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Youth Uprising Kicks off Video Journalism Class with DJ, Rapper Visit

East Oakland's Youth Uprising recently held an event hosted by radio personality Lady Ray of 106.1 KMEL to teach community youth the ins-and-outs of radio journalism and the art of interviewing. Participants...
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How I Spent My Saturday Afternoon (Community Voices)

One Saturday earlier this spring, on a beautiful sunny afternoon, I attended, with another 200 or so Oakland activists, a rally for Jean Quan’s mayoral run. The election is still seven months out and Jean...
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Board of Education to help out emerging businesses, hears pleas to keep teachers

At last night's Board of Education meeting, board members approved a Project Labor Agreement for Measure A and B-funded construction bond projects and heard from roughly 26 community members as part of...
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Massive re-zoning effort underway throughout Oakland, residents invited to slew of meetings

Residents are invited to a series of public meetings that will lead to the comprehensive update of Oakland’s zoning regulations, a process the city last undertook 45 years ago. The effort is intended to...
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Oakland makes domestic violence a priority in April

Domestic Violence Awareness Month isn’t until October, but three groups in Oakland will host events this month to raise awareness about and provide support for victims of domestic violence. On Apr. 15,...
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Swanson and Other Legislators Visit Oakland schools

As public money grows tighter and education reform efforts intensify, the intricate web linking local, state and federal legislators to the fate of school districts grows ever more complex. In this...
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Leaving Home Reeks of Defeat and Selfishness

I read a story in the New York Daily News the other day about a man who had been wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 18 years in prison. On the day he was released, his wife picked him up and took him...