Crime

A chef at the Town Kitchen in Oakland cuts through blocks of tofu.

The Town Kitchen offers job skills, second chances, to the formerly incarcerated

Fresh bread is baking in the oven. Feet shuffle swiftly along the kitchen floors. Chefs begin bagging and packing food to go. Two deliverers place big black boxes on carts to wheel to their vehicle....

First long-term home for teenage sex-trafficked survivors to open in Oakland

In a few months, Leah Kimble-Price will open the house she has been planning with her team—a home in Oakland that will serve sex-trafficked teenagers. As Kimble-Price sits in her office, she talks about her...
Seventeen-year-old U.S. citizen Jennifer Bravo applauded the passage of SB 29, which would prevent the expansion of immigration detention centers. Her mother is currently incarcerated at Mesa Verde Detention Facility and may be deported to Mexico.

Governor signs bill slowing expansion of for-profit immigration detention facilities

A new law bars the expansion of for-profit immigration detention facilities in California, marking strong opposition to the Trump administration’s efforts to expand detention centers and ramp up deportations.
Teddie Moorehead, 40, places her hand on her daughter Che-Kwis Hernandez, 12, who spoke to a room full of East Oakland residents about her experiences as a witness to sex trafficking in her neighborhood. Photo by Lisa Hornak

Hundreds gather for first annual East Oakland Congress of Neighborhoods

Residents met to discuss issues facing East Oakland including human trafficking and the sex trade, education, affordable housing, illegal dumping, improving employment opportunities, gun violence, and getting justice for the immigrant and refugee communities.
Mule Creek State Prison, 2006 (Photo Courtesy of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

As Prop 57 goes into effect, experts debate impact on youth, prison overcrowding

In November, Californians passed Proposition 57 by a 64.5 percent vote. Formally known as the California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative, and strongly endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown, Oakland’s former...
Urban Peace Movement's youth member Joel Reyes facilitates a chess lesson for DetermiNation Black Men's Group. Photo by Prince White.

School suspensions cost communities and unfairly affect minorities, experts say

A recent study suggests that not only do suspensions take a toll on students, they place a financial burden on their communities. In March, the California Dropout Research Project at UC Santa Barbara and the...
Jonah Strauss, a lead organizer with the Oakland Warehouse Coalition, speaks during public comments. "We're here to talk about keeping people in their homes," he said. Photo by Abner Hauge.

Oakland City Council reviews post-Ghost Ship fire recommendations, community-written proposal receives little debate

On Tuesday night, the council heard reports by working groups created by Mayor Libby Schaff’s Executive Order 2017-1 on January 11, calling for improving building and fire safety in non-permitted spaces while avoiding displacing their...