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The Westlake community went to the June 10 school board meeting to oppose placing a charter high school on their campus. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Board Members Balk at Placing Charter High School on Middle School Campus

Several members of the Oakland Board of Education are balking at a proposal of the Oakland Unified School District administration to place a charter high school on the same campus as Westlake Middle School, leading [...]
Latino Education Network spokespersman Jorge Lerma holds a copy of the complaint filed with the federal Office of Civil Rights. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Federal Complaint Filed Against OUSD on Behalf of English Learner Students

Several local Latino organizations filed a complaint this week with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights against the Oakland Unified School District for failing to provide adequate education to English Language Learner students.
One of those killed was Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a high school track coach and reverend at the church.

Obama Condemns Killings at Historic AME Church The killer allegedly said: “You rape our women and you’re taking over the country. You have to go.”

By Post Staff and news reports   President Barack Obama responded Thursday to killings at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina.     “Any death of this sort is a tragedy, [...]
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National Barber Competition and Expo at Hilltop Courtyard Marriott

Courtesy of the Richmond Standard In this competition, the champions win by a hair. The Pinole-based Western Barber Conference has announced it will be holding the Catch the Fade Barber Battle, a one-on-one barber competition, [...]
Community members who are opposed to the Marcus Foster kitchen project include West Oakland residents (left to right) Lynne Horiuchi, Jeff Baker, and Madeline Wells. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

OUSD to Tear Down West Oakland School to Build Industrial Kitchen

Despite vocal opposition of some community residents, the Oakland Unified School District is moving ahead with plans to demolish Marcus Foster School in West Oakland and build an industrial-style kitchen to provide healthy meals to [...]
Some of the faith leaders who are at the Vatican this week to meet with the advisors of Pope Francis are (left to right): Rev. Alvin Toussaint Herring, Joanne Drayton, Rev. Michael McBride, Rev. Traci Blackmon, Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, and Bishop Dwayne Royster.

Bay Area Faith Leaders Visit Vatican, Meet Pope’s Advisors About Racism in America

More than a dozen faith leaders and organizers with the PICO National Network from across the U.S. including Berkeley Pastor Michael McBride, are at the Vatican in Rome for a series of meetings this week [...]