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Inequality, violence and grief: The battlefield at home (Community Voices)

Ain’t nobody got time to cry in a war zone; where I live — “*even the birds sing bass” –WordSlanger, (*Reginald Lockett)   Anthony Lake, the head of UNICEF, observed during an Al...
Police Chief Sean Whent addresses West Oakland residents during a forum on Thursday at the Willie Keys Community Recreation Center. Share

Frustration boils over at West Oakland meeting

West Oakland residents filled a room in the Willie Keys Community Center to standing room capacity Thursday night to voice frustration over violence on their streets. The scheduled bi-monthly meeting of the...
Street Outreach team members (from left) Adam Mayberry, Carla Hudson, Victor Pouncil, Ronald Gage. Share

Street Outreach makes anti-violence presence felt on violent streets

A fatal stabbing and a drive-by shooting bookend an hour in West Oakland Saturday night, but those who work these streets for Oakland’s anti-violence prevention effort are encouraged. The neighborhood is...
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West Oakland residents reflect on recent shooting (Community Voices)

By a group of concerned West Oakland residents There is nothing about Chyemil Pierce’s death on March 9th that is not tragic. This fiancée, Kaiser employee, and mother of three young children was only...
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Oakland’s Foster Youth Museum is open to the public (Community Voices)

Imagine you are a self-conscious teenager whose entire wardrobe consists of hospital gowns. Imagine you’re a young girl experiencing menstruation for the first time but denied sanitary pads — forced to...
Community involved, like this East Oakland Night Walk organized by community groups, have contributed to lower crime, according to Oakland officials. Share

Oakland’s Ceasefire gains traction with collaboration

Despite a spate of shootings in West Oakland over the weekend that included the death of a young mother trying to protect her children from stray bullets on Monday afternoon, Oakland's renewed push to curb...
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Oakland’s thrift stores are more than fashionable

photos by Anna Vignet Spring’s around the corner, and that “out with the old, in the with new” itch is creeping up! Besides providing us with inexpensive-but-still-quality alternatives to mainstream...
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Is Oakland’s decline in homicide a predictor of violent trends?

Oakland’s homicide rate: we study it, write about it, talk about it, and in some devastating cases, experience it. News anchors report on it without even blinking — a string of words that, when iterated...
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Concern about education and Oakland youth (Community Voices)

By Chela Delgado, an OUSD Teacher Photo by Matthew Paulson, licensed under Flickr Creative Commons Superintendent Wilson’s Call for Quality Schools will not help us to build quality schools. Don’t...
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Let’s fix the voter turnout gap

by Zainab Badi California is failing millions of eligible voters, many of them here in Oakland. Our state’s voter turnout in the most recent election was historically low: Only 42 percent of registered...