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It’s not just about youth mentorship, but partnership (Community Voices)

By Erik Sakamoto, Youth Radio’s Chief Operating Officer. Youth Radio is an award-winning media production company and youth development organization based in Oakland. Over the past thirteen years since...
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OreMi on the meaning of mentoring (Community Voices)

By Thembi Williams, OreMi Mentoring Program Supervisor “Being a mentor has made a huge impact on me. It prepared me to become a dad. It’s also reminded me of the importance of community.” – OreMi...
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Profile: José Corona, Inner City Advisors

By Burt Dragin José Corona’s funky workspace suits him fine. The cavernous building on Fourth Street in Oakland’s industrial downtown once functioned as mayoral campaign headquarters for Jerry...
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Turf Dancing From Street to Subway (VIDEO)

Cross-posted from YouthRadio Oakland, Ca. has always had a prominent art scene grown organically “on the block” by the city’s youth. One trend that’s made its way from inner-city Oakland...
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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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A Few Words on Ferguson (Community Voices)

The recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York - the heartbreaking loss of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, three unarmed black males (two of whom were children, Rice just 12 years old), at...
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California’s smart climate policies righting historic wrongs in Oakland: Part I

By Vien Truong Let’s start with one undisputed reality: Communities of color and low-income neighborhoods have long been used as environmental dumping grounds, sites for the sorts of facilities that...
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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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Alameda County Community Food Bank: Don’t throw your food away (Community Voices)

By Peggy Wang In order to live a healthy life, children need many things. They need suitable play equipment to get their exercise. They need accessible medical and dental care. And they need people to...
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Oakland’s 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The City of Oakland's just announced the 23rd annual Thanksgiving dinner, a free event to feed those who need some holiday food and cheer. Sponsored by  Oakland’s Human Services Department, Communities...