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Oakland Hosts Workshop on Mortgage Crisis

Submitted by Reporter on Fri, 01/18/2008 - 11:44am

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

Troubled Oakland homeowners packed the floor and gallery of the Oakland City Council chambers Saturday morning to gather information from city, state, and national officials and private home counseling organizations on how to keep their dwellings from going into foreclosure.

Folding chairs had to be brought into the council chambers to accommodate the crowd, and it was standing-room only along the back walls.

Big coal producer to pay $20 million for polluting streams

Submitted by Reporter on Fri, 01/18/2008 - 11:16am

The country's fourth-largest coal producer, Massey Energy Co., will pay a $20 million fine as part of a settlement with the government over allegations that it routinely polluted hundreds of streams and waterways in West Virginia and Kentucky with sediment-filled wastewater and coal slurry.

Campaigns launched to save public housing in New Orleans

Submitted by Reporter on Fri, 01/18/2008 - 11:10am

The Coalition to Stop the Demolitions is calling for National Days of Action on Jan. 25 and 26. The call is to rally activists around the country to show solidarity with public housing residents in New Orleans and to save four public housing developments from being demolished by private developers in favor of more expensive luxurious developments.

Grinding Young Men of Color up like glass

Submitted by Reporter on Fri, 01/18/2008 - 11:06am

“We are grinding young men of color up like glass. Every institution in our community is failing young men of color,” said Ron Dellums Mayor of Oakland regarding the sinking position of young men of color in the United States. He was speaking at the “Men and Boys of Color in Crisis” panel and discussion at the Youth Uprising Center in East Oakland. I attended the event to report and support for POOR Magazine.

Showdown at 55 Laguna

Submitted by Reporter on Fri, 01/18/2008 - 10:55am

Time is running out on attempts by Sup. Ross Mirkarimi, State Sen. Carole Migden, and Assemblymember Mark Leno to secure greater affordable-housing levels from the University of California, which wants to build private residential units on its UC Berkeley Extension campus at 55 Laguna in San Francisco.



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