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(From left to right) Rep. Barbara Lee, current students survivors of sexual assault at UC Berkeley, and Rep. Jackie Speier gathered at North Gate Hall Tuesday.

Congresswomen stand by sexual assault survivors

Two U.S. Congresswomen stood shoulder-to-shoulder with sexual assault survivors on the U.C. Berkeley campus on Tuesday to call for federal legislation that would toughen laws on sexual harassment and violence on college campuses.
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Q&A with Hip Hop Chess Federation founder on partnership with East Bay schools

Banjoko once lived in Oakland and was a part of the ‘90s Bay Area Hip Hop music scene. Currently, he is teaching chess and life strategies to students at Encinal High School in Alameda through...
From left to right Dan Siegel, Chhienda "Jenda" Mao, Sokhom Mao,Thierry Mao and Sokha Mao.

Foster youth leader runs for Oakland City Council

The son of Cambodian immigrants, Mao is a former foster child who brings a unique life journey and first-hand perspective to his advocacy on behalf of foster youth and the poor.
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Therapists, Role Models, Spies: An Oakland school trains students to help mediate campus conflict

Peer mediators serve as "Mr. Kyle" McClerkins’ eyes and ears around school. They listen to fellow students, help them take responsibility for their actions and decide on appropriate consequences. McClerkins’ peer mediator program is part...
Some supporters hold up their pick for the city's next mayor.

Oakland mayoral candidates face off on public safety

In a tightly-moderated discussion Thursday evening at Temple Sinai in Oakland, mayoral candidates took questions from journalists, querying one another and making closing statements. Many aimed shots at Mayor Jean Quan, but most refrained from...
Antoine Hunter practices with his Urban Jazz Dance Company at the Shawl Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley.

Dancer Antoine Hunter infuses art with Deaf culture

Born completely deaf in his left ear and “hard of hearing” in his right, Antoine Hunter is the founder and director of Urban Jazz Dance Company and the President of the Bay Area Deaf Advocates.
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Breaking the school-to-prison pipeline: examining arrests among black male students in OUSD

Oakland’s black youth are arrested in school at a rate that is more than double their proportion of the school population, a community nonprofit said.
Nelson Mandela being recognized in 2008 for his contributions to the South African city of Tshwane. Photo Courtesy of The Good News: www.sagoodnews.co.za

You Tell Us: Mandela’s Oakland visit was turning point for young refugee

The death of Nelson Mandela last week revived memories of the day in 1990 when the anti-apartheid leader spoke in Oakland. Among those present was Oakland resident Sonny Le, a former boat person from Vietnam,...
Mix'd Ingrdnts dancers rehearse hip hop routines.

All-female dance collective, Mix’d Ingrdnts, brings waacking to Oakland

Oakland-based all-female dance collective, Mix’d Ingrdnts, incorporates various dance styles into their routines, including hip-hop, break dancing, samba and waacking – a style of dance from the 70’s that involves moving legs and arms to...
Nwo Oo speaks at the TEDxPeacePlaza 2013. Photo credit: Jason Jao.

Nwe Oo provides a voice for Burmese refugees in Oakland

Nwe Oo, a Rakhine Burmese refugee based in Oakland, is an advocate for human rights and adamantly speaks out against domestic violence.