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Community Policing: Who are Oakland’s advocates and does the City Council get it?

MOBN! Public Safety Update March 25, 2010 by Mike Ferro, MOBN! Public Safety Committee Concerned MOBN! members and other citizens will have by now attended an Oakland Police Department Strategic Plan...
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Hard Lessons for Oakland Police: Inside the Board of Inquiry report on the Lovelle Mixon shooting

Note:  Sunday, March 21st is the one-year anniversary of this tragic event--OL is making this article more accessible for those still wondering what went down.-SM What went wrong in the March 21, 2009...
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A safer Oakland: Police Chief Batts promises safety makeover, new community connections

Chief of Police Anthony Batts promised Wednesday to change Oakland’s poor safety image, which he said was damaging the city's economy and morale. Batts said, since October 2009 when he was appointed chief,...
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Bridging the wealth gap is an issue women of color need to focus on

Better paying jobs aren’t enough to ensure women’s economic stability, according to a new study. For black women and Latinas in particular, a focus on bridging the “wealth gap” rather than the pay gap...
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Oakland Poet: Darlene C Alvarez

Darlene C Alvarez moved to Oakland from San Francisco over twenty years ago and lived all around Oakland before  making her home in the Lake Merritt area with her husband and two daughters. Alvarez says...
The new boutique at Wardrobe for Opportunity in downtown Oakland. Photographs provided by Wardrobe for Opportunity. Share

Wardrobe for Opportunity inspires Oaklanders, 15 years running

When you enter the downtown Oakland office of Wardrobe for Opportunity, you feel you're walking into an actual boutique. The lobby invites you into a clothing store atmosphere. The before and after...
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Get those green thumbs geared up… it’s time to start your gardens!

Growing your own food is not only incredibly satisfying (what's more fun than sinking your teeth into a delicious tomato, warm off the vine, that you yourself nurtured from a tiny seed?), --It's also...
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Bay Area poetry “Olympics” trials start tonight in Oakland

This week, hundreds of young poets, ages 13 to 19, are preparing to compete in what some would consider the Bay Area’s version of Olympic trials for poetry. The 14th Annual Teen Poetry Slam kicks-off...
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How to start a neighborhood work group

This article, by Emily Doskow, appeared originally on Shareable.net....
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Touring Oakland’s Toxic Legacy

By Ali WinstonCalifornia Watch West Oakland is a neighborhood of glaring contradictions.Glistening new condos line one street, around the corner from boarded up Victorian houses and storefront...