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'Stingray' cell phone surveillance technology.

OP-ED: Oakland Poised to Lead in Protecting Privacy Rights

by Brian Hofer and JP Massar Here in Oakland we have no citywide privacy policy, no privacy or data-retention policies for use of surveillance equipment, and no policy concerning the use of the Oakland Police [...]
Josie Dean.

Josie Dean Celebrates 95 Years

Family and friends joined together on Sunday, April 26 to celebrate the 95th birthday of Josie Dean, a longtime Oakland resident and former schoolteacher.   During the celebration held at Ashland Community Center in San [...]
Faye Carol

Bay Area African American Women in Music: ‘Music is in The Ear of The Beholder,’ Says Faye Carol

Veteran Bay Area vocalist Faye Carol doesn’t like being tagged a “jazz singer” or “blues singer,” although she sings both. “Music is in the ear of the beholder,” says the longtime Berkeley resident. “Those are [...]
Spoken word artist Ise Lyfe.

OP-ED: Mayor, City Council Should Heed Residents’ Call for a Department of Race and Equity

By Ise Lyfe   Auditioning. That’s what comes to mind when I think about the dynamic in the media and tone of local and federal governments as it relates to police brutality and holding law [...]
Oakland police.

Community Demands Council Move to Consolidate Police Complaints to CPRB

A coalition of community leaders and advocates of the Citizens’ Police Review Board (CPRB) are pushing for the City Council to move forward on consolidating all walk-in citizen complaints against police to go through the [...]
(Left to right) First Lady Rachel Hawkins, event co-chair Barika Culberson, Pastor Timothy Hawkins, Bertha Reed, and Chelita Reed. Photo by Charla Black-Edwards.

Bible Fellowship Church Uplifts Women on Faith and Fashion

Celebrating the beauty of women in the arenas of fashion and their religious faith, the Women’s Day Committee at Bible Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church held their first Faith and Fashion Show on Saturday, April 11. [...]
A memorial for Yuvette Henderson on 34th and Hollis streets in Emeryville. Photo courtesy of Indybay.org.

OP-ED: Black Women Deserve the Dignity of Being Seen

By Cat Brooks, Onyx Organizing Committee   Violence against Black women is as old as chattel slavery and as common as hate. White men (and women) have always treated us like animals – exploitable labor [...]