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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...
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Locals hold net neutrality hearing

A coalition of local organizations concerned about preserving net neutrality held their own hearing, Bay Area Speaks, last Thursday night in SF. At issue is the Federal Communications Commission debate on...
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At the Ferguson protest in Oakland (First person)

Photos and video by Eric Anderson At 6pm last night a few hundred people were gathered at Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland. They were waiting to hear what the grand jury would decide to do with...
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Free Thanksgiving community meals link round-up

Looking for ways to spend Thanksgiving with your community? Oakland Local’s got a few suggestions: City of Oakland is hosting its 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for low-income families, seniors, and...
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Living the New Economy Convergence comes to Oakland

On a Thursday in late October, Oakland’s first annual Living the New Economy Convergence kicked off in downtown Oakland, aimed at inspiring conference-goers to “co-create a new economic reality in the...
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Link roundup: Helping new young immigrants

If you'd like to help the 200 or more kids who escaped the violence of Central America and are trying to adjust to a new life in Oakland, these organizations and schools are hard at work to help. Two high...
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The new social network: highlighting our “Slavery Footprint” in consumerism

What do toothpaste, your underwear, and your smartphone have in common? An interactive website created by Oakland-founded startup Made in a Free World aggregates everything you use and consume on a daily...
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Children from Central America find community in Oakland

Maximiliano sits at a computer in the library of Oakland International High School, following English phrases on his screen and through his headphones. He pauses sometimes to look around the room or to help...
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Learning to pickle with Oakland’s Phat Beetz Youth Pickle Co.

Lorena Ramos and Max Cadji want to introduce some legit Oakland culture into your diet, specifically raw pickled vegetables: fermented, sealed and sold by the Phat Beetz Youth Pickling Company (PBYPC). Just...
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Why Oakland needs net neutrality

By Paul Goodman More and more, Oakland is bursting with lively, creative local businesses and artists, and the Federal Communications Commission is weighing issues that could either encourage this creative...