Jul 27, 2022

Grand Times: Life on the lake has something for everyone

Social science experts and census takers claim that great cities and urban neighborhoods have double narratives that include rich, deeply embedded historical narratives and progressive, state-of-the-art attitudes, amenities and commercial development. The best among them prove a person–to-culture matching hypothesis that says people are most satisfied and happier in...
Apr 27, 2022

Planting Justice: Sobrante Park neighbors work together

Sobrante Park is the kind of neighborhood families stay in for generations. It’s the right kind of place for a project like the Planting Justice nursery, an attempt to tap the deep roots of the community to...
Apr 27, 2022

Hi, Honey, I’m Home: East Bay beekeepers say home is where the hive is

When English wildlife photographer Martin Dohrn’s documentary, My Garden of a Thousand Bees, aired in 2021, it wasn’t just the existing backyard beekeeping community that was abuzz. Watching Dohrn, homebound like everyone else during the height of the...
Apr 6, 2022

Remembering Is Resistance: Tarabu Betserai Kirkland touches hearts & minds with ‘100 Years from...

In her 111 years on the planet, Mamie (Lang Kirkland) was never preoccupied with her cellphone or thinking about what she should do next. She started every day with coffee, ended every evening with ice cream, and...
Mar 2, 2022

Changing Culture in the OUSD: Restorative justice can reduce harm before it happens

One of the most proven alternative approaches to addressing crime is to create a supportive culture in educational settings. This approach—restorative justice—is already in place in Oakland. Readers may be familiar with the term, but what really...
Feb 23, 2022

Rosie’s Redux: Union trades revive as suitable jobs for women

In the iconic image, Rosie the Riveter—a woman in a polka-dot bandana—crooks a muscular arm as her speech balloon says, “We can do it!” What happened to her and her sisters post-World War II is also familiar. As...
Feb 2, 2022

Toxic Tides: Groups demand action now as seas rise

The sea is already rising, nibbling at vulnerable East Bay communities. Climate scientists warn the so-called “doomsday” glacier may fracture within five years, possibly leading to the collapse of the entire Antarctic ice sheet, potentially resulting in...
Jan 26, 2022

Black Teacher Shortage: Experts blame underrepresentation in colleges and discrimination on the job

A growing body of research shows that Black students who have at least one Black teacher growing up are more likely to graduate high school and enroll in college than those who don’t. Yet California still woefully lacks...
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