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Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker (left) and Oakland City Mayor Libby Schaaf (right) together at an October event. Photo courtesy of the Oakland City Attorney’s Office

City of Oakland supports President Obama’s immigration reform plans

Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Attorney Barbara Parker announced last Monday that Oakland has joined the Cities United for Immigration Action (CUIA), a national coalition that supports President Barack Obama’s appeal of a federal district...
Bay Area Derby Girls  kicked off their Season Opener on March 14, 2015. Photo by Nicole West

Balancing life as a roller derby girl

Huck Sinn’s life was falling apart, including her relationships. After she stopped going to grad school, she moved from San Francisco to the East Bay, where she started “dating herself.” “I was taking myself out....
Student, parents, and teachers march to district headquarters in response to stalled contract negotiations. (photo by Candese Charles)

Nearly 500 teachers, parents and students march for higher salaries for teachers

Wearing bright shirts that say “Fighting for the Schools that Oakland Students Deserve” and holding supportive posters, nearly 500 parents, students, teachers and community members rallied at San Antonio Park on Tuesday before marching to...
Early Sunday morning runners were on the course for the sixth annual Oakland Running Festival .(Photo by Candese Charles)

Runners from around the world join the fun at the sixth annual Oakland running festival

Bumping music, energetic people and booths selling food were all apart of the festivities at the sixth annual Oakland Running Festival on Sunday. The day included a marathon, half-marathon, a 4-person relay, a 5k and...
Musicians perform the drum call. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

West African dance takes over Oakland

For one night, dancers at Oakland’s Skyline High School transported the auditorium’s occupants to the shores of West Africa with rhythmic drumming that reverberated through the room. Dancers stomped and moved rapidly across the stage,...
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Made in Oakland: Four “maker city” stories in four objects

In her first appearance as Oakland's mayor-elect, Libby Schaaf held a press conference wearing a striking red dress, a necklace of the Oakland tree, a bamboo earrings and riding -- unforgettably -- in a fire-snorting...
Members from the group Jiten Daiko perform a Japanese Taiko (Photo by Melina Tupa)

Hundreds celebrate the Lunar New Year at Oakland museum

The museum welcomed in the new year with a fun-filled festival of Chinese and other Asian traditions for the fourteenth year in a row, as hundreds of children and parents learned how to write Chinese...
Mokelumne art exhibition travels to Oakland to share river's beauty and raise awareness on water conservation

Mokelumne art exhibition travels to Oakland to share river’s beauty and raise awareness on water conservation

“Way beyond the water source to millions of people downstream, and water to irrigate farmland, the river is a wildlife sanctuary,” said landscape artist Julie Trail, speaking about the mystical Mokelumne River. Trail is one...
Bay Area Rising Dancer celebrates dancing towards ending violence against women and children (photo by Candese Charles)

Bay Area Rising rallies against gender violence

Frank Ogawa Plaza was filled with over 100 people wearing pink clothing or pink ribbons on Friday in support of ending violence against women. The rally was led by Bay Area Rising, an all-volunteer team...
A volunteer donating platelets - in addition to donating blood, volunteers can also donate platelets which are used to prevent massive blood loss and blood vessel leakage. Photo by Faviola Leyva.

American Red Cross encouraging African-Americans to donate blood

In honor of Black History Month, the American Red Cross is commemorating the development of modern-day blood banking, pioneered by an African-American surgeon—Dr. Charles Drew. They have organized more than a dozen blood donation opportunities...
Mustafa Ahadi bottles kombucha at the House Kombucha production facility in Fruitvale. Ahadi started working at House Kombucha after completing a food and beverage industry course at the Bread Project, a workforce development program based in Emeryville.

Bread Project offers fresh start for low-income residents

Mustafa Ahadi came to the United States as a refugee after working as a medical translator with the US Armed Forces in Kabul. "This is a good country to find the dreams," he says.
Children join musician Michael Chiaravelotti as he plays his handmade instrument at the 7th annual Bay Area International Children's Film Festival. Photo by Nicole A. West

Children’s film festival inspires creativity

Children of all ages swarmed in and out of planetarium theaters at the Chabot Space and Science Center this weekend for the 7th annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival. With two full days of...