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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Talking good with Jeff Kirschner of Litterati (Community Voices)

Jeff Kirschner believes litter should be approachable, noticeable, and a spark for thinking about how we look at packaging and trash. He is an evangelist for the power of consumer engagement and education. He is also a believer in our shared impact using social media – including its built-in metrics – to change public perception

Monday, April 14th, 2014

10 questions with Joshua Safran, author of memoir about surviving familial abuse (Community Voices)

Joshua Safran provides us a road map on how to redefine bravery. He says bravery isn’t a lack of fear, it’s understanding our fears and battling them anyway. This is especially true when helping those impacted by...

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Councilmember Libby Schaaf: Are you a Localist? (Community Voices)

Making small changes to how we do our shopping can result in big changes for our city.  According to the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Localism is not just about shopping more in the city...

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Oakland Public Library celebrates in April (Community Voices)

April is a great month to visit the library. Come and find a warm dry place to stay cozy. Libraries love April because there are so many exciting library-related celebrations going on! This April, we are celebrating...

Monday, April 7th, 2014

WOSP – The City of Oakland’s plan for gentrification: A target for anti-displacement activity (Community Voices)

by Aram Mendoza and Rocket Kay, Advance the struggle What follows is a critique of the West Oakland Specific Plan – WOSP – which the city of Oakland hopes will help in “developing” West Oakland, and is attempting to...

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

April 11 is the Planting Justice Snap Pea Soiree/Fundraiser

It’s amazing to think that Planting Justice, a wonderful social justice organization that started in 2009, is about to hit five years old!  On Friday April 11th, they are hosting A Snap Pea Soiree to celebrate 5 years...

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Youth leaders speak out: Raising the minimum wage will make the city safer (Community Voices)

The day violence drops drastically in Oakland will be the day when our youth and adults are put to work and paid well. Families are struggling to pay bills, which in turn pushes youth and adults out...

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Government: You’re probably doing it wrong (Community Voices)

Part 1: The Wizard of Oakland Oakland has a lot of inequalities. Our neighborhoods are largely stratified around racial and class lines. Low-income communities of color live in dilapidated conditions, waiting for the time when development dollars...

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Do you ever wonder if you are a gentrifier? (Community Voices)

Do you ever wonder if you are a gentrifier? Answer these questions to find out… When you moved to your current city was it because you were forced out of your native city due to sky rocketing...

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Month-long Group Photo Taken at Temescal Art Gallery now online

Smokey’s Tangle, an artist-run gallery in the Temescal neighborhood, was invited to take over Temescal Alley’s Interface Gallery for a month-long art show and residency in February. The show commemorated Smokey’s Tangle’s 5th anniversary and showcased artwork and projects by owners Emily Wick and Brian...

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