Live Free'S ARCHIVE

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Two celebrations took place over last week that are significant to both the Christian and Jewish faiths.

    Our co-chairs—Rev. George Cummings, pastor of Imani Community Church, and Richard Speiglman, a member of Kehilla Community Synagogue— took some time to reflect on what Passover and Easter mean to them. They also shared how those traditions relate to the work of OCO.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Chip Johnson’s recent column (“Oakland neighbors fed up with police services, politicians,” 1/31/14) seems to suggest that a ballot measure in November focused on increased policing and the reduction of property crimes, break-ins and robberies is the answer to fixing the city’s public safety problem. According to a poll we helped conduct of frequent Oakland voters, that doesn’t seem to be the public’s opinion.

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