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Oakland’s Foster Youth Museum is open to the public (Community Voices)

Imagine you are a self-conscious teenager whose entire wardrobe consists of hospital gowns. Imagine you’re a young girl experiencing menstruation for the first time but denied sanitary pads — forced to...
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Why I hate Black History Month (Community Voices)

By Cecil Brown I am sitting at my desk in Berkeley. I am looking out the window, hating the wonderful view of the San Francisco Bay. It is the beginning of the Negro Month and the season where I get most...
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Concern about education and Oakland youth (Community Voices)

By Chela Delgado, an OUSD Teacher Photo by Matthew Paulson, licensed under Flickr Creative Commons Superintendent Wilson’s Call for Quality Schools will not help us to build quality schools. Don’t...
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Let’s fix the voter turnout gap

by Zainab Badi California is failing millions of eligible voters, many of them here in Oakland. Our state’s voter turnout in the most recent election was historically low: Only 42 percent of registered...
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Oakland by the Numbers: Shots Fired (Community Voices)

A Careful Introduction All over the world, people from Oakland meet and talk about gunshots. Stories of terror connect people, as stories of hurricanes link together islanders and tornadoes link Middle...
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Oakland at a crossroads: the Jacka’s death speaks to greater truth (Community Voices)

By Nicole Lee, lifelong Oakland resident and the Founding Executive Director of Urban Peace Movement, an organization that builds youth leadership in Oakland to transform the culture and the conditions that...
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Oakland’s new church, Oak Life, promotes spiritual inclusivity

To the members of Oak Life Church, a small weekly gathering of Oakland spirituals, Graceland isn’t just Elvis’s home in Tennessee; it’s an achievable realm accessible to anyone, including the crowd of...
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A guide to Oakland’s queer spaces

If you felt a twinge of sadness when word got out that The Lexington, San Francisco's "friendly neighborhood dyke bar," is closing its doors for good — or you're like me and you literally shed...
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Thoughts on the Year of the African American Male (Community Voices)

On January 29, 2015, Oakland's McClymonds High School hosted the launching of the first "Year of the African American Male." Throughout 2015, organizers plan to bring together individuals, organizations and...
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Oakland mural honors women who have experienced violence

In the early morning of April 5, 2014, a bicyclist found 23-year-old Kimberly Robertson lying in front of the F.M. Smith Recreation Center on Park Boulevard. She had been raped and beaten to death. Days...