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Healthy Community Starts with Safety in San Bernardino

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Christina Ingram and Johnny Wright live about eight blocks from Secombe Park in downtown San Bernardino. But when they want to visit a park, they both ride the bus to a park that is six miles away in the nearby city of Highland. They feel that San Bernardino is dangerous. “Police are at the apartments across the street from me all the time, and the other day we heard gunshots,” says Ingram.


Mandela MarketPlace Meets Challenge of Being a West Oakland Grocer

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“I used to ask people if they shop here, and they would say, ‘No, I didn’t know that store was for us. I thought it was for other people,’” says Quinton Sankofa, Programs Coordinator of the Mandela MarketPlace. “So I have to break it down to them. ‘It’s for you. It’s for you. That’s why I’m workin’. It’s for you.’”


Oasis May Be a Mirage in a Food Desert

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Few could disagree that something needed to be done about an eight square-mile area with roughly 25,000 people, 53 liquor stores and no grocers. While there has been much attention paid to co-op markets in West Oakland filling the void left by a lack of grocers, little attention has been paid to the consumption habits of folks who live in this area, and if these alternatives are truly making inroads in the health consequences for the community of West Oakland.