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Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles, Mayor Tom Butt, Rev. Jesse Jackson, former mayor Irma Anderson, Rev. Alvin Berstine, and Councilman Jael Myrick. Photo by Joe L. Fisher BAPAC.

Jesse Jackson Visits Richmond to Discuss the Continuing Fight for Equality

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson delivered a moving message to a packed audience this past Sunday at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond. Rev. Jackson weighed in on what he sees as a continued [...]
McClymonds community attends the school board meeting Wednesday, asking the district to inform them about what is planned for their school and saying they want to be included in the planning. Photo by Ken Epstein.

School District Faces Conflict Over Teacher Pay and “Redesign” of Five Schools

The Oakland Unified School District’s three new school board members and newly hired superintendent have taken their positions just as two of the district’s most protracted conflicts are coming to a head – poorly paid [...]
Council President Lynette McElhaney and Council President Pro Tem Larry Reid convened the Special Council Hearing on Jan. 24.

City Leaders Address Concerns Raised by Black Lives Matter Movement

Many Oakland residents are saying that the City Council’s public hearing on critical issues that impact African Americans in Oakland is a good first step.   Held last Saturday in City Hall chambers, the packed [...]
Standing at the podium during the City Council's public hearing were (L to R): Karissa Lewis, Black Radical Farmer, Black Friday 14; Robbie Clark, Black Friday 14, Black Lives Matter; Mollie Costello, Black Friday 14, Alan Blueford Center for Justice; Nell Myhand, Black Friday 14; and Cat Brooks, ONYX, Black Power Network, Black Friday 14. Photos by Ken Epstein.

Community Members at Public Hearing Say: “The People Have Had Enough”

Oakland has the chance to be a model for cities across the country on how city government can effectively respond to the Black Lives Matter movement, according to activists and City Councilmembers.
Members of the Oakland Education Association (OEA) marched on Monday in Oakland in the Martin Luther King Day Jr. march for #BlackLivesMatter. (Left to right) Front Row: Sayuri Sakkamoto, OEA President Trish Gorham, Natalia Cooper, Janan Apaydin; Back Row: Keith Brown, Lindah Martin, Bill Balderston. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Teachers Union Questions Redesign Plan for Five Schools

Parents, students and community members are hoping the Oakland Unified School District will provide specifics about the new “redesign” process that will take place this spring at five flatland schools: Fremont, McClymonds and Castlemont High [...]
Barbara White, vice president of the Berkeley NAACP, speaks about ending institutional racism.

Berkeley Meeting Addresses Prejudice Calls for end to “normalization of Blacks being treated like second-class citizens”

More than 250 residents, lawmakers and academics spent five hours Saturday at a forum exploring what Barbara White of the Berkeley NAACP called “the normalization of Blacks being treated like second-class citizens in America and [...]
Robert Schwartz of Key Source International (left) and James Curtis, president of the Oakland Commerce Corporation, wait for their opportunity to speak at the Oakland Planning Commission public hearing Wednesday at City Hall. Photos by Ken Epstein.

Small Businesses Object to Coliseum City Development

Representatives of small businesses are complaining that city staff is on a fast track to adopt a formal plan for a massive Coliseum City development project, which has reached the final stages of approval without [...]