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  • Posted In Live Free

    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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  • Posted In Media Coverage

    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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  • Posted In Live Free

    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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  • Posted In Media Coverage

    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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  • Posted In Live Free

    Rev. Jim Hopkins, pastor of Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, was recently featured on the website for the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America for his involvement in Ceasefire Oakland. His piece, titled “A Reflection on Urban Peacemaking,” sums up the essence of what we mean when we say that our job as a community is to “put love into action.”

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  • Posted In PICO

    On March 25, OCO and EBAYC held a 300-person action at Fremont High School to highlight our partnership and shared vision with our elected and district leaders around creating a transformed educational future for Oakland high school students. With a graduation rate of only 63% for all OUSD students and a dropout rate of 28% for African-American and Latino students, our vision of high school transformation includes equitable Linked Learning that ensures structures in which students feel connected and valued, teachers are supported in developing their practice and have time for collaboration, academics are rigorous and relevant, career pathways include workplace-based learning opportunities, and programs and services address the needs of young people.

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  • Posted In Media Coverage

    Fr. Jesus Nieto-Ruiz was one of the community members invited to the Brooklyn Basin groundbreaking last week. The San Francisco Business Times covered the story.

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  • Posted In Live Free

    We want to thank the Oakland Police Foundation for honoring all of the congregations and people who make Ceasefire Oakland work at Saturday’s Neighborhood Champion Awards. A special shoutout goes out to Allen Temple Baptist Church, At Thy Word Ministries, Cityteam Oakland, Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, First Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Imani Community Church, Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, True Vine Ministries, Victory Baptist Church and their pastors. Another shoutout goes to all of the members of the faith community who lead this very important work.

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