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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.
Adisa Banjoko

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...
Workers at the wholesale produce market

Oakland’s century-old midnight market in images

When Oakland's century-old wholesale produce market opens around 1:00 a.m. near Jack London Square, a world of family fruit and vegetable sellers comes alive to supply cafes and taco trucks with ingredients for the day's...
Mayoral candidate and civil rights lawyer Dan Seigel speaks out against the DAC: "This is not for Oakland." Photo by Becca Andrews.

DAC foes vow to keep ‘watching’ surveillance plan

The Oakland community filled City Hall last week to speak out against the Domain Awareness Center, a surveillance center that has been a source of controversy since July.
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Quan depicts rising Oakland with 10K Two plan

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan painted her vision of Oakland rising, with her 10K Two plan for new housing, a rebuilt police force in progress, and the retention of its beloved sports teams.
Marina Kukso

Oakland tech community participates in international hackathon

The International Open Data Hackathon on Saturday was part of an international event observed in 194 cities worldwide. The aim was to strengthen grassroots power through public access to electronic information.
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Dalai Lama visits East Bay, gives advice on achieving happiness

About 3,000 Tibetans and curious East Bay residents gathered at the Berkeley Community Theater early Sunday morning to hear the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, give a talk entitled “How To Achieve...