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Artist Michael Hannan explores unified humanity through exhibit, “Making Human”

Michael Hannan reveals "Making Human," his indigenous art collection at Oakstop. He uses cultural history, music, storytelling, and folk art, to portray the underlying theme of the collection-- the common ground we share in being...
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones speaks about Prop. 45 at UC Berkeley. Gabriel J. Sanchez

Hikes in health insurance rates could be denied by state commissioner if Prop. 45 passes

Proposition 45, a November ballot measure empowering the state’s elected insurance commissioner to rule on health insurance rate hikes, is drawing heated debate and hefty donations from Oakland groups with a stake in health care.
The 2014 rendition of Longfellow neighbours' improvised lemonade stand "parklet" on Oakland's MLK Way.

MLK parklet becomes the seed for a neighborhood’s dreams

Two women rolled out a grass carpet on MLK, and then served free lemonade one sunny September morning. A year later this space has become a symbol of change and community.
Causa Justa members debrief after the advancement of a Tenant Protection Ordinance at Tuesday's special committee meeting

After contentious meeting, Tenant Protection Ordinance will advance

Emotions ran high as tenants, landlords and council members discussed whether or not to pass the Tenant Protection Ordinance during a Special Community and Economic Development Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The Ordinance was ultimately...
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.