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Mayor’s Brooklyn Basin Project Shortchanges Black Workers, Taxpayers and Minority Contractors

Brooklyn Basin, a $1.5 billion waterfront condominium project now being built near downtown Oakland, may be a great deal for developers but not so...

Opinion: Department of Race and Equity Will Work to End Inequities...

By Dante J. James     The City of Oakland created the Department of Race and Equity in 2015, reflecting the city’s recognition and acknowledgment that racial...

OP-ED: Why I Support Brooks’ Race & Equity Proposal

The City of Oakland has many reasons to be a leader on racial justice and social equity.In order to ensure that Oakland makes improvements...

Brooks’ Victory for Oakland’s New Department of Race and Equity

After months of debate, the City Council unanimously voted this week to create a Department of Race and Equity to address systemic racism and...

City Council Set to Approve New Budget

As the Oakland City Council prepares to vote on the city budget for the next two years, Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney and Mayor...

OP-ED: Oakland Needs a Department to Address Institutionalized Injustice

Two-thirds of the people who live in Oakland are not white and Oakland has a long history of struggle for racial justice.   Yet the situation...

OP-ED: Mayor, City Council Should Heed Residents’ Call for a Department...

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...

OP-ED: Proposed Dept. of Race and Equity and the Prophetic Work...

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...

OP-ED: Oakland Needs Office of Race and Equity

By Desley Brooks It is widely known now that I have called for an office of Race and Equity to be established in the...

Support Grows for City Department to Address Racial Inequality

A number of community leaders are speaking out in support of a new city department designed to decrease inequities and racial barriers in city...
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