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Let’s fix the voter turnout gap

by Zainab Badi California is failing millions of eligible voters, many of them here in Oakland. Our state’s voter turnout in the most recent election was historically low: Only 42 percent of registered...
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5 facts to keep in mind when dining out on the Town this Valentine’s Day

Oakland’s minimum wage increase from $9 an hour to $12.25 was passed this November by an overwhelming 82 percent of the vote. Potentially, this means more money circulating within our local economy, more...
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Minimum Wage and Lift Up Oakland: The Morning After

By Sal Bednarz, owner of Actual Cafe & Victory Burger Much has happened since I wrote my original piece in Oakland Local about minimum wage, Lift Up Oakland, and why I supported a higher wage for my...
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Remembering Bay Area hip-hop icon The Jacka

On Monday, Feb. 2, Dominic Newton, known more commonly by the stage name The Jacka, was shot and killed on the 9400 block of MacArthur Blvd. in East Oakland at around 8:15 p.m. According to sources at NBC...
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“Starving the beast” of juvenile institutions by reinvesting in our community

The “beast” of America’s ravenous juvenile justice system is gobbling up our tax money, government resources, and most importantly, our kids. On January 14 at Impact Hub Oakland, people were lined...
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#ReclaimMLK: Oakland stands for civil rights, economic justice

On Sunday, January 18, a packed audience filled the Scottish Rite Center for In The Name of Love,  the 13th Annual Musical Tribute honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hosted by Living...
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Activists against police violence organize for justice in Oakland and beyond

In 2014, Oakland Police Beat looked at the extent of civil rights complaints against the Oakland Police Department (OPD) through a survey of court cases. In talking with civil rights attorneys with experience...
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New BRT rapid transit line may help seniors age in place in East Oakland

As AC Transit begins construction on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on International Boulevard in Oakland, we wanted to take a moment to consider the impact of the new transit design on one population that relies...
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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...