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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Welcome to Oakland, Mr. Wheeler (Community Voices)

by  Malkia Cyril and Craig Aaron, New America Media, Commentary It’s rare you get the chance to talk about media and technology’s impact on your life with someone who actually can do something about it. But this is exactly the opportunity Oakland residents will have when Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, takes

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

How Green is the Hood Part Two: Bringing Solar and Energy Efficiency to Oakland’s Affordable Housing

Tassafaronga Village, a mixed-use housing development in pollution-challenged East Oakland, isn’t your average affordable housing project. Clearly visible columns of photovoltaic  solar collectors reach out to the sky from landscaped gardens in the development’s courtyard. Brightly-colored hues...

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Sidebar: Can sustainable community development impact crime reduction in urban areas?

The impacts of the revitalization of the neighborhood surrounding East Oakland’s Tassafaronga Village go beyond making the area more aesthetically appealing and more energy efficient. Comprehensive green urban planning which leads to increased sustainability and improved sense...

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Sidebar: Climate Solutions Face Political, Economic Hurdles

In Oakland, affordable solar and energy efficiency advocates have formed multi-ethnic coalitions which have set progressive policy platforms designed to increase usage while addressing the needs of low-income communities of color – setting the stage for a...

Monday, November 25th, 2013

How Green Is the Hood Part One: Is the Green Movement Reaching Poor Communities?

Consistently ranked among the “Greenest Cities in America,” Oakland is known for its municipal commitment to sustainability, its green businesses, and numerous green non-profit and community organizations. But how far has the green revolution extended to low-income...

Monday, July 15th, 2013

How Do I Explain Martin Verdict to My Kids? (Community Voices)

by David Muhammed, New America Media After the verdicts were read, my eight year old son had seen my anger and asked “why did Zimmerman kill Trayvon?” Thinking of all that I heard, read and saw through...

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Bay Area Man On a Mission to Supply North Korea With Wheelchairs

New America Media, News Feature, Peter Schurmann and Aruna Lee, Posted: Apr 18, 2013 Despite a mountain of international sanctions and grinding poverty, North Korea’s leaders have proven adept at procuring everything from the latest in digital...

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Whites Record Wealth Six Times Greater Than Blacks

NNPA , News Report, Maya Rhodan -NNPA Washington Correspondent, Posted: May 15, 2013 Whites had an average wealth of $632,000 in 2010 while Blacks had about $98,000 and Hispanics had $110,000, according to a recent study by...

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Once Again, Legacy of Malcolm X Will Outlive Tragedy

by Earl Ofari Hutchinson May 19 marked what would have been the 88th birthday of Malcolm X, an anniversary that passed mostly unnoticed with little in the way of civic celebrations, pageants or parades. Yet the date...

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

East Bay Parks Campaign Targets Local Youth

by Peter Schurmann California, and the Bay Area in particular, is blessed with some truly magnificent natural treasures. Still, while many of these outdoor wonders are often no more than a stone’s throw from many urban centers,...

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