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Latest In Oakland, Breaking Down Barriers With Cookies

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Finnie Phung runs the Green Fish Seafood Market, just blocks from the Fortune Cookie Factory.

When a drive-by car rally for Black Lives Matter passed her store this summer, Mrs. Phung stood on the sidewalk and cheered.

Her employees, many of them older or recent immigrants, did not understand what was happening, or her enthusiastic support.

In June, the Oakland City Council approved $500,000 to fund the effort.

The pair are now using crowdsourced funding to supply free lunches to medical workers, homeless encampments and predominantly Black neighborhoods in East Oakland.

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