Tag Archives: Fruitvale

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?
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.

Restore Oakland combines a restorative economic and justice

Several Oakland organizations are uniting to bring economic growth to the city by opening a community advocacy and training center in a renovated building on International Boulevard, in the center of the Fruitvale community. Restore...

Unity Council hosts workshop on how to make paper mache skulls

The Unity Council hosted their last of three Altar workshops for el Día de los Muertos finishing up with a “how to make paper mache skull” workshop. Over 50 Bay Area residents attended the workshop,...
A glimpse to an aisle at the Video Room in Piedmont Ave. on Friday December 2, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Video rental, antiques, shoe repair: Old-fashioned shops struggle to hang on

A big red house stands in the middle of Telegraph Avenue, two blocks from the Berkeley border with Oakland. It resembles Santa’s workshop: fun, colorful and packed with a massive amount of “stuff.” The building...
The Spanish Speaking Citizens' Foundation in Fruitvale, where the Latino Task Force holds some of their meetings and forums.

Latino Task Force aims to raise the Latino vote in Oakland

With the 2016 local and presidential elections fast approaching, some Oakland groups are focusing heavily on Latino voter registration and education because the results will directly affect their community.

Fruitvale neighborhood hosts Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day celebration

On May 7, people gathered in Oakland’s Fruitvale district to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, commemorating the Mexican Army’s victory, despite the odds, against the French at the Battle in Puebla in 1862. The event, hosted...
Mustafa Ahadi bottles kombucha at the House Kombucha production facility in Fruitvale. Ahadi started working at House Kombucha after completing a food and beverage industry course at the Bread Project, a workforce development program based in Emeryville.

Bread Project offers fresh start for low-income residents

Mustafa Ahadi came to the United States as a refugee after working as a medical translator with the US Armed Forces in Kabul. "This is a good country to find the dreams," he says.

OPD squad car of fallen officer revamped into Oakland’s first police low rider

“This is Jose,” said Captain Steven Tull of Oakland’s Police Department (OPD) District 4. “He doesn’t think about himself — he thinks about others.” Jose Ortiz, a longtime community organizer in the Fruitvale district, smiled...