They Did not Build this for You, Oakland’s Man-Made Housing Famine

During the Ethiopian famine, the country exported food.  There was enough food, people just couldn’t afford it.  The same could be said of Oakland’s housing crisis.  Oaklanders spill on the streets, while new shiny buildings go up, and others buildings sit empty.  CityLab did a great story on this, noting that there were four vacant…


Environmental Racism is the Cause, Mack’s 38 Nearby HazMat sites, and the Debt the City Owes West Oakland

The closure of McClymonds High School for toxic groundwater is a predictable tragedy.  Government policies around redlining and zoning created “ghettos” and put hazardous industries next to and within these communities.  Things that would never happen in the Hills happened as matter of policy in the West.  As a result Mack has 38 Hazardous Materials…


One Grandmother’s Struggle with Reading, and the Push for Literacy for All

Connie Williams shares her story of graduation from an Oakland high school unable to read or write. “You shouldn’t have to live like that.” She has been pushing for better for her family. “I’ve been singing the same song for so long, from my kids to my grandkids.” And she finally feels like she is…


How Oakland Is Tackling the Reading Crisis; An Interview with Lakisha Young

A cross post from Tanesha Peeples at Education Post Lakisha Young is the executive director of The Oakland REACH. Her work began through witnessing the disparities faced by Black and Brown students, including members of her own family. She sought to change the trajectory of public education for her three children and communities of color in…