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What if Oakland is one of the thin places? (Community Voices)

*Thin places: a Celtic term for those places where the division between earth and heaven collapse, where we can contemplate and experience the divine in the midst of our lived experiences. I went to college...
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On colds and neighbors and unsheltered people in Oakland (Community Voices)

I woke up with a hacking cough at about 3AM this morning. I focused solely on my own misery until I heard an accompanying cough through the wall; my neighbor in the next apartment in my fancy Jack London...
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Police Militarization Makes Us Less Safe: Why I Oppose Urban Shield (Community Voices)

“Because we deserve better,” I said to every West Oakland resident I encountered. The 87-year-old lifetime resident and the 30-something hipster alike nodded sagely and said, “that’s right.” I was...