A woman commutes home via bike down 30th Street in West Oakland on Friday, June 12. Share

West Oakland streets calm but tension remains

Shots were fired last Tuesday night near 30th St. in West Oakland, disrupting the relative calm there since the tragic shooting death of a single mother on March 9. The death of Chyemil Pierce remains on...
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State pumped $2 million into Oakland to break crime cycle

Ahead of the trend toward criminal justice reform that has emerged in the past year, the state of California poured $2 million last year into Oakland, targeted toward breaking the crime cycle. The funds...
A neighborhood meeting in West Oakland turned angry when residents disussed helping those who commit crimes. Share

Ceasefire’s missing link: What about jobs?

Much can be learned when calm breaks down and angry words fill the air. During those tense moments when tempers flare, order is lost, and a push for calm rises above the din, the glimpse offered of deep-seated...
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Oakland residents have a responsibility to connect

The culture — or authenticity, depending on who you talk to — of some of the Bay’s great cities may be slipping away in favor of people who don’t really care about the places they’re moving to....
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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...