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On a brisk morning almost one yr in the past, grim-faced firefighters emerged from the smoldering stays of an Oakland warehouse known as the Ghost Ship. Within the days that adopted, they’d recuperate the stays of 36 women and men, most of whom had been attending a celebration.
The Dec. 2 blaze was America’s worst structural fireplace in additional than a decade and was stunning for a lot of causes, not least the distressing realization that a lot of the victims have been younger and stuffed with plans for the long run.
Among the many useless was Griffin Madden, 23, a Berkeley graduate who specialised in Slavic languages. He was additionally a music lover and a part-time DJ.
Within the yr because the fireplace, Griffin Madden’s father, Mike, has sought methods to protect his son’s reminiscence. He helped launch a scholarship at Middlebury School, the place his son studied Russian.
Berkeley, Griffin Madden’s alma mater, arrange a separate scholarship for undergraduate college students enrolled within the philosophy and Slavic languages departments.
“Our household has no non secular affiliation, I wouldn’t contemplate us very religious and no perception within the supernatural, but everybody in our household has felt very intently linked with Griffin over the previous yr,” Mr. Madden mentioned. “I attribute this to our capability to mirror on who Griffin was, the affect he had on us and others and simply the best way he lived life with nice pleasure and was immense curiosity.”
4 weeks in the past Cal Performances, the manufacturing group for performing arts at Berkeley and Griffin’s employer on the time of the fireplace, devoted two concert events to him, carried out by a Russian orchestra, conductor and soloist. It was “a becoming tribute,” mentioned Matías Tarnopolsky, the manager director of Cal Performances.
The final time Mr. Madden noticed his son was Thanksgiving 2016, a number of weeks earlier than the fireplace.
“We gave one another an enormous hug as I instructed him I cherished him,” Mr. Madden mentioned. “Fortunately within the midst of all this I’ve no regrets – we couldn’t have had a greater or nearer relationship.”
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• The six males and 6 girls on the jury within the Steinle trial have been a cross-section of San Francisco, strikingly younger, predominantly white, Asian, and Latino. [San Francisco Magazine]
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And Lastly …
Forty-two years in the past, Mimi Plumb traveled to the Salinas Valley to employees in certainly one of America’s most fertile and productive agricultural lands.
Cesar Chavez was actively recruiting employees for his labor motion however Ms. Plumb was most within the employees themselves.
“I used to be actually interested in who have been the farm employees,” she mentioned. “Can I get to know them? Can I take a look at their lives?”
The photographs present life at hardscrabble labor camps but additionally the concentrated gazes of employees listening to Chavez and different organizers.
Ms. Plumb stashed the negatives in packing containers and forgot about them till a number of years in the past. They now adorn the workplace partitions of California Humanities in Oakland (the place viewing is feasible by appointment).
“It was a tremendous second in historical past,” Ms. Plumb mentioned. “We’ve misplaced that spirit of organizing, that perception that we may actually change our lives and circumstances.”
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