The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to ban tear gas permanently and stop the police use of pepper spray and smoke during demonstrations that take place amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Black Lives Matter march run by BHS students ends with street painting
A lively rally that saw protesters march from San Pablo Park to Berkeley High was described as peaceful and “awesome.”
Rep. Barbara Lee wants to form a racial healing commission to reckon with 400 years of systemic racism
The U.S. has never created a federal body to address the impact of slavery, and systemic racism in black communities.
Berkeley to paint Black Lives Matter ‘mural’ on downtown street
Berkeley will be getting its own version of a Black Lives Matter street mural, probably on Milvia Street in front of City Hall, and likely completed this week.
Thousands take to the streets of Berkeley in peaceful demonstrations against police killings of Black Americans
There were at least five separate rallies Saturday in Berkeley, coming in the wake of a few last week. More are slated to happen over the next few days.
A list of Black Lives Matter protests in Berkeley
We’re keeping track of Black Lives Matter protests happening in Berkeley. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit ones not included here.
Pastor Michael McBride: ‘The brutality of policing is reaching a breaking point in the social consciousness’
McBride spoke to Berkeleyside about reasons for hope, Berkeley’s role and what can be done to effect meaningful change.
The Sit List: 5 things you can do to support the Black community
Want to help the Black Lives Matter cause but don’t know how? Donate (we suggest where), sign petitions that matter, educate yourself and listen to the insights of brilliant Black poets.
Update: City of Berkeley has ended its emergency curfew
Berkeley called off its emergency curfew on Thursday afternoon following two relatively quiet nights in the city, authorities report.
Council calls attention to police killing of George Floyd, mourns black deaths
“The collective knees on so many necks have finally given way,” Councilmember Ben Bartlett said during the meeting, recounting his childhood with Black Panthers, and the Rodney King riots.
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Berkeley officials extend curfew to Friday, push start time to 9 p.m.
In a 5-4 decision, the Berkeley City Council voted to extend an emergency curfew in the city through Friday morning after an emotional three-hour discussion that didn’t end until 12:20 a.m. Wednesday.