Author Archives OCO Leaders/Staff

  • 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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  • Highlights of history in the making: OCO leaders, organizers and allies resist Donald Trump’s policies On March 15, leaders from OCO and other PICO federations from across California will join forces in Sacramento to rally support for two key bills that are part of the ICE Out of California package: SB54 (California Values Act), which […]

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  • Here’s a brief recap of some of OCO’s education-related success stories AVOIDING DEEP BUDGET CUTS: At the Oakland Unified School District’s Jan. 11, 2017 board meeting, District leaders presented a budget proposal that included $10 million in cuts to school site budgets, $10.5 million to central office and $1.1 million district-wide. OCO leaders organized with […]

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  • OCO leaders received a progress report from the Oakland mayor, District 7’s council member and the director of the new Department of Race and Equity (DRE) Illegal dumping has been a long-standing health issue in Oakland’s flatlands. To better understand and combat the problem, OCO leaders at St Louis Bertrand Church (SLB) held one-to-one conversations […]

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  • Q&A With Towanda Sherry, OCO leader If you’ve been at OCO events, actions, meetings—you name it—you’ve probably seen Towanda Sherry. But you may not know that, back in the day, she was threatened by the FBI because of her work with the African People’s Socialist Party. You may have no idea that she has organized […]

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  • Monitoring city officials, working in alliance with the Coalition for Police Accountability Grassroots efforts by OCO and our allies helped win passage of Measure  LL, which aims to create a strong community-accountable police oversight commission in Oakland. It was approved by more than 80% of voters in November Where LL stands: By April 10, a […]

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