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Richmond Police Chief Stands Up to Rank and File Officers’ Criticism “I would do it again,” says chief who held “Black Lives Matter” sign

Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus set off a storm of protests – including from some rank and file members of his wn department, when he held up a “#Black Lives Matter” sign at a local [...]
Raiders Taiwan Jones, Tarell Brown and Brice Butler presents a gift while visiting a patient at Kaiser Permanente – San Leandro Medical Center. HOTOS COURTESY OF TONY GONZALES/RAIDERS.COM)

Raiders Bring Holiday Cheer With Visit To Kaiser Permanente – San Leandro Medical Center

Members of the Oakland Raiders recently visited local hospital with the hopes of raising the spirits of patients, their families as well as hospital staff. Raiders Tarell Brown, Brice Butler, DJ Hayden, Taiwan Jones and [...]
Pastor Michael McBride speaks over the crowd as they staged a die-in on University Ave. in Berkeley symbolizing the fight against police brutality and injustice in the killings of unarmed Black men. Photo by Laura Wong.

Berkeley Churches March Together for “Black Lives Matter Sunday”

A large group of community members and faith leaders marched down University Avenue in Berkeley on Dec. 14 – recognized as “Black Lives Matter Sunday” in churches across the country – with signs that read, [...]
Donning shirts that read, "Black Lives Matter," Alameda County Public Defenders held a rally today and observed four and a half minutes of silence outside the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland to honor the life of Michael Brown. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Alameda County Public Defenders Rally for “Black Lives Matter”

Attorneys in the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office held a rally on Thursday outside of the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland to show their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The lawyers wore [...]
Michael Brown Sr., speaking, and Rev. Amos Brown, Third Baptist Church (second from left).

Michael Brown Sr. Tells SF: “Stand strong and fight.” Mike Brown’s father speaks at Third Baptist and Mission High

Nearly 800 community members and faith leaders packed into the pews of Third Baptist Church on Sunday to hear remarks from Michael Brown Sr. father of the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by Ferguson [...]
Maria Moore spoke on the use of excessive force against protesters by Berkeley police at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Her sister Kayla, an African American transgender schizophrenic woman, died in police custody in 2013 after friends had called for help due to Moore’s bizarre, but not threatening, behavior.

Berkeley Council Hears Police Abuse Claims, Fails to Act

By Judith Scherr More than 100 people came to a raucous Berkeley City Council meeting Tuesday to vent their anger at what they said was police use of excessive force at Dec. 6 protests against [...]
Ella Baker Center

Ella Baker Center Holds Vigil for “50% Jobs Not Jails” Campaign  

The Ella Baker Center recently organized a candlelight vigil in front of the Alameda County Administration building in downtown Oakland where community members and faith leaders demanded more funding for jobs, not jails.
City of Oakland

Explosive Growth Coming to Oakland, Say Developers

  Local business people packed into the grand ballroom in Oakland Marriott City Center last Friday to hear Mayor Jean Quan, Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf and a panel of five major Bay Area developers talk about [...]
Berkeley High School Students walked out Wednesday in solidarity with protests against police brutality and killings. Photo courtesy of the Daily Californian.

Berkeley High Students Walkout, Joining Nationwide Protests Against Police Violence

Berkeley High School students walked out Wednesday and marched to the Campanile at UC Berkeley to protest police brutality and in solidarity with the burgeoning “Black lives matter” movement.