Ricardo Moran

Who’s a better choice to intervene when it comes to youth violence: a trained professional or a family friend? Our 2012 Heal the Streets Fellows put together this interactive video that invites you to explore how Oakland communities responded by experiencing their creative approach for yourself.

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A Fathers Day Invitation
Check out what Jakada Imani, our Executive Director, has to say about Fathers Day. What are some of the best things you've learned from your Father (or hope to share as a father)?

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Special shout out to SomaR Bar for hosting Party for a Purpose on Wednesday and shout out to all the people who came out. The Soul of the City Campaign believes that community building and grassroots fundraising are essential pieces of sustainable activism. And it was fun to see some Oaklanders come together and get down to help out the Ella Baker Center.

TAGS: Soul of the City
Edible Roof Top Garden Service Project
Earlier this month, we teamed up with Oakland Food Connection for a day of service at E.C. Reems Academy in East Oakland. Together we worked on an edible roof top garden that serves as a living classroom for students learning how to prepare simple, healthy meals from the food they grow onsite.

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Sh*t People Say to Oaklanders
Have you seen our video yet? Over 8,000 people have. We love what Youtube commenter @stmontauk had to say: "it's making fun of people who say that sh*t. The intended audience is people? who actually know how great of a city Oakland really is." Check it out and share it with fellow Oaklanders.

TAGS: In Oakland
Oakland Solar Mosaic Launches
Violence, poverty, health, and climate-change are just a few of the complex issues we face today. They are intertwined, persistent, and to me personally, a bit overwhelming. The best solutions are the ones that take into account these complexities.

TAGS: Green-Collar Jobs
Last weekend, I traveled to the Ventura Youth Prison in Camarillo, CA. There I joined families of incarcerated youth, formerly incarcerated youth, and allies from across the state to decry the abuses of the Division of Juvenile Justice. Their stories reveal a system that is violent, abusive and ineffective at rehabilitating youth. The pain and passion of the family members inspired me to continue to speak out for California youth. See and hear highlights from the rally in Ventura:

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I'm sorry but if you weren't a part of Throw Down for the Town: The Oakland Service Festival last weekend, you really missed out. I mean you really missed out (kind of like throwing away a winning lottery ticket).

TAGS: In Oakland
I had an evening last May that I will never forget for the rest of my life. I had the opportunity to watch a film screening of the "Freedom Riders" PBS documentary and listen to one of the freedom riders herself talk about what it was like to stand up to segregation in 1961.

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