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American Poverty: Then & Now, in Words & Images

Eviction: Poverty and Profit in the American City By Matthew Desmond Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction ISBN 978-0553447453 Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing Photographs at the Oakland Museum of California runs…
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Anne of Green Gables and the Open Road

By Felisa Rogers This is an adapted and truncated excerpt from my upcoming memoir, tentatively titled Libre: Secrets of a Hippie Childhood.   At the end of the day, we’d read. It was our reward for weathering ten hours on a Mexican…
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Bay Area Book Lovers: A Quest You Won't Want to Miss

April 2017 is for Book Lovers It's Spring which means emerging from the long winter and getting outside to explore (even if it's raining!). What better way than to make a point of visiting your favorite bookstores participating in the Book…
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We've Been Nominated for an Oakland Indie Award!

OAKLAND INDIE AWARDS, May 18, Oakland Museum of California (April 2017 - Oakland, CA) - LOAKL is delighted to announce we've been nominated in this year's Oakland Indie Awards for Innovative Newcomer! It's a huge honor to be among many…
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Vote for LOAKL!

Pssst...  We need a favor. LOAKL is a semi-finalist for an Idea Cafe Small Business Grant. All you need to do is cast your vote for us here.  Vote by April 13th. As many of you realize, starting a small business is demanding. This grant…
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Is it Time for Amazon Go ... or No?

When I first read about Amazon Go, a futuristic new Amazon store rumored to be coming in 2017, wherein cashiers are replaced with a new machine learning-app that tracks what you buy at checkout—frankly, I was alarmed. This is not my idea of…
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How to Love Your Local Bookstore

Whether it's sneaking upstairs to sit near the window in the poetry room at City Lights or sinking into the big red chair at Diesel, the Bay Area has some of the most revered and iconic independent bookstores. For me, these stores are sacred…
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Yes, YOU Can Make a Difference! Here's How

How do we foster a democratic society? What are the values we want society to have? As it turns out, answering these questions is not a job we can outsource. It's a job for all of us! Modern democracy requires all of us to get involved…