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A group of activists, led by Berkeley High, Berkeley City College and UC Berkeley Black student unions, marched from the UC Berkeley campus to the city council meeting at Old City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Berkeley Council Bans Tear Gas, Baton Strikes, Approves Investigation of December Protests

Two months after Berkeley police injured peaceful protesters with batons, tear gas and projectiles, some 150 activists led by Berkeley High, Berkeley City College and UC Berkeley Black student unions, took the Black Lives Matter [...]
The Human Rights Center’s Kim Thuy Seelinger discusses findings from sexual violence research with colleagues in Kenya. Photo by Stephen Smith Cody.

Macarthur Foundation Awards $1 Million to Human Rights Center

By Andrea Lampros, UC Berkeley News The MacArthur Foundation has recognized the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law for its investigations and research on war crimes and human rights abuses with a 2015 MacArthur Award [...]
Artist drawing of Coliseum City.

Community Members Question Coliseum City

A number of community members spoke at a public hearing last week at the Planning Commission, raising concerns about how East Oakland neighborhoods and businesses will be impacted by a city proposal to clear the [...]
From left to right, Oakland Council President Lynette McElhaney, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Mayor Libby Schaaf, and Pastor Zachary Carey of True Vine Ministries.

Libby Schaaf Backs Jesse Jackson’s Drive to Bring Tech Jobs to Oakland

Civil Rights veteran and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. was the guest speaker at the True Vine Ministries services, which are held in the McClymonds High School Auditorium in West Oakland, [...]
Ronnisha Johnson speaks Wednesday to supporters of Black Friday 14 in front of Alameda County Superior Court at 661 Washington St. in Oakland. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Black Friday 14 Supporters Call on District Attorney to Drop Charges

Fourteen protesters were in court this week facing a misdemeanor charge and $70,000 in restitution for shutting down BART service on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, as part of the national movement opposing police [...]
Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Attorney General Eric Holder. Photo courtesy of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's office.

Attorney General Holder Visits Oakland to Build Community Trust 

Congresswoman Barbara Lee welcomed Attorney General Eric Holder to Oakland Thursday for a roundtable discussion around building trust between the community and law enforcement.     The conversation, held in the Ronald V. Dellums Federal [...]
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Mayor and Council Pledge Actions to Reduce Systemic Racial Injustice

The Oakland City Council this week continued to come to grips with issues raised at a recent public hearing “on racial inequality within the economic and criminal justice systems.”
Rendering of Oakland Global Trade & Logistic Center to be built on the Port of Oakland and City of Oakland Army Base property.

Residents Ask: Where Are the Community Benefits on Port Railway Project?

The future of Oakland as a conduit for global commerce took a big step forward recently when the Port of Oakland and Union Pacific Railroad started construction on a project to link the ongoing development [...]
Aerial photo of the Oakland Army Base rail project. Photo courtesy of the Port of Oakland.

Construction Begins on Army Base Railroad Connection

A global logistics hub envisioned for Oakland’s decommissioned army base took a big step forward when the Port of Oakland and Union Pacific Railroad start construction to link the site the railroad’s main line. “Connecting [...]