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Brandon Nicholson, director of the Hidden Genius Project accepts funding from AT&T, part of AT&T’s “September Giving” initiative which includes weekly contributions of $20,000 or more to four community organizations helping to empower the students and residents of Oakland.

AT&T’s “September Month of Giving”

Every OUSD student will be assured free tuition their first semester at any of the four Peralta community colleges in the East Bay.   “Our intention is to empower organizations that help inspire, boost academic [...]
Gigi Crowder

Growing Anger Over “Unfair Termination” of Health Advocate Gigi Crowder

Community members are angry over what they are calling unjust treatment of Gigi Crowder, who is being terminated from her job after serving the African American and other ethnic communities as the Ethnic Services Manager [...]
Aaron Davis (right), on traps, welcomes support from SambaFunk!

After Harassment, Community Rallies to Support Young Lake Merritt Drummer

By Wanda Ravernell   Oakland showed its love for a young local musician who sets up his trap drums on a patch of grass near Grand Avenue and Macarthur Boulevard at Lake Merritt and sets [...]
Gov. Jerry Brown. Photo by Phil Konstantin (Flickr/ CC)

Tenant Protection Bill Awaits Governor’s Approval If signed into law by, bill could protect renters from blacklisting and unfair credit damage

For families and individuals facing eviction in California, troubles rarely cease after a court hearing – even if the tenants win their case and aren’t evicted. &
Visitors enjoy the “Protect the Sacred” exhibit at the Intertribal Friendship House on Wednesday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

From Oakland to Standing Rock: Native American Activists Back Struggle to Protect the Sacred

Dozens of community members gathered Wednesday evening at the Intertribal Friendship House in East Oakland for the opening of an art exhibit highlighting the ongoing struggle by Native American activists to halt the construction of [...]
Speaking at the news conference were (L to R) OPD Deputy Police Chief John Lois, City Administrator Sabrina Landreth and Mayor Libby Schaaf. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Four Police Officers Fired, Seven Others Suspended in Police Sex Crime Scandal “I am deeply sorry for the harm this scandal has caused,” says Mayor Schaaf

The City of Oakland this week concluded its administrative investigation of the sex crime scandal involving over a dozen Oakland Police Department (OPD) officers, which led to the removal of three police chiefs in one [...]
Carroll Fife (left) and Jahmese Myres spoke Thursday at a community meeting to demand living wage jobs at
a new Port of Oakland warehouse development. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Coalition Demands Port of Oakland Agree to Living Wage Warehouse Jobs Rally for jobs at Port Commission meeting Thursday at noon

A coalition of local organizations is pushing for the Port of Oakland to create living wage jobs for Oakland residents at a logistics center the port is getting ready to build.
Noel Gallo

Oakland Police Association Backs Noel Gallo’s Opponent “I am elected to represent the public, not the police union,” said Gallo

The Oakland Police Officers Association (OPOA) has given $1,400 in campaign contributions to Viola Gonzales, who is running for District 5 City Council seat against incumbent Noel Gallo, according to a campaign finance disclosure form.