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Posted inCity, Community, Housing & Development

Council asks DA to drop criminal charges tied to eviction

The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday night to ask for criminal charges to be dropped against a 28-year-old black woman who ran into trouble with the law earlier this year while protesting her eviction from the West Berkeley home that had been in her family since 1965. Councilman Kriss Worthington put forward the item to ask the Alameda County district attorney’s office to drop charges […]

Posted inCommunity

Berkeley music collective honors slain rapper ‘AyeGee’

Neighborhood Heavy artists, from left to right, Alex Goodwin Jr., Rayuan “Ray Ski” Lee and John Winslow. Photo: Neighborhood Heavy [Editor’s Note: Berkeleyside freelancer Delency Parham knew Alex Goodwin Jr. This story includes some of Parham’s own reflections, as a young Black man himself, on the loss.] Berkeley-based music collective Neighborhood Heavy honored slain group member Alex […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety, Schools

2 BHS grads killed in separate Oakland shootings

Update, Aug. 16: A fundraiser to help the family of Terrence McCrary Jr. has already raised more than $12,000. Learn more. A fundraiser has also been launched to help pay for funeral costs for Craig Fletcher-Cooks, and a memorial is being planned. Learn more. Update, Aug. 15: Both young men killed Sunday outside a downtown Oakland art gallery […]

Posted inCommunity, Schools

Black Student Union and UC Berkeley agree to establish on-campus Black resource center

After 15 months of negotiations, UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union (BSU) and Chancellor Nicholas Dirks reached an agreement to establish a new Black resource center on campus that will be named after Fannie Lou Hamer, the famed voting and civil rights activist. The BSU, which worked with the Afrikan Black Coalition, hopes that the new […]