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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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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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Photos From The Oakland Protest In Solidarity With Ferguson

Last night hundreds took to the streets of Oakland to protest the ruling by a grand jury that officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters...
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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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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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Kapor Center establishes Oakland as the epicenter of tech for social justice

There's something happening on Craigslist that some people might find disturbing: landlords are listing spots in North and West Oakland as being located in "the new tech area." But while tech has been...
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10 things you need to know about Oakland’s garbage rate increase

Currently, Oakland residents pay their garbage bills through Waste Management of Alameda County: $29.80 a month for single family homes and $474.20 for 20-unit buildings. The city council voted last week to...
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Oakland Local launches “Street food: Meet the people who make it”

We rely on them to nourish us with their Tandoori chicken, grilled vegetable burritos, Chapati and lentil stews.  We count on their convenient locations when we are rushing around or just want to be outdoors...
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Oakland street food: Meet the people who make it

http://youtu.be/T1CZPPZ_Tfw It’s 5:30 a.m., dark and cold. Even so, most of the approximately 200 street food vendors who sell in Oakland are already hard at work, shopping for their ingredients or...