Qeyno co-founder Kalimah Priforce describes the purpose of the "rite of passage" ceremony at the end of the My Brother's Keeper Hackathon. Photo by Nicole A. West

Oakland hackathon seeks to develop local talent

This weekend, 10 teams of young people—predominately African American and Latino students between the ages of 7 and 20—worked alongside designers and developers in Oakland to build innovative apps and websites to “hack” their communities.
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...
Becca Buckler, Hawaiian Chieftain's boatswain, working onboard as the ship sails out of Jack London Square towards the bay. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Historic tall ships return to Jack London for battles and adventures

Hawaiian Chieftain will make her home at Jack London Square for the next few weeks, her 75-foot-tall mainmast and distinctive square sails attracting the awe and curiosity of passersby. Launched in 1988, she serves as...
Fran Rachel, 97, a resident of Berkeley, dances at a rally calling for a fracking ban in California. Rachel's wooden handpainted sign dates back to Vietnam War protests; she is now a great-grandmother. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Thousands rally in Oakland to call for an end to fracking

Despite early signs of rain, thousands of people converged in Oakland on Saturday in what organizers are billing as the largest anti-fracking demonstration in U.S. history, calling on Governor Jerry Brown to put an end...
Handwritten note by F. Scott Fitzgerald on a copy of Tender is the night. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

International antique book fair finds a new home in Oakland

The lines started early. One man asks if this is the queue for ticket holders, hoping that he is in the wrong one. To his disappointment, it’s the right line, so he waits, his anticipation...
2014 Oakland Dollars for Scholars scholarship recipients and founder Pamela Collinshill smile at a chance for educational growth in the community through multi-year scholarships and college awareness (Courtesy of Oakland Dollars for Scholars)

Struggling scholarship committee hopes to send Oakland students to college

Since its founding in 1995, Oakland Dollars for Scholars has had trouble rounding up funds for their scholarship recipients. The non-profit community organization seeks to pry open the doors to higher education that rising costs...
As contract negotiations lead to a battle for change in class sizes, caseloads, and salaries, teacher and school staff take to park boulevard in a march for a fair contract.

Oakland teachers protest workload and pick up pickets signs during contract negotiations

It started with a bargaining tactic, and continued on Wednesday afternoon as a group of about 70 parents, students, and teachers walked down Park Boulevard carrying signs and shouting that they wanted a fairer contract....
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...