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Amplify Oakland is a series of stories told by Oaklanders, in their own words, about how they experience our city and how their lives are being directly impacted by policies, events, and systems. The series is supported by a grant from Akonadi Foundation.

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From San Quentin to ‘Hotel COVID’

East Bay native Kerry Rudd was released from prison last month, but his journey back to freedom was temporarily derailed by COVID-19. He tells the story in his own words.