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Raiders players read to West Oakland children in effort to promote literacy

The Oakland Raiders teamed up with the West Oakland Youth Center and First Book, a nonprofit that gives books to children in low-income neighborhoods, to bring free books to children during their "Rush to Read"...

In an era of harsh immigration policies, Bay Area faith leaders create sanctuary

Bay Area religious leaders and activists use their faith to fight for immigrants.

For families with loved ones in prison, incarceration takes its toll

Incarceration doesn't just affect the incarcerated, it alters the lives of their loved ones as well. Families struggle to maintain these relationships because of the financial and emotional burdens that the prison system places on...

Local nonprofit offers support for formerly incarcerated people

Community Works is a nonprofit organization in Oakland that provides services for formerly incarcerated people. These include parenting classes and groups that help men discuss ways they can overcome “toxic” masculine behaviors. For the past year,...

Shrimp Falafel Mix: how one family-run food truck thrives in Oakland

The city of Oakland implemented a new food vending program in 2017. But, how accessible is the industry to immigrant communities? And how does one family go about creating community through a food truck business?

An unlikely entrepreneur: The Bay Area teen trying to help foster youth through tech

Only about half of foster youth graduate from high school, and of those students, only 20 percent make it to college. Franco’s goal for FConnect is to help them learn about resources that will help...

Oakland’s air quality problem: Can first-of-its-kind legislation solve it?

East and West Oakland have an air quality problem. In fact, children living there are diagnosed with asthma at twice the national rate. But a first-of-it's-kind legislation for environmental justice, AB 617, is trying to...
Oakland school nurse Danielle Schaefer administers a vision test—one of her many daily tasks. The nurses say their workload is overwhelming and unsustainable.

Facing shortages, Oakland school nurses concerned about meeting student health needs

In Oakland, a shortage of school nurses has led to difficult working conditions—heavy caseload, treating severe health conditions, and high stress—that nurses say make it challenging to meet the health needs of Oakland students.

Largest strike in history yields higher pay, safer work conditions for hotel workers

More than 7,700 hotel workers across the country walked off of their jobs and began the largest strike in history against the largest hotel corporation in the world, Marriott.

‘Swap Mama’ sews new life into old clothes

Bay Area Swap-O-Rama-Rama teaches people how to repurpose their used clothing through sewing in order to make clothes last longer and keep them out of landfills.