OMCA Blog: Oakland Says

  • Kris Hayashi. Photo: Terry Lorant
    Kris Hayashi is the executive director of the Transgender Law Center, a national organization headquartered in Oakland. OMCA spoke to him in 2016 about the current state of affairs for transgender people in California is, and what changes are still needed. Are attitudes toward the transgender community changing in California?
  • Daniel Swain. Photo: Terry Lorant
    Daniel Swain is a climate scientist in Stanford University's Department of Earth System Science and author of the California Weather Blog. OMCA spoke to him in 2016 about what Californians can expect from our climate in the future. Is drought the new normal for California?
  • Lake Merritt. Photo by Steven Dos Remedios. Courtesy of Visit Oakland
    Adapted from Visit Oakland’s 101 Things to do In Oakland. Get the full list at visitoakland.org/101-things-to-do. 1. Get a taste of the city’s foodie neighborhoods with a Savor Oakland food tour. 2. See a renowned musical act at the beautiful and historic Fox Theater. 3. Stop and smell the flowers and take in the incredible views at the Mountain View Cemetery.
  • Susan Mernit. Photo: Terry Lorant
    Susan Mernit is co-founder of Hack the Hood, a nonprofit organization that teaches web skills to low-income youth of color in Oakland. OMCA spoke to her in 2016 about what changes she sees coming as the technology sector is pushed to diversify. Why did you co-found Hack the Hood?
  • California has always been associated with radical transformation. Consider the dream factory of Hollywood. Game-changing social movements in Oakland like the Black Panther Party. The digital revolution initiated in Silicon Valley. The locavore food movement in Berkeley championed by Alice Waters. The visionary environmentalism of John Muir and his successors.

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