"Life Is Living" in Oakland



"Life is Living" was a great and inspirational gathering of people from all walks of life, different socio-economic, socio-political, and socio-cultural backgrounds. This free event took place in Defremery Park (aka Lil Bobby Hutton Park) in the San Francisco bay area, in the city of Oakland from 10 am to 6 pm on the 12th of October. Local folks came together to make an ordinary Saturday into a fresh, vibrant, invigorating and exuberant Saturday.



Historically, Oakland has been an urban area that has been demonized, pathologized and denounced as a dangerous space that will always be in a state of stagnation and generational poverty. However, the paradigm is shifting fruitfully and effectually with the help of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. This phenomenal project not only can be found in Oakland on an annual basis (5 years thus far) but can be annually experienced in NYC, Chi-town, Houston, and San Francisco. Each urban space representing urban life through the medium of music, graffiti, spoken word, urbanism, and environmental activism. Moreover, the importance of promoting and celebrating health -- intergenerationally -- is most definitely a beautiful energy/synergy.



In the world in which we live in, it is imperative for urban communities to take the initiative of reclaiming a sense of power and control over what kind of foods we put in our body, and most importantly advocating health and fitness. In that sense, Life Is Living symbolizes a new progressive movement representing urban spaces (re)emphasizing the essence of community engagement, capacity in building harmonious relationships and thinking Green.























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