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President Barack Obama meets Ethiopian
President Mulatu Teshome. Photo courtesy
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President and Barbara Lee Visit Ethiopia and Kenya Obama: “I’m Proud To Be the First Kenyan-American President”

  By NBC News and Post Staff President Barack Obama spoke proudly of his Kenyan heritage before a raucous and affectionate crowd in Nairobi.   “I am proud to be the first American president to [...]
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OPD Efforts to Recruit African Americans Yield Meager Results

    Recent efforts by the Oakland Police Department to increase the numbers of African American officers have resulted in meager results in the hiring and retention of Black officers, according to a report submitted [...]
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OPD Diversity Still Falls Short Disparities in hiring of Blacks, Latinos and Asians; Blacks most underrepresented

  A new report released by the City of Oakland indicates that the police department is still falling short in efforts to diversify its force of sworn officers.
The Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, formerly called Oakland Municipal Auditorium. Photo taken in 1915, courtesy of UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library.

City Asks Orton Development to Rehabilitate Kaiser Convention Center

  The City of Oakland this week voted unanimously to enter into a one-year exclusive negotiating agreement (ENA) with Orton Development to renovate the historic Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center next to Lake Merritt.
A coalition of protesters opposing the E. 12th Street luxury tower shut down the Oakland City Council on May 4. Photo courtesy of East Bay Citizen.

Eastlake Neighbors Say “Fight Continues” to Stop E. 12th Street Luxury Tower

    A group of neighbors who are leading the fight against the luxury apartment tower by Lake Merritt – Eastlake United for Justice – is saying it is determined to keep public pressure on [...]
Bay Area residents, environmental activists and health advocates rally in front of City Hall demanding a stop to coal export talks. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Coal’s Health Dangers Spark Local Debate

  As hundreds rallied at Oakland City Hall Tuesday protesting possible coal shipments through the developing Oakland Army Base, health concerns were one of the key issues that people raised.
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Rally Says: “No Way, No Coal”

  A coalition of environmental groups, concerned residents and local leaders held a rally on the steps of City Hall Tuesday demanding, “No coal in Oakland,” opposing a potential project to export the fossil fuel [...]
President Obama visits the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, Thursday, July 16. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP.

President Obama Speaks at Federal Prison, Calls for Criminal Justice Reform First President to Visit a Prison

President Barack Obama visited the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma on Thursday, July 16, becoming the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.