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Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Oakland City Emergency Shelter downtown provides refuge from cold for homeless population

Oakland’s homeless population had cause to worry when the Oakland Army Base’s Winter Shelter finally closed for good, especially in the wake of a recent Bay Area cold snap that claimed a number of homeless victims. Questions arose about the ability of an emergency shelter to provide for those who would have sought refuge at

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Oakland fast food workers join national walkout

Fast food workers across the nation went on strike Thursday. Their demand is a $15 minimum wage and unionization rights, and Oakland workers have joined the strike. Strikers met at a McDonald’s on Jackson Street, where a...

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

East Oakland residents protest Neptune Society crematorium plan

Last Thursday, Communities For a Better Environment (CBE) and East Oakland residents gathered outside of the Neptune Society building on Grand Avenue for a demonstration and press conference. Their grievance: the planned construction of a mega-crematorium at...

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Urban Shield comes to Oakland (Community Voices)

Urban Shield is, in the words of a 20-page itinerary given to me by Robert Lipp, the Battalion Chief of the Oakland Fire Department and PIO for Urban Shield, a “planned training exercise involving local, national and...

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Two years later, Occupy activists haven’t given up on the Gill Tract

Driving down San Pablo Blvd into Albany, it’s easy to miss the Gill Tract — it looks like an ordinary plot of land. Something you give less than a cursory glance as you wait for the traffic...