Tag Archives: Politics

John Bailey, executive director of the Oakland Workforce Investment Board

WIB Subcommittee Violates Open Meeting Laws

A subcommittee of the Oakland Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Youth Council, called the West Oakland Working Group, met on Feb. 4, and the meeting was ruled by staff to be private. Several nonmembers from the [...]
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A Push for Alameda County to Fund Re-entry Programs

Alameda County and other California counties have begun receiving millions of dollars a year to partially offset the state decision to save money by shifting many inmates from state prisons to local jails.
Local supporters of the Jobs Not Jails campaign shut down the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting in Oakland on Tuesday, March 3. Those who participated were (left to right): Bill Chorneau from the First Unitarian Church; Judy Belcher, member of the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club; Rev. Jacqueline Duhart from First Unitarian Church; Zachary Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center and Black Lives Matter member; and Gopal Dayaneni, member of Asians for Black Lives and Movement Generation. Photos courtesy of the Ella Baker Center.

Protesters Disrupt Board of Supervisors Meeting, Demanding Services for Formerly Incarcerated

After months of rallying the community in the Jobs Not Jails campaign, organizers with the Ella Baker Center in Oakland and nearly 100 community members peacefully disrupted the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March [...]
A group of activists, led by Berkeley High, Berkeley City College and UC Berkeley Black student unions, marched from the UC Berkeley campus to the city council meeting at Old City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Berkeley Council Bans Tear Gas, Baton Strikes, Approves Investigation of December Protests

Two months after Berkeley police injured peaceful protesters with batons, tear gas and projectiles, some 150 activists led by Berkeley High, Berkeley City College and UC Berkeley Black student unions, took the Black Lives Matter [...]
Artist drawing of Coliseum City.

Community Members Question Coliseum City

A number of community members spoke at a public hearing last week at the Planning Commission, raising concerns about how East Oakland neighborhoods and businesses will be impacted by a city proposal to clear the [...]
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Mayor and Council Pledge Actions to Reduce Systemic Racial Injustice

The Oakland City Council this week continued to come to grips with issues raised at a recent public hearing “on racial inequality within the economic and criminal justice systems.”
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 [...]