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Friday, July 18th, 2014

Building Oakland community during Friday summer nights

Where can you go on Friday evenings to chat with your neighbors, connect with community organizations, challenge your friends and family to a potato sack race, all while inherently fostering a safe environment? The Third Annual Friday Summer Nights at the Park series began last week and is happening every Friday through August 15 from

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

25 things to do in Oakland that dare you to hold still, July 18 – 24

Whether biking, taking a walking tour, vibrating with sugar and delight at a celebration of ice cream, waving at the Jumbo-tron, or just sitting through a meeting, we bet you can’t hold still this week. And why...

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Oakland artist and entrepreneur Monique Harris: At the vanguard of art, technology, and disability

There is no denying that Monique Harris is an artist, first and foremost. I came across her artwork featured at Actual Café a few weeks ago, and I’m lucky I did. Waiting for my lunch, I found...

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

32 largely outdoorsy things to do in Oakland, July 11 – 17

So much biking and walking this week, Oakland! Even neighborhood meeting-y things are outside this week. Clearly, we’re supposed to go outside. Eh, let’s not fight it. Enjoy! Friday, July 11 Bike Life Exhibit Opens 5 –...

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Oakland’s Golden Gate neighbors build community through Love Our Neighborhood Day

North Oakland’s Golden Gate neighborhood, encompassing the San Pablo Avenue corridor from 55th, the Berkeley border in the north, and the surrounding residential streets, is part of the most rapidly gentrifying area in Oakland, but the community...

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

West Oakland’s Juneteenth: A street fair with free food, music, and community awards

Oakland’s seventh Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration, organized by community groups and supported by local businesses, was held on June 28. Jazz and dance were on tap, plus health screenings and a food truck serving ribs for those visiting...

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

New Oakland schools superintendent promises action (Video)

The first day on the job, Oakland Unified’s new superintendent Antwan Wilson said OUSD is not going to ignore problems sometimes considered  “too hard” for school districts to overcome, such as the toll that deep poverty and trauma...

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Moving Oakland youth to peace

Every positive relationship begins with a foundation in safety. As we come to know ourselves, another individual, or society at large, a sense of security is what allows us to progress towards more intimate and rewarding connections....

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Oakland diversity in tech discussion focuses on solutions

Tuesday evening, BuildUp brought together panelists from a range of tech companies and organizations to discuss how to tackle the industry’s diversity problem. Building Innovation: Creating an Inclusive Technology Ecosystem addressed issues with recruiting, work environment and...

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Bay Area nonprofits fly to New Orleans for #YesWeCode hackathon

At this year’s Essence Festival, New Orleans youth will join technologists, developers, designers and community leaders in a hackathon to build their own solutions for problems affecting their neighborhoods. Oakland-based nonprofits Hack the Hood, Black Girls Code,...

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