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Considering revolution after police brutality protests

Today’s America is a reactionary society: one that is immobilized by the daily grind until an event indicative of what oppresses us every day smacks headlines and neighborhoods, and it shakes us to show that...
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Conversation at a post Ferguson healing center. Will keeping them open help?

Young men and women, all about Michael Brown’s age, sat in a loose circle in a room at Youth Uprising, the popular youth center in East Oakland. Their faces were somber in their shades of brown and black and...
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Local black men come together in Oakland to discuss Ferguson, how to move forward

On Dec. 1, 20 young men of color dressed in everything from hoodies and jeans to slacks and dress shirts convened at Oakland’s Impact Hub for a frank, fishbowl-style conversation on the Ferguson grand jury...
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A few words on Ferguson, Cleveland and NY (Community Voices)

The recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York - the heartbreaking loss of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, three unarmed black males (two of whom were children, Rice just 12 years old), at...
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Video: Soccer creates leaders of Oakland’s immigrant students

They are refugees from countries where repressive governments or gangs frightened them to keep quiet. But here, the teenagers at Oakland International High School used their voices - and their new English...
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Sharing: another way of giving thanks (Community Voices)

As we enter the holiday craze, driven by our increasing need to consume, I am committed to remaining focused on the season's intended spirit of love. The Grand Jury decision to take no action against Ferguson...
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How inconveniencing and discomforting do you think racism is? (Community Voices)

By Hodari Davis Hey white folks, in case you didn't know, Justice is going to be an inconvenience. Your convenience is wedded to the current order, which means I endure constant and persistent micro...
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The new social network: local organizations diminishing modern slavery

Almost 150 years after the thirteenth amendment legally abolished slavery, we’re still fighting for freedom. In my previous article, modern day slavery was explored through the complex, multi-layered...
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Street harassment viral video spurs local response: see it here

Recently, a short video sponsored by the New York-based anti-harassment group Hollaback! went viral on the web.  It featured a two-minute clip of a woman walking the streets of New York and receiving...
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OUSD gets schooled on sex (Community Voices)

This is a story about how an unlikely group of people — students and teachers, health professionals and community organizers — worked together to identify a problem, compile data, navigate multiple...