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Young people work on their police reform proposals.

City Youth Make Their Voices Heard on Police Reform

The City of Oakland’s Youth Advisory Commission, which serves as a liaison between local policymakers and young people, recently released recommendations on improving relations between local law enforcement, the communities they police and the city’s [...]
Fremont High School Media Academy juniors Kammi Bauzon and Willie Williams spoke on NBC News in 2014.

Fremont High’s Student-run Newspaper Shuts Down After 104 Years

Fremont High School in East Oakland has shut down its award winning school newspaper, the “Green & Gold,” which has been training young writers and reporting school news for the past 104 years.
Community members complained that they were being locked out of City Council meetings. Photo
courtesy of Ella Baker Center.

Judge Orders Schaaf and Staff to Stop Denying Access to Public Meetings

An Alameda County judge has issued a temporary restraining order requiring the Oakland City Council to reopen public access to the second-floor galleries overlooking the council chambers.
Councilmember Noel Gallo, who has been organizing safety walks along International Boulevard to deter
crime and prostitution, was able to secure funding in the new budget to create a shelter for sexually exploited girls. But, he says the money is still inadequate. Photo
courtesy of East Bay Citizen.

City’s Passes $2.4 Billion Budget, Leaving Some Residents Angry and Dissatisfied

The Oakland City Council this week passed a two-year $2.4 billion budget based on a local economy that is rebounding from years of recession. With input from councilmembers and the community, Mayor Libby Schaaf and [...]
Rebecca Kaplan

OP-ED: Why I Support Brooks’ Race & Equity Proposal

The City of Oakland has many reasons to be a leader on racial justice and social equity. In order to ensure that Oakland makes improvements that are lasting and comprehensive for its diverse populations, we [...]
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Brooks’ Victory for Oakland’s New Department of Race and Equity Community support for historic measure garnered council’s unanimous vote

After months of debate, the City Council unanimously voted this week to create a Department of Race and Equity to address systemic racism and inequality in the City of Oakland.
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Councilmembers Reluctantly Pass Stop Gap WIB Budget They say they want to revisit the budget by Sept. 30

City Councilmembers this week reluctantly approved a new Oakland Workforce Investment Board (WIB) budget for 2015-2017 that will make drastic cuts in jobs and job training programs for youth and unemployed adults.