Guillermo Ortiz leads mourners in a traditional Aztec ceremony.

Community mourns loss of Oakland artist, shot dead while painting a peace mural

Around 200 people gathered at a vigil Wednesday morning to honor the life of Antonio Ramos. Ramos, a West Oakland-based artist employed by the nonprofit Attitudinal Healing Connection (AHC), was shot and killed Tuesday while...
Members of the Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition hold up a sign that says "End Long-term Solitary Confinement". Photo taken by Mahlia Posey

Prison rights activists upset over new welfare check procedures at Pelican Bay

On Wednesday, members of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition (PHSS) spent hours rallying in the heat to protest the new welfare check procedures in security housing units (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison.
Dolores Huerta answering students' questions after her speech. Photo by Akira Kumamoto.

Dolores Huerta on civil justice: “We don’t have to feel helpless”

The co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association and civil rights advocate talked to students at Samuel Merritt University about social justice and healthcare for immigrants.
Teddy Shawl (left) and Mekdem Sebhatu(right), organizers of Saturday's Enkutatash concert in Oakland meet to discuss the event.

Oakland’s Enkutatash festival is cancelled, but Ethiopians celebrate in other ways

Ethiopians in the Bay Area will be ushering in the new year a little differently this year. Oakland’s longtime iconic Enkutatash festival has been cancelled due to lack of funds, according to a letter distributed...
California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has authored a bill to grant professional cheerleaders minimum wage and overtime compensation.

California considers a new law for cheerleader pay, in wake of three suits against Oakland Raiders

A state bill to grant professional cheerleaders a minimum wage, workers’ benefits and overtime compensation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, has passed the Assembly and is now in the state Senate for a vote. Among...