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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...
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From Ferguson to Silicon Valley, #blacklivesmatter (Community Voices)

by Idalin Bobe Roy Clay Sr. moved from his home of Ferguson, Missouri to Silicon Valley over 30 years ago to make his way among the booming industry and endless sunshine of Northern California. He...
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Oakland by the Numbers: Shots Fired (Community Voices)

A Careful Introduction All over the world, people from Oakland meet and talk about gunshots. Stories of terror connect people, as stories of hurricanes link together islanders and tornadoes link Middle...
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Oakland at a crossroads: the Jacka’s death speaks to greater truth (Community Voices)

By Nicole Lee, lifelong Oakland resident and the Founding Executive Director of Urban Peace Movement, an organization that builds youth leadership in Oakland to transform the culture and the conditions that...
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Minimum Wage and Lift Up Oakland: The Morning After

By Sal Bednarz, owner of Actual Cafe & Victory Burger Much has happened since I wrote my original piece in Oakland Local about minimum wage, Lift Up Oakland, and why I supported a higher wage for my...
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Oakland police stay the course after 2014 improvements

If the Oakland Police Department was a baseball team, the 2014 season was a banner year. But the sobering reality of the work to further lower crime, rebuild police morale and address lingering community...
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Oakland mural honors women who have experienced violence

In the early morning of April 5, 2014, a bicyclist found 23-year-old Kimberly Robertson lying in front of the F.M. Smith Recreation Center on Park Boulevard. She had been raped and beaten to death. Days...
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“Starving the beast” of juvenile institutions by reinvesting in our community

The “beast” of America’s ravenous juvenile justice system is gobbling up our tax money, government resources, and most importantly, our kids. On January 14 at Impact Hub Oakland, people were lined...