Councilmember at-large Rebecca Kaplan stands in solidarity at a No DAPL rally in Frank Ogawa plaza.

Oaklanders Back Native American Activists at Standing Rock City Council unanimously supports activists fghting North Dakota oil pipeline

When Oakland resident Rosa Aqeel first heard about protests over an oil pipeline under construction in North Dakota, she immediately felt compelled to show her support.
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Open Letter by Black and Latino Leaders to Local Elected Officials

The following is an open letter describing the platform of the African American Latino Action Alliance (AALAA) for the 2016 election cycle:   We are African, Indigenous and Latino men organized to improve mental, economic [...]
Members of Alameda County United for Immigrant Rights introduced the resolution for due process to the Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday morning. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Community Demands Alameda County Cut Ties with Immigrant Deportation Agency A resolution introduced to the Board of Supervisors puts pressure on Sheriff Greg Ahern to stop cooperating with ICE

Immigrant rights activists introduced a resolution to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning, demanding that the county uphold due process for immigrants and undocumented residents who are arrested and sent to county jail.

Councilmembers Seek More Local Residents, People of Color as Police Officers

The City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Tuesday voted to continue discussing proposals to reform Oakland Police Department (OPD) hiring and recruitment practices to enable more local residents to become OPD officers.
Mika McCants, owner of Spoiled Boutique in Oak- land. Photo by Ken Epstein.

New Task Force Could Advocate for Oakland’s Diverse Small Businesses

A number of residents are raising questions about a City Council Community and Economic Development (CED) decision this week to create a small business task force.
Speakers at CDBG meeting on Aug. 31. Photo by Sydney Johnson.

Oakland Community Worries About Future of Federal Neighborhood Funding City staff is “effectively killing” community boards, says Councilmember Brooks

Confusion and disagreement over the way the city allocates its federal funding for low- and moderate-income neighborhoods has some residents worried that their neighborhood will not be getting proper say in the allocation process.
Among those who attended the City Council committee meeting Thursday to speak in favor of a strong city job policy were: (L to R) Kristy Chee, Jeri Abram, Noni Session, Rev. Daniel Buford of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Gay Plair Cobb and Carroll Fife. Photo by Ken Epstein

Council Members Must Pass Strong Local Jobs Policy, Say Residents Many ask: Why pass $600 million bond unless it puts Oaklanders to work on city-funded projects?

Oaklanders are being asked to vote in November for a $600-million infrastructure bond to enhance streets, sidewalks, lighting and sewers.   But is the City Council willing step up to guarantee before November that the [...]

NAACP Hosts School Board Candidate Forum

The NAACP, in conjunction with Oakland Alliance of Black Educators, Elders of Oakland, Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce and Pastor Gerald Agee, will host a candidate forum Monday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m. to 8 [...]