditions. For [...]
Carrington Taylor, recent Dewey Academy graduate, speaks Monday  at a rally and barbecue to support the school.  Next to him at left is Dewey student Kelvyn Wallis. Photo by Ken Epstein

Students, Teachers Rally to Save Dewey

Students, teachers and community members held a barbecue Monday to muster their forces to protect Dewey Academy, a longtime continuation high school that is sitting on property at Second Avenue and E. 12th Street that [...]
Martin Luther King, Jr. leads an anti-war march on March 21, 1967 in Chicago. The censorship of King's ideals, including his opposition to war and his poor people's campaign, was the topic of one lesson on the Urban Dreams website.

Teachers Accuse School Officials of Censorship for Closing Website

Teachers, community members and students are complaining that the Oakland Unified School District has violated academic freedom when it unilaterally, without any public discussion, shut down an “Urban Dreams” website, containing 27 units of federally [...]
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Oakland Athletics Fund College Tours for Richmond Youth

The Oakland Athletics will contribute $3,600 to fund college tours, supplies and incentives for 30 Richmond children and youth participating in the Richmond Police Department’s (RPD) “Straight A’s Club.” “The
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Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $900K STEM Grant

Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) announced Alameda-based Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) will receive a $899,841grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase enrollment and retention of women in community [...]
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Book by UC Berkeley Professor Puts “Mass Incarceration on Trial”

By Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. It has come down a sliver over the past six years: the all-time peak rate [...]