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Canticle Farms: Dancing on the Horizon

When one hears the word “farm,” all sorts of images cross one’s mind.  The idyllic world described in the childhood nursery rhyme  “Old McDonald.”  Small truck farms located on the margins of country roads.  Or maybe the acres and acres of farmland one sees driving down I-5. Canticle Farm is none of these.  Rather it […]

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Breathless in the 94621

Children growing up with asthma are a reality for families living in the 94621. “The most polluted zip code in Oakland,” said Nehanda  Imara, an organizer with Communities for a Better Environment (CBE). “We need to know what we’re breathing, what’s in our environment!” reads the CBE publication, announcing the Latino East Oakland Resident Leaders, […]


Her Resilience: From a Seed to a Flower

  When I first spoke with Hazel Streete of the “Her Resilience: a Mural for Women Affected by Violence” project in the late fall of 2014, her team had just found a home for their project at Park Avenue Garden after a long search. Saturday, March 21st, the Park Garden was lined with colorfully painted […]

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A Ride through a Neighborhood

  I could hear, “We’re tired of this,” echoing off the walls of First Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church. Brenda Payton, Oakland Voices coordinator, told correspondents  from Sacramento and Oakland Voices how members from this seemingly small East Oakland Church walk the streets in their neighborhoods.  We took in the church’s smallness as we listened […]