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Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker. Photo courtesy of Oakland's City Attorney's Office.

Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker named 2015 Public Lawyer of the Year

The California State Bar’s Public Law Section has named Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker the 2015 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year (PLOY). The award is named after retired the California Supreme Court...
Demonstrators in Downtown Oakland protesting "solitary  confinement" Photo by Gabriel J. Sanchez

Protesters campaign against the use of solitary confinement in California prisons

East Bay residents are joining with demonstrators across the state to protest against what advocates call “solitary confinement” on the 23rd of each month. The first joint protest was on held in downtown Oakland on...
Oakland Raider fans during Tuesday's meeting to express support for development around the coliseum to keep the football team in Oakland.

At special meeting, councilmembers discuss Coliseum plans, police body cameras, city workers

The Oakland City Council chambers were filled to capacity on Tuesday evening for a special meeting of the Oakland Redevelopment Successor Agency, which is responsible for creating and enacting urban redevelopment plans in Oakland. Some...
Darris Young speaking to the board of supervisors in regards to the public safety funds. Photo by: Alsanosi Adam

Alameda County supervisors vote to boost funds for post-incarceration services

For several months, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has urged the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to allocate 50 percent of their public safety funds to community organizations that assist people who have...
Lead artist Nicole Gervacio as she explance the painting

Oakland artists create a mural project to honor women affected by violence

Oakland residents gathered in Park Community Garden this weekend to commemorate the victims and survivors of violence against women. The event, which included the unveiling of several portraits, was organized by the anti-violence group Her...
Ralph Spinelli, left, and the cover of his book, Prison As Punishment. Photos courtesy Ralph Spinelli.

Second chances: An ex-convict’s path to higher education

On an early October morning in 1990, Ralph Spinelli swung open the back door of a large restaurant as he shoved his other hand into the pocket of his lightweight windbreaker, pretending to hold a...
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Hip Hop therapy moves into its second generation, as survivors become mentors

In Oakland, like many urban cities, violence tends to beget violence. But one program is attempting to use artistic expression to interrupt the cycle of bloodshed that pervades the city.
Civic leaders speak out against child exploitation in East Oakland. From left to right: Councilmember Noel Gallo, Lt. Henderson Jordan, Community Activist Genice Jacobs, and Mayor Jean Quan.

Quan announces plan to stop sexual exploitation of children in Oakland

In one of her last organizing projects as mayor of Oakland, Jean Quan announced last week a new effort to stop the sexual exploitation of children along a stretch of East Oakland. The city began...
Abria Shankle, 21, was dating Isaiah Sudan at the time of his death. The couple was planning to move out of Oakland in the coming months. Photo by Gina Pollack.

Friends and family gather to remember shooting victim Isaiah Sudan: “The violence needs to stop”

For three months, Phyllis left her house every night at 9:30 p.m., stood on the sidewalk and looked around, the streetlight illuminating 54th Street in a fluorescent haze. She studied the windows of the homes...
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...