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Hundreds of supporters staged a sit-in outside Governor Brown's office last week calling on him to sign bill AB 953 if it passed the Senate. Photo: Take Action California.

California Senate Passes Racial and Identity Profiling Act Over 800 rally at State Capitol to pressure Governor Brown to sign bill

  The California State Senate this week passed AB 953, the Racial and Identity Profiling Act, following a mass mobilization of California anti-mass incarceration and police accountability organizations to Sacramento lobbying for the passage of [...]
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Family of Freddie Gray Reaches $6.4 Million Settlement

Courtesy of AP     The parents of Freddie Gray have reached a tentative $6.4 million settlement with the city of Baltimore, nearly five months after their son was critically injured in police custody, sparking [...]
Family members of prisoners, demonstrators and lawyers celebrated this week's landmark settlement reducing long-term solitary confinement in California prisons. A press conference was held outside the state building in Oakland. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Landmark Victory Curbs Long-term Solitary Confinement in California Prisons

  A landmark victory this week to reduce long-term solitary confinement in California will immediately release up to 2,000 prisoners who have been held in isolation for 10 years or more for alleged gang affiliation.
Black Lives Matter members Marissa Johnson, left, and Mara Jacqueline Willaford, right with a Black power fist, call for a moment of silence to commemorate Michael Brown after interrupting a Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle. Sanders stands behind the two women to the right. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson).

Presidential Candidates Must Address White Supremacy, Says #BlackLivesMatter Activist

  On the eve of the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, Mara Jacqueline Willaford and two other members of Seattle’s Black Lives Matter chapter captured national media attention when they interrupted presidential hopeful Bernie [...]
Oakland Unified School District Governing Board. Standing (l-r): President James Harris, Director Roseann Torres, Director Aimee Eng, Vice President Jody London, Director Nina Senn, Director Shanthi Gonzales, Superintendent Antwan Wilson
Seated (l-r): former Student Director Katebah Al-Olefi, General Counsel Jacqueline Minor, Director Jumoke Hinton Hodge, former Student Director Carmen Jimenez

Has Representative Democracy Broken Down at Oakland Unified?

Local residents are raising concerns about “meeting procedures” and “meeting norms” dictating the behavior of the Oakland Board of Education, which could limit board members’ ability to lead the district, as they were elected to [...]