April 2011

I celebrate Earth Day, every day. I don’t own a car—I use Zipcar, AC Transit or my own legs if I need to run errands. I recycle—not only plastic, paper and glass, but my old bras! Instead of throwing them out where they will end up in a landfill somewhere, The Bra Recylcers recycle your used or new bras and donate them to women who are transitioning to self-sufficiency.

TAGS: Earth Day
Happy Anniversary SNCC!
51 years ago this week, SNCC (The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) was born out of a student retreat called by Miss Ella Josephine Baker.

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This Scared Me
With so much devastation happening in the world, I don’t look forward to the news these days. This morning, I should have kept it off, because the news I heard scared the crap out of me.

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I feel really fortunate to live in Oakland. It's a place that has challenges, but it's also a place that exhibits a remarkable resilience and ability to come together to solve its problems. Like last Saturday, when in honor of Earth Day, I joined about 20 other people to wade around in Arroyo Viejo Creek in East Oakland to clean out the accumulated trash from the rainy season. I love working with other people to make a tangible difference in a particular place.

TAGS: community organizing
How do race, space, and nature interact – and why does it matter? On April 27, scholars will come together at UC Berkeley to  look at how racial constructs are produced via interactions with one’s environment, be that urban, rural, or in between.  In doing so, they’ll be opening up one of the important paths to

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In honor of Earth Day, I found it interesting to reflect on 10 ways that my life is "greener" than it was 10 years ago. 1.    I walk to work most days of the week.  One of these days, I’ll ride my tricycle.

TAGS: green living
Today is Governor Jerry Brown's 100th day in office. To mark this occasion (and taking a step back from the seemingly endless budget wars), he is signing into law today a historic bill that will promote California's clean energy economy and create green-collar jobs.

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Oakland's Urban Farm Crackdown
Maybe it’s my desire for efficiency, but every time I pass by an empty lot in the city, without fail, I start strategizing about what I want to plant there.

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All the media attention towards the explosions, fires, radiation leakage, and imminent meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant reminds me of a group of Japanese Atom bomb survivors I helped to bring and speak in the U.S. several years ago.

TAGS: 410 No Nukes
Happy Birthday, Governor Moonbeam!
Birthdays are about celebrating people and wishing them the best in the next year.  Today is Governor Jerry Brown’s 73rd birthday.   As the country’s most senior governor currently, he is also known for his frugality.  Besides the stuff you read in papers about how he’s cut staff, lives in a one-bedr