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Oakland: Opening of the Oscar Grant Film + Zimmerman 'Not Guilty' Verdict + Vandalism = A Sad, Mad City

(8) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 1:19 PM

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I am Oscar Grant by artist Eesuu Orundide, photo by Elliott Johnson

This past weekend, after numerous sold-out screenings of the newly released film Fruitvale Station, about the life and tragic shooting death of unarmed Oaklander Oscar Grant by a...

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Oakland's First Fridays and Art Murmur: Let's Raise This Baby Outside the Box

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 3:40 PM

Oakland must continue to support its artistic community to ensure its future. "Out-of-the-box" creative thinking will be essential toward solving the city's problems and taking advantage of its opportunities.
Photo credit: Pamela Mays McDonald

Today, I call on all proud Oaklanders and art-lovers...

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Geotourism: A Great New Reason to Visit Lake Tahoe

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 11:01 AM


Quick: When you hear the phrase "Lake Tahoe," what's the first thing that comes to your mind? If you said "skiing" or "casinos," you'd respond as probably 99% of Bay Area residents do. If you said "geography," "sustainability" or "culture," you'd be...

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Another "First" in Artistic Achievement: Director Peter Ramsey

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 12:51 PM


The history of African American artists is replete with the names of pioneers who broke barriers in the pursuit of mainstream professional success.

There was Joshua Johnson, the first African American professional painter, in the late 1700s. As a...

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"Scraper Bikes for Life" Saves Lives in Oakland

(3) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 10:59 AM


On a recent afternoon, the skateboard park was the most populated section of gritty DeFremery Park in West Oakland. In this working class area, with unemployment, crime, violence and gentrification, just under the giant shipping cranes from the nearby Port of Oakland,...

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'Your Money Or Your Life': Cancer Patient Races Against Health Insurance Cap

(23) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 2:29 PM

A 38-year-old Berkeley native named Kenya Wheeler seems to have everything: a positive personality; youthful good looks; a promising career; a loving, smart partner and a diverse group of friends in the Bay Area .

Kenya is a computer nerd and a policy wonk. He can recite facts, policies and...

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Occupy Oakland Reflects Diversity, Unity, And A Legacy Of Activism

(6) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 9:29 PM

Oakland, California, 10 October 2011---Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza set the stage for this city's entry into the "Occupation" phenomenon that is spreading across the country. Following on the heels of "Occupy San Francisco" and "Occupy San Jose," the Oakland event began Monday under...

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South Florida Early Voting Lines: Cesarean Sections, Nonagenarians and Sam Cooke

(16) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 9:29 AM

MIAMI --- (As told to the correspondent by husband-and-wife Obama Volunteers Pierina and Aramis in the Coral Gables office)

The last early voting hours for Miami-Dade County were 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 pm Sunday. "You could feel the hope in the votes,"...

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ANTI-Abortion Protesters Storm South Florida Obama Office

(37) Comments | Posted October 31, 2008 | 5:06 PM

Coral Gables, Florida-- A group of approximately fifty anti-abortion protestors, with Spanish-language press in tow, descended upon the Obama for America campaign offices in Coral Gables, Florida yesterday, October 30. Escorted by their activist priest, the group was armed with printed signs depicting aborted fetuses. Their hand-printed signs read, "A...

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Campaign Journal: Camp Obama, GOTV and Phonebanking in Northern California

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2008 | 12:54 PM

Pamela Mays McDonald is an OffTheBus grassroots correspondent. Each week she contributes a campaign journal documenting her life out on the trail.

The Last "Camp Obama"

OAKLAND, CA---When I first accepted an invitation to serve as a facilitator, I had no idea what to...

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Campaign Journal: Young San Francisco Does Its Part for Obama While Dancing

(8) Comments | Posted October 15, 2008 | 4:56 PM

San Francisco is the darkest blue of cities in the bluest state of the red, white and blue United States. It's the least red (and the least white) of cities as well. For two centuries, the "City by the Bay" has attracted the young, the adventurous, the bohemian, the fun-loving,...

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