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Martin Luther King, Jr. leads an anti-war march on March 21, 1967 in Chicago. The censorship of King's ideals, including his opposition to war and his poor people's campaign, was the topic of one lesson on the Urban Dreams website.

Teachers Accuse School Officials of Censorship for Closing Website

Teachers, community members and students are complaining that the Oakland Unified School District has violated academic freedom when it unilaterally, without any public discussion, shut down an “Urban Dreams” website, containing 27 units of federally [...]
Anthony Campbell works behind the counter at Street Level Cycles. Photo by Brian Rinker.

Bikes, Boats and Coffee Keep East Bay Kids on Right Path

By Brian Rinker Rosevelt Jones never imagined he’d ever have a job. He thought himself destined for a hard life on the streets of Oakland and in and out of jail. That changed when Jones [...]
PublicEthics

New Public Ethics Commission Goes to November Ballot

The City Council voted this week to place a charter amendment on the November ballot that would strengthen Oakland’s Public Ethics Commission, creating a more muscular agency with a larger staff and budget to enforce [...]
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Oakland Athletics Fund College Tours for Richmond Youth

The Oakland Athletics will contribute $3,600 to fund college tours, supplies and incentives for 30 Richmond children and youth participating in the Richmond Police Department’s (RPD) “Straight A’s Club.” “The
WOSpecificPlan

Council Backs West Oakland Development Plan

The West Oakland Specific Plan, designed to guide and encourage residential, commercial and industrial development on 1,900 acres of land next to downtown Oakland, was approved at the City Council this week.Some community members wanted [...]
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City Bans Automated Cell Phone Purchase Machines

To address the significant number of cell phone robberies occurring in the City of Oakland, Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney introduced an ordinance to ban Automated Purchasing Machines.These self-operating buy-back kiosks, which exist in five Bay [...]
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Gallo Calls for Community Support for Migrant Children

Councilmember Noel Gallo, who represents the Fruitvale District, is seeking to promote a alliance between Oakland and San Francisco to pressure the federal government and involve local churches to provide humanitarian aid to Central American [...]