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City Proposes “Bleak” Budget for Jobs and Training Programs Frank Tucker Removed from WIB Board, Reinstated by Mayor’s Office

The Oakland Workforce Investment Board (WIB) this week released a “bleak” budget proposal for 2015-1016 that would slash funding for jobs and job training between 19 percent and 22 percent, and 50 percent for the [...]
Robin Raveneau (middle), Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), speaks at a City Hall press conference Thursday, April 16. Also pictured: George McDaniel, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, Destiny Iowma, Ron Muhammed, Robert Harris, Esq., Ken Wynn, Min. Keith Muhammed, Geoffrey Pete, Danny Williams, Lloyd Lawrence Jr., Devonte Jackson, Dr. Mark Alexander, Bryan Parker, Frank Tucker of 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Darryl Richardson, Oakland NAACP President George Holland, Saleem Shakir-Gilmore, Carroll Fife, Harrold Lowe, Bill Whyte, Darryl White, Abayomi Brami, and Chris Perryman. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Oakland Groups Demand City Action on Killings of Black Men

In wake of the recent killings of Eric Harris in Oklahoma and Walter Scott in South Carolina, both unarmed Black men killed by police officers, a group of community leaders, clergy, and activists are calling [...]
Protesters delivered a letter to Oakland police on April 12, demanding that they release surveillance footage from Home Depot related to the shooting of Yuvette Henderson by Emeryville Police on Feb. 3. Henderson's sister, Antrinette Jenkins stands third from right. Photo by Daniela Kantorová.

Protesters Rally for Justice for Yuvette Henderson

Over 100 people joined a roving protest this week to demand that Emeryville businesses release video footage related to the police shooting of Yuvette Henderson.   The protest on April 12 began with a vigil [...]
Coliseum City

Growing Voices Demand Coliseum City Must Yield Results for Residents

In the wake of the City Council decision to amend the Coliseum Area Specific Plan to protect businesses in the Oakland Airport Business Park, a coalition of local residents, Oakland workers, youth and faith leaders [...]
Michael Johnson, Urban Core Development. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Councilmembers Favor $3,000 a Month Apartment Tower Project, Opposed by East Lake Neighbors

The City Council’s Community and Economic Development (CED) committee voted unanimously this week to approve the sale of public land on East 12th Street across the roadway from Lake Merritt to a development company that [...]
Latino Action Network members (L to R): Victor Martinez, steering committee; Emma Roos, co-chair; Yolanda Schonbrun, co-chair; and Jorge Lerma, lifetime educator. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Latinos Significantly Underrepresented in Teaching and Other Jobs in OUSD Supt. Antwan Wilson: “We have to embody the diversity of this community”

While Latino youth make up 41 percent and still growing numbers of students in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), they are a disproportionately small part of the OUSD workforce, significantly in the classroom, where [...]
Vice President Joe Biden made a visit to Oakland on Friday, April 10 and spoke with students, who are also military veterans, in PG&E's PowerPathway program, a six-week training that he says is important to advancing the national workforce. From left, IBEW Local 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell, PowerPathway student Elizabeth Torres, Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Libby Schaaf, and PG&E Chairman, CEO and President Tony Earley. Photo: Ashley Chambers.

Vice President Biden Visits Oakland, Praises PG&E Program Program Trains Veterans and Unemployed

Students in the PG&E PowerPathway workforce development program have the opportunity to gain the skills needed to work in the utility industry – as welders, linemen, gas service representatives, and other positions – building a [...]
Porchia Dees was born HIV positive and today is open and upfront about her status, engaging and educating youth. Photo by Jesse Brooks.

Without Sex Education, Youth Face HIV Threat

Sixty three percent of young people will have sex before they graduate high school, and 95 percent will have sex before they are married. For young people to make healthy discussions about sex, we need [...]
Rendering of the new Home of Chicken & Waffles restaurant planned for Downtown Richmond. Courtesy of Richmond Main Street Initiative.

Richmond Main Street Campaigns to Bring Restaurant and Retail to Downtown Richmond

The Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) recently launched an Indiegogo fundraiser campaign to create a retail and restaurant space at the Richmond Transit Retail space, located at 1600 MacDonald Ave. (adjacent to the BART parking [...]