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 […]
By Sheila Blandon I first heard about the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary through online media. I saw all the attention it got by the media and social networks. As soon as I saw news of the shooting I already expected it to be covered nationally. At the same time, communities and government officials began to take […]
When Chinese parents come to the US, they often sacrifice themselves for their children. Often, they can’t take the time to sit and study English because they are working several jobs to provide better lives for their kids. You would think that, as a society, everyone would respect that kind of hard work. It’s part of American values, isn’t it?
By Sheila Blandon As our death rates increase, community members came together on December 29, 2012, on the corner of 92nd and International Blvd. to mourn for the cell phone store owner, Wilbur Bartley, who was gunned down during a robbery two months ago. Churches all over Oakland partnered to create awareness about the issue […]
By Sheila Blandon Ivet Castro is a 20-year old immigrant Mexican woman living in Oakland with hopes to improve her living circumstances and help her mother at the same time. Castro is fluent in English, and is a waitress at a Chinese restaurant. She stresses that because she is not an American citizen, her options […]
What’s healthy about our community? What’s not healthy about it? How can we improve it? These questions were posed to patrons of the Oakland Museum of California at the institution’s free First Sunday on December 2, 2012. I also solicited an opinion on Oakland from a man on the street in downtown Berkeley. I found many […]
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Protesters, spectators, passers-by, and police gathered at Oakland’s city hall plaza on October 25, 2012, marking the one-year anniversary of the day the police tore down Occupy Oakland’s tent camp encampment at the plaza. West Oakland resident Janay Smith, 20, talks about the anniversary event and the relevance, and the irrelevance, of the Occupy movement.
The essay described an evening in May or June of that year, in which he was riding around Oakland in a car with some other teenage boys he claimed not to know very well. At some point during long the way, they gave Lam a gun, and the boys together attempted to rob a corner store.
By Sheila Blandon There are many artists in the Bay Area, but Rayven’s passion and motivation sets him apart from the rest. He has came a long way, from being a part of a group along with his brother, to now launching his own carreer. Born and raised in East Oakland, Rayven Justice and his younger […]