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Council President Lynette McElhaney and Council President Pro Tem Larry Reid convened the Special Council Hearing on Jan. 24.

City Leaders Address Concerns Raised by Black Lives Matter Movement

Many Oakland residents are saying that the City Council’s public hearing on critical issues that impact African Americans in Oakland is a good first step.   Held last Saturday in City Hall chambers, the packed [...]
Standing at the podium during the City Council's public hearing were (L to R): Karissa Lewis, Black Radical Farmer, Black Friday 14; Robbie Clark, Black Friday 14, Black Lives Matter; Mollie Costello, Black Friday 14, Alan Blueford Center for Justice; Nell Myhand, Black Friday 14; and Cat Brooks, ONYX, Black Power Network, Black Friday 14. Photos by Ken Epstein.

Community Members at Public Hearing Say: “The People Have Had Enough”

Oakland has the chance to be a model for cities across the country on how city government can effectively respond to the Black Lives Matter movement, according to activists and City Councilmembers.
Barbara White, vice president of the Berkeley NAACP, speaks about ending institutional racism.

Berkeley Meeting Addresses Prejudice Calls for end to “normalization of Blacks being treated like second-class citizens”

More than 250 residents, lawmakers and academics spent five hours Saturday at a forum exploring what Barbara White of the Berkeley NAACP called “the normalization of Blacks being treated like second-class citizens in America and [...]
Robert Schwartz of Key Source International (left) and James Curtis, president of the Oakland Commerce Corporation, wait for their opportunity to speak at the Oakland Planning Commission public hearing Wednesday at City Hall. Photos by Ken Epstein.

Small Businesses Object to Coliseum City Development

Representatives of small businesses are complaining that city staff is on a fast track to adopt a formal plan for a massive Coliseum City development project, which has reached the final stages of approval without [...]
A protest in Oakland Monday night after the St. Louis grand jury decision. Photo by Laura Ming Wong.

Special Council Hearing for Black Lives Matter, Jan. 24

City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney and Councilmember Larry Reid will hold a special Oakland City Council hearing on Saturday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m., at City Hall in the Council Chambers.The meeting will examine the [...]
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Bay Area Groups Call for 96 Hours of Action to “Reclaim King’s Legacy”, Jan. 16-19

Hundreds of people from more than two-dozen groups associated with the Anti-Police Terror Project (APTP) will join thousands around the country in 96 hours of action over the Martin Luther King Weekend, Jan. 16-19.In response [...]

City Council Calls Public Hearing to Protect Black and Latino Lives in Oakland

The Oakland City Council is calling a meeting in January to discuss the meaning of the Black Lives Matter movement for Oakland and what reforms the city must make to protect the human rights of [...]
Council President Lynette McElhaney and Council President Pro Tem Larry Reid convened the Special Council Hearing on Jan. 24.

Council President McElhaney Responds to Criticisms

By Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Oakland City Council President The East Bay Express (EBX) has been investigating me for the last nine months – digging into my personal life, my work in Richmond and on the [...]