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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...
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Oakland’s Coliseum City could be transformational if city leaders thought more like Steve Jobs (Community Voices)

I was meeting with clients on 85th Avenue bordering International Boulevard, which consists of a series of warehouses, mixed-use spaces, and affordable housing projects that some consider the industrial...
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What happened to the Ohlone burial sites? (Community Voices)

While looking through shelves of donated books at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, I found a comb-bound publication that looked as though it was made at Kinko's. There was a black-and-white sketch of a...
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What can you do to boost school attendance in Oakland? (Community Voices)

Paula Ambrose is the education program officer at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and the communications director for Oakland Reads 2020. September Counts September is Attendance Awareness Month: a time...
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Why Oakland needs net neutrality

By Paul Goodman More and more, Oakland is bursting with lively, creative local businesses and artists, and the Federal Communications Commission is weighing issues that could either encourage this creative...