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Comerica Bank's window is left with a gaping hole after being smashed by protestors last night. A sign on the bank's front doors read, "This office is closed due to an emergency.” Photo by Jacqui Ipp.

Repairs to smashed windows from Monday protest begin, 43 arrests announced

Oakland is feeling the effects of protests that swept the city after Monday night's news from Ferguson. Vandalised businesses are boarded up, some closed. The police department announced that 43 were arrested during Monday's protests.
A crowd gathers in downtown Oakland to protest the grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Michael Brown. Photo by Alex Kekauoha.

Oakland reacts to grand jury decision in Ferguson shooting with protests, freeway shutdown

A crowd of protesters filled downtown Oakland Monday night in reaction to the decision by a grand jury in St. Louis, Missouri, not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. By...
The North Oakland Restorative Justice Council met in a church hall on Racine Street to discuss  sentencing for young offenders.

What’s the alternative? Restorative justice group discusses getting youth out of the courts

In a meeting Monday night, community leaders from North Oakland met to discuss a pilot program that will tackle sentencing for young offenders. Alternative sentencing will divert offenders from the court system and a criminal...
Oakland's low rider police car celebrates its 20 year anniversary.

OPD squad car of fallen officer revamped into Oakland’s first police low rider

“This is Jose,” said Captain Steven Tull of Oakland’s Police Department (OPD) District 4. “He doesn’t think about himself — he thinks about others.” Jose Ortiz, a longtime community organizer in the Fruitvale district, smiled...
The 2014 rendition of Longfellow neighbours' improvised lemonade stand "parklet" on Oakland's MLK Way.

MLK parklet becomes the seed for a neighborhood’s dreams

Two women rolled out a grass carpet on MLK, and then served free lemonade one sunny September morning. A year later this space has become a symbol of change and community.