Eastmont Town Center

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By Janice Davis It is the early afternoon of June 27, 2014 when I decide to visit the Eastmont Town Center on 73rd Ave and MacArthur. The weather is sunny and breezy. The Wellness Center offers numerous medical services, a lot of which are free. A lot of people come in for the resources. For […]

PHOTOS: Congratulations, graduates!

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Congratulations to all of our East Oakland 2012-2013 correspondents. We were thrilled to celebrate your hard work, and your commitment to your city, at our graduation last month. The Oakland Tribune, The Maynard Institute, and your site director Christopher Johnson wish you all nothing but the best as you continue to tell the stories of […]

Our future doctors and nurses, straight out of East Oakland

For 16 year-old Ivan Arreola, ACHPP is helping to put his dream of becoming a doctor within reach. Katherine Brown - Oakland Voices.

By Katherine Brown In looking at the negative perception many people have of East Oakland, one would think that there was no opportunity for success, especially amongst youth. With limited resources and outlets to support youth in their professional and academic development, the future seems to be very bleak for young people. However, organizations like […]

A Day in the Life of Lam Vo

Lam included this sketch of the inmate exercise yard in his last letter.
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By Debora Gordon Lam ended a recent letter with “Write me when you find the time. I certainly have all the time in the world to wait.” This prompted me to ask him what it is really like to be living in prison and what typical days are like. He sent me a detailed account. […]

My Magic Pill

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This piece was done in collaboration with the What’s Your Story? Project of KQED’s California Report. By Sabirah Mustafa I used to wish for a magic pill what would enable me to swallow away my problems so I could successfully navigate my unfulfilled life. But when I found it, it wasn’t in any pharmacy. For […]

The English Center

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By Jian Di Liang Being in the United States for two and a half years, my happiest time was the period studying at the English Center – a non-profit organization that helps new immigrants, refugees, and international students improve English skills and find jobs. To me, the Center was like a small society. I met […]

A Former Teachers’ Union President Considers Her Legacy

Former Oakland Education Association President and current Sequoia Elementary School teacher Betty Olson-Jones poses in her 5th grade classroom
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Former Oakland Education Association President and current Sequoia Elementary School teacher Betty Olson-Jones poses in her 5th grade classroom Photo: Oakland Voices/Debora Gordon January 2013 By Debora Gordon Betty Olson-Jones is back in the classroom after two terms as the president of the Oakland Education Association. As Betty was approaching the end of her second […]

To a Cop On a Chase, a Stolen Car May Be Worth More Than Your Life

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By Ronald Owens What’s more valuable, your life or a stolen vehicle? To most people, that’s probably a no-brainer. Your life, of course. Let’s rephrase the question. What’s more valuable to a police officer chasing a suspected car thief – the stolen car, or your life? Judging from the frequency with which innocent bystanders are […]