Live Free'S ARCHIVE

  • Did you catch Gov. Brown’s State of the State yesterday? Among other things, he talked about the Local Control Funding Formula, Realignment and driver’s licenses for the undocumented.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Our Lifelines works has been picking up over the last couple of months. We co-hosted a community strategy meeting in Berkeley to figure out how to reverse California’s trend of having the largest number of prisoners in the country. That meeting was full of energy and kicked off a series of meetings in Fresno and one more taking place in Los Angeles. We held a community meeting with Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and other partners to get input on the proposed Community Advisory Board, which the Alameda County Board of Supervisors have been directed to form as part of the county’s response to the historic prison Realignment process that has been underway for the past two years. Another one is planned with Supervisor Nate Miley on Nov. 5.

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  • Today a coalition of faith, community and business leaders released the results of a recent poll of Oakland voters toward funding for public safety measures. This coalition was led by East Bay Asian Youth Center, Jobs & Housing Coalition, Make Oakland Better Now!, Oakland Community Organizations and Youth Alive. The research was conducted by Goodman Simon Associates in partnership with David Binder Research.

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  • Although the A’s got knocked out of the playoffs, we still have a reason to celebrate in Oakland. Five bills that we supported along with our PICO California sister organizations all got signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

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  • OCO leaders have been developing a longterm economic development strategy for the East Bay. The work will begin with our regional economic summit in December. An inter-racial, intergenerational, inter-organizational group of leaders have been working hand-in-hand to create a collective, comprehensive analysis of the East Bay economy. The goal is to produce a strategy to get low-income people of color—and excluded workers in general—quality jobs. Leading up to the summit, we have been administering surveys, facilitating community meetings, reviewing economic data and holding research meetings with key powerbrokers.

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  • The call-ins have been a key part of our Lifelines strategy since Ceasefire restarted in Oakland last year. Despite some of the controversy about Ceasefire in the media, the call-ins have been an effective way to build relationships with those most at-risk of committing violence in the community. The sessions allow us to meet with those folks caught up in the violence and give them alternatives to prison. The participants get stern warnings from the police about the consequences of continuing down a violent path. However, the participants also get to talk with key clergy and community leaders about the alternatives possible. Services are always offered, and most of the time a number of the participants take them.

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  • If you’re an OCO leader or supporter, we need your help on Thursday. Two critical bills, AB 218—the Ban the Box bill—and AB 4—the TRUST Act—have reached Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, and we’ll be calling on him to urge him to sign both of them to provide equity and opportunity for all those who live in California.

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  • This week, our Lifelines night walks are expanding into West Oakland. Several OCO churches will be kicking off the first West Oakland night walk on Friday, Sept. 20, to continue our push to stop the gun violence in our city without sending more people to jail.

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