Crowded in the back of St. Vincent de Paul’s community center in downtown Oakland, dozens of people paint an extensive wood panel with a mosaic of images—trees, faces, buildings and flowers and words like “peace,” “love” and “kiss.”
FreshFest Brings Peaceful Vibes, Conscious Hip- hop and Eco-sustainability to Oakland ’s Mosswood Park
Oakland is known nationwide for its reputation as one of the toughest, most urban, and unfortunately crime-ridden cities in America . Yet predicable newspaper headlines announcing the latest outbreak of violence paint a picture of “The Town” which only tells part of the story.
Local volunteers recently converged on a vacant lot at Seminary and Macarthur to install a native wildflower garden under the benevolent gaze of the freshly painted Egyptian deity Ptah Hotep.
Early morning on New Year’s Day, 22-year-old Oscar Grant III was shot and killed in Oakland, California by a Bay Area Rapid Transit agency police officer. Grant was unarmed.
In other news, the Arrow-Soul Mural program at Unity High school recently completed a new mural for the school.