Tag Archives: Opinion

The six Baltimore officers charged in Freddie Gray's death.

OP-ED: Police Corruption: “Your eyes aren’t lying and your ears aren’t deceiving you” The Oakland Riders Case should be compared to the recent rash of police misconduct cases, Tulsa killing is Oscar Grant déjà vu

By Richard Wembe Johnson, Folsom Prison   As we daily witness police officers from around the country committing undeniable acts of aggression, assault and murder against people of color, it reminds us of the infamous [...]
Members of Longshore union ILWU Local 10 and community members march on May Day, May 1, from the Port of Oakland to  the Oscar Grant Plaza at Oakland City Hall to protest police murders of Black and Brown people across the country. Photo courtesy of Kelly Johnson Revolutionary Photography.

OP-ED: Longshore Union Shuts Port of Oakland to Protest Police Killings

By Stacey Rodgers   On Friday, May 1 – International Workers Day, otherwise known as May Day, about 2,000 people came together to march and protest the unjust murders of mainly Black and Brown people [...]
'Stingray' cell phone surveillance technology.

OP-ED: Oakland Poised to Lead in Protecting Privacy Rights

By Brian Hofer and JP MassarHere in Oakland we have no citywide privacy policy, no privacy or data-retention policies for use of surveillance equipment, and no policy concerning the use of the Oakland Police Department’s [...]
Spoken word artist Ise Lyfe.

OP-ED: Mayor, City Council Should Heed Residents’ Call for a Department of Race and Equity

By Ise Lyfe   Auditioning. That’s what comes to mind when I think about the dynamic in the media and tone of local and federal governments as it relates to police brutality and holding law [...]

OP-ED: Police Reform Now: The State of Emergency in our Precincts

by Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League     “There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” – Charles [...]
A memorial for Yuvette Henderson on 34th and Hollis streets in Emeryville. Photo courtesy of Indybay.org.

OP-ED: Black Women Deserve the Dignity of Being Seen

By Cat Brooks, Onyx Organizing Committee   Violence against Black women is as old as chattel slavery and as common as hate. White men (and women) have always treated us like animals – exploitable labor [...]

OP-ED: Save Thunder Road: A Vital Resource for the Future of our Community

By Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe   Over the past 15 years, the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) has partnered with the Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Center to help thousands of [...]