Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • The kickoff to the California Lifelines to Healing Campaign bus tour was so amazing yesterday. The riders are now on their way to throw out the lifelines throughout the rest of the state as they head down to L.A. We are glad to be doing our part.

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  • We sent a busload of leaders to Sacramento on Sunday to support the kickoff of the Pilgrimage for a Pathway to Citizenship, a 285-mile journey that 11 valiant pilgrims are embarking on from Sacramento to Bakersfield. Although none of our leaders will be walking with the pilgrims, we will be holding events, phone banking and […]

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  • The struggle to fully apply Operation Ceasefire in East Oakland underscores the difficulty of combatting violent crime with a depleted police force. It is also a product of a city that holds starkly different opinions about whether crime is a personal choice or the result of poverty, racism and urban neglect. “When Ceasefire is actually working well and is actually being carried out on all cylinders, it has been shown to decrease shootings by about 60 percent,” said the Rev. Billy Dixon, co-chair of the program’s community working group. “It takes about a year’s worth of community walking and talking and call-ins, where the community and the police come together and we tell them that they have to stop shooting.”

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