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JAMMI to Longfellow, but lives 'there' regardless.

Enjoying Oakland Wiki, the sudo room community and Oakland's diverse music scenes. Also, I've enjoyed learning more about the city's rich history, public art, food justice organizations and still learning a lot. 

Self-ascribed labels: Coffee enthusiast, vegetarian, Oakland history newbie, semi-nomadic/traveler, lefty, feminist, cyclist, ABC. 

Particularly interested in intersections of race, class, gender, citizenship and sexuality in civil rights movements, and how legacies of oppression manifest and evolve across time and space. Interested to learn more on Oakland activism today.



Life in Oakland

I have lived in Oakland in 2012, after living in San Francisco before that. I guess that makes me part of the gentrifying class - something with which I continue to grapple. From the perspective of my own life, this shift feels much more remarkable, as the place where I have decided to settle. For me, this is the first I have chosen to settle anywhere longer-term. 

Before Oakland, I lived in 

  • July 2009, moved to San Francisco, CA, US
    • September 2009 - February 2010, temporary move to Bujumbura, Burundi
    • April 2010 - August 2010, temporary move to Dar es Salaam, TZ
  • August 2008, moved to Atlanta, GA, US
  • August 2005, moved to New York, NY, US
  • August 2004, moved to Jinan, Shandong, China
  • August 2000, moved to Madison, WI, US 
  • Born and raised in suburban Wisconsin.

So, in short, for me the significance of my move to Oakland has been that I have deliberately chosen to settle into a community for the first time. My Oakland story has been short so far, a story yet to be written. In my short time here, I have been trying to just learn more about what is happening around me - whether community gardens and food justice organizations, local hackerspaces, music groups, food joints, and social justice groups in the area. Oakland Wiki, for me, is a vehicle for discovering Oakland. 


Holy moly! “how legacies of oppression manifest and evolve across time and space” sounds eerily like a page on Oakland’s historical demographics I was toying with starting … just a few hours ago (but can’t quite work out how the data should go). I’d like to see a map plotted with where the ruling class vs. working class lived through Oakland’s history, because I think it would help simplify a lot of explanations. Or am I just crazy? Mike

2013-02-05 - Hi again. From a link on the gentrification page, I found a thesis containing some demographic data which may be of interest to you. It’s short, so I might as well paste the relevant bit (from page 20) here:

Title: THE FIRST CYCLE OF GENTRIFICATION IN WEST OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA: 1998-2008 (Jason Zimmerman, San Francisco State University 2009)

Year Total Population Black Population Black as % of Total

1890 48,862 644 1.3

1900 66,960 1,026 1.5

1910 150,174 3,055 2.0

1920 216,261 5,489 2.5

1930 264,083 7,503 2.8

1940 302,163 8,462 2.8

1945 400,935 37,327 9.3

1948 415,000 41,000 10.1

1950 384,575 47,600 12.6

1960 367,548 83,620 22.8

1970 361,561 124,710 34.5

1980 339,337 159,351 47.0

1990 372,242 163,335 43.9

2000 399,484 142,460 35.7

2006 (est.) 377,256 114,342 30.3

Source: Bagwell 2000, US Census Bureau 2000, Self 2003, ACS 2006.

Please pardon the intrusion. - Mike

No intrusion. Maybe if we can track down his sources, we can create some evolving census map like: As a person who identifies as neither black nor white, I do find it funny that the table was titled 'Oakland Population By Ethnicity' and then carried on to exclusively outline the population number and percentage classified as black. In any case, do you think mapping by class would be more difficult to find? 


WELCOME HOME! Sorry I missed you last night.- gk