Just because there are no cameras in the courtroom doesn't mean I want this trial to go quietly. The public needs to pay attention to the case. An incident like this can easily happen anywhere, not just Oakland.
At 19 years old, James Berk is the youngest of seven owners of Mandela Foods Cooperative in West Oakland, California. It's a remarkable achievement for someone who dropped out of school in fifth grade.
When I was in high school, the encouragement I got was "You can go anywhere. Money shouldn't be an issue." When I started working as a college advisor, I imparted the same advice to motivate my students. But lately, I feel like I'm lying.