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Jonathan Valencia, 7, at his elementary school in Oakland. Photo: Rosa Furneaux.

The classroom, the ballot and the big bad wall — Oakland’s children tackle the Trump effect

One afternoon in the middle of summer, Beatriz Valencia’s son Jonathan came home with a question. The 7-year-old wanted to know if his mom knew that Donald Trump was running for president.
Two mourners, among the thousands present, embrace at the candlelight vigil. Photo by Khaled Sayed

Ghost Ship fire mourners gather at lakeside vigil to grieve those lost

A crowd of around 5,000 mourners gathered in vigil for the victims of Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire at the edge of Lake Merritt on Monday night. They held electric candles and glow sticks, and listened...
Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern points to a photograph of firefighters preserving debris as evidence. Original image courtesy of the Oakland Police Department.

Most victims of Oakland Ghost Ship fire identified, although search continues

Thirty-three of the 36 victims of the Oakland Ghost Ship fire have been identified and about 70 percent of the warehouse has been searched, according to Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern, who warned that the...
Oakland MayoOakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (at podium), Oakland Police Department spokesperson Officer Johnna Watson (right) and other law enforcement officials spoke at a press conference late Sunday afternoon. Photo by Margaret Katcher.r Libby Schaaf (at podium), Oakland Police Department spokesperson Officer Johnna Watson (right( and other law enforcement officials spoke at a press conference late Sunday afternoon. Photo by Margaret Katcher.

Oakland Ghost Ship fire death toll rises to 33; city prepares to release names

Speaking at a late afternoon press conference near the site of Friday’s Oakland Ghost Ship fire, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced that the death toll has officially reached 33, and that city officials have positively identified...
A fire department vehicle outside the warehouse, where the roof has collapsed. Photo by Sonner Kehrt.

As Oakland Ghost Ship death toll rises, search continues inside building

As the official death toll in the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire rose to 30 on Sunday afternoon, crowds gathered outside to set up small memorials and watch as authorities continued their search process inside the...
Firefighters outside the warehouse that was damaged by fire on 31st Avenue, Oakland. Photo by Khaled Sayed

Oakland Ghost Ship fire claims at least 9 lives, with more feared missing

A fire that broke out during an electronic music party at an artists’ warehouse space in the Fruitvale late Friday night has claimed at least 9 lives, and an estimated 25 more people are feared...
Joshua Gause, security guard of 1544 Events, guards the door during the "Hope Art" project on Sunday, November 11, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Business owners take damage done during anti-Trump protests in stride

On election night, protesters gathered in downtown Oakland after midnight yelling angry things like “Not my president!” and “Fuck Trump!” in the quiet streets. Others took it a step further and lashed out against nearby...
At a downtown Oakland protest on November 9, a demonstrator displays a message for future action. Photo by Margaret Katcher.

Oakland groups take action after a shocking election outcome

After a shocking Donald Trump presidential victory, groups in Oakland are taking action against the President-Elect's proposed policies.
Rev. Al Sharpton speaks to an audience about stopping a ban on menthol cigarettes at Beebe Memorial Cathedral. Photo by Rachel Loyd.

Rev. Al Sharpton’s talk on banning menthols draws debate over policing, tobacco companies

Following a talk by Reverend Al Sharpton on banning menthols, a debate on policing and tobacco companies raises questions.
Oakland resident Gabby Falzone is a doctoral candidate of Social and Cultural Studies at UC Berkeley's School of Education.

Gabby Falzone translates the study of trauma

When she was 12, Gabby Falzone and her family became homeless in New York. At 15, she ran away. She moved between squats and stints with her family, but said she suffered too much abuse...