Oakland Voices is recruiting for the 2015-16 Class


By Brenda Payton oaklandvoices5@gmail.com EAST OAKLAND — One of the 2014 Oakland Voices correspondents reminded me that, as coordinator, I looked at the first gathering of our community correspondents and said, “This is how newsrooms should look.” The group represented Oakland in all of its diversity: African-American, Polynesian, Latino, Caucasian, straight, gay, lesbian, religious, undocumented, […]

Oakland Juneteenth Celebration Returns on June 27


  It’s time again for West Oakland’s annual Juneteenth Celebration.  Presented this year by the B-H Brilliant Minds Project, the festivities will held on June 27th, 11 AM to 6 PM, at 3233 Market St. This is a family-friendly event with games, pony rides,  and face-painting for kids.  There will also be a youth Spoken […]

When Red Bleeds Orange


  Ask Lorrain Taylor, founder of 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, or Rev.Damita Davis-Howard of Ceasefire Oakland about gun violence.  Both Oakland women have lost children, family members and friends to the local and national epidemic of gun-related crime.  And both women are in the forefront of efforts to raise awareness about the harm committed […]

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


  “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


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


  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


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


  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

The Oakland Tribune building

  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

Oakland Voices show Sacramento Voices their town

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


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


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


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 […]