Tobacco leaves dry in the sun as people gather to ready the garden for spring at IFH

The InterTribal Friendship House: A Tradition of Growing

It’s a sunny and clear Valentine’s Day morning, and young and old arrive at the InterTribal Friendship House (or IFH) to ready the community garden for spring. There are trays of seedlings that need to be transplanted, dried herbs and corn that need to be cleaned and bagged, and after the rains earlier in the […]

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Josefina Lopez in the doorway of Corazon del Pueblo

A Faith That Bears Good Fruit

  Josefina Lopez, the co-founder and proprietor of Corazon del Pueblo on East Oakland’s International Boulevard, may seem an unlikely social activist,  Her mild demeanor and warmth hide a warrior with a  passion for social justice. Her passion was shaped by a childhood where her family’s comparatively poor circumstances, coupled with her lack of mastery […]

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Healing from the scars and sin of racism is ongoing

  When Illinois Senator Barack Hussein Obama was elected president of the United States in 2008 to great fanfare, it was popularly believed the United States had exorcized the demons of racism from its national character. To be sure, Obama’s election was a step forward and most fair-minded people would probably acknowledge this.  The percentage […]