Blogs worth reading from Oakland organizations

18 Apr

I was so excited last week to find out that TransForm had started a blog, and it got me thinking about the other great Oakland based organizations that have blogs. I link to some of them in my blogroll but felt it was worth a post to spread the word about these great blogs:

TransForm – TransForming the Bay Area: The blog is new so it’s hard to know the scope, but judging by its name and TransForm’s mission, it is likely to cover transportation and land use issues in the Bay Area.

Ella Baker Center – Ella’s Voice: Ella’s Voice covers a wide range of issues that the Ella Baker Center works on – the environment, criminal justice, civil rights, and much more. I’ve been following the blog for a while and have enjoyed the mix of story telling, action alerts, and policy updates.

Oakland Urban Paths: This blog announces events Oakland Urban Paths hosts and provides updates on the organization’s work.

Walk Oakland Bike Oakland: The WOBO blog has been going strong for years now, but it appears to have been abandoned. I hope they start it up again soon!

Great Oakland Public Schools: The GO Public Schools blog is the place to find out about everything related to Oakland schools. This blog makes it easy to keep up with what the Oakland school board is doing and to find out how to get involved.

Oakland Food Policy Council: OFPC is a 21-seat council that studies the Oakland food system and makes recommendations to the City of Oakland on ways to make the system more equitable and sustainable. Their blog covers what the Council does but also discusses Oakland food policy more generally.

Americans for Safe Access – Medical Cannabis: Voices from the Frontlines: This is a blog I started, back when I worked at ASA (if you look through the archives you can find many posts from me). It covers local, state, and national medical cannabis issues from an activist perspective.

California League of Conservation Voters – Groundswell: This is the blog of the organization I currently work for so you can find posts from me there. We write about environmental policy issues, candidates, and elected officials, with a focus on California, but with a smattering of local and national posts.

Center for Environmental Health – Generation Green: Based in Oakland, CEH works to eliminate harmful chemicals from our lives. This blog provides tips on how to avoid dangerous chemicals, updates on policy, and more.

This list is not exhaustive so if you know of any other Oakland based organizations that have blogs, please let me know so I can add to this list. If there’s interest, I might make the list part of my blogroll or create a page with this list.

UPDATE – Addition via a comment:

Reconnecting America – Half-Mile Circles: “The Half-Mile Circles blog is a place to share information about recent research, innovations and other issues related to TOD and livable communities. We also invite experts to talk about their work.”

4 Responses to “Blogs worth reading from Oakland organizations”

  1. Jeff Wood April 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Plug here for our Half Mile Circles blog at Reconnecting America 🙂

    • Becks April 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

      Oops, I somehow managed to forget that Reconnecting America is based out of Oakland, even though I used to run into you frequently. Thanks – I’ll add that to the post.

  2. newoaktown May 26, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Unfortunately the TransForm blog disallows comments. So I don’t think of it as a blog at all.

    • Becks May 26, 2011 at 10:04 am #

      I hadn’t noticed that – that’s really sad!

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