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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...
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...