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America’s ‘We’ Problem

America has a serious “We” problem—as in “Why should we pay for them?”

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE



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A ‘Calm Reflection’ on Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and Too Many Others

Read along as I list the abundance of “little things” that made the killing of Trayvon Martin, and that of innumerable young men like him, both possible and defensible in a court of law. They are the daily corrosions through which the micro-degradations of racism and white supremacy eat away at our lives.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Do the Charter School Hustle

Since I’m a public school teacher, everybody always asks me what I think about charter schools. You got an hour?

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE


Ishmael Reed

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The Idol Smasher

The multifaceted Ishmael Reed has spent half a century destroying myths of the American empire, especially those that cement racism in place.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE


Inner Peace

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Truthdiggers of the Week: The May Day Occupiers

There were doubts about whether Occupy Wall Street could pull off the massive day of protest its organizers spent many months planning. But demonstrators in New York City and elsewhere joined forces with labor unions and immigrant-rights activists to remind the public that there is a working class and May 1 is its holiday.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE


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The Cancer in Occupy

The Black Bloc anarchists, who have been active on the streets in Oakland and other cities, are a gift from heaven to the security and surveillance state.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE


Oakland Police Arrest 400 and Counting

Clashes between protesters and police in Oakland have once again focused the Occupy spotlight on the city.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Childhood Poverty Soars in Oakland

Childhood suffering is on the rise in Oakland, where the U.S. Census Bureau found nearly three in 10 children living in poverty, more than double the number recorded three years ago. The city has the highest rate of child destitution in the Bay Area.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE


Scott Olsen Speaks, Twice

Things are looking up for two-tour Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who was injured Oct. 25 during a police raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment, where he was taking part in demonstrations against the corporatization of the American political system. (more)

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



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L.A. Mayor Gives Occupiers an Eviction Notice

It’s not like Los Angeles’ slickster Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa would have missed out on that multicity conference call that Oakland’s Jean Quan squeaked about to the press. So it’s not surprising that on Friday, as he visited the Occupy L.A. encampment to pay tribute to the spirit of the movement ... (more)

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE


Another Vet Struck Down by Police in Oakland

This disturbing video clip shows Occupy Oakland protester and three-tour Iraq War veteran Kayvan Sabehgi in an altercation with riot police Nov. 2. The Guardian posted the clip late last week and reported that Sabehgi suffered a ruptured spleen as a result of the beat-down captured here, and that Oakland police say they are looking into the incident.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE


Oakland Mayoral Adviser Tells Keith Olbermann Why He Quit

Dan Siegel was a friend and legal adviser to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, but he resigned his post the same day police cleared the Occupy Oakland encampment.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



Scott Olsen

A Message From Scott Olsen

The young Iraq War veteran who was hospitalized after Oakland police attacked Occupy protesters in the city is still working to get his speech back, but he is able to write and he posted on Google+: “I’m feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me. … You’ll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we’ll see you in our streets!”

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Will Cain Survive? Will Obama Go Negative?

This week, a series of accusations about past indiscretions threatened to slow the Cain Train’s roll. Can GOP presidential contender Herman Cain ride it out? More important, can Greece emerge in one piece from its current economic catastrophe? (more)

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jeff Chiu

Protest’s Tone Changes Overnight in Oakland

The day started with a general strike in Oakland, Calif., and by sundown the Occupy movement had scored a symbolic and practical victory in peacefully closing down the busy Port of Oakland. But around midnight and early into Thursday morning, protesters and riot police were clashing at the main encampment by City Hall. What changed? (more)

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Noah Berger

99 Percenters Shut Down Port of Oakland

It’s one of the nation’s busiest ports, but Wednesday night the giant cranes that inspired the imperial war machines of “The Empire Strikes Back” sat idle after thousands of marchers forced a halt to commerce. A day earlier we learned that Iraq veteran Scott Olsen lay injured only two blocks from ambulances and rescue personnel ... (more) Updated

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Oakland Still Unprepared to Respond to Protest Injuries

As Occupy Oakland moves forward with its call for a general strike Wednesday, the city is still unprepared to respond in a swift, coordinated manner if altercations between protesters and police result in injuries, an Alameda County official in charge of medical preparedness said.

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‘Democracy Now!’: Oakland Gears Up for General Strike

On Wednesday, Occupy Oakland demonstrators were preparing to launch a citywide strike, nodding to a similar moment in Oakland’s history and preparing for pushback from local police and employers of striking workers. Amy Goodman takes a look at the buildup to the strike in this clip from “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Noah Berger

Oakland Police: ‘We, Too, Are the 99%’

The Oakland Police Officer’s Association announced “we are confused” in an open letter to the city’s residents Tuesday. The letter blames Mayor Jean Quan for ordering the clearing of the Occupy Oakland encampment that resulted in a young Iraq War veteran’s brain injury and national attention.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE



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L.A. Has a Change of Heart, Decides to Evict Occupiers

Despite showing support early on for the protesters occupying their lawn, the people who run L.A. City Hall have decided the occupation “cannot continue indefinitely.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa complained to the Los Angeles Times, “The lawn is dead, our sprinklers aren’t working … our trees are without water.” (more)

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Oakland Cops Press Assault on Protesters Through the Night

Oakland police repeatedly fired tear gas and what appeared to be flash-bang grenades at Occupy Oakland protesters trying to retake their camp Tuesday night. Police deny using flash-bangs, accusing protesters of throwing fireworks. However, local news footage contradicts that claim. Updated (more)

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Margot

Oakland, Atlanta Officials Take It Up a Notch Against Occupy Movement

Tuesday morning’s arrests of Occupy Oakland protesters, along with the recent display of police prowess that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed visited upon the occupy encampment in his own city, add up to signs of trouble that could threaten the peaceful tone of the movement, at least as The Christian Science Monitor … (more)

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Moneyball’ Isn’t a Home Run

“Moneyball” is a good story and people who have little interest in baseball don’t need to fear it. On the other hand, it has its largely overlooked problems.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



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A Special City Loses Its Voice

The death of the Oakland Tribune symbolizes the contempt that newspaper publishers feel toward the communities they purportedly serve.

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jeff Chiu

Second-Class Students

In a recent interview, Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Tony Smith shared with me one of the most mind-numbing statistics I have ever heard.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Noah Berger

Protests Rock Oakland in Wake of Verdict

More than 150 people were arrested Friday night as angry protesters marched through the Lake Merritt area of Oakland following the sentencing of a former BART police officer in the killing of a young black man on a transit platform in 2009. The protest was touched off by what was viewed as the lightness of the sentence, two years in prison.

Posted on Nov 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama and Urban Crisis

James Harris and Harry Edwards discuss President Obama and the myth of post-racial society, James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” and why now is the time to repair the black community in urban cities such as Oakland.

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 READ MORE



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BART Cop Convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter

The Los Angeles jury hearing the case of the BART cop who killed an unarmed Oakland man on New Year’s Day 2009 went with the least serious of three possible charges, convicting the former officer of involuntary manslaughter. He faces two to four years in prison.

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 READ MORE



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BART Officer’s Murder Trial Nears a Climax

Oscar Grant was killed on New Year’s Day 2009 in Oakland by a white transit police officer in a case that has drawn comparisons to the notorious Rodney King case in Los Angeles. The trial of the BART officer on a murder charge was moved to L.A., where the jury could start deliberations this week.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement

Using Fingerprints to Track Immigration

A recently implemented immigration program in Oakland subjects anyone booked at local jails to a fingerprint check to determine if they are in the country illegally. The deportation scheme is part of a $1.4 billion federal program that is supposed to be running in every jail in the country within a few years.

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Fighting Crime by Reforming Juvenile Hall

This week on the podcast: Sheerly Avni and Omar Turcios from The Beat Within, a magazine written by and for the troubled kids in juvenile prisons. Such facilities could be “recruiting grounds for crime fighting,” argues Avni, and that’s in our self-interest. “If you want to stop crime—very simple. You look at a bunch of 5-year-old kids in the ghetto. Ask yourself: ‘Do I want them to be criminals or not in 10 years? What’s that going to do to the value of my home?’ ”

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


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thebeatwithin.org

Fighting Crime by Reforming Juvenile Hall

This week on the podcast: Sheerly Avni and Omar Turcios from The Beat Within, a magazine written by and for the troubled kids in juvenile prisons. Such facilities could be “recruiting grounds for crime fighting,” argues Avni, and that’s in our self-interest.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Looking Back and Moving Forward

This is a day to think about how far we’ve come, to think about our experiences in past times and how we are now ready to begin forging a country where all of life is no longer defined by race.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE



Secret Video Raises Questions About Journalist’s Murder

On Aug. 2, 2007, Chauncey Bailey was murdered in Oakland, Calif., while investigating Your Black Muslim Bakery. A secret police video unearthed by the Center for Investigative Reporting captures the remarkable scene of three key figures in the case discussing the murder.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


Lessons of Internment

Yuri Kochiyama’s remarkable life took her from a Japanese internment camp in Arkansas to the Audubon Ballroom, where she witnessed the assassination of her friend Malcom X, and on to Oakland, where she continues to struggle for social justice.

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Emergency in San Francisco Bay

On Friday, a full two days after a container ship rammed into San Francisco’s Bay Bridge and began spilling oil into the bay, Coast Guard authorities were doing damage control on their own behalf as the slick continued to spread.

Posted on Nov 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Crime, Poverty and Education: It’s Not Rocket Science

Truthdig regulars Sheerly Avni, James Harris and Josh Scheer put their heads together to try to figure out why the big problems that plague our communities never get solved.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Juvenile inmates
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Crime, Poverty and Education: It’s Not Rocket Science

Truthdig regulars Sheerly Avni, James Harris and Josh Scheer put their heads together to try to figure out why the big problems that plague our communities never get solved.

Posted on Sep 11, 2007 READ MORE


Ingredients for Murder

Truthdig contributor James Harris investigates the assassination of an Oakland journalist who was gunned down recently, apparently to protect the reputation of Your Black Muslim Bakery, an organization claiming high ideals that has been increasingly linked to violence and scandal.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


Wave of Shootings in Oakland

A wave of shootings following the assassination of an Oakland, Calif., journalist has left seven dead since Friday. Seventy-nine people have been killed in Oakland so far this year. That’s five fewer than at the same time last year, but still far too high.

Posted on Aug 6, 2007 READ MORE


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It’s the Ecstasy, Stupid

Oakland’s skyrocketing murder rate has experts scratching their heads, but cultural critic Sheerly Avni suggests that one answer lies in plain sight.  Just ask the kids who are likeliest to kill and be killed, and you will learn that a major villain is the “hug drug.”

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


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The Invisible City: Entering Oakland

In 2006 alone, 148 people were murdered in the streets of Oakland, most of them African-American. Today the epidemic of violence continues unabated and largely ignored. Truthdig contributor James Harris reports on the forgotten crisis that threatens to tear his city apart.

Posted on Mar 11, 2007 READ MORE


Robert Scheer, James Harris and Joshua Scheer on Alternative Energy, the State of the Union and More

Robert Scheer joins Truthdig contributors James Harris and Joshua Scheer for a conversation on the State of the Union, alternative energy, Nancy Pelosi, Iraq, Oakland and more.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Podcast: the Democratic Spine, MLK Day, Oakland and More

Is Pelosi too soft on Bush? Is there more to Martin Luther King Day than shopping? How do you save Oakland? Plus: crossing party lines to oppose the war and more, all on this week’s podcast with Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer and James Harris.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and James Harris on the Democratic Spine, MLK Day, Oakland and More

Is Pelosi too soft on Bush? Is there more to Martin Luther King Day than shopping? How do you save Oakland? Plus: crossing party lines to oppose the war and more, all on this week’s podcast with Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer and James Harris.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


Robert Scheer

Podcast: Escalating the War, Schwarzenegger and More

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer joins James Harris for a conversation on the Vietnamization of Iraq, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the plight of Oakland and more.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and James Harris on Escalating the War, Schwarzenegger and More

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer joins James Harris for a conversation on the Vietnamization of Iraq, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the plight of Oakland and more.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


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