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Ferguson Judge Donald McCullin

New Ferguson, Mo. Judge Throws Out Arrest Warrants Local activists say change in Oakland courts is long overdue

  A new municipal court judge in Ferguson, Mo. this week announced he was withdrawing all arrest warrants issued before Jan. 1, 2015, taking an action that should be duplicated and expanded by courts in [...]
Amelia Boynton Robinson. Photo: Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images.

Congressional Black Caucus Remembers Civil Rights Icon, Amelia Boynton Robinson

Amelia Boynton Robinson, civil rights activist and leader in the 1965 Bloody Sunday march who endured a brutal beating that day in Selma, died on Wednesday at the age of 104.
Senator Steve Glazer

Sen. Glazer Introduces Legislation to Restore Local Control to School Boards

  Senator Steve Glazer, D-Contra Costa, announced this week that he has introduced legislation that would restore fiscal responsibility to the budgeting decisions of local school districts.
Jessica Gatewood, Richard Linyard's mother. Photos by Ken Epstein

OPD Releases Video Footage in Two Police-Involved Deaths

  In an unprecedented move, the Oakland Police Department this week released body camera evidence to some representatives of the media but not to the general public in two police-involved deaths, hoping to clear up [...]
Community members and organizations packed the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors' meeting room before the supervisors' vote on the proposed expansion of the West County Detention Facility. Photo courtesy of the California Nurses Association.

Supervisors Turn Down Proposed County Jail Expansion Sheriff Can Still Go Ahead with State Funding Application

  The vote to contribute $10 million for the expansion of a Contra Costa County jail unexpectedly failed to garner enough support from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, hampering Sheriff David Livingston’s application for [...]
California Attorney General Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris, Attorneys General Announce $71 Million Settlement with Pharmaceutical Company

  California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris this week announced that California and 47 other states and the District of Columbia have reached a $71 million settlement with pharmaceutical company Amgen Inc. to resolve allegations [...]
Senator Bernie Sanders spoke in Oakland Monday to a rally at the headquarters of National Nurses United (NNU), where he received the union's endorsement for president. Standing next to Sanders is NNU Co-President Deborah Burger, RN. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Nurses (HEART) Bernie Sanders Candidate calls for an end to racism and mass incarceration and for jobs and free education

  Senator Bernie Sanders was in Oakland this week, where he won the endorsement of the 185,000-member National Nurses Union (NNU), adding serious momentum to his low-budget, grassroots campaign to win the Democratic presidential nomination [...]