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How inconveniencing and discomforting do you think racism is? (Community Voices)

By Hodari Davis Hey white folks, in case you didn't know, Justice is going to be an inconvenience. Your convenience is wedded to the current order, which means I endure constant and persistent micro...
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Five reasons to shop local this holiday season

Last year, consumers shelled out a record-breaking $59.1 billion over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend, at an average of $423 per person, most of which went to national chains and big box stores. That’s...
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Plaid Friday: Oakland’s anti Black Friday

We’ve seen it all before – throngs of people bearing the midnight cold on Thanksgiving, pushing to get closer to the sliding doors, the thick glass the only protection the tidy florescent-lit aisles have...
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Thankful for Oakland beats: Music + Link Dump

+ Mara Hruby is a local you MUST be watching. She's not only an Oakland local with confidence and a powerful style, but she has a voice to match. Mara has been collaborating with some truly great musicians--...
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The new social network: local organizations diminishing modern slavery

Almost 150 years after the thirteenth amendment legally abolished slavery, we’re still fighting for freedom. In my previous article, modern day slavery was explored through the complex, multi-layered...
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New & Noteworthy: Clove and Hoof

Clove and Hoof has kept the old Temescal Produce Market sign at the corner of 40th & Broadway (photo credit: l'OAKavore) Clove and Hoof, a new butcher and casual restaurant, opened on Broadway at...
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Oakland After the Midterm Elections, Now What? (Reflection)

by Ayodele Nyzinga The local mid-term elections in Oakland have come and gone. We will have a new mayor and other new officials. What will be different? What will stay the same? What does Oakland need? Will...
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Why Cocktails?

In the land of the liquor store, where smashed bottles litter the streets and the promise of high class intoxication is brought to you by Napa wines, you might be wondering: why cocktails? Why not a shot of...
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Street harassment viral video spurs local response: see it here

Recently, a short video sponsored by the New York-based anti-harassment group Hollaback! went viral on the web.  It featured a two-minute clip of a woman walking the streets of New York and receiving...
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OUSD gets schooled on sex (Community Voices)

This is a story about how an unlikely group of people — students and teachers, health professionals and community organizers — worked together to identify a problem, compile data, navigate multiple...