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Oakland’s May Day, from a youth perspective

Youth Perspective of May Day from Betty Bastidas on Vimeo. 17-year old Lupe from Oakland, whose parents were recently deported, gives us her perspective on the meaning of May Day for young people in this part of the world and shares her reasons for becoming involved. 

Arts criticism: Anti-Police Brutality Artshow at Mama Buzz

By Madeleine Bair/Special to Oakland North Lisa Calderon, the curator of Mama Buzz gallery, spent a recent Friday tacking labels to a wall in last-minute preparation of her latest show: an artistic response to the killing of Oscar Grant, a 22-year old from Hayward who was fatally shot by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle on New Years day.

Free to Be or Not to Be

Linsay Rousseau Burnett/Special to Oakland North Regardless of your opinion of President Barack Obama’s inaugural address, there was one seemingly benign statement that made inaugural history: “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and … non-believers.” While this line was a much-needed acknowledgement of the religious diversity in this country, it contained one final word that has been absent from most political discourse.

Obama and Me by Sweta Vohra

Sweta Vohra/Special to Oakland North In my predominantly Christian Texas town, among my predominantly Christian high school friends, I did my best to avoid any talk of religion. On Sundays, when my friends went to church, I went to a makeshift Hindu Sunday school that was run out of a senior citizen community center. But, of course, no one knew that. So, one day, when a fellow high school classmate, Kevin, had asked me what my religion was, I had…

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