East Oakland

6:00pm

Wed October 22, 2014
Education

The debate over more charter schools in Oakland

Yolanda Castillo and her three children

Betsy Rubio is seven years old, and lives on MacArthur and 77th in the Castlemont neighborhood of East Oakland. But she attends Urban Montessori school, about 30 minutes away by bus. She told me about her first week of second grade. "First we go to morning circle, to figure out some rules. And then something called read aloud, where the teacher reads and we draw."

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5:36pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Arts & Culture

Oakland youth grow a taste for fruits and veggies

Agriculture experts from Acta Non Verba on the job
Kelly Carlisle

I’m walking across an old baseball diamond at Tassafaronga Park in Oakland with four very qualified agriculture experts. We’re approaching a new vegetable garden that they helped create.

“First we picked our seeds, and then we got to get our hands all dirty with the soil,” says eight-year old gardener Jordan Sanders. He’s a member of Acta Non Verba, an urban farming program for local, low-income youth.

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4:52pm

Thu September 25, 2014
Arts & Culture

Artist turns trash cans into public art in Richmond and Oakland

Rosie the Riveter smiles out from the side of a trashcan decorated by Daud Abdullah in front of Richmond’s City Hall.
Sukey Lewis

We all throw stuff away—about four and a half pounds of garbage a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

We’ve gotten used to hearing the three commandments of waste management: recycle, reduce, and reuse. But recently, the term “up-cycle” has come into vogue. That’s the idea that you can take waste materials and turn them into something valuable and even beautiful.

Mosaic artist Daud Abdullah up-cycles pieces of trashed pottery, tile, mirror, and glass to make public art on garbage cans in Oakland and Richmond.

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6:52pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Arts & Culture

East Oakland's Scraper bike team takes over the streets "with a positive heart"

R.B. oversees the work of the Scraper Bike Team in the backyard of El ColectiVelo bike shop in East Oakland.
Audrey Dilling

At the end of a narrow alley off of International Boulevard, through the open doorway of El ColectíVelo bike shop, I’m greeted by a young boy.

“R.B.! It’s the lady here for you!” he shouts.

“R.B.” are initials I’ll hear shouted out a lot of today. They stand for Reggie Burnett. He’s the leader here.

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5:55pm

Tue June 10, 2014
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Jeannette King-Harris wants to turn her neighborhood around

Jeannette King-Harris

Jeannette King-Harris grew up in Oakland and says she’s tired of all the difficulties young people face there today. So, she’s launching an organization called Planting Special Seeds to change that. It’s a youth empowerment program that offers job training, educational advising, and emotional support to young people from around Oakland.

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