Neighborhoods

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?
A child sits on an adult’s shoulders to see above the dense crowd during one of the traditional performances by Aztec dancers at the Unity Council’s Día de los Muertos festival on November 4. Just ahead, a sign hangs from a neighborhood arch, with artwork by local artist Eduardo Chaidez.

Artists and dancers celebrate culture, community, and the dead on Día de los Muertos

The festival’s theme wove through the 26 altars assembled by local artists as well as artwork created by this year’s poster contest winner Eduardo Chaidez. The poster features an illustrated image of a little girl...
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...

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.

Animal rights activists clash with Whole Foods Market over free speech 

Animal rights activists from Direct Action Everywhere protested in Oakland after Whole Foods Market, owned by Amazon, filed a temporary restraining order against the group.
Ceremony attendees and passersby watch lanterns float along Lake Merritt near sunset.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center hosts the inaugural Peace Lantern Ceremony

Members of the organization set floating lanterns on Lake Merrit in hope of fostering peace through art.
Tim Donaghy, Senior Research Specialist at Greenpeace, sits on the steps of Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Downtown Oakland

Oakland has taken a lead role in local climate initiatives

At a time when the federal government does not support climate action, climate experts say local city efforts can mitigate warming and help the nation. Oakland has taken a lead role in local climate initiatives.
City of Oakland staffers and volunteers set up for the latest listening session of the Livable Oakland initiative at the West Oakland Senior Center on Saturday, September 29.

City officials gather community input on issues facing seniors in Oakland

As Oakland takes steps toward becoming an "age-friendly city," District 3 residents shared how issues like high housing costs and access to transportation affect local seniors.
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.
Delisa Lynch, mother of RB Marshawn, encourages Edana Anderson, mother of student golfer Hannah.

Donations help restore funding for some Oakland school sports, but not bowling

Despite receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from community donors to support high school athletes, district officials have no plans to continue funding bowling.