Monthly Archives: August 2017

  • Oakland Police Commission | Department of Violence Prevention |  1,400 Re-Entry Jobs | Bail Reform OCO leaders are helping to redefine the local and state criminal justice system There were lots of moving parts during the City of Oakland’s contentious process to approve the 2017–2019 budget, and OCO Leader Terri McWilliams was one of them. McWilliams (pictured above at left) was […]

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  • Here, PICO California Co-Director Joseph Tomás Mckellar answers questions about this key immigration bill and how lobbying efforts for it intersect with PICO CA’s support for bail reform and SB 10 Q: How important were the efforts of PICO network leaders (including those at OCO) in the victories won in the first leg of the battle—in […]

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  • An update on fair funding of public schools across our state, plus reports on OUSD’s new middle school and budget shortfalls ABCs of LCFF Ensuring more state $$ for students with greatest need Background: For over a decade, PICO CA organized with allies for equitable education funding in California. OCO parents and students were a strong part of […]

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  • What’s needed from the City are speedy trash pick-ups and enforcement strategies that deter illegal dumping Background: Over the past nine months, OCO leaders at St. Louis Bertrand Church have been battling Illegal dumping in the East Oakland flatlands. To press City Hall for solutions, OCO organized public meetings with Mayor Libby Schaaf, District 7 […]

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  • Background: Displacement and gentrification are twin evils besetting today’s Oakland. For example, the city has suffered a 26 percent decline in its African American population since 2000; median rents have risen more than 50 percent in two years. What’s Up: OCO joined fellow members of the Beloved Community Network in urging the Oakland City Council […]

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  • A sampling of media accounts about our work, our mission, our impact RECOMMENDED READING According to OCO leader Richard Speiglman, this New York Times article is “worth a read, worthy of discussion.” Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game.     PICO FEDERATIONS IN THE NEWS We’re all […]

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  • A few of the many OCO leaders deserving of honors for all their good work OCO LEADER STEALS THE SHOW? Well, that’s not really what happened, but given all the love and support Vernetta Woods has shown Fremont High students, she really could have top billing there. Woods has been active at the school for […]

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