Food for Body, Food for Thought, Food for Justice: People’s Grocery in Oakland, California

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 2:40 pm

The neighborhood of West Oakland in California has long been without a large grocery store, let alone one that offers healthy, fresh food. With unemployment at about 10% and nearly half the population of 30,000 residents living at or below the poverty line, West Oakland is a neighborhood that grocery store chains have claimed isn’t able to sustain a full-functioning store. But the logic that West Oakland lacks buying power isn’t sound.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Raymond Arsenault, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice

By: Sunday May 29, 2011 1:59 pm

The cover of Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice features a dramatic picture of a burning bus and the mug shots of Freedom Riders who’d been jailed in the notorious Parchman Mississippi State Prison. Most of us are familiar with these images. Ray Arsenault’s book provides the stories behind the pictures — and so much more.

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