February, 2008

New York Times
Friday, February 29, 2008
For the first time in the nation’s history, more than one in 100 American adults are behind bars, according to a new report. Nationwide, the prison population grew by 25,000 last year, bringing it to almost 1.6 million, after three decades of growth that has seen the prison population nearly triple. Another 723,000 people are in local jails. Read the full story on the Times website. > more
Oakland Tribune
Friday, February 22, 2008
The statistics in Oakland are grim: 21 homicides in the first 42 days of 2008 (almost double the number from this time last year). In a single weekend earlier this month, 13 reported shootings in five days claimed eight lives. In the face of this senseless violence, it's easy for a lot of us to pretend that we're removed from it all, that it has nothing to do with us as individuals. We shake our heads at the problem while keeping it at arm's length. But now more than ever, we must turn toward our young men and women caught in the crossfire, not away from them. > more
KPFA Weekend News
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Violence in Oakland has reached a crisis point. Already this year, there have been 21 homicides. Silence the Violence responded to 7 deaths over the weekend with a candlelight vigil Friday night to honor the victims and rally residents around changing our communities to end violence. KPFA's Rose Ketabchi interviews Nicole Lee of Silence the Violence, artist Adonis Walker, and Sean Sullivan of Covenant House.
Listen to the radio interview (3 min):
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