Oakland Voices

Oakland Voices class of 2012.

OV 2013 Grad Sabirah Mustafa commentary airs on NPR affiliate KQED

Thursday, April 4, 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!

Thursday, March 14, 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

Wednesday, March 13, 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

Wednesday, March 13, 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

Tuesday, March 5, 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.


My Magic Pill

Monday, March 4, 2013

By Sabirah Mustafa - I used to wish for a magic pill what would enable me to swallow away my problems so I could successfully navigate my unfulfilled life. But when I found it, it wasn’t in any pharmacy.


Why I Go to Oakland’s Public City Meetings, & You Should, Too

Monday, March 4, 2013

By Sabirah Mustafa - If you attend town hall meetings, protests, and demonstrations, you may have heard the public demanding to be heard when public policies affect them.


The English Center

Monday, March 4, 2013

By Jian Di Liang - Being in the United States for two and a half years, my happiest time was the period studying at the English Center – a non-profit organization that helps new immigrants, refugees, and international students improve English skills and find jobs.


Body Art for Cars

Sunday, February 24, 2013

By Debora Gordon - Say you have a black Honda. Or a white Chevy van. Drive around all day and see dozens of cars indistinguishable from yours. But it does not have to be that way.


Looking at Lam & What Needs to Be Done

Saturday, February 23, 2013

By Debora Gordon - Lam was, and perhaps still is, a young man with a lot of potential. He could have gone on to lead a life of commonplace trials and triumphs;  having a family, a job or a career, exploring his personal interests in art and body-building. Maybe he would have been one of the exceptional people. Or maybe he would have led an ordinary, but reasonable life.