Sandra Tavel

Sandra Tavel lives and works in East Oakland. Emigrating from La Paz, Bolivia and growing up in suburban Denver shaped her desire to put roots down in a place that is diverse, politically progressive and rich in social justice oriented history.  This journey brought her to Oakland, which gets a disturbing and bizarre rap on much of the media that exists today. She’s looking to move the needle to create different narratives that reflect the complexity and nuances that make Oakland what it is. She has been an avid writer and voracious reader her whole life.  When she’s not working, reading or writing, you can find her at yoga class, hiking the Redwood Regional Park System or playing on the beach with her partner and two dogs.

Stories by Sandra

Oakland’s May Day Procession

Monday, May 1, 2017. May Day procession through the Fruitvale District on International Blvd at 29th Ave.  Words matter and I’d like to see these

Finding Ease

“No struggle.  No strain.  Be happy,” the clipped yet gentle voice of my yoga teacher rings in my ears as I make my best attempt

No Judgment

It was 2004 in San Francisco’s Mission District. I was at the Lexington Club with my friends standing at the juke box. An attractive, tattooed,

Rattled on Election Night

Oakland Voices has a tradition of having a pizza party before heading out to collect stories on election night. My stomach jumped around and though