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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch, the Nation’s First Black Woman Attorney General Lynch no longer on hold, Holder no longer Held up in limbo, Obama and Lee Tell Senate to “Let My Attorney General go to lead Justice”

Finally, after 164 days on hold, Loretta E. Lynch was approved by the U.S. Senate to become the first African American woman to lead the nation as the top law enforcement officer.
(Left to right) Sitting:  LaNiece Jones, Tahitia Dean, Kathleen Sullivan; Second row: Juana Parra, Kanai Anderson, Quinton Taylor, Rodney Alamo Brown, Joseph Jackson, Taylor Hammond; Top row: Tanya Brown, Ernie Timoteo, Chara Williams, Jerren Thrower, Isaiah Attles, Nicole Brice, Cynthia Pardianas, Sonila Shakeel, MacDaniel Maisel, Emily Lozano, Kristy Hernandez, Francisco Salas, Josiah Zepeda, Baltazar Caceros, Phyllis Qualls, Ariel Vega, Marleni Albarran, Luis Lopez, Fasihia Parvaiz, Taran Saini.

Black Women Lead Communities of Color for Justice for All

On April 15, Black Women Organized for Political Action and the Training Institute for Leadership Enrichment (BWOPA/TILE) introduced over 100 attendees to the halls where California legislation is created.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris directed the state Department of Justice’s Division of Law Enforcement to conduct a 90-day review of its special agent training programs on implicit bias and use of force.

Attorney General Kamala Harris Issues Review on Implicit Bias and Use of Force by Law Enforcement

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently announced the results of an internal California Department of Justice 90-Day Review of its special agent training programs on implicit bias and use of force.

City Proposes “Bleak” Budget for Jobs and Training Programs Frank Tucker Removed from WIB Board, Reinstated by Mayor’s Office

The Oakland Workforce Investment Board (WIB) this week released a “bleak” budget proposal for 2015-1016 that would slash funding for jobs and job training between 19 percent and 22 percent, and 50 percent for the [...]
Rev. Debra Avery of First Presbyterian Church of Oakland.

OP-ED: Proposed Dept. of Race and Equity and the Prophetic Work of Changing the Status Quo

By Rev. Debra Avery, First Presbyterian Church of Oakland   When I considered whether to offer my thoughts on Councilmember Desley Brooks’ proposal for a city Department of Race and Equity, I thought: What can [...]
Robin Raveneau (middle), Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), speaks at a City Hall press conference Thursday, April 16. Also pictured: George McDaniel, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, Destiny Iowma, Ron Muhammed, Robert Harris, Esq., Ken Wynn, Min. Keith Muhammed, Geoffrey Pete, Danny Williams, Lloyd Lawrence Jr., Devonte Jackson, Dr. Mark Alexander, Bryan Parker, Frank Tucker of 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Darryl Richardson, Oakland NAACP President George Holland, Saleem Shakir-Gilmore, Carroll Fife, Harrold Lowe, Bill Whyte, Darryl White, Abayomi Brami, and Chris Perryman. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Oakland Groups Demand City Action on Killings of Black Men

In wake of the recent killings of Eric Harris in Oklahoma and Walter Scott in South Carolina, both unarmed Black men killed by police officers, a group of community leaders, clergy, and activists are calling [...]
Coliseum City

Growing Voices Demand Coliseum City Must Yield Results for Residents

In the wake of the City Council decision to amend the Coliseum Area Specific Plan to protect businesses in the Oakland Airport Business Park, a coalition of local residents, Oakland workers, youth and faith leaders [...]
Michael Johnson, Urban Core Development. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Councilmembers Favor $3,000 a Month Apartment Tower Project, Opposed by East Lake Neighbors

The City Council’s Community and Economic Development (CED) committee voted unanimously this week to approve the sale of public land on East 12th Street across the roadway from Lake Merritt to a development company that [...]