Zack Haber is a poet and journalist who lives in West Oakland.
Will OUSD’s new board rescind planned school closures?
The six OUSD schools currently scheduled for full or partial closure could end up staying open after a board vote in January.
Oakland tenants in 18-floor complex announce rent strike
A group of tenants have started a rent strike at 110 3rd Avenue in Oakland.
Tenants condemn private managers in new Oakland veteran housing
Tenants are organizing for a cleaner building, and a stronger sense of safety, in the building.
Claiming neglect, City Towers tenants and supporters organize
"I’m scared to live in my unit," one City Towers resident said. "I don’t think we should have to suffer in our homes just because we’re in poverty"
CCA staff and adjuncts ratify union contracts, receive wage hikes
CCA’s recent action is part of a growing national trend of union combativeness, Haber writes.
‘We’re your neighbors, and we’re organized’
Amid a national wave in renter organizing, tenants in eight Oakland buildings organized a 13-month rent strike—and won.
Oakland council member proposes RV parking ban
If passed, the policy would be another step in the direction of criminalizing homelessness in Oakland.
Two OUSD staff hunger strike to stop school closures
The hunger strike is ongoing as OUSD moves forward with closing six schools over the next two years.
SEIU 2015 to enter negotiations for new contract, increased pay
SEIU 2015, the union that represents Alameda County’s In-Home Supportive Services is starting negotiations for a new contract to ensure a $20 an hour wage, amongst other things.
After Wood Street encampment sweep, homeless people stay
The City of Oakland had planned to move dozens of houseless people from the Wood Street encampment between November 8 and 10, but residents remained in the area after the attempted closure operation.
After two years, Wood Street safe parking site opens for people living in vehicles
On July 7, the Berkeley-based non-profit Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) opened a site on Wood Street after two years of planning. Encampment residents are hesitant to move in.
Facing eviction, tenant sues UC Regents to release public records
Natalie Logusch is suing the UC Board of Regents to pressure them to release public records related to UC Berkeley’s demolition and development plans.
SF company, Oakland unhoused residents end year-long standoff
San Francisco-based company, GameChanger LLC, and seven unhoused residents ended a year-long land use dispute on Monday when residents agreed to leave a 1.5 acre tract of company-owned land just west of Wood Street in West Oakland in exchange for accepting material or monetary concessions.
Two things we know, one thing we don’t about Oakland City Attorney candidate Eli Ferran
Here are two things we know and one thing we don’t know that could be noteworthy to voters, especially those concerned with policing, potential conflicts of interest, and tenant issues.
Remembering Mike Lee: organizer, activist, ‘Old Bum for Mayor’
Activist and former Berkeley mayoral candidate Mike Lee died at age 64 of complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in mid August. Housing activists and many people experiencing homelessness across Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco reported sadness at his loss and admiration for him in the wake of the news.
Wood Street encampment residents host memorial
More than a dozen unhoused Oakland residents and housing justice advocates gathered on the afternoon of February 15 just west of Wood and 24th Streets to memorialize unhoused local residents who’ve passed away.
Encampment residents displaced after Oakland ‘clean and clear’
While establishing a fire lane and cleaning a portion of a Home Depot parking lot where around 50 unhoused residents live, on Oct. 22 and 23 Oakland’s Department of Public Works (DPW) destroyed over a dozen self-made wooden homes and left those displaced with no alternative housing options.