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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

The only person qualified to make a one-man show about criminal justice in Oakland is Jinho “the Piper” Ferreira

Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira wants to take his show, Cops and Robbers, to Ferguson. Like that town this week, his show centers on an officer-involved murder. But some people in Ferguson might not want to hear what he has to say. Ferreira suggests that we as a country are fooling ourselves into scapegoating cops for chronic violence in

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Will Oakland finally get the first-rate Public Ethics Commission it deserves? (Community Voices)

Michelle Romero is Claiming Our Democracy director at The Greenlining Institute, www.greenlining.org. This November, Oakland voters will have the chance to make sure the city has a Public Ethics Commission with real power needed to enforce our...

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

27 things to do in Oakland while it’s still summer, August 15 – 21

This week feels a little like a fall preview. Oh, we’ve got some summer left, but this week, stuff to do on the weekend is outweighed by stuff to do during the week. Not entirely summer-like, Oakland....

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Community-building with a side of gentrification: OPD at National Night Out (Opinion)

I am a gentrifier, much like yourself, perhaps. Perhaps not. There are many types and degrees of gentrifierdom. But during my three years here in Oakland, I have spent a not-insignificant amount of time exploring, with others...

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Oakland teens take on fast food industry in new video

Ever think about how that processed sugar, white flour and trans-fat grease in fast food is not all that different than drugs? That’s the message some Oakland teenagers present in their new music video, Are You Loving...

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

22 festival-heavy things to do in Oakland, August 8 – 14

This week isn’t just festive, it boasts multiple festivals of various kinds, including great food, terrific music, and even one where you can bring your dog to a museum. (No, really.) Enjoy! Friday, August 8 Dancing Under...

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Ready for kindergarten? In Oakland, hunger and fatigue play a role

Most kids starting kindergarten in Oakland public schools are not ready for the demands of school. What’s in their way? Hunger. Hunger and tiredness and illness, according to a report released this month. Here in America, in...

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Support arts education in Oakland public schools

What better way to conclude a lovely summer in Oakland than to spend it in the company of those who love this city as much as you do, dancing to live music and dining by the water,...

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Oakland’s “Stop the War on Children” protest calls for peace

What do an activist Rabbi, a Quaker organization, and a revolutionary feminist have in common? Answer: A passion for social justice and solidarity with victims of violence along the US/Mexico border and in Gaza. This passion was...

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Voices of 3 Oakland fast food workers at Chicago national convention (Community Voices)

Meet three from Oakland who attended a national convention of fast food workers in Chicago with about 1,300 others July 26-27. Their movement for $15-an-hour wages and a union has helped bring national attention to extreme income...

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