Like you, we are frustrated, confused and dismayed by the seemingly intractable problem of homelessness in our city. Like you, we want answers — and change.
Until recently, the vast majority of my knowledge about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came from my school teachers. Since first grade, I’ve learned about Dr. King through many lenses: as a great speaker, as a Baptist minister, as a nonviolent civil rights advocate. But with all due respect to my teachers, they left something big out of the picture.
I hate how healthy food is expensive and put in the white neighborhoods vs sugar filled liquor stores in the black areas. I live in East Oakland I feel at any time I can go and get some healthy food but in West Oakland there are no easy access healthy food stores. This is unfair and purposely done to keep the black youth unhealthy and dumb.
Our friends at Youth Speaks launched the Off/Page Project to combine original storytelling and arts with investigative data. The project is soliciting poetry from young people that explains and expresses how Brown’s death and the nationwide response have affected their lives.
As leaders in a movement working with young people who have been repeatedly failed by the very institutions designed to support them, we owe it to men of color to change our system and help them reach their full potential.
Joshua Clayton tells the story of growing up in West Oakland, California.
We’Ced discussed the importance of food assistance programs in their own lives, and how they foresee the change affecting their families.