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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with elected officials, community and faith leaders, and law enforcement officials  Dec. 1 to discuss how communities and law enforcement can work together to build trust to strengthen neighborhoods.
Photo by Lawrence Jackson, White House.

Civil Rights Leaders Meet with President, Call for March on Washington

Leaders of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund participated in a White House meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden Monday, while Al Sharpton on Wednesday called for a march on Washington, saying [...]
Left to right, Team Oakland athletes Najee McDonald, Briona Rivera, Jaden Nixon, Jordon Dabney, Jeremy Wshington, Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, Jalon Stanley, Amahd Mabry, Coach Nola Turnage, Caoch Michael Nixon, Elaine Brown with Supervisor Keith Carson's office, Chairman of 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Frank Tucker, Chairman Emeritus Lloyd Lawrence. Not pictured: team members A'Nia Diggs and Miles Duncan. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Oakland Youth Track Team to Compete in International Games

A group of nine young track athletes are focused but also excited as they leave the Bay Area this week to compete in the International Children’s Games in Australia. The International Children’s Games is the [...]
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Lottery Urges Players to Gift Responsibly

As we approach the holiday season, the California Lottery reminds players and its retail partners to gift responsibly by discouraging the sale or gifting of lottery products to minors. Every year, the Lottery partners with the [...]
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Petition to Name the South Branch Library in Honor of Tarea Hall Pittman

By Jane Fong I interviewed Richie Smith as she passed by our signature-gathering table – a long time resident of Berkeley – to discover the reason why the Berkeley Community is signing petitions to rename [...]
Protests were held in Oakland on Monday night in response to the St. Louis grand jury's non-indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Photo by Laura Ming Wong.

Clergy Vow Continued Support for Youth Activists Seeking Justice for Mike Brown

By PICO National Network   In response the grand jury decision this week against charging white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting death of 18-year-old African-American youth Michael Brown, faith leaders with [...]
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Growing Movement in Oakland Calls for End to Mass Incarceration

A daylong summit to discuss ways to work to end mass incarceration and implement restorative justice was held recently in Oakland.   The summit, called “Fruitvale, Florida, Ferguson and Beyond,” was held Nov. 15 at [...]
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Obama Tells America, “Frustrations … Have Deep Roots in Many Communities of Color”

President Barack Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus have released statements in the wake of protests in Ferguson, MO, which have spread to at least 37 states after a grand jury failed to indict a [...]