Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • KTVU aired a story on Nov. 19 that gave the impression that Ceasefire is a crime strategy destined for failure. But that just isn’t true. Ceasefire Oakland is a community-driven, faith-led effort that OCO introduced to the city. The strategy, when implemented correctly, works as a partnership between the city, police department and community organizations to reduce gun violence in Oakland’s “hot spots.” Since we restarted Ceasefire in 2012, homicides have dropped by 22 percent.

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  • All this week, CNBC is taking a look at how the financial crisis has impacted American cities with its “Critical Condition: Saving America’s Cities” series. One of the cities they are featuring is Oakland. Monday’s story featured OCO leader Rev. Curtis Robinson, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, who used to be a stockbroker before going into the ministry.

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  • The Alameda County Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform is working with Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) and county partners to sponsor a series of meetings seeking residents input on the proposed Community Advisory Board for prison realignment. The Coalition is composed of community-based organizations and individuals committed to creating a fair and just public safety system. A restorative and sustainable system, based on effective practices that invest in our communities, our families, and our people, minimizes criminalization and acknowledges that detention and incarceration impoverish our communities and harm public safety.

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