Oakland Voices

Oakland Voices class of 2012.

OV 2013 Grad Sabirah Mustafa commentary airs on NPR affiliate KQED

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Congratulations to Oakland Voices 2013 grad Sabirah Mustafa whose commentary, Oakland Woman Finds Mental Health Beyond Medication, aired yesterday on The California Report, produced by KQED, the nation's most popular NPR affiliate.


PHOTOS: Congratulations, Graduates!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Congratulations to all of our East Oakland 2012-2013 correspondents. We were thrilled to celebrate your hard work, and your commitment to your city, at our graduation last month.

The Oakland Tribune, The Maynard Institute, and your site director Christopher Johnson wish you all nothing but the best as you continue to tell the stories of your communities. Oakland needs you.


For my father: the places a dresser drawer can take you

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

By Katrina Davis - I can’t find my social security card, which sucks because I’m moving and I really really need it. My dad keeps everything important I own in his possession because we both know I’ll end up losing it. As I’m looking through his drawer to find it, I find one of the first things I can remember he kept for me so I wouldn’t lose it, my savings book.


Our future doctors and nurses, straight out of East Oakland

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

By Katherine Brown - In looking at the negative perception many people have of East Oakland, one would think that there was no opportunity for success, especially amongst youth. With limited resources and outlets to support youth in their professional and academic development, the future seems to be very bleak for young people.


A Day in the Life of Lam Vo

Monday, March 4, 2013

By Debora Gordon - Lam ended a recent letter with “Write me when you find the time. I certainly have all the time in the world to wait.” This prompted me to ask him what it is really like to be living in prison and what typical days are like. He sent me a detailed account.