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  • RESPONSES TO TERRORISM IN CHARLOTTESVILLE Dear OCO family, If you know in your heart the truth that we are all created with dignity and made beautifully in God’s image, then you can’t help but mourn what happened in Charlottesville. We are saddened to see a manifestation of hate march in our streets and cause bodily […]

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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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  • Say Yes to Measure JJ: Protect Oakland Renters Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) is calling on our “Together We Vote” leaders and teams to spearhead our civic engagement efforts this year. In this short video—and others that will follow in the coming weeks—we highlight an Oakland measure that OCO is supporting and will appear on the […]

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  • Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) is calling on our “Together We Vote” leaders and teams to spearhead our civic engagement efforts this year. In this article and video interview—and others that will follow—we highlight the work of OCO activists in organizing and empowering their institutions and community during the electoral process to register to vote and […]

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  • Hello, OCO leaders, I hope all is well with you and yours, but in truth, all is not well in the work we’re all committed to.    We have been organizing to reform the structures that deny people’s full dignity and  restoration. And we can’t quit now! We are in the midst of a serious fight […]

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  • When it comes to sending a message to the community, one way to do it is to simply stand together. That’s what one Oakland organization is doing buy organizing a walk every Friday evening in some of the city’s most crime-heavy areas. Since 2012, Oakland has averaged around 860 aggravated assaults each year, with many of the incidents concentrated in East Oakland. Although these walks are organized by churches, they’ve attracted hundreds of secular participants.

    Almost 30 men and women sit in long red pews at First Mount Sinai Baptist church in East Oakland. It’s 6 o’clock and this group is preparing for a weekly ritual.

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  • A Manzanita student shared a powerful original poem at the school’s May 8 peace walk.

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  • Alameda County is now accepting applications for the Community Corrections Partnership Community Advisory Board (CAB).

    The role of the CAB is to advise and make recommendations to the Community Corrections Partnership Executive Committee (CCPEC) on issues pertaining to realignment/reentry.

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  • Oakland’s students have been waiting too long to receive the education they deserve. The dropout rates for African-Americans and Latinos are too high, and the graduation rates are far too low.

    Students who graduate aren’t necessarily ready for college or to move into jobs with dignity. We can’t wait any longer. We have waited long enough.

    Recently, Oakland Community Organizations and the East Bay Asian Youth Center — two long-standing organizations that have worked together for decades to improve conditions for Oakland youths — led a public meeting involving the Oakland Unified School District to demand that our elected and district leaders create a transformed educational future for the city’s high school students.

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