Media Coverage'S ARCHIVE

  • State and local authorities say more than a dozen suspects affiliated with a notorious street gang have been arrested during a series of early morning raids in Oakland. Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said the sweeps began about 5 a.m. Friday at more than a dozen locations across town involving alleged members of the Case Gang.

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  • OCO leader Rev. George Cummings, pastor of Imani Community Church, was a guest on KALW’s “Your Call” to talk about our Lifelines/Ceasefire campaign in Oakland.

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  • An extraordinary 90 percent of California voters now favor letting illegal immigrants who have lived here for a number of years stay and become citizens if they have a job, learn English and pay back taxes, a new Field Poll shows. This is the most support for a plan to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants since the Field Poll began tracking it seven years ago, and comes as Congress rings with bipartisan calls for comprehensive immigration reform.

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  • Four shot in one night. Babies murdered on the streets. Police officers wounded. The news gives the grisly details of the shootings, city officials are giving news conferences and community activists are in an uproar. One might wonder: Is there anything really being done while young black and brown men are dying in Oakland and people hide in their homes hoping to get through the nights of terror? I’m here to tell you that there is hope on the way.

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  • It’s so easy to get discouraged, disillusioned and downright disgusted by elections. Even a video of a 4-year-old Colorado girl crying to her mother because she’s “tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney” touched a universal nerve. But on this Election Day, we celebrate those who power though the negative ads, the dizzying campaign mailers and the incessant robo-calls and cast their ballots just the same. From first-timers to veterans, Bay Area voters who have taken the time to decode the complicated propositions, research local candidates and — bonus points here — watch the presidential debate during Game 7 of the National League baseball playoffs, we commend you.

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  • Down the block from the polling place at the Preparatory Literary Academy of Cultural Excellence School on Campbell Street in West Oakland on Tuesday morning, Lasheta Jackson stood on the corner yelling at cars that slowed to make the turn. “You vote?” she’d ask countless times in the course of the day. Most people had, or at least told her they had. Dressed in bright red shoes, blue pants and a red and white striped tank top, Jackson looked like she’d have a lot to say to someone thinking of skipping out on their civic duty.

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  • A San Antonio action meeting led by organizer Rev. Ken Chambers, Sr. of Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) sought to unite churches, city officials, and community members together for the cause of providing solutions for the city’s youth on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Foothill Baptist Church, and hosted by Rev. Gary Golden.

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  • This week, a group of boisterous teenagers marched down to a ballot box a few blocks from their school. The first-time voter contingent and their sign-holding supporters whooped and chanted all the way to the Alameda County Courthouse, eliciting friendly toots from passing cars. “I feel like I’m always complaining about what’s wrong with the world,” said Di’Jahnay Stewart, a Dewey Academy student who turned 18 on May 23 and registered to vote shortly thereafter. “I feel like if I vote, at least it’ll mean something.”

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  • Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) members set up at Chabot College cafeteria on Tuesday, Oct. 16, to share vital details about Propositions 30 and 32. OCO is a faith-based organization representing 40,000 families and 60 plus schools, mosques, synagogues and churches. Through their wide involvement with the community, they are focusing their energy on raising awareness about new propositions.

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  • Robert Paige, 18, an OCO youth leader and senior at Oakland Technical High School, has been on a personal campaign to to register voters in his community, starting with his own school. “It’s real important to vote, especially with the two candidates who are running. Statistically, African Americans don’t vote, so it’s important for me as an African American to get out to the polls and vote.”

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