Oakland is offering $160,000 to help fund a new day labor program for 2013. Various organizations are vying for the funds, and day laborers say the center will be essential to helping them get jobs.
Community events and activities for the weekend of November 30-December 2, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments! Friday, November 30 Weekday Drop In 10am-3pm MOCHA, 538 9th Street, Oakland Creative weekly themed event in Little Studio that is free for adults and $8 for children over 18 months. Held every week, Wednesday through Friday. Holiday Pop Up at Jack London Square 5-9pm Jack London Square, 98 Broadway, Oakland A gathering of local…
The Oaktown Spice Shop, at 530 Grand Avenue across from Lake Merritt, is gearing up for Thanksgiving with holiday spice blends and gift boxes…
Many undocumented immigrants in Oakland, and nationally, do not have official identification that is accepted by police, banks or even some healthcare centers. But under a program expected to get underway this winter, Oakland has joined a handful of cities in creating a municipal ID—with one apparently unprecedented new component. Oakland’s Muni ID, if all goes according to plan, will also be usable as a debit card.
Oakland North looked into political spending for three recent local races, breaking down what candidates spent, per voter, for the District One City Council race, the at-large seat and for City Attorney.
The Día de Los Muertos celebration in the Fruitvale Village drew people from across the East Bay on Sunday. Azteca dance, Mariachi and Andean music filled the air as thousands of people observed a myriad of altars, which were represented everyone from Oakland homicides in 2011, to grandparents.
Craig Brandt, running a low-key but determined campaign for the city council seat, has pledged to take no donations from unions or businesses involved with the city of Oakland. One of a series profiling all seven candidates for the District 1 seat.
Protesters held a community rally in front of the Mi Pueblo Food Center in East Oakland on Saturday to protest the company’s voluntary decision to use the Federal Immigrations and Customs (ICE) program, E-Verify, for all new hires.
This story was last updated at 5:44 pm. A two-hour safety lockdown at Holy Names ended early Thursday afternoon after reports that a man with a gun had been on campus. No such person was found, police said. The Oakland Police Department responded at 10:30 Thursday morning to reports of a man who a witness said had a waist holster with a gun in it. Some witnesses had a conversation with the suspect and described him as “disheveled,” according to…
Among the 108 bills that Governor Jerry Brown had to sign or veto by midnight September 30 was a short piece of legislation called Assembly Bill 2189. Although the bill does not include the word “immigrant,” it was the last step in a three-part process that held a remarkable outcome. In California, where the prospect of issuing drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants has been controversial for almost two decades, nearly half a million young immigrants will now be able to…
Centro Legal de La Raza and other organizations provided a free Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fair in the Fruitvale on Saturday to help applicants navigate the forms for the program announced by President Obama in June.
The East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC) is leading a bike tour of five historic Oakland houses on Saturday. The ride will begin with the Peralta Hacienda in Fruitvale and end at the DeFremery House in West Oakland. The tour, its highlights illustrated in this map, begins at 12:30 pm.
Yossi Offenberg is a die-hard fan of ball hockey, which is like roller hockey, only in shoes. He’s 48 and grew up in Toronto, where he and his friends would wait eagerly for the Saturday morning synagogue services to end so they could they rush home for lunch, and then out to play ball hockey in the streets.. They did this until the stars came out and Sabbath was over. Offenberg says those cold winter days were some of the best days of his youth.
The sun was setting over Oakland’s Dimond Park Monday as Jewish families gathered to toss bits of bread into a small creek running that ran through the trees. The practice, called Tashlich, is part of the Jewish New Year celebration in which individuals “cast off” the sins of the past year. It is also a time for new beginnings.
As Imam Zaid Shakir walked into Oakland’s Lighthouse Mosque for Friday prayers, several of his congregation leapt to their feet and embraced him, eager to hear his take on a YouTube video, and the violent reaction to it, that have strained relations between many in the Muslim world and the United States.
When Fruitvale Presbyterian Church was first established 123 years ago, the area it ministered to–with its fruit-bearing orchards–was not yet part of urban Oakland. Faced with a diminished congregation, the church will hold its last service Sunday.