about a month ago, i was invited to be part of a unique group taking place at mcclymonds high school in oakland. my heart is tied to the mack community through the work that i’ve done there for nearly two years with the ancestral project. this new project had a different focus, but was just the thing i was looking for to really launch a project i had started earlier in 2012 called oakland | underground. i had been waiting all year for a unique opportunity to document oakland, and the youth organizing leadership opportunity (y.o.l.o.) group at mack fit right into what i wanted to do.
jazz clubs. people. “harlem of the west.” businesses. tear the houses down. bart. tear more down. build a freeway right through us. the freeway falls down. rebuild it.