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Dozens gathered at Lake Merritt to distribute window signs and to talk to community members about voting Yes on Measure JJ. Photo courtesy of the Committee to Protect Oakland Renters.

“Yes on Measure JJ” Campaign Kicks Off to Protect Oakland Renters

The “Yes on Measure JJ” campaign kicked off last Saturday at Lake Merritt, as dozens of community members and local leaders gathered to show their commitment to making sure renter protection passes in Oakland this [...]
Liliana Villalpado (left) and her family were sharing a two-bedroom home with another family of four before they found out that their landlord had skipped town and the house had been foreclosed on in 2014.

Two SF Families Being Evicted After Landlord Skips Town

Ten tenants living in a home in San Francisco’s Excelsior district are facing eviction and possible life on the streets after their landlord skipped town without telling them that her home had been foreclosed on [...]
Rev. Ken Chambers (left).

Faith Leaders Call on Legislators to Commit to Jobs, Justice and Human Rights Organizing meeting for Sacramento action scheduled for Wednesday in Oakland

Three Oakland pastors are taking the lead to bring together interfaith religious leaders to participate in coordinated faith community actions next month at statehouses across the country to revive the country’s moral commitment to jobs, [...]
Alvina Wong (right) translated the concerns of several Chinatown community members at the Planning Commission
meeting last Tuesday.

Oakland Chinatown Development Approved Despite Community Displacement Concerns

The Planning Commission recently voted 4-2 to approve the W12 project, which will bring two, seven-story market rate apartment buildings to Oakland Chinatown. The 416-unit development is slated to go along 12th street between Webster [...]
Noel Gallo and Viola Gonzales

Noel Gallo Faces Viola Gonzales in Oakland District 5 Race Gallo popular for backing renters’ protection and police commission

In the City Council race for Oakland District 5, incumbent Noel Gallo is facing off against Viola Gonzales, who previously served on the Oakland Board of Education as an appointee of then-Mayor Jerry Brown.
Mayor Libby Schaaf

Mayor Schaaf Seeks to Unseat Oakland City Council Incumbents

There are indications that Mayor Libby Schaaf may be attempting to remake the city’s political landscape by backing more compliant candidates for the City Council and school board.
Students at Emiliano Zapata Street Academy met with community based organizations this week at the high school’s Social Justice Fair. Photo by Juan Ramirez.

Street Academy Fair Connects Students to Community Service

A back-to-school night for students at Emiliano Zapata Street Academy in Oakland is more than just shining apples and tidying books. Instead, the students sit in on lectures, engage with their community and become prepared [...]
Azariah Cole-Shephard

Azariah Cole-Shephard, 2016 Youth Poet Laureate, Captures the Spotlight

When 18-year-old Azariah Cole-Shephard speaks, people listen.   That’s because Oakland’s newly awarded 2016 Youth Poet Laureate doesn’t just have something to say – she has a captivating, educational and unapologetically bold way of telling [...]