Monthly Archives: July 2009

  • “We call it the slow dance,” said Kevin Grant, who heads the Oakland Street Outreach program. Recruited and led by Grant, three crews of five men patrol not just MacArthur Boulevard, but violent hot spots across East, Central and West Oakland. They go out Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, starting as early as 5 p.m. and often staying until 2 a.m. The “slow dance,” Grant said, is a gentle and gradual means of conversation by which he and his teams establish trusting relationships with gang members, drug dealers and others on the streets, trying to convince them to consider another path.

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