Statements & news

December 6, 2016

The New York Times

For Americans horrified by the fatal fire in Oakland, many did the only thing they could: open their wallets.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars have poured into two principal fund-raising campaigns since the warehouse fire in the city's Fruitvale neighborhood on Friday left at least 36 people dead.

"We are overwhelmed with the amount of support," said Josette Melchor, founder of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco, which set up a fund-raising drive on on Saturday.

SF Gate

The death count from the Oakland warehouse fire remained at 36 Tuesday morning, and officials said they do not expect to recover more victims from the ruins of the building. "Based on the areas that remain unsearched, I don't anticipate it going up," Battalion Chief Robert Lipp said of the death toll at a 6 a.m. press conference.

Read more

December 5, 2016

Morning Edition, National Public Radio

Last week the University of California announced that it will not cooperate with federal immigration agents and that it welcomes students, quote, "without regard to their immigration status." It's a move that could put the university directly in conflict with the Trump administration.


The New Yorker - Dec. 12 Issue

Formerly incarcerated undergrads started a group on campus to offer mentoring, support, and advocacy to other former inmates.

The Daily Californian

UC Berkeley student Jenny Morris has been identified as a victim of the Oakland warehouse fire that took place Friday night, according to her friend, Christopher Jadallah. The status of UC Berkeley student Vanessa Plotkin, Morris' roommate who was reported to be missing after the fire, is still unconfirmed.

Read more

December 4, 2016

Cal Message

Dear Campus Community,

It is with profound concern and regret that I write to inform you that members of the Berkeley campus community are among those who remain missing in the wake of the devastating fire that consumed an event space in Oakland late Friday night. The most recent reports indicate that at least 30 lives were lost, with more hospitalized or still missing.