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Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.comnew

White Oakland residents are increasingly using the popular social networking site to report "suspicious activity" about their Black neighbors — and families of color fear the consequences could be fatal.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  10-09-2015  |  Race & Class

When Women Are Sentenced to Male Prisonsnew

In The Women of San Quentin, journalist Kristin Schreier Lyseggen offers an in-depth look at the struggles of transgender women who face abuse and trauma inside California's male prisons.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  09-30-2015  |  Culture

Oakland's Threat to Sex Workersnew

A new eviction policy broadly targets prostitutes, and while the city argues that the law will help fight child trafficking, there's no data or evidence to back those claims.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  11-13-2014  |  Policy Issues

The Art of Hypnotherapynew

Oakland artist Carissa Potter shares intimate moments with strangers in a collaborative exhibition involving therapy, meditation, and hypnosis.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  08-06-2014  |  Art

Are Jazz Festivals Excluding Women?new

Even in the Bay Area, the top jazz concert series this summer will feature very few female instrumentalists — and some women say they are being shut out.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  06-03-2014  |  The War on Women

What's Poisoning the Beesnew

Toxic pesticides are killing honeybees and other pollinators — and our food supply stands to suffer.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  06-03-2014  |  Environment

The Failure of Berkeley's Living Wage Lawnew

The company that manages three public parking garages has underpaid its employees — and city officials, who have known about this for at least a year, have done little about it.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  04-24-2014  |  Business & Labor

Standing Up for Gay Comediansnew

Charlie Ballard, an Oakland-based Native-American performer, will be a host at the massive Gathering of Nations Powwow — and this time, he's doing it in drag.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  04-24-2014  |  Comedy

Preserving the Old Bay Bridgenew

As demolition moves forward on the historic structure, Bay Area artists are advocating for creative reuse of the steel before it's scrapped and sent overseas.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  01-29-2014  |  Culture

Fired for Being Pregnant?new

A complaint filed by music conductor and composer Eímear Noone alleges that Jason Michael Paul Productions terminated her simply because she was an expectant mother.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  01-23-2014  |  The War on Women

Can Tech Talent Help New Bands Thrive?new

Zoo Labs in West Oakland is applying the business incubator model to music groups by integrating entrepreneurship and recording into intensive residency programs.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  01-14-2014  |  Music

Taggers by Night, Muralists by Daynew

Oakland nonprofits want to reduce graffiti by hiring youth to paint murals on sites they've vandalized. Will property owners let them?
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  12-17-2013  |  Art


Violence and discrimination against transgender people are rampant — even in California's liberal East Bay.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  11-26-2013  |  LGBT

The Long Division of Jonestown Survivorsnew

Thirty-five years after the horrific mass suicide in Guyana, former Peoples Temple members and relatives of the deceased are conflicted on the best way to honor the dead at the East Oakland gravesite.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  11-15-2013  |  History

Prescriptions for Povertynew

Children's Hospital Oakland and Highland Hospital are trying to shift the paradigm of urban medicine by tackling some of the root causes of illness — like the lack of housing and food.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  11-07-2013  |  Poverty

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