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    It is often said that there are “two Oaklands,” and the city’s public education system is no exception to this divide. Some schools are largely attended by the middle class and affluent, and others by the poor and working class. The Interstate 580 freeway, which traces the city’s rolling foothills, provides a crude boundary. About 10 years ago, a group of mothers from the flatlands of East Oakland saw their children languishing in overcrowded, chaotic schools while their peers in the hills received a far different kind of education. Through Oakland Community Organizations, an alliance of community and religious leaders, those concerned mothers and thousands of others pushed for the creation of new, small schools – excellent schools, with innovative practices and high expectations – in their own neighborhoods.

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    For the past few years a handful of outreach workers have hit the streets to try to transform their East Oakland community, empowering it by offering jobs and training and hope. The five members of the East Oakland Outreach team say they believe they have been able to halt some street killings.

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    In the wake of last month’s slaying of four Oakland police officers by a parolee, pastors around Oakland spoke at vigils of the power of resurrection. They saw in the language of the church, the most powerful organizing force in many neighborhoods of need, a parable applicable to the most vulnerable and dangerous on the city’s streets. But the nature of the ministries that would need to accompany that vision is still largely in question. But today, as Christians honor the moment they believe Jesus rose from the dead, one answer may lie in the street ministry that is perhaps having the most pronounced effect on Oakland.

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    The first week of April, the prestigious Annenberg Institute for School Reform publicly validated the work OCO has done to build the small schools movement in Oakland. Click here to read Annenberg’s Report. One hundred twenty-five OCO leaders and supporters gathered to celebrate the success of 48 small schools that have opened as a result […]

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    St. Louis Bertrand leaders are in the thick of the foreclosure crisis. Ana Rosa Tapi, a single mother of three, working two jobs, sought help from her bank to modify her loan.  The bank did not help her.  She was evicted, ruined her credit, and is now working to prevent a repeat of this story […]

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    The West Oakland Cluster and Kehilla Community Synagogue joined together on March 19th to build the green economy and prevent gun violence in Oakland.  250 leaders packed Center Street Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate the West Oakland Street Outreach Team, and claim a stake in the Federal Stimulus package. OCO leaders asked Councilmember Nadel, Councilmember Kaplan, […]

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    Thousands of residents affected by homicide piled into the Oakland Convention Center on Thursday evening with one purpose in mind – to “Save Lives Now!” That was the theme of the citywide meeting, which attracted about 3,000 residents and faith leaders who called on city officials to help put an end to gun violence and the crime terrorizing their neighborhoods. They asked public officials to support and implement an intervention and prevention plan, known as the Oakland Strategy.

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