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On the eve of our Oakland Running Festival weekend, I wanted to share an interview with Team Caballero. Alicia Caballero-Christenson and her mother Monica Caballero are participating together with Team Ella Baker Center.

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With two weeks left before the run—yes, two weeks!!—I bring to you another of our amazing members of Team Ella Baker Center, Eric Fuller II. I found Eric’s perspective on fitness as being about playfulness and having fun quite refreshing, and a shift from what most mainstream sources tell us about why and how we should exercise.

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Shemika, far right, at an Ella Baker Center event

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With fewer than 30 days until Team Ella Baker Center shines at the Oakland Running Festival, I bring you part four of my heath and fitness series on Ella’s Voice. Meet my awesome and kickass workout buddy Salima Hamirani.

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Over the next few installments of my weekly “active-ist”-focused blog posts, I will be sharing the stories of a few of our runners, allies, and community members regarding their relationship to fitness and health. Meet Omar Malik, who is running the 5K with Team Ella Baker Center. Omar is a Psy.D.

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When you talk about hope, you have to be a long-distance runner. – Dr. Cornel West

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 My relationship to exercise and fitness is complex, and deeply rooted into my identity. When I grow athletically, I grow spiritually, too.When I was very young, I was a ballerina. I tap danced. I was on the swim team. I played games with anyone of any age and gender, because I loved the freedom of being able to move my body in 

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On September 2, 2011, President Obama rescinded EPA-proposed air quality regulations that would mandate lower ground-level ozone standards for communities and companies across the country, on the basis that these regulations are scheduled to be reconsidered in two years and are not a priority for the administration at this time.

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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. I’ve seen people in my own neighborhood start mini-farms on empty lots that were otherwise filled with concrete rubble and crabgrass, broken bottles, hypodermic needles, and plastic bags.

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Every February, the United States commemorates Black History Month. Throughout the month, Ella’s Voice will be profiling some of our favorite unsung heroes of Black History To contribute to this series, email ellasvoice@ellabakercenter.org.

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