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Alameda County First in State to Repeal Juvenile Justice Fees

Thousands of low-income Alameda County families will no longer pay juvenile probation and public defender fees.   On July 12, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to end the assessment and collection on [...]
Photo by Tanya Dennis.

Youth Summit Calls on Employers to Invest in Boys and Men of Color

The Invest in Youth Summit, sponsored by My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and other organizations, was held Thursday at the Oakland Convention Center, convening hundreds of boys and men of color between the ages of 18 [...]
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (left) and Councilmember Desley Brooks

Misgivings Over Mayor Schaaf’s Bond Measure Little community input, not enough funds for affordable housing among community’s complaints

A number of community leaders are expressing misgivings about Oakland Mayor Libby’s Schaaf’s $600 million infrastructure and affordable housing bond, approved by the City Council this week at the end of a nine-hour marathon meeting [...]
Oakland recyclers rally in front of City Hall Tuesday, seeking to save Alliance Metals. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Community Leaders Seek to Save West Oakland Recycling Plant City Attorney Parker closing only source of income for many homeless

A number of Oakland’s poorest residents and their supporters showed up at this week’s City Council meeting, asking council members to intervene to save Alliance Metals in West Oakland, a recycling center that is the [...]
Sinorti Iris Stegman (right), a college student and intern at the Dellums Institute for Social Justice whose family was once homeless in Oakland, urges the City Council on Tuesday to place the renter protection measure onto the November ballot. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Renter Protection Going to Oakland Voters in November “This is a fight for the soul of Oakland,” say housing advocates, gearing up for a voter registration drive

In an historic win for tenants’ rights advocates and Oakland’s most vulnerable residents, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday morning after seven hours to place the strongest renter protection initiative that the city has [...]
Jeralynn Blueford, founder of the Alan Blueford Center for Justice in Oakland, speaks at Tuesday’s City Council meeting demanding the city place an independent police commission on the November ballot. Blueford’s son, Alan, was killed by Oakland police
in 2012. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council to Vote on Police Commission Tuesday, July 26 Community wants commission to be independent of mayor and city council appointees

Nearly 100 people showed up to speak at Tuesday’s city council meeting in support of a strong, independent police oversight commission in Oakland, which will be voted on next Tuesday.
Cruz Hernández y Pabla Lobos se sientan en su casa en Oakland, sosteniendo fotos de sus hijos en El Salvador. Todavía están en el proceso de reasentamiento de sus hijos a través del Comité Internacional de Rescate. Foto por Tulio Ospina.

Programa de Inmigración permite a las familias de América Central traer a los menores en peligro a los EE.UU. International Rescue Committee da a las familias la oportunidad de reunirse a través de las fronteras

Cruz Hernández y su esposa Pabla Lobos no han visto a sus hijos desde que la pareja salió de El Salvador hace 16 años y se establecieron en Oakland.
Cruz Hernandez and Pabla Lobos sit in their home in Oakland, holding up photos of their sons in El Salvador. They are still in the process of resettling their sons through the International Rescue Committee. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Immigration Program Allows Central American Families to Bring Minors in Danger to the U.S. International Rescue Committee gives families the chance to reunite across borders

Cruz Hernandez and his wife Pabla Lobos haven’t seen their sons since the couple left El Salvador 16 years ago and resettled in Oakland.   “The truth is it’s really hard,” said Hernandez in an [...]