What if They Held a Dinner and Everyone was Able to Eat

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  “What if they held a dinner and everyone was able to eat?” This is the question 385 anti-hunger advocates posed to their state assembly representatives last week in Sacramento.  Busloads of multicultural citizen activists from around the state, decked out in bright-orange t-shirts inscribed with End Hunger!, arrived Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to […]

Oakland CROP walkers take one step at a time against hunger

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While Bay Area landlords, developers and real estate investors wildly cheer the latest housing boom, spiraling rents and housing prices, a small number of local residents responded Saturday morning to a more somber fact for Oakland residents – the increasing number of people who depend on the Alameda County Food Bank and local pantries for […]

A Long Walk for Nuclear Disarmament

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  The Chinese philosopher Lao Tze once observed, “[A] journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” On Sunday morning, March 22nd, in Oakland, Buddhist monk and peace activist Brother Senji Kanada along with two other Buddhist monks and 15 other supporters began the third day of a three week-long walk to promote […]

Best Eats in East Oakland

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Oakland Voices correspondents compiled a list of their favorite places to eat in East Oakland, ranging from fresh donuts to birria – goat stew. The restaurants and taco trucks will take you on a tour of International Boulevard. All are single $ — meaning inexpensive. Some take cash only. All are mouth-watering. Here you go […]

Canticle Farms: Dancing on the Horizon

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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 […]

Breathless in the 94621

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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

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  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 […]

A Ride through a Neighborhood

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  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 […]

Sharing Oakland

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  Oakland greeted the Sacramento Voices with sunshine and cool bay breezes on Saturday, March 14. Oakland Voices and Sacramento Voices correspondents boarded a bus that would take us through the heart of Oakland. Our first stop was a step back into the history of our journalistic lineage. At the Tribune building,  Martin Reynolds, senior […]

Two Journalistic communities tour Oakland

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Being the first newspaper in the country to have an African-American editor, The Oakland Tribune carries a tradition of diversity. Today we see this tradition continued through the Oakland Voices program it started a few years ago. Oakland Voices is a community journalism project that seeks to report the rich stories that often go unnoticed […]

There’s so much more to Oakland

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Taking a tour of my own city isn’t something I’ve done before, but something everyone should do once in their life. I’m slowly piecing together the places, the people, the history of this fascinating city as time goes on, but it became clear as the Voices tour traveled down International Boulevard that my cohorts at […]

Oakland: Through a Tourist’s Lens

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On March 14, the correspondents of Oakland Voices and Sacramento Voices came together in Oakland to meet and discover the city.  While driving through Oakland, we stopped at historic  places that contributed to the evolution of what we now know as Oakland. We saw where the Black Panther’s started the free breakfast program for school […]

This is Why I Hella Love Oakland

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It’s not often that I play tour guide in my hometown of Oakland. Usually when family or friends visit they want to see iconic places like the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower and Fisherman’s Wharf, all which are across the bay in San Francisco. March 14,  our community journalist colleagues from Sacramento Voices drove over […]

Festival Food Favorite Finds a Home in Fruitvale

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Gone are the days of waiting patiently for the next Pacific Islander family event, Pacific Islander festival or outdoor Reggae concert to enjoy Polynesian comfort food at its finest. Mo’s Hut opened its doors in the Fruitvale District, a neighborhood already well recognized among Bay Area foodie circles and beyond for its Latin American cuisine. […]

Oakland School Board Meeting 101

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Oakland Education Association (OEA) and their supporters’ communication tactic of choice, repetitive loudness, met its  match at the February 25th Oakland School Board meeting, when pre-kindergarteners  paraded hand-in-hand while John Lennon song’s, “All the People,” played. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbcHAV3ah5g&feature=youtu.be Smiles filled the room and civility reigned-in disgruntled discourse for most of the six-hour meeting. Mothers and fathers […]