Tony Daquipa

Tony Daquipa is a musician who has been studying and playing a variety of percussion instruments since 1986. In the 1990s, he was also a journalist, historian, and community activist. After that, he worked in non-profit public health for 13 years, during which time he also returned to school to study public policy. He is in his third year of working in the public sector. In addition to public service and music, Tony is a proud parent, public school advocate, published poet, photographer, hop farmer, collector of East Oakland rainwater, urban bicyclist, karaoke diva, grumpy old man, storyteller, and preserver of history.

Stories by Tony

Life in the Killing Fields

As I walk down this residential street in East Oakland, I notice how the front yard of every house is green. There are no lawns

My Election Night

I was really looking forward to my assignment to cover District 7 City Council candidate Nehanda Imara’s election night watch- party. Imara and two other

Loyal To His Soil

Benito Daquipa, my grandfather, was born in a rocky hollow surrounded by tall hills covered with tall trees. The little hollow near the town of