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Negotiations underway, Oakland’s superintendent offers teachers a big pay raise

After years of Oakland teachers salaries being the lowest in the region and causing a debilitating turnover, Oakland’s new superintendent is offering teachers a double-digit pay raise in negotiations that...
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California’s smart climate policies righting historic wrongs in Oakland: Part II

By Vien Truong Last week, I wrote about the history of environmental racism that has afflicted Oakland as well as communities of color and low-income communities across the state. Today, I want to...
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Conversation at a post Ferguson healing center. Will keeping them open help?

Young men and women, all about Michael Brown’s age, sat in a loose circle in a room at Youth Uprising, the popular youth center in East Oakland. Their faces were somber in their shades of brown and black and...
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Local black men come together in Oakland to discuss Ferguson, how to move forward

On Dec. 1, 20 young men of color dressed in everything from hoodies and jeans to slacks and dress shirts convened at Oakland’s Impact Hub for a frank, fishbowl-style conversation on the Ferguson grand jury...
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The new social network: momentum towards a world without slavery

The profit off depriving humans of their fundamental right to freedom has not been ridden from our economic and social stratosphere. In fact, slavery is more prevalent now than ever before. Its face has...
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A few words on Ferguson, Cleveland and NY (Community Voices)

The recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York - the heartbreaking loss of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, three unarmed black males (two of whom were children, Rice just 12 years old), at...
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California’s smart climate policies righting historic wrongs in Oakland: Part I

By Vien Truong Let’s start with one undisputed reality: Communities of color and low-income neighborhoods have long been used as environmental dumping grounds, sites for the sorts of facilities that...
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Made in a Free World guides your (slavery free) holiday shopping

A radical shift in consumerism towards a global economy rooted in freedom rather than exploitation is setting a new standard of how we do business. On December 1st, Made in a Free World (MIAFW), an...
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Video: Soccer creates leaders of Oakland’s immigrant students

They are refugees from countries where repressive governments or gangs frightened them to keep quiet. But here, the teenagers at Oakland International High School used their voices - and their new English...
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Discover the New Economy: Documentaries and Quick Reads

There's no one place to learn about the New Economy, because it's not any one thing, and while the complexities of a movement comprised of a million different ideas may be daunting, it is actually an...