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California’s smart climate policies righting historic wrongs in Oakland: Part II

By Vien Truong Last week, I wrote about the history of environmental racism that has afflicted Oakland as well as communities of color and low-income communities across the state. Today, I want to...
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Flushing the Black bogeyman out of the American imagination (Community Voices)

Often commenters on online news articles express their true beliefs anonymously.  During the Ferguson protests, many commenters imagined a black boogeyman.  Thus, Ferguson County, Darren Wilson and Michael...
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Building character by playing character at Fairyland (Community Voices)

Not every kid who graduates from Fairyland’s renowned Children’s Theatre program goes on to become a cheerleader, the captain of the tennis team, and a member of the National Honor Society. Not everyone...
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On My Plate: Tribune Tavern’s Jurassic Pretzel, Fortified Milk, Gentrification, and More…

Jurassic Pretzel and Many Roots Beer (photo credit: Tribune Tavern) What I'm Loving Right Now: Tribune Tavern’s Jurassic Pretzel and Rum & Roots I admit it: I went to Tribune Tavern for the...
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Conversation at a post Ferguson healing center. Will keeping them open help?

Young men and women, all about Michael Brown’s age, sat in a loose circle in a room at Youth Uprising, the popular youth center in East Oakland. Their faces were somber in their shades of brown and black and...
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Local black men come together in Oakland to discuss Ferguson, how to move forward

On Dec. 1, 20 young men of color dressed in everything from hoodies and jeans to slacks and dress shirts convened at Oakland’s Impact Hub for a frank, fishbowl-style conversation on the Ferguson grand jury...
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Councilmember Cinderella (Community Voices)

History will be made on January third when the first former Fairyland Personality will be sworn in as Oakland’s newest city council member, representing Montclair.  It was bound to happen, because...
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10 Hella Local Food Gift Ideas

Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday may have passed, but the shopping season is far from over. If you’re hard-pressed for gift ideas, look no further than Oakland’s own home-grown food artisans. Food...
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Urban Stitch weaves together fashion and community

Photo by Tessa Love It was love at first sight when Alanna Rayford first entered the sprawling, light-filled second story space spanning the length of 17th St between Telegraph and Broadway. With...
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Tiny Telephone’s John Vanderslice on Oakland

John Vanderslice is the music producer and owner of Tiny Telephone, a recording studio in SF that’s worked with some great indie artists such as Spoon, The Mountain Goats, The Magnetic Fields,...