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Black Student Union members block Sather Gate at UC Berkeley in 2015. Photo courtesy of the Daily Californian.

Black Students Win Funding for Fannie Lou Hamer Resource Center at UC Berkeley

After over 15 months of organizing, mobilizing, and negotiations, the Black Student Union at UC Berkeley–in assistance with the African Black Coalition–, has reached an agreement with Chancellor Nicholas Dirks to secure a building and [...]
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Voters Will Decide on Recreational Pot Legalization

By Patrick McGreevy, L.A. Times   An initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, and the campaign has a commanding lead in fundraising to [...]
Long line of people wait to vote. Photo courtesy of Georgia Political Review.

New Report Reviews Voting Rights Problems During 2016 Primary Election Season

Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), this week released, “The 2016 Primaries In-Review” – a report that presents a broad [...]
Fliers opposing the soda tax depict a bag of groceries and can be found on many store fronts in Oakland. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Councilmembers to File Complaint Against the No Oakland Grocery Tax Campaign City Leaders Say Soda Tax Opponents Misleading Oakland Voters

Campaign groups opposing a proposed city soda tax may soon be under investigation by local and federal agencies once three Oakland City Council members file complaints saying the groups are deceptively advertising against the ballot [...]
Carroll Fife (right) with journalist Amy Goodman (center) and Bernie Sanders delegate Solana Patterson Ramos in Philadelphia.

Oakland Activist Carroll Fife Reflects on Her Experience at Democratic National Convention

Now that the dust and balloons from the Democratic National Convention (DNC) have settled, local activist Carroll Fife, who attended the four-day gathering as a Bernie Sanders representative on the DNC Platform Committee, is back [...]
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Will $600 Million City Infrastructure Bond Benefit Oakland Flatland Neighborhoods?

Community members are raising questions about whether Mayor Libby Schaaf’s $600 million infrastructure bond, which will be on the ballot in November, will be used to enhance streets, sidewalks, lighting and sewers in flatland neighborhoods [...]
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said the Chinatown Coalition needs more time to negotiate community benefits with developers. Photo by Sydney Johnson.

Oakland Chinatown Residents Demand Community Benefits from Market Rate Housing Development The Oakland Planning Commission delayed its decision, saying the community and developers need more time to negotiate

Oakland Chinatown affordable housing advocates achieved a short reprieve Wednesday when the Planning Commission voted for a two-week delay on the approval of a 416-unit development project known as W12.
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West County Transportation Officials Abandon Discussion of BART Extension

Special to the Post   Local elected officials who make up the West Contra Costa Transportation Committee recently decided to not study a possible BART extension along the I-80 Corridor from the El Cerrito Del [...]
Oakland Port Services’ CEO Bill Aboudi stands in front of his 24-hour mini-mart and truck scales for Port of Oakland truckers and longshoremen. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Port Moves to Evict Business That Keeps Big Trucks Off West Oakland Streets

Oakland Port Services, a locally owned small business that provides unique services for independent truck drivers at the Port of Oakland, has received an eviction notice after negotiations for relocation on port land fell through.