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Monday, August 18th, 2014

Will Oakland finally get the first-rate Public Ethics Commission it deserves? (Community Voices)

Michelle Romero is Claiming Our Democracy director at The Greenlining Institute, www.greenlining.org. This November, Oakland voters will have the chance to make sure the city has a Public Ethics Commission with real power needed to enforce our ethics laws. It’s about time. Other ethics commissions, such as those in Los Angeles and San Francisco, have

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

East Bay Children’s Book Project re-opens in new home (Community Voices)

Free books for children! Do you work with children in need? Do you need books? Read on! On August 19, from 3-6 p.m., the East Bay Children’s Book Project will open the doors of its brand-new home...

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

From Oakland’s Deep East to China’s Far East with EOYDC (Community Voices)

On July 5, 2014, a group of 14 African-American men departed the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), en route to China. As these young men hugged their families goodbye, they left Deep East Oakland for a 14-day...

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Voices of 3 Oakland fast food workers at Chicago national convention (Community Voices)

Meet three from Oakland who attended a national convention of fast food workers in Chicago with about 1,300 others July 26-27. Their movement for $15-an-hour wages and a union has helped bring national attention to extreme income...

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

A view from the basement (Community Voices)

By Elia Vargas Six months ago, I lived in a basement. Now I own my own home. And it isn’t really all that weird. Given the Bay Area housing market over the past two years, there has been...

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Free books for everyone in Oakland (Community Voices)

At the East Bay Children’s Book Project, we give away books to organizations working with children in need, because – as our motto says – “every child needs a book.” But really, everyone needs books, and isn’t...

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Manna Gallery presents Primal Visions: Artworks by Lou Bermingham (Community Voices)

Primal Visions, recent paintings and mixed media works by Lou Bermingham, opens on First Friday, August 1 and continues until September 6. A reception for Bermingham will take place Saturday, August 2, from 2 to 4 p.m.,...

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Stopping gentrification in OUSD: Update on the displacement of Dewey and privatization of public land (Community Voices)

By Aram Mendoza and N. Finch, in collaboration with Dewey teachers Since we last wrote about the development deal that would potentially displace Dewey Academy and sell off public land, we’ve witnessed inspiring awareness and mobilization among...

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

A Story About Love: Award-winning team to make film about sex trafficking in Oakland

By Tehea Robie and Lydia Tuan Four-time Academy Award winner Mark Berger and Emmy Award winning producer Layda Negrete have teamed up to create a film about sexually exploited youth in the Bay Area. Child Sex Trafficking: A...

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Diversifying the world of children’s books in Oakland (Community Voices)

By Ann Daniels The world of children’s books is very beautiful. It’s also very white. If you’re not working with kids, you might be surprised just how few children’s books look like the diverse world we live...

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