The Flatlands newspaper collection consists of 34 issues of
The Flatlands newspaper printed from 1966-1968. The newspaper consists of news and op-ed articles, profiles, photographs, and events calendars
mostly related to poverty, education, housing, police brutality, and politics in East and West Oakland.
The Flatlands newspaper was an independent newspaper printed in Oakland from 1966-1968[?] and focused on issues related to poverty, education,
housing, police brutality, and politics in East and West Oakland. The newspaper’s slogan was “tell it like it is and do what
is needed” and advocated for government accountability and reform for those affected and displaced by housing developments
and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The newspaper’s staff included Alexandra Close and Darrow Bishop, a staff photographer,
Lynn Phipps, and a 14 person editorial board of Curtis Lee Baker, Vera Bumcrot, Mark Comfort, Gloria Comfort, Urban Dennis,
Gene Drew, Bill Goetz, Pauline Goetz, John George, Bill Lowe, Jerry Leo, Jack Ortega, Agnes Woods, and Ralph Williams.