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Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

NAACP: Has money replaced racism?

By Sandra Varner, cross posted from Talk2SV. Last Sunday, April 27, the world had a bird’s-eye view of Oakland, California. For those of us who call the Bay Area home, we know the beauty of the area–our celebrated cultural and ethnic diversity, our close-to-perfect year-round weather, and our aesthetic topography. This is in stark contrast

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

What I fear about Oakland (Community Voices)

Years ago, I dated a Sicilian who I’ll call Sal. Sal lived in San Francisco. I lived in Oakland. Sal loved to spend money, so we spent a lot of time shopping. We spent every weekend shopping...

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Oakland playwright Marcus Gardley premieres new play “The House That Will Not Stand”

Marcus Gardley is becoming a nationally-renowned playwright, but he calls himself Oakland born, bred and psychically-based. His new play, The House that Will Not Stand was commissioned by the Berkeley Rep and premiered there this month to...

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Those Young Men Who Robbed You at Gunpoint (Community Voices)

Remember those young men who robbed you at gunpoint?  How could you forget? They may have been blacker than you, but they share a race with you: the human.  Humans are known for making errors. They did...

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, July 12th, 2013

Oscar Grant, Zimmerman trial and BART strike connected (Community Voices)

When three related stories regarding race, labor and BART occur, you need to pay attention, especially in Oakland. As “Fruitvale Station” opens and retells the story of Oscar Grant’s murder, we also brace for juror deliberations in...