Public Policy

Anti-war rally protests American influence on foreign countries and violence within the U.S.

Andrea Turner has been singing protest songs against war for four decades. On Sunday morning, she joined the Rally against “US Wars at Home and Abroad,” organized by a coalition called Spring Action 2018. At the Lake...

East Bay women build a net of support to help cope with the fear of deportation

Every morning in front of Melrose Leadership Academy, the same choreography is repeated: the uproar of the children arriving at the school displaces squirrels and birds to the cherry and palm trees that adorn the...
On March 8, supporters of Borey "PJ" Ai gathered in front of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, in hopes that he'd be granted a bond hearing. (Photo: Cecilia Lei)

Following Supreme Court ruling, Oakland group fights deportation of detained Cambodian refugee

On February 27, the Supreme Court overturned a 2013 ruling that allowed immigrants who have been detained for at least six months the right to periodic bond hearings. The decision is concerning for many immigrant...

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.

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...
Construction begins at The Village

A village for the homeless

The City of Oakland approved a new experimental short-term housing solution, called The Village. After a year of negotiations, they've been granted land by the city, and are building houses for the homeless.
Dolores, a 69 year old woman, is one of hundreds of Oakland residents sleeping in Oakland streets due to the housing affordability crisis

Advocates push Oakland officials to treat homelessness as an emergency

Community members and city officials struggle to confront the the epidemic of hundreds of Oakland residents--most of them black, many of them elders--sleeping on the streets due to to skyrocketing rents and a lack of...

After two years, Oakland nearing goal for high school ethnic studies courses

Jason Muñiz stands in the door frame that separates his classroom from the bright hallway full of lockers, with his hands holding onto the frame behind him. He looks back and forth from the high...

Birthing inequities: Combatting racial disparities in the health of newborns

This article is part of “Birthing Inequity,” an Oakland North project on maternal and infant health disparities in Oakland. See the full multimedia report here. In 2003, while she was carrying her third child, Tanisha Fuller...

Healthcare experts break down how new birth control rules will affect Californians

Under the regulations issued by the Trump administration in early October, more employers, based on their religious beliefs or moral convictions, could choose to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees.