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Mumia on December 18, 2014 with (from left) Heidi Boghosian, Keith Cook and Johanna Fernandez.

A Slow Death for Mumia Abu-Jamal and Thousands of Prisoners in America

Published in The Huffington Post   By Heidi Boghosian, New York City Attorney, and Johanna Fernandez, professor of History at Baruch College (CUNY)   What does it mean for hundreds of thousands of prisoners in [...]
City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Partial Tuition Refunds, Scholarships Available in For-Profit College Settlement

City Attorney Dennis Herrera has launched an outreach program to identify and compensate eligible beneficiaries of his office’s settlement agreement with the Education Management Corporation, the parent company of Art Institute of California-San Francisco.
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Council Decision Could Mean a Step Forward on Police Accountability

The City Council took a first step this week to enact a policy that has been four years in the making and could improve the level of police accountability in Oakland, unanimously voting to consolidate [...]
Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker. (Photo by D. Ross Cameron)

Barbara Parker Cites Confidentiality, Refuses Comment on Sale of Property for Luxury Apartment Tower

A local community group has not yet received a reply from City Attorney Barbara Parker about their complaint that the City of Oakland is violating local, state and federal laws in going ahead with the [...]
Police in Ferguson, MO.

Obama Bans Some Military-style Equipment Provided to Police

By Associated Press In a surprise announcement coming nine months after police in riot gear dispelled racially charged protests, President Barack Obama is banning the federal government from providing some military-style equipment to local departments [...]
Attorney General Kamala Harris

Kamala D. Harris, Janet Napolitano Take Steps to Address Campus Sexual Assault

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced steps to address the pervasive issue of campus sexual assault on California’s college campuses.   Joined by University of California President Janet Napolitano, law enforcement leaders and victim [...]
Councilmember Abel Guillen.

Vote on Luxury Apartment Tower in Guillen’s District Postponed, Council Seeks More Community Benefits

A number of Oakland residents are waiting to see what the City Council will do next after protesters shut down the May 5 council meeting where the council was scheduled to authorize the sale of [...]
Demonstrators rallied on Thursday outside the Rotunda building in downtown Oakland, where Phil Tagami’s California Capital & Investment Group is located, calling on him to keep his promise not to bring coal into Oakland. Photo by Ethan Buckner.

McElhaney Puts Damper on Tagami’s Coal Plan

News has spread of developer Phil Tagami’s action to negotiate a deal with four counties in Utah to ship coal to a new export terminal at the Oakland Army Base that could begin operation as [...]

OP-ED: Oakland Needs a Department to Address Institutionalized Injustice

Two-thirds of the people who live in Oakland are not white and Oakland has a long history of struggle for racial justice.   Yet the situation of most whites is quite different from the situation [...]