Politics

Yolanda Banks-Reed, the mother of Shaleem Tindle, spoke to the BART Police Citizen Review Board during Monday's meeting and reminded members that she will not quiet until justice is served.

Family of man shot by BART police protest citizen review board meeting

Tensions ran high at the BART Police Citizen Review Board (BPCRB) meeting on Monday as the family of a slain Oakland man attended to protest the involved BART Police officer’s return to active duty. On...

After warning of immigration raids, Oakland mayor brings the city into the national spotlight

Over 200 undocumented immigrants were arrested and detained across Northern California during ICE Raids two weeks ago. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf gave an unprecedented public warning before the raids and has come under the national...
Defend Aunti Frances Rally

Long-time community activist’s fight against eviction highlights loophole in tenant protections

On a chilly Wednesday morning outside the Hayward Hall of Justice, a group of about 100 people gathered in support of long-time community activist Frances Moore, affectionately known as Aunti Frances, who has been feeding...
The panel featured experts on the topic of homelessness including a data analyst, a pastor, start-up founders, activists and members of different grassroots groups. Councilmember-at-large Rebecca Kaplan (center) said she was “thrilled” to have “such amazing panelists.”

Oakland politicians, community members discuss solutions to growing homelessness crisis

Oakland Councilmember-at-large Rebecca Kaplan hosted a community meeting on homeless solutions Monday to address what she believes is the city’s number one concern: the number of unhoused people living on Oakland’s streets.

Prescription for mindfulness: Non-profits and hospitals use new practices for healing

Since the 1970s, psychologists and neurologists have been studying what happens in the brains of meditating children and adults. Now, hospitals and non-profits like Kaiser Permanente and Mindful Life Project are turning to mindfulness and...
Acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks to a full house at Grand Lake Theater on Tuesday, Feb. 20 ahead of a screening of Marvel's Black Panther.

Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks at ‘Black Panther’ screening in Oakland

On Tuesday, author Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke at a screening of Marvel's Black Panther in front of 250 high school students at Oakland’s Grand Lake. The action film, which stars a nearly all-black black cast and...

Past cannabis convictions can be dismissed in Alameda County–by petition, says DA

Proposition 64, which voters passed in November 2016, not only legalized the adult use of cannabis, but also established protocols for reducing, dismissing and sealing old marijuana-related convictions. That means Californians convicted of cannabis crimes...

The places that made Black history, in Oakland and Richmond

To commemorate Black History Month, the news teams from Oakland North and our sibling site, Richmond Confidential, spent a morning observing some of the spaces in our two cities that have been important to the...

Oakland City Hall

Oakland’s City Hall sticks out like a sore thumb. The rectangular building, a beautiful pearl, is surrounded by the sounds of construction in a gentrifying city. Pigeons fly above me as the nearby construction sounds...