Culture

Sudo Mesh co-creator Jenny Ryan makes a few tweaks to the ad-hoc AirFiber test setup.

From one Oakland rooftop to the next, volunteers expand free open internet network

Sudo Mesh volunteers are hopeful that with the new resources and the right work, they can blanket all of Oakland in a functioning mesh network—a free and open web—within 5 years.

Queer Muslims claim their space in the East Bay

“Choose discomfort over resentment” reads the tattoo on Shenaaz Janmohamed’s right arm. The Oakland-based psychotherapist, who has Muslim South Asian origins, defines herself as a “queer femme mama.” She became a mother two years ago,...

For Bay Area trans women, facial feminization surgery helps complete their transition

Diana Days’ face was swollen. Bruised purplish-blue lines curved along the top of her cheeks beneath her grey eyes and full eyebrows—which she intentionally had not plucked while waiting for surgery—and followed her newly-shrunken brow...

For East Bay immigrants, notary fraud is a common legal threat

Notary fraud is a common set-up in which notaries unlawfully give legal advice to immigrants, and in many cases, pretend to be immigration attorneys. The scam often involves the notary reviewing a victim’s case, choosing...

The Tale of Two Cities podcast: Hooked

Kava, kratom and caffeine — the stories in this episode of our podcast dive into obsession, addiction and habits. We follow reporters Susie Neilson ad Padmini Parasarathy as they goes to Melo Melo Kava Bar where...
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23rd Avenue art space members rally to buy their own building

On the corner of 23rd Avenue and International Boulevard in East Oakland, there’s a colorful mural painted on the side of a building with the phrase “CULTURE IS A WEAPON” written in bold letters. In...
Co-founders of the Coco Coalition. From left, Jasmine Thompson, Tiffany Wright and Mimo Haile.

Women of the African diaspora gather to celebrate Oakland’s new Coco Coalition

Coco Coalition is a social enterprise dedicated helping women of the African diaspora to connect, grow and thrive. The enterprise’s mission is to create safe and empowering opportunities for women, while also addressing health and...

Oakland educators are encouraging kids to “clown around”

On March 10, students from seven schools in the Oakland Unified School District participated in the 2018 Prescott Theater Circus showcase. The circus partnered with the Oakland Spirit Orchestra and the Museum of the African...