Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • On Dec. 11, OCO parents, students and school staff spoke up boldly about the Oakland Unified School District board’s proposed budget policy that, if approved, could affect the Prop. 30 and LCFF money that has been promised to the schools. While the school board has yet to take any action on the proposal, the community agrees that more information needs to be shared about how each school will be impacted so that we can understand whether this new system will truly provide equity for the students with the greatest need.

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  • On June 14, 2003, Barbara and her husband Olu lost their son, Olutokumbo Oluwole, to gun violence on the streets of Oakland on his 22nd birthday. As active churchgoers, they were determined that their son’s death would not be in vain. Barbara started the Night Walks, where each Friday evening, community residents and clergy walk the streets in Oakland neighborhoods to encourage residents to put down their guns, and to organize other residents to insist on safety for themselves and their children. OCO has mobilized hundreds of Oakland residents on Friday Night Walks over the last year to take responsibility for stopping gun violence in their neighborhoods. Will you help them?

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  • On Saturday, December 7, leaders from East Bay community- and faith-based organizations from Richmond to Hayward brought together diverse populations struggling to find employment at the Work For All: Building an Inclusive Economy summit. Planned as the kick-off event for a long-term initiative, the summit focused on a trend that has too often been ignored: While the Bay Area economy as a whole continues to recover, there is still a need to create good jobs for those who have historically been left out of the economic growth.

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  • The nationwide solidarity fast was inspired by scripture and the examples of Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Cesar Chavez to show Congress that we can’t wait any longer for them to pass immigration reform legislation that builds a roadmap to citizenship for aspiring Americans.

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