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Healing Hearts: Fruitvale’s Dia De Los Muertos festival comes...

"Dia De Los Muertos is a three-day festival that is mostly observed in Mexico but celebrated around the world. It is very popular in California. Though the celebration is still observed as three days, the Unity Council decided to make it a one-day festival to focus on creating a smaller-scale festival that promotes social distancing. The holiday celebrated in Mexico is a 3,000-year-old Aztec tradition of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day that is portrayed more as a joyful celebration than the mourning of loved ones."

Loren Taylor Leads

"Last month’s poll asked for nominations of people whom panelists would like to see run for mayor in 2022. This month, we imagine that all those people intend to run—along with other rumored or actual candidates. Please select your favorites in this three-round, ranked-choice ballot, with the numeral one representing your top choice."

Facebook and Some of Its Apps Go Down Simultaneously

Facebook and some of its apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, appeared to go down...

Speaking Their Teacher Truth: Oakland organizations collaborate to support...

Citing the furor over teaching critical race theory, Cheng said, “I am concerned at the way education is being viewed.” Mosely pointed to a lack of support for Black teachers from administrators, some of whom “play the face of diversity,” but actually try to force Black teachers out.

Poll Picks Taylor: Plus, panelists want teachers vaccinated and...

"The rumor mill suggests that Loren Taylor is at least contemplating a run. He should thus be happy with his strong performance in this hella informal straw poll. As at least one panelist seemed aware, a bid by either Taylor or Reid could unite the mainstream liberals who strongly backed Schaaf with those voters who pine for the return of African-American leadership to The Town. 'Oakland needs its next great Black mayor,' that panelist wrote."

Latinos Shape California. Why Are So Many Sitting Out...

"Interviews with Latino voters, strategists and advocates throughout the state reveal a frustration among Hispanics that Newsom has never tapped into. The pandemic has further entrenched inequality statewide and deepened the anger over the pervasive class divide Newsom’s wealth only highlights."

What is the Recall?: How people can vote in...

After five failed attempts to get the Democratic governor removed in a very blue state, Republican organizers, led by retired Yolo County Sheriff Orrin Heatlie, got 1,719,900 valid signatures by July 1. Newsom now needs more than 50% of the vote to stay in office.

Black Panther Party Site Defaced—Then Cleaned

"According to a spokesperson for the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, “What this taught us is that the Oakland community is strong, generous and thoughtful. When Fredrika was at the site yesterday, and people stopped and offered their support, it also reinforced that the community work of the Black Panther Party has a very real and tangible legacy in Oakland."

People Power: How networking won a vital air pollution...

"Environmental groups have advocated for the regulation for years.," writes Janis Hashe, "But this time, new allies in health and equity organizations joined new voices on the BAAQMD board and committees to change the narrative from “loss of jobs and profit” to ongoing and systemic damage to frontline communities and beyond. The reverberations of this will extend much further than one decision."

Poll Backs A’s Housing: Oakland Power Poll respondents also...

"Just three months ago, 62% of respondents agreed with the position that 'the A’s seem to be negotiating in good faith,'" writes Stephen Buel. "Now, in the wake of several fatalistic proclamations from team President Dave Kaval, 59% believe the team needs to “compromise and stop being so unilateral.” More than one in five of our respondents had a change of heart in just a few months."

Facing ‘The Homeless’: Stories from the street belie stereotypes

"The truth?" Writes Janis Hashe, "There is no such thing as nameless, faceless 'The Homeless.' Each person couch surfing, or living in a car, an RV, a tent or an encampment on the street, has a unique story of how they got there. And all those stories are profoundly human."

Coping With Covid … Still: Though there are signs...

“Too many people have chosen to live with this virus,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday during a briefing in Oakland to announce the new requirements. “We’re at a point in this pandemic where [an] individual’s choice not to get vaccinated is now impacting the rest of us in a profound and devastating and deadly way.”

Oakland Power Poll: Exploring a new type of civic...

Stephen Buel introduces East Bay Express's latest column with analysis of a Power Poll survey about the public perception of the Oakland Police. Some of the findings are quite surprising.

Hoop Dreams: Support solidifies for an Oakland WNBA team

Ray Bobbitt, AASEG spokesperson and key executive, said the group made contact with the WNBA several months ago, sending them a bid that noted the 'void' in "Oakland’s professional sports profile, the compatible demographics, the accessibility of the site and the fact that the arena has been well maintained," reports Janis Hashe. "If everything falls into place perfectly, the goal would be to have a team playing next year."
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