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[6 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Oscar Grant protest at Fruitvale BART | ]
Oscar Grant protest at Fruitvale BART

Photos by Ali Winston/Special to the 510 Report.

Arts & Culture, Berkeley »

[5 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Farm Fresh Youth | ]

Farm Fresh Choice, a food justice and youth empowerment project of the Berkeley-based Ecology Center, works with youth of color in West Berkeley to educate the community around nutrition and access to healthy eating. On Tuesday afternoons, they run an organic produce stand outside Bahia, a bilingual after-school program. Listen to some of the youth as they discuss their work in the community.

Berkeley, Education, Immigration, On Campus »

[5 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on International students get a lesson from Good Vibes | ]

By Huda Ahmed/510 Report
Jessica Fischer organized mysterious shapes made of plastic and metal, as well as spongy brightly-colored toys on the table and waited for her young audience at UC Berkeley’s International House to be seated. The dim yellow light bulbs gave the room a romantic glow. The whole room was soon packed with more than 45 international students from the University of California trying to figure out what these objects were and what the speaker would say.

Business, Faces & Places, Featured, Government, Headline, Multimedia, Oakland, On Campus »

[4 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Scenes from an Auction | ]
Scenes from an Auction

Brittney Johnson/510Report
Scenes from an Auction: As the number of Bay Area foreclosures skyrockets, so does the amount of auctions selling foreclosed homes at a fraction of their original price. Watch potential buyers vie for bargains at a recent auction.

Arts & Culture, Business, Civic Life, Oakland »

[3 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Filmmaker to screen “Redemption,” story of Oakland recyclers | ]

By Samson Reiny/510 Report
Jason Witt is an Olympian of recycling—he can recycle up to 800 pounds of bottles and cans a day.  “He’s the captain of his ship,” said Amir Soltani, a writer and activist who has been following Witt for the past year as part of his upcoming documentary on West Oakland recyclers.  Soltani said there is a lot of physical effort and finesse involved in manning a cart the size of Witt’s, which, at the end of each day, is stacked with overstuffed bags protruding several feet into the air.  “He …

Crime, Featured, Multimedia, Oakland »

[2 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on A Look at International Blvd. | ]
A Look at International Blvd.

Ali Winston/Special to the 510Report

East 14th Street, more commonly known as International Boulevard, runs from Lake Merritt, through the heart of East Oakland and down through San Leandro.
The boulevard cuts through Vietnamese, Mexican and African-American communities, reflecting city’s diversity. On weekends, the streets in Fruitvale and near Lake Merritt bustle with life.
Other stretches are more desolate – dust gathers in empty store windows, graffiti hints at tensions between street gangs and prostitutes ply their trade at all hours of the day.
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Arts & Culture, Berkeley, Faces & Places, Oakland »

[1 Mar 2009 | One Comment | ]

”Take My Word For It!” unleashes creativity and makes new uses out of stuff we throw
away. Our summer camp is for girls, ages 9-12, who love to make things.
We aim to stretch their imaginations about what can be used to create
fashion! Our day is divided into 2 parts–in the morning campers will
learn how to design and create their own clothing from recycled
materials with artist, Daphne Ruff. Daphne’s wearable sculptures from recycled materials have been seen in installations, performances and videos. Currently she designs and sells purses from recycled materials and …