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Jamelle Bouie, Anna Lappé, Meklit, Patrick Dooley sign up for Uncharted Ideas Festival in Berkeley

Appearing at Uncharted Ideas Festival 2015: (clockwise, l to r): Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent, Slate; theoretical neuroscientist and entrepreneur Vivienne Ming; Shotgun Players founder Patrick Dooley; author and co-founder of the Small Planet Institute Anna Lappé; 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson; and musician Meklit The line-up of speakers and performers for the 2015 Uncharted […]

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Prayers, songs and lie-in during faith group protest against proposed Berkeley homeless laws

A small group of faith group protesters held a sleep-in on BART Plaza following prayers and speeches. Photo: Ted Friedman An estimated 60 members of faith groups gathered at the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza Thursday night to protest proposed new laws that they claimed would “criminalize the homeless.” Prayers and speeches were followed by a small number […]

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Faith groups to sleep on street to support city’s homeless

A coalition of faith communities will gather on Thursday April 9 at 5 p.m. at Downtown Berkeley BART plaza to demonstrate their support for the city’s homeless population. Some plan to sleep on the plaza overnight. Photo: Emilie Raguso A coalition of faith communities will gather on Thursday April 9 at 5 p.m. at Downtown Berkeley BART plaza to demonstrate their support […]

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Berkeley school district holds Black Lives Matter forum

BUSD Black Lives Matter forum held on Dec. 17, 2014. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD On Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Berkeley Unified School District held a Black Lives Matter forum for the district’s middle- and high-school students, as well as their families. Conceived and organized by Charity DaMarto, BUSD’s supervisor of Family Engagement and Equity, and Director of Student Services […]

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Berkeley communities of faith join forces for ‘peaceful civil disobedience’ Black Lives Matter protest

Nearly 300 protesters from a number of churches and synagogues staged a die-in on University Avenue in Berkeley on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Photo: Lance Knobel By Lance Knobel and Tracey Taylor An estimated 300 people, most of them affiliated with local faith-based places of worship, blocked University Avenue in Berkeley for just over an hour during […]

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UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union leads peaceful protest march from campus to Oakland

The UC Berkeley Black Student Union organized a march from campus to Oakland Saturday Dec. 13, 2014. Photo: Natalie Orenstein Despite being shaken by the appearance of effigies hanging from nooses on campus Saturday morning, UC Berkeley Black Student Union (BSU) leaders said they didn’t want that incident to affect their planned march against police killings […]