Reem Assil

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Joined La Cocina: May 2014
In Oakland’s Fruitvale district, a corner bakery breathes color: freshly picked mint-green walls with Arabic calligraphy on one side, and turmeric-yellow walls with faces of Palestinian activists painted on the other.

In a room with white walls and blonde woods, Reem Assil shapes loaves of bread with strong hands, muscled and lean like any good baker’s. Her hands have not only kneaded dough; she has linked them with others’, held protest signs aloft, and raised a clenched fist, fighting for something better.

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