Violence and Anti-Violence

Nine out of ten Oakland cops live outside the city — a fact that costs Oakland nearly $200 million in lost revenues a year, and may explain OPD's disconnect with the people it's supposed to serve and protect. Oakland police and city officials have been vowing for almost a decade to...
Summary : Our very own Shemika Skipworth , Director of Finance and Operations, talks with Angela Hill of the Bay Area News Group about the the difficult conversations she's had to with her son on what it means to be young and black in America. The article breaks down the continued challenges of...
Looking for a productive way to spend your Thursday? We recommend this evening's screening of The Interrupters, Steve James' multi-award-winning documentary about Ceasefire, a gang intervention group in Chicago whose members mostly came up in gangs themselves. James, who also directed the 1994...
by Rina Palta It’s been a violent year in Oakland so far – both homicides and shootings are up about a third over last year’s numbers. And, throughout the year, various editorials have called for different solutions to the uptick in violence. After restaurant owner Jesus Campos...
Jakada Imani is the executive director of Oakland's Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. He's called violence a public health emergency, saying that if the high rate of black murders were happening in white communities, the National Guard would be in the streets. Here's a conversation with Jakada...
OAKLAND — City and neighborhood communities are important, certainly, and have a role in healing Oakland's sorrows, just as churches, families and couples do. But in the end, much tragedy is caused or averted by what happens inside one person's mind, and as one group of local teens...
Los Angeles Oakland police are undergoing refreshers on crowd-control. Businesses are boarding up storefronts and removing dumpsters. City officials are calling for cool heads. Bloggers and columnists are pleading for public calm. Anxious anticipation reigns as the city of Oakland awaits the...
OAKLAND, Calif. — Protesters angry over a deadly shooting of a young unarmed black man on New Year’s Day stampeded through city streets on Wednesday night, burning cars and smashing storefronts and leading to pleas from city officials on Thursday for patience and calm. About 120 people...
ANOTHER YEAR has passed and violent crime in Oakland continues to be issue No. 1. Given the headlines last year, you might be surprised to learn that year after year, the crime rate in Oakland has largely stayed the same. Homicides and robberies remain at crisis levels on the streets of many of our...
OAKLAND-When I tell people who don't live in Oakland that I live here, they often ask me, "Is it safe there?" When I talk to people who do live in Oakland, I often hear, "I don't feel very safe these days." A quick conversation and I discover the root of that fear: the daily headlines screaming...