OCO, Clergy Met With Police Chief, Seek to Provide Jobs for Youth

Front row, left to right: Ada Chan, Father Jesus Nieto-Ruiz, OCO co-chair, Rev. Sandhya Jha, Rev. Allen Langston, Rev. Kevin Ary, Rev. Clyde Ran, Lynette McElhaney, John McConn, Denise Gums; Second row, left to right: OCO organizer Rev. Ken Chambers, Sr., Dr. Ida Oberman, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan, Rev. Mary Gilmore, Rev. Sylvester Rutledge; Back row, left to right: Rev. Darlene Chambers, Police Lieutenant LeRonne Armstrong, Rev. Samuel Bobo, Dr. Phillip Lewis, Elder Bill Dixon, Rev. Gary Golden, and Father George Quickley. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

By Ashley Chambers A San Antonio action meeting led by organizer Rev. Ken Chambers, Sr. of Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) sought to unite churches, city officials, and community members together for the cause of providing solutions for the city’s youth on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Foothill Baptist Church, and hosted by Rev. Gary Golden. The OCO San Antonio Cluster Action, a collaboration of 20 churches and schools, including Roosevelt Middle School, Oakland High, and the Community School of Creative Education, wants to find jobs for youth. Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan, Lieutenant LeRonne Armstrong, District 2 Councilmember Patricia Kernighan, and Ada Chan, Policy Analyst for Rebecca Kaplan, City Councilmember At Large, also attended the meeting. One Toyota and the Oakland Auto Group agreed to hire two youth for 90-day internships. Parents and community members signed up to receive training for mentoring students of color to help raise the academic achievement level. Councilwoman Kernighan, applauded the efforts of the community. She quoted Rev. Chambers saying, “Working together works.” Chief Jordan also committed to working with the community to combat violence and to advocate for more employment opportunities for Oakland youth. The group of clergy also endorsed Prop. 30. For more information, contact Rev. Ken Chambers, (510) 239-6969.

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