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  • Posted In Media Coverage

    During the year, a white cross bearing the name and birthdate, if known, of each murder victim is placed in front of St. Columba. At the end-of-the-year ceremony, participants join together in song and prayer, which is followed by the removing of the crosses, reading the names of those killed, a procession and testimonials of friends and family members.

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  • Posted In Education

    On Dec. 11, OCO parents, students and school staff spoke up boldly about the Oakland Unified School District board’s proposed budget policy that, if approved, could affect the Prop. 30 and LCFF money that has been promised to the schools. While the school board has yet to take any action on the proposal, the community agrees that more information needs to be shared about how each school will be impacted so that we can understand whether this new system will truly provide equity for the students with the greatest need.

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  • Posted In PICO

    On June 14, 2003, Barbara and her husband Olu lost their son, Olutokumbo Oluwole, to gun violence on the streets of Oakland on his 22nd birthday. As active churchgoers, they were determined that their son’s death would not be in vain. Barbara started the Night Walks, where each Friday evening, community residents and clergy walk the streets in Oakland neighborhoods to encourage residents to put down their guns, and to organize other residents to insist on safety for themselves and their children. OCO has mobilized hundreds of Oakland residents on Friday Night Walks over the last year to take responsibility for stopping gun violence in their neighborhoods. Will you help them?

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  • Posted In Live Free

    On Saturday, December 7, leaders from East Bay community- and faith-based organizations from Richmond to Hayward brought together diverse populations struggling to find employment at the Work For All: Building an Inclusive Economy summit. Planned as the kick-off event for a long-term initiative, the summit focused on a trend that has too often been ignored: While the Bay Area economy as a whole continues to recover, there is still a need to create good jobs for those who have historically been left out of the economic growth.

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  • Posted In Immigration Reform

    The nationwide solidarity fast was inspired by scripture and the examples of Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Cesar Chavez to show Congress that we can’t wait any longer for them to pass immigration reform legislation that builds a roadmap to citizenship for aspiring Americans.

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  • Posted In Live Free

    KTVU aired a story on Nov. 19 that gave the impression that Ceasefire is a crime strategy destined for failure. But that just isn’t true. Ceasefire Oakland is a community-driven, faith-led effort that OCO introduced to the city. The strategy, when implemented correctly, works as a partnership between the city, police department and community organizations to reduce gun violence in Oakland’s “hot spots.” Since we restarted Ceasefire in 2012, homicides have dropped by 22 percent.

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  • Posted In Media Coverage

    All this week, CNBC is taking a look at how the financial crisis has impacted American cities with its “Critical Condition: Saving America’s Cities” series. One of the cities they are featuring is Oakland. Monday’s story featured OCO leader Rev. Curtis Robinson, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, who used to be a stockbroker before going into the ministry.

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  • Posted In Media Coverage

    The Alameda County Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform is working with Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) and county partners to sponsor a series of meetings seeking residents input on the proposed Community Advisory Board for prison realignment. The Coalition is composed of community-based organizations and individuals committed to creating a fair and just public safety system. A restorative and sustainable system, based on effective practices that invest in our communities, our families, and our people, minimizes criminalization and acknowledges that detention and incarceration impoverish our communities and harm public safety.

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  • Posted In Media Coverage

    Some superintendents have a pat answer when asked to assess the quality of their schools – they’re all equally good, they might respond. But Gary Yee, the new acting superintendent of Oakland Unified School District, had a different answer when parent Maria Zaragoza asked why her child’s high school does not have any of the innovative educational programs available at some of the district’s top-performing high schools. Yee sprang from his chair and without hesitation made a public pledge: “I accept the challenge you put to us to make every school better.” That was, after all, why Yee and about 100 parents, teachers, school administrators, students and city leaders, including Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, had gathered on a chilly Wednesday morning last week on the soccer field at Life Academy of Health and Bioscience, a high school in East Oakland.

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