At a community theater group called Teatro Jornalero, Ricardo Lopez found belonging and an outlet to share his story of heartache and loss.
‘Everything piled up’: surviving COVID-19 and gun violence in East Oakland
Francisca Sánchez never imagined she’d hear gunshots after leaving Mexico, but that changed during the pandemic.
Global Oakland: a year of reporting on immigrants, small business, and lots more
The Oaklandside’s Ricky Rodas reflects on a year of local stories that made big connections to world events.
East Bay Iranians organize local condemnation of state violence against women and others in Iran
Several Bay Area cities have passed resolutions decrying ongoing human rights abuses in Iran. The effort started in Berkeley and Oakland.
National pride, ethical qualms, and family: Oaklanders talk about the World Cup
An Argentinian, Brit, and Mexican-American reflect on what soccer and this year’s cup mean to them.
How one health center is serving Oakland’s growing Mam community
About 25% of participants in the Women, Infant and Children program at Native American Health Center in Fruitvale are Guatemalans whose primary language is Mam.
In East Oakland, a garden reconnects Laotian elders with their past
Local elders have been growing mustard greens, sugar cane stalks, and snap peas at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park since 2003.
Rasul Oriental Rugs rolls up its wares for good, signaling a changing Oakland
Rasul Salahi escaped Soviet-occupied Afghanistan and sold carpets on Grand Avenue for 24 years, until the pandemic.
Immigrant small businesses: Sharing the stories behind the storefronts
Hearing my family’s immigration stories pushed me to become a journalist.