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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 it great when you can get them for free? Here are a few places in Oakland where any

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...

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

A blemish on Oakland’s gentrification (Community Voices)

Oakland’s city officials and promoters often tout the success of the city’s gentrification. They herald the “vibrancy” of the “New Oakland,” and the thriving new restaurant scene. They proudly announce that Oakland had been voted America’s most...

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Acupuncture school moves to old Oaksterdam building (Community Voices)

By Tehea Robie As mainstream healthcare continues to become more costly and dangerous, informed consumers are opening their minds to complementary / alternative medicine. The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (Academy), an IHL which has been serving the...

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

There are no children in Oakland: Youth Radio promotes youth of color in tech and media (Community Voices)

By Erik Sakamoto, Youth Radio’s Chief Operating Officer “Young people are behind a lot of the violence where I live, but who are their role models? I haven’t met a kid yet who’s said, ‘My dad sat...

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Dewey Academy in danger of displacement: Gentrification and the Oakland Unified School District (Community Voices)

By Aram Mendoza and N. Finch in collaboration with Dewey teachers Displacement of longtime low-income residents due to gentrification has been an all too common story in the Bay Area recently. Now the same insidious process is...

Friday, June 20th, 2014

These are Oakland: An everyone guide (Community Voices)

There are several Oaklandisms that hit me when I visit home: sunny glints on loose hair, swinging gaits, razzing trunk beats and wafts of aromatic smoke. Twice a year I return from my western outpost to re-sample...

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