By Brandon Reeves Ranzel Merritt is trying to change the world in a positive way through music. Merritt, who is from Oakland, is an upcoming artist and philanthropist who plays the saxophone, is [...]
By Troy Williams I met Keith Wattley, founder and executive director of Uncommon Law, in 2008 at a restorative justice symposium that was held inside San Quentin State Prison.
By Pamela Price Most people don’t know much about their local Democratic Central Committee or the candidates who are running for the Central Committee. Voters either vote blindly for these candidates or don’t [...]
By Pastor Gerald Agee, Margaretta Lin, Maeve Elise Brown These are extraordinary times in the Bay Area. After many years of divestment, cities like our beloved Oakland are receiving much well deserved attention.
African-Americans made up 28 percent of the Oakland population in 2013-2014 but only worked five percent the hours on city-funded construction projects. That may seem impossible in Oakland, a city that prides [...]
By the nature of God’s good grace, we are a loving, caring and forgiving people. But, at times, conflict with truth forbids us from being our true selves. When we allow fear and [...]
By Troy Williams If you are interested in seeing a change in our criminal justice system, believe that children in the system should be treated differently than adults or that sick and disabled seniors [...]
On Sunday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and I sat down at a Post Salon to discuss overcoming barriers for the formerly incarcerated to vote and find jobs.
Upon my arrival from Folsom back to the San Quentin State Prison where I had spent some time as a youth, I realized that there are some remarkable and astonishing changes occurring.
By Erica Terry Derryck, Office of the Mayor The Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) was created by a citizen-led initiative passed by voters in 1996 and then reauthorized in 2009. [...]