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Oakland Juneteenth Celebration Returns on June 27

  It’s time again for West Oakland’s annual Juneteenth Celebration.  Presented this year by the B-H Brilliant Minds Project, the festivities will held on June 27th, 11 AM to 6 PM, at 3233 Market St. This is a family-friendly event with games, pony rides,  and face-painting for kids.  There will also be a youth Spoken […]

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When Red Bleeds Orange

  Ask Lorrain Taylor, founder of 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, or Rev.Damita Davis-Howard of Ceasefire Oakland about gun violence.  Both Oakland women have lost children, family members and friends to the local and national epidemic of gun-related crime.  And both women are in the forefront of efforts to raise awareness about the harm committed […]

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What if They Held a Dinner and Everyone was Able to Eat

  “What if they held a dinner and everyone was able to eat?” This is the question 385 anti-hunger advocates posed to their state assembly representatives last week in Sacramento.  Busloads of multicultural citizen activists from around the state, decked out in bright-orange t-shirts inscribed with End Hunger!, arrived Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to […]

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When a Pathway Through Hell Leads to New Hope

Perhaps a parent’s worst nightmare is to outlive her own children.  But can someone imagine the horror of learning that two of your children have been gunned down in a senseless murder on the streets?  And can it get any worse than the tragedy that your children are twin brothers – one of whom had […]