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Speakers at a community coal meeting included (l to r) Pastor Ken Chambers of West Side Baptist Church, Margaret Gordon of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, and Will Scott, Program Director with California Faith Power & Light. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Churches, Community Unite Against Coal in Oakland

  Community members and faith leaders held a public meeting this week to oppose the export of coal from a terminal at the City of Oakland’s Army Base development project.
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National Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference 2015 BLACK URBAN GROWERS FIFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN OAKLAND; PANELS AND SESSIONS ADDRESSING EVOLVING NATIONWIDE BLACK FARMER MOVEMENT DOMINATE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

The Black Urban Growers National Group (www.blackurbangrowers.org), the organization of Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings, is holding its Fifth Annual [...]
The SambaFunk! Funkquarians led the drum circle protest with over a hundred drummers in front of City Hall on Monday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Racially Profiled, Drummers Make Noise about Gentrification in Oakland

    Over one hundred people, most of them drummers, gathered in front of City Hall Monday evening to bring attention to what longtime Oaklanders feel is an increase in tensions between longtime residents and [...]
A panel of experts spoke at the Oakland City Council's public hearing on the housing crisis on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Left to right:  Muntu Davis, Alameda County public health director; Kalima Rose, senior director of the PolicyLink Center; Edward Del Beccaro, Transwestern; and Alma Blackwell, Oakland Housing Rights Organizer at Causa Justa: Just Cause. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Residents Push Council to Protect Renters and Homeowners Who Are Being Driven from the City

  Angry, desperate and determined residents filled City Council chambers Wednesday evening for a public hearing that had been called to discuss Oakland’s housing crisis, demanding that councilmembers move beyond talk to take immediate action [...]
A mock-up of an earthquake early warning (EEW) alert on a cellphone. An EEW system is under development but not yet available to the public. Credit: K. Cantner, AGI, after Jennifer Strauss.

Mobile App Would Bring Earthquake Early Warning to All

By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley News   In a perfect world, we’d all be as prepared for an earthquake as Jennifer Strauss.   In a perfect world, we’d also have an early-warning system to give [...]
Organizers with the East 12th coalition unveil their proposal for affordable housing at the East 12th Street Remainder Parce.

Neighborhood Coalition Submits Proposal for East 12th Street Development

The East 12th Wishlist team, powered by the neighborhood group Eastlake United for Justice (EUJ), submitted its proposal to Oakland City Council for the construction of 98 exclusively affordable housing units on the publicly owned [...]