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Among those who attended the City Council committee meeting Thursday to speak in favor of a strong city job policy were: (L to R) Rashidah Grinage, Kitty Kelly Epstein and Carroll Fife. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Local Jobs Policy Moves Forward in Oakland City Council

Councilmembers passed a resolution guaranteeing local hiring for Oaklanders on city-funded projects at Thursday’s Rules and Legislation committee, forwarding the jobs policy resolution to next week’s Community and Economic Development Committee. &
Activists outside Oakland City Hall raise a sign in support of the #ByeLibby campaign. (Photo from @surjbayarea/Twitter)

Oakland Approves Petition to Recall Mayor Schaaf

Now that the City of Oakland has approved a petition to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf, activists are hitting the streets to talk with residents and to collect signatures for their campaign.
Councilmember at-large Rebecca Kaplan stands in solidarity at a No DAPL rally in Frank Ogawa plaza.

Oaklanders Back Native American Activists at Standing Rock City Council unanimously supports activists fghting North Dakota oil pipeline

When Oakland resident Rosa Aqeel first heard about protests over an oil pipeline under construction in North Dakota, she immediately felt compelled to show her support.
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Open Letter by Black and Latino Leaders to Local Elected Officials

The following is an open letter describing the platform of the African American Latino Action Alliance (AALAA) for the 2016 election cycle:   We are African, Indigenous and Latino men organized to improve mental, economic [...]
Members of Alameda County United for Immigrant Rights introduced the resolution for due process to the Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday morning. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Community Demands Alameda County Cut Ties with Immigrant Deportation Agency A resolution introduced to the Board of Supervisors puts pressure on Sheriff Greg Ahern to stop cooperating with ICE

Immigrant rights activists introduced a resolution to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning, demanding that the county uphold due process for immigrants and undocumented residents who are arrested and sent to county jail.

Councilmembers Seek More Local Residents, People of Color as Police Officers

The City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Tuesday voted to continue discussing proposals to reform Oakland Police Department (OPD) hiring and recruitment practices to enable more local residents to become OPD officers.
Mika McCants, owner of Spoiled Boutique in Oak- land. Photo by Ken Epstein.

New Task Force Could Advocate for Oakland’s Diverse Small Businesses

A number of residents are raising questions about a City Council Community and Economic Development (CED) decision this week to create a small business task force.