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Lillian Glenn, Oakland, 1979.  Photo by Ken Green from the Lee Hildebrand collection.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Blues “Gave Me the Experience to Stand Fast for the Master,” said Lillian Glenn

    “I’ve got the meanest feelin’ I ever had. The man I got treated me so bad…I’m gettin’ mighty tired the way my daddy’s doggin’ me,” Lillian Glenn wailed in a robust contralto on [...]
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City Must Enforce Police Accountability, Says 100 Black Men Public Safety Committee will discuss proposals on Tuesday

  The Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee next week will discuss a set of police accountability reforms that were proposed by 100 Black Men of the Bay Area during the wave of national outrage [...]
Environmental activists rallied recently in front of Oakland Army Base
developer Phil Tagami ‘s office. Photo courtesy of Occupy Oakland.

Schaaf: “We will not have coal shipped through our city.”

In a sharp email exchange, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has blasted local developer Phil Tagami for moving ahead with a deal to export coal out of the former Oakland Army Base.
At least eight churches have been set on fire in southern states in the week after the killing of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Government Response to Church Burnings Must Have “Real Teeth,” Say Clergy

The discussion of entrenched racism in America is intensifying in the wake of the recent killing of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina by a young white supremacist, followed by fires [...]
Josh Healey, an Eastlake resident, spoke out Tuesday against the Council's decision to sell the East 12th property to a private developer. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

City Council Mum After Exposure of Confidential Legal Opinion Council ignored City Attorney’s advice that sale of Lake Merritt parcel was illegal

The Oakland City Council was uncharacteristically at a loss for words this week after public exposure that it had moved ahead on a controversial sale of city property near Lake Merritt to UrbanCore Development, ignoring [...]