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2016 Oaklandish Innovators Award Winners

2016 Oaklandish Innovators Award Winners

Our annual Oaklandish Innovators grants recognize local programs that exemplify the values of innovation and progress in all areas of civic life. It’s a year-round partnership that doesn’t just end with writing a check. Along with financial support, we also pitch in to help our Innovators with events, collaborative designs, and awareness campaigns. From community-based […]

2016 Oaklandish Innovators: Call to Nominate!

2016 Oaklandish Innovators: Call to Nominate!

Oakland is known for its extensive history of innovators – people and groups who flip the establishment on its head and reinvent the norm for future generations. Oaklandish also has a rich history of supporting Oakland’s local innovators. A portion of proceeds from Oaklandish gear goes to support local organizations working to strengthen the community. […]

Nominate a 2015 Oaklandish Innovator

Nominate a 2015 Oaklandish Innovator

Oakland is known for its long history of Innovators– those who flip the establishment on its head, and reinvent the way their field is run for future generations. Oaklandish also has a rich history of supporting our local Innovators. A portion of proceeds from Oaklandish gear goes to support local organizations working to strengthen your […]

Nominate a 2013 Innovator

Nominate a 2013 Innovator

Oakland’s innovators inspire our shirts, and the shirts in turn support the Innovators. 2013 marks the seventh year of annual grants and partnerships between Oaklandish and all of the good people in Oakland working to make this town a better place. If you know an artist, nonprofit, or other group that you think would benefit […]

Oakland’s own peace crusaders

Oakland’s own peace crusaders

In 2000, Marilyn Washington Harris’ son Khadafy was shot and killed while riding his bike in West Oakland. While the crime remains unsolved, Harris’s experience inspired her to found the Khadafy Washington Foundation for Non-Violence. About three months after his murder, Marilyn began to reach out to other families who had recently lost someone to […]

MISSSEY: Helping girls thrive against all odds

MISSSEY: Helping girls thrive against all odds

The staff of MISSSEY have some of the toughest jobs in Oakland. They work with sexually exploited minors — kids as young as 11 who are being bought and sold in broad daylight. MISSSEY (which stands for Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) works to get these girls off the street and into […]

The Bay, Abridged

The Bay, Abridged

Oakland now is like a great old blues singer. She knows how to moan and cry, but the bad times behind her make her know how to savor the good times. Maybe she’s got some scars, but when she gets cooking she can still shake things up, and she can sing the pants off the […]

Caught in the Crossfire

Caught in the Crossfire

Sherman Spears was ready to make a change. In 1994, he was lying in an Oakland hospital bed with a gunshot wound that would land him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. More than anything, he knew he wanted out of the gang life that had put him there — but he […]

Oaklandish presents the 2012 Innovators of Oakland

Oaklandish presents the 2012 Innovators of Oakland

We at Oaklandish are proud to present the 2012 Innovators Awards winners. These grants are our way of giving back to the city that gives so much to the world — and of recognizing the unsung local heroes who walk among us. And these partnerships are about more than writing a check — we also […]

Nominate an Innovator!

Oakland’s innovators inspire our shirts, and the shirts in turn support the Innovators. 2012 marks the sixth year of annual grants given to organizations that are doing pioneering work in our community. If you know an artist, nonprofit, or other group that deserves a grant, send an email to innovators@oaklandish.com and nominate them! At least […]

My Yute teaches the language of soccer

My Yute teaches the language of soccer

When playing soccer, My Yute Soccer co-founder, Rovel “Steve” Sparkes doesn’t look for the limelight. “My biggest joy comes from passing the ball. It’s not about scoring to me, it’s about passing. I always tell myself, ‘What good is it if you have all this knowledge and you don’t pass it on?’” Sparkes has always […]

Love letters to Oakland

Love letters to Oakland

For months now, we and the excellent folks at 38th Notes have been collecting letters to the Town. This little leather-bound book has been quietly resting at Oaklandish Headquarters, inviting Oakland’s citizens to spill their hearts on its pages. And now it’s full of notes: messages of love, longing, celebration and regret. Here are some […]

Temescal Street Fair

Temescal Street Fair

UPDATE: Looks like we’re in for a stormy weekend, so the fair is now postponed until July 10th. Check back soon for a list of attractions for the new date. The Rig will be rolling up Telegraph Ave on Sun, June 5th for the Temescal Street Fair. We’ll have fresh gear for sale at the […]

Innovators Award

Innovators Award

Besides our own projects, we also systematically contribute to other organizations who are doing positive work in Oakland. To engage with and support these programs is integral to the Oaklandish creed. We don’t consider it “giving back” to the community; it is being a part of the community. It’s simply who we are. Our Community Support […]
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