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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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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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Photos And Gifs From Berkeley’s Anti-Police Brutality Protest

A crowd of about 1,000 marched through Berkeley and North Oakland on Sunday night in response to the police action during the previous night's protests. Saturday night, police teargassed and fired rubber...
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Notes And Photos From Friday’s #EricGarner #MikeBrown Protest

On Friday, December 5, hundreds marched in a loop from 27th and Telegraph through downtown, West Oakland, and back to downtown, protesting the lack of indictment of police officers in the deaths of Michael...
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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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Five reasons to shop local this holiday season

Last year, consumers shelled out a record-breaking $59.1 billion over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend, at an average of $423 per person, most of which went to national chains and big box stores. That’s...
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The new social network: local organizations diminishing modern slavery

Almost 150 years after the thirteenth amendment legally abolished slavery, we’re still fighting for freedom. In my previous article, modern day slavery was explored through the complex, multi-layered...
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Locals hold net neutrality hearing

A coalition of local organizations concerned about preserving net neutrality held their own hearing, Bay Area Speaks, last Thursday night in SF. At issue is the Federal Communications Commission debate on...
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Photos From The Oakland Protest In Solidarity With Ferguson

Last night hundreds took to the streets of Oakland to protest the ruling by a grand jury that officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters...