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This piece was originally written in August 2020, in the midst of the pandemic. But as we return to semblances of normality, the reopening of businesses and the the art work from Black Lives Matter protests disappears, I bring back this work as a reminder that this is not yet over.

Oakland has seen small and black-owned businesses quickly disappear as the construction of luxury apartment buildings and trendy shops take their place. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, artwork emerged around the area of the protests. …


Oscar Guzman

Bay Area based Communicator working in Marcom at The Permanente Medical Group, Inc. and Graduate Student at the University of San Francisco.

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