McClymonds community attends the school board meeting Wednesday, asking the district to inform them about what is planned for their school and saying they want to be included in the planning. Photo by Ken Epstein.

School District Faces Conflict Over Teacher Pay and “Redesign” of Five Schools

The Oakland Unified School District’s three new school board members and newly hired superintendent have taken their positions just as two of the district’s most protracted conflicts are coming to a head – poorly paid [...]
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.
Rosie Gaines.

Soul Singers Come to the Aid of Rosie Gaines with Benefit, Jan. 31

Oakland soul singer Brenda Vaughn began planning a fundraiser benefit for her friend, singer and keyboardist Rosie Gaines, who has gone through periods of homelessness and was hospitalized for most of last year.
BAM Poet's Choir & Arkestra

Black Arts Movement Gala Opening, Feb. 7 Features Book Fair, Art from San Quentin Inmates, and BAM Poet’s Choir & Arkestra

  The Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration will commence on Saturday, Feb. 7 in partnership with Laney College and President Elnora T. Webb, Ph.D.   The Bay Area-wide celebration will kick off with a [...]