Culture

Undocumented day laborers from the Fruitvale area gathered together in partnership with Peralta Hacienda Historical Park and Street Level Health Project to perform songs and dances important to their cultures. A crowd attended these performances for the opening of an art exhibit titled "Undocumented Heart: Oakland Day Laborers Tell Their Stories" on October 6.

New Fruitvale art exhibit features works of undocumented day laborers

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park unveiled a new art exhibit in early October called "Undocumented Heart: Oakland Day Laborers Tell Their Stories," that features the creations of undocumented day laborers through paintings, quilts, graphic art, song...
The meerkats also celebrated the Halloween season.

Oakland Zoo’s Spookfari sleepover delights children

For the second Halloween season in a row, the Oakland Zoo hosted a “Sundown Spookfari.” The zoo staff opened up their grounds for families to stay overnight and learn about some of the animals.

East Oakland Catholic organization celebrates the canonization of Saint Óscar Arnulfo Romero

Members of the Oakland Catholic Worker gather for a backyard Sunday mass to commemorate the Salvadoran archbishop's canonization.
Two different flavors of Oaktown Crickets are sold at Oakland A's and Raiders games at the Oakland Coliseum. Photo courtesy Jared Ginn, Tiny Farms

The Oakland Coliseum serves up locally raised crickets as new stadium snack

Modern western societies have resisted to eat insects as a part of their daily diet. However, in recent years, a new trend has started to give way. This season, the Oakland Coliseum offers crickets as...

Oakland youth organizers discuss healing from trauma during Impact Celebration

“Fred Finch is a place of hope. I was 16 when I came to them, and they gave me a place to stay and job training. If I had not found Fred Finch, I would...
Prison reform organization celebrates 40th anniversary. From Left to Right: Davey D, Michelle Alexander, Marc Lamont Hill, Vonya Quarles. Photo provided by: Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Oakland organization celebrates 40 years of prison policy reform and legal advocacy

The members of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) provides legal advocacy and works to create policies that will positively affect those who are in prison or have recently been released from it.
Jazmyn Brown leads SHADE Movement's Human Trafficking 101 workshop.

Survivors of human trafficking take the lead on teaching about ‘modern day slavery’

“I always was ashamed, and I always thought of myself as a prostitute,” said Elizabeth Quiroz. “But now that I know this, I’m educating myself. That’s not what happened. I was a victim. Now I’m...