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Sep 7, 2022

Pride, Purpose, Passion: Joe Hawkins celebrates 5 years of Oakland’s LGBTQ Center with a...

In August of 2019, EBX sat down with Oakland LGBTQ Center CEO Joe Hawkins and vice president Dawn Edwards, to celebrate two years of a place that almost didn’t happen. Hawkins recalled:  “About six years ago, co-founder and current board president Jeff Myers and I participated in the Hands Around...
May 25, 2022

Ride On: Black cowgirl Brianna Noble moves beyond her iconic trot

Two years after rising to prominence as an iconic image on print and social media platforms around the world—a Black cowgirl in downtown Oakland mounted on her statuesque, 17.1 hand Appaloosa gelding, Dapper Dan—Brianna Noble has a...
Apr 27, 2022

Planting Justice: Sobrante Park neighbors work together

Sobrante Park is the kind of neighborhood families stay in for generations. It’s the right kind of place for a project like the Planting Justice nursery, an attempt to tap the deep roots of the community to...
Apr 27, 2022

Hi, Honey, I’m Home: East Bay beekeepers say home is where the hive is

When English wildlife photographer Martin Dohrn’s documentary, My Garden of a Thousand Bees, aired in 2021, it wasn’t just the existing backyard beekeeping community that was abuzz. Watching Dohrn, homebound like everyone else during the height of the...
Apr 6, 2022

Remembering Is Resistance: Tarabu Betserai Kirkland touches hearts & minds with ‘100 Years from...

In her 111 years on the planet, Mamie (Lang Kirkland) was never preoccupied with her cellphone or thinking about what she should do next. She started every day with coffee, ended every evening with ice cream, and...
Mar 2, 2022

Changing Culture in the OUSD: Restorative justice can reduce harm before it happens

One of the most proven alternative approaches to addressing crime is to create a supportive culture in educational settings. This approach—restorative justice—is already in place in Oakland. Readers may be familiar with the term, but what really...
Feb 23, 2022

Rosie’s Redux: Union trades revive as suitable jobs for women

In the iconic image, Rosie the Riveter—a woman in a polka-dot bandana—crooks a muscular arm as her speech balloon says, “We can do it!” What happened to her and her sisters post-World War II is also familiar. As...
Feb 2, 2022

Toxic Tides: Groups demand action now as seas rise

The sea is already rising, nibbling at vulnerable East Bay communities. Climate scientists warn the so-called “doomsday” glacier may fracture within five years, possibly leading to the collapse of the entire Antarctic ice sheet, potentially resulting in...
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