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Great programs for young people in Oakland

A new year means new opportunities for achievement and a renewed interest in hobbies that may have fallen to the wayside. January is National Mentoring Month, and as we roll out 2015, we’re highlighting a...
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How do we end jails for juveniles? Panel asks questions in Oakland, January 14

As socially progressive and innovative the United States considers itself to be, it might come as a surprise that more people are incarcerated here than anywhere else in the world. That same statistic applies...
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Considering revolution after police brutality protests

Today’s America is a reactionary society: one that is immobilized by the daily grind until an event indicative of what oppresses us every day smacks headlines and neighborhoods, and it shakes us to show that...
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Emeryville’s Clif Bar discloses where its cocoa comes from

On December 5th, Emeryville-based Clif Bar, the popular energy and nutrition bar company, finally released the country origins of its cocoa, which can be found here. The Food Empowerment Project (FEP), a...
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The new social network: momentum towards a world without slavery

The profit off depriving humans of their fundamental right to freedom has not been ridden from our economic and social stratosphere. In fact, slavery is more prevalent now than ever before. Its face has...
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Made in a Free World guides your (slavery free) holiday shopping

A radical shift in consumerism towards a global economy rooted in freedom rather than exploitation is setting a new standard of how we do business. On December 1st, Made in a Free World (MIAFW), an...
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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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Free Thanksgiving community meals link round-up

Looking for ways to spend Thanksgiving with your community? Oakland Local’s got a few suggestions: City of Oakland is hosting its 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for low-income families, seniors, and...
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The new social network: highlighting our “Slavery Footprint” in consumerism

What do toothpaste, your underwear, and your smartphone have in common? An interactive website created by Oakland-founded startup Made in a Free World aggregates everything you use and consume on a daily...
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Oakland street food: Meet the people who make it

http://youtu.be/T1CZPPZ_Tfw It’s 5:30 a.m., dark and cold. Even so, most of the approximately 200 street food vendors who sell in Oakland are already hard at work, shopping for their ingredients or...