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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Oakland street food: The paths to legitimacy

Along the sidewalks of Oakland’s Fruitvale district, street food vendors are busy every day selling traditional tamales, fresh fruit, corn chips and homemade ice cream. If you talk to them, you’ll learn they are also busy establishing citizenship, acquiring legal sellers’ permits, and expanding their businesses in pursuit of the American Dream. What started in

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Oakland street food: Meet the people who make it

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 slicing, mixing and cooking what they will...

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Catch East Bay punk duo Dark Beach this month!

Need a break from the monotony of corporeality? Rock out with Dark Beach to songs about mermaids, witches, and other ethereal creatures! With lead singer/guitarist Faith Garner 8 months pregnant, Dark Beach will be playing two more...

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Oakland teens take on fast food industry in new video

Ever think about how that processed sugar, white flour and trans-fat grease in fast food is not all that different than drugs? That’s the message some Oakland teenagers present in their new music video, Are You Loving...

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Oakland’s “Stop the War on Children” protest calls for peace

What do an activist Rabbi, a Quaker organization, and a revolutionary feminist have in common? Answer: A passion for social justice and solidarity with victims of violence along the US/Mexico border and in Gaza. This passion was...

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Talk and read to your baby, Hillary Clinton and local groups advise

Read to your little children. Talk to them. Sing to them. If you do they’ll be smarter. That advice seems like common sense in some ways, but yesterday, Hillary Clinton came to town to join a coalition...

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Tech4Good comes to Oakland with new economic models

An organization that has been a staple of the Alt Tech scene in San Francisco is now hosting events in Downtown Oakland.  It is another sign that Oakland is definitely becoming a major place to hold gatherings...

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...

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Oakland school board denies charter for Reems, seeks parcel tax for its high schools

A tiny K-8th grade charter school that serves kids in East Oakland’s most dangerous and desperate neighborhood lost its charter Wednesday night after an emotional session before the Oakland board of education. (see more below) In a...

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Video – Linked Learning for Oakland high schoolers: What’s it all about?

Oakland school officials believe high school students are more serious about classwork and study harder when they can connect their high school curriculum with real-world work. Armed with data showing that students involved in internships tend to...

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