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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.
Crisis Support Services of Oakland, CA counsels youth with suicidal thoughts by text message. Photo courtesy of Crisis Support Services.

Meeting teens where they are: Suicide prevention by text message

Alameda County teenagers struggling with suicidal thoughts can find help by sending a text message.
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.
Highland Hospital in Oakland is currently undergoing retrofitting to meet seismic safety standards.

Hospitals in Oakland prepare for the next earthquake

Hospitals are conducting emergency drills and retrofitting buildings to withstand the next big shake.
Honorees at Friday's Red Cross Alameda County heroes breakfast. Back row: Emily Scholz, Josie Mattos, Dan Gale, Ed Coyne, Tim DeGrano, Jose Tamayo. Front row: Mary Silveria, Renee Herzfeld, Lisa Grodin, Bishop Jerry Macklin.

Red Cross honors Alameda County heroes for bravery, service

Alameda county residents who show exceptional commitment and service are recognized.
Eric Maundu, an electrical engineer grow fresh foods sustainable in urban cities using smart aquaponic systems.  He teaches at American Steel Studio in West Oakland.

Eric Maundu greens up Oakland at Kijani Grows

Out of a small section of warehouse space in West Oakland, Eric Maundu is growing a big dream. He wants to make it possible for almost anyone to grow food in an economical, energy efficient...
Adisa Banjoko

Q&A with Hip Hop Chess Federation founder on partnership with East Bay schools

Banjoko once lived in Oakland and was a part of the ‘90s Bay Area Hip Hop music scene. Currently, he is teaching chess and life strategies to students at Encinal High School in Alameda through...
A new billboard campaign from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office is aimed at combatting youth sex trafficking. (Photo courtesy of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office)

Oakland introduces new billboard campaign to combat human trafficking

Oakland District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced Thursday morning the launch of a billboard campaign aimed at combating human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of minors in the Bay Area.