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A Sign of the Times

14 May

I used to volunteer at a nonprofit in Oakland, CA and although I don’t get over there much at all anymore, I am still in touch with them and received an email about a recent and unfortunate event. I felt that it was important to share the sentiments expressed in this message.

Grand Avenue merchant latest target in robberies of Oakland businesses.
Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles calls for economic development instead of increased police as response.

On the afternoon of Sunday, May 4th, 2008, customers and staff at Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles on Grand Avenue experienced what several businesses in the area have experienced, a daytime robbery during open hours.

We recognize that this robbery, and the increased number of such robberies in Oakland, is taking place within the context of a sharp escalation in the already desperate poverty of Oakland’s black community.

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