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Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Black & Brown Unity Short Film Showcase kicks off at Youth Impact HUB Oakland (Community Voices)

By Gino Pastori-Ng This month, the Beloved Community Event Series continues at Youth Impact HUB Oakland with the Black & Brown Unity Short Film Showcase, which highlights multicultural, inter-generational collaboration for social change. The event includes an opening ritual with youth from 67 Sueños performing poetry about Black and Brown unity and presenting a short film about a

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Oakland teens need books too (Community Voices)

A month or so ago, it started going viral on Facebook: list ten books that made a deep impression on you, and tag ten friends. I must have been tagged at least ten times. As I read...

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Oakland is my beach (Community Voices)

By Regina Jackson, President and CEO, East Oakland Youth Development Center Oscar Grant, Devonte Riley, Phillip “Tooda” Wright: the list goes on. The nation is on high alert. Protests in Ferguson and around the world highlight and...

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

About minimum wage and Lift Up Oakland (Community Voices)

By Sal Bednarz, owner of Actual Cafe & Victory Burger I’ve been giving some thought to the issue of increasing minimum wage since various initiatives started circulating earlier this year, and I thought it was time for me,...

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Nominations are open for the Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Awards

For the third year, a dozen schools and community-based organizations have come together to create a platform for honoring the exceptional businesses and mentors that go out of their way to offer Oakland youth career exploration opportunities. If you know...

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Art bargains and more at Flourish Oakland (Community Voices)

Oakland Art Murmur is gearing up for Flourish Oakland, its annual fundraising party and art auction. More than thirty works of art will be offered for sale in a silent auction, with bids starting at 50% off...

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Youth Impact HUB Oakland launches September 24! (Community Voices)

By Gino Pastori-Ng Oakland is internationally renowned for its creativity and innovation, and this legacy will continue to expand thanks to a collaborative program launching this fall. The Impact Youth HUB is the brainchild of Youth SEED, United...

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

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 parts of East Oakland. Coliseum City has the potential...

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

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 Native...

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Are women in Oakland earning what they’re worth? (Community Voices)

By Allison Bliss A recent article in The Atlantic magazine revealed that women only applied for a promotion when they met 100 percent of the new job’s qualifications. Men, the story noted, felt no qualms about seeking...

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