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Startup Weekend Oakland/Black Male Achievement produces 14 apps, lots of inspiration

“This is history y’all,” said software engineer Ayori Selassie from the platform at Startup Weekend/Black Male Achievement on Sunday night. “This is the first event that has happened like this in the...
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Oakland’s African American Male Achievement Initiative is working

For high school sophomore Anthony Johnson, the African American Male Achievement program spurred him to become a more serious student with a career goal in mind and less prone to anger, he said. For Enoch...
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Group gathered in Oakland to protest Keystone XL pipeline

Chanting refrains of “Kid safe energy, climate safe energy, Keystone fails the test,” about 80 people gathered in downtown Oakland Monday to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would ferry tar...
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Oakland school board votes to change budgeting system, hopes to bring equity

The Oakland school board voted Wednesday to change the district’s budgeting process to allocate funds based on school enrollment, send a greater percentage of general funds out to schools, and supply extra...
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Education Voices: Youth seek identity – links to series

Oakland Local in collaboration with Youth Uprising and Castlemont High School in Oakland has created the latest Education Voices series: Education Voices: Youth seek Identity Links to the series are as...
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Education Voices: Teens use social media to set identity

By Alexis Nunez, Castlemont High School student Eric Quezeda is a student at Castlemont High School. He says he uses a social media service called Instagram. He says that he uses Instagram to make a story...
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Education Voices: Teens see need for more Latino/Latina teachers

By Jacibe Gameros, Castlemont High School student Castlemont High School needs more Latino staff and teachers so that students can relate more to teachers and staff while at school. This year, there are...
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Education Voices: Do students feel safe coming out at Castlemont?

By Leonardo Morales, Castlemont High School student Different genders are treated differently when they come out at Castlemont High School. Queer youth at Castlemont feel that it’s more difficult for...
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Education Voices: Will joining the military give me identity, a future?

By Jorge Cervantes, Castlemont High School student Since I was 12 years old, I’ve wanted to join the military. Instead of living in fear, I've grown to admire the military (and the U.S. Marines in...
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Education Voices: Violence, loss, shape teens’ search for identity

By Terra Pugh, Castlemont High School student Monte’s older brother died in prison. Monte is a junior at Castlemont High School and his brother’s death was a very shocking moment. “It was hard to...