Culture

Sophie Elkin reads her poetry at the Oakland Public Library. Photo by Chloe Shi.

Oakland’s unconventional third Youth Poet Laureate finds her voice

17-year-old Sophie Elkin, named Oakland's 3rd Youth Poet Laureate in August, writes about what she knows: the grit and grandeur of Oakland’s people and places and the less tangible but no less real world of...
Alexis Johnson, aka L.D.D.B., raps about food justice. Photo courtesy of Muse Video.

Using rap and music videos, youth fight fast food addiction

Young artists, including rapper Alexis Johnson, create a music video warning fellow youth about the health dangers of fast food.
A Planting Justice volunteer "tickles" the roots of a plant for a newly-built herb garden.

Planting Justice builds edible gardens for urban dwellers

Oakland-based grassroots organization builds edible gardens to grow sustainable food, create jobs, and build community.