2014 Oakland Dollars for Scholars scholarship recipients and founder Pamela Collinshill smile at a chance for educational growth in the community through multi-year scholarships and college awareness (Courtesy of Oakland Dollars for Scholars)

Struggling scholarship committee hopes to send Oakland students to college

Since its founding in 1995, Oakland Dollars for Scholars has had trouble rounding up funds for their scholarship recipients. The non-profit community organization seeks to pry open the doors to higher education that rising costs...
As contract negotiations lead to a battle for change in class sizes, caseloads, and salaries, teacher and school staff take to park boulevard in a march for a fair contract.

Oakland teachers protest workload and pick up pickets signs during contract negotiations

It started with a bargaining tactic, and continued on Wednesday afternoon as a group of about 70 parents, students, and teachers walked down Park Boulevard carrying signs and shouting that they wanted a fairer contract....
A volunteer donating platelets - in addition to donating blood, volunteers can also donate platelets which are used to prevent massive blood loss and blood vessel leakage. Photo by Faviola Leyva.

American Red Cross encouraging African-Americans to donate blood

In honor of Black History Month, the American Red Cross is commemorating the development of modern-day blood banking, pioneered by an African-American surgeon—Dr. Charles Drew. They have organized more than a dozen blood donation opportunities...
Mustafa Ahadi bottles kombucha at the House Kombucha production facility in Fruitvale. Ahadi started working at House Kombucha after completing a food and beverage industry course at the Bread Project, a workforce development program based in Emeryville.

Bread Project offers fresh start for low-income residents

Mustafa Ahadi came to the United States as a refugee after working as a medical translator with the US Armed Forces in Kabul. "This is a good country to find the dreams," he says.
Children join musician Michael Chiaravelotti as he plays his handmade instrument at the 7th annual Bay Area International Children's Film Festival. Photo by Nicole A. West

Children’s film festival inspires creativity

Children of all ages swarmed in and out of planetarium theaters at the Chabot Space and Science Center this weekend for the 7th annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival. With two full days of...
A view of Oakland Omni Commons space from above.

Omni Commons supporters work to build a free, open community workspace

Every corner in this building has something going on: La Commune, a collectively-run and worker-owned bookstore and café, is turning the entrance into a cozy place which will welcome visitors with a cup of something...
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Hip Hop therapy moves into its second generation, as survivors become mentors

In Oakland, like many urban cities, violence tends to beget violence. But one program is attempting to use artistic expression to interrupt the cycle of bloodshed that pervades the city.
Civic leaders speak out against child exploitation in East Oakland. From left to right: Councilmember Noel Gallo, Lt. Henderson Jordan, Community Activist Genice Jacobs, and Mayor Jean Quan.

Quan announces plan to stop sexual exploitation of children in Oakland

In one of her last organizing projects as mayor of Oakland, Jean Quan announced last week a new effort to stop the sexual exploitation of children along a stretch of East Oakland. The city began...