Commentary

State Control Over the Oakland Unified School District, Neoliberalism, Austerity, School Closures and the Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team (FCMAT)

Oakland’s state overseers (L to R): California Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Nick Schweizer, Trustee Chris Learned,…

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Opinion: “Oakland’s Democracy Is Strengthened by the Re-Election of Councilmember Desley Brooks,” Says Sandré Swanson

Posted in Commentary, Community, Desley Brooks, Elections & Voting Rights, Elections 2018, Gentrification, Homelessness, Housing/Foreclosures, Illegal dumping, Immigrant Rights, Oakland Job Programs, Police-Public Safety, Responsive Government, Sanctuary City Desley Brooks and Sandré…

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Opinion: We Have a Moral Imperative to Fight for Children Who Have Been Taken From Their Parents

Posted in Commentary, Elections 2018 By Cat Brooks At the U.S.-Mexico Border, thousands of children have been stolen from parents…

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City Leaders Determined to Fight Against Coal Terminal

Posted in coal dispute, Community, Elections 2018, Health, Libby Schaaf, Rebecca Kaplan One of the many protests against the coal terminal held at the…

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Community Groups Build East Oakland Neighborhood Power

Local residents attend recent meeting to oppose illegal dumping. By Ken Epstein Some of the major community…

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Faith Leaders Call on Legislators to Commit to Jobs, Justice and Human Rights

Posted in Community, Economic Development, Equal Rights/Equity, Immigrant Rights, Labor By Ken Epstein Three Oakland pastors are taking the lead to bring together…

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City of Oakland and Local Businesses Must Hire Oakland Now, Say Community Leaders

Rights/Equity, Gentrification, Housing/Foreclosures, Immigrant Rights, Labor, LGBT, Oakland Job Programs, Reentry/Formerly Incarcerated Speakers at the Post Salon on jobs for Oakland residents were (…

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What Local Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Finnish Schools

Posted in Commentary, Education/Schools/Youth, Equal Rights/Equity By Dr. Kitty Kelly Epstein We’re kind of stuck in a rut in U.S. schools.  …

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Academics at Mack Are Back

Posted in Commentary, Education/Schools/Youth By Ben Tapscott Ben Tapscott McClymonds High school has reestablished educational equity byoffering the same courses…

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Commentary: Insurgents Trump and Sanders Send a Message

Posted in Commentary, Equal Rights/Equity, Politics By Jesse Jackson This has been insurgent summer in presidential politics. Donald Trump and Bernie…

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