Follow the Money: Kimberly Reed Tracks the Fallout from 'Citizens United' in the State of Montana
When the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision opened the floodgates to money in political campaigns, New Jersey-based director Kimberly Reed felt frustrated but didn’t know what to do. Two years later, it turned out, an old high school classmate of hers from Montana—Steve Bullock, then the state’s attorney general—was preparing to come to Washington, DC, to wage the only state challenge to the decision before the Supreme Court.
FEATURE: Advocates push Oakland officials to treat homelessness as an emergency
On a mid-November morning, under a drizzly, overcast sky, a woman named Velly stands outside her tent, petting her small black kitten and watching city workers toss left-behind trash into massive garbage trucks. Police cars surround the perimeter of what was, just hours ago, a homeless encampment. Officers stand around, observing the situation. Residents of the camp, visibly exhausted, methodically pack up all of their belongings and wheel, carry and push them across the road—trying to figure where they will be moving to next.
Oakland police chief faces council over details of August immigration raid
Questions regarding Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick’s truthfulness about police cooperation in an immigration home raid in West Oakland this summer were on the minds of many in the chambers at Tuesday’s city council meeting, but those would have to wait nearly four hours and more than 30 agenda items until the issue was finally heard.
City workers strike, others rally outside Mayor Schaaf’s State of the City address
On Thursday afternoon, librarians at Oakland’s downtown branch chained up the front doors early to honor the beginning of a six-hour citywide strike by Oakland city workers—timed to coincide with Mayor Libby Schaaf’s annual State of the City address.
FEATURE: Nearly one third of Glenn Dyer prisoners wrap up hunger strike
Last week, 125 prisoners at the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility in downtown Oakland—over 30 percent of the prisoners housed there—participated in a five-day hunger strike to protest what they say are abusive conditions of isolation and poor healthcare in Alameda County jails.
Protestors rally in Oakland to demand aid for Puerto Rico
On Thursday evening, Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, a local filmmaker and member of the collective Defend Puerto Rico, will travel with 300 pounds of emergency aid—“solar generators, rechargeable chainsaws, women’s hygiene products, dry fruit, whatever we can get”—to the island of Puerto Rico, where, according to the local government, over 90 percent of people remain without electricity and, according to the US Department of Defense, 55 percent, or 1.87 million people, remain without access to drinking water after Hurricane Maria shattered the island’s infrastructure on September 20.
Renewable energy, cannabis industries lead the charge for an Oakland public bank
On Monday night at Oakland City Hall, civic leaders and advocates hosted a teach-in on Germany’s renewable energy revolution, which has largely been powered by municipally-owned public banks. They hope Oakland can help lead the way for the United States to do the same.