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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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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.
For most, the past year brought hardship and strife. For Emilia Zarate, a Mexican immigrant living in East Oakland, it also brought unexpected joys.
High school sophomore Azi Jao discovered parts of herself that were previously hidden after moving to Oakland from the Philippines.
For many students receiving special education, there is no straightforward path to what comes next after high school.
The education of an organizer: What Homies Empowerment’s César Cruz learned from César Chávez and Dolores Huerta
On César Chavez Day, a Fruitvale community leader shares his incredible story of learning organizing tactics from Chavez’s family and bringing the work to Oakland.
Libraries are physically closed, but they continue to serve their neighborhoods. One East Oaklander shares her experience.
Why is gun violence spiking? An East Oakland native digs into his past and the city’s history to help explain
John Jones III—father, community advocate, childhood victim and past committer of violence—on why the surge is “not occurring in a vacuum.”
After seeing myself in the eyes of an unhoused boy, I decided to start cleaning up areas in West Oakland where unhoused people live. The work snowballed from there.
Latinos represent over half of known coronavirus cases in Alameda County. Oakland resident Orlando Ruiz shares his family’s story.
One member of East Oakland’s immigrant Mam community shares his story about surviving during the pandemic.