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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...
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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...