Micky Ellinger

Mickey Ellinger is an Oakland-based freelance writer and social justice activist. She is also the treasurer of Local 3 of the National Writers Union. Her articles have appeared locally in the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, and Contra Costa Times.

From the Bottom Up


It’s small, it’s restless, and it changes sex halfway through its life. Plus, the humble bay shrimp occupies a crucial niche in the complex food web of San Francisco Bay. It once played a significant role in the economy and culture of the local Chinese community. Today, both the shrimp and those who fish for it are still hanging on, but it hasn’t been easy.