Tag Archives: Opinion

'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 [...]
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 [...]