Articles by Howard Dyckoff

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About Howard
Howard Dyckoff has lived in Oakland for over 30 years and has been involved with many community groups, including Oakland Digital and Oakland Local and the East Oakland Boxing Association (EOBA). A New York transplant, Howard attended Laney College, where he wrote for the Laney Tower newspaper. He has served as the Berkeley Free Clinic’s Outreach Coordinator, and also worked as an information technology professional at Chevron and Wells Fargo.Howard has been a regular contributor to Oakland Local and currently does event photography around the Bay Area.

Highland Journal, a Miniseries: Part II

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By Howard Dyckoff She carries needles and tubes, held in slender fingers. She’s looking for human blood. I see earrings, and under her white jacket, jewelry, a sequined top. I catch a honeysuckle scent. Leather heels. She clearly has a life outside of all this bloodsucking. It all happens in the early morning and the late […]

Cut Gun Clip Sizes for Fewer Shooting Victims

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By Howard Dyckoff After a year with 131 murders in Oakland – not the city’s highest ever, but the most since 2005 – and after the massacre in Sandy Hook took 26 lives, mostly children, we started 2013 off with another teen killed in a crossfire in East Oakland. What I want to highlight here […]

Women Politicians Lead East Oakland Rally Against Social Security Cuts

Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

By Howard Dyckoff More than 50 rallied last week in East Oakland to oppose any cuts in Medicare and Social Security. Protesters joined Congressional Rep. Barbara Lee, Assembly Member Nancy Skinner, and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan at Eastmont Mall’s Social Security office to oppose reductions in Oakland’s senior services. Lee asked the audience to “stand […]

Health of the Hood: Fencing Off a Sense of Community in Toler Heights

Nedra, with some of her art.  Photo by Howard Dyckoff, Oakland Voices, 2012.

By Howard Dyckoff “Indeed, good fences make good neighbors, but we also want good neighbors to build good (and sometimes shorter) fences,”  Berkeley City Council member Laurie Capitelli, from a 2008 web posting. Since the great recession began and many homes were foreclosed on, a large number of new homeowners have moved into Deep East […]

Cease Fire Redux: Oakland Relaunches Crime Plan, This Time with Broad Coalition

Members of City Team participated in the Lifelines program at Allen Temple. They have since started their Friday Night Walks.

By Howard Dyckoff Oaklanders are marching to demand an end to gun violence.  There have been youth rallies, peace marches and on-going night walks in the most violence-plagued areas of East Oakland. Many of these events are headed by church groups and community organizations banding together with the City to re-launch the Cease Fire program […]

Citizens, Clergy Appeal for Peace During East Oakland Night Walk

Pastor Rev. Dr. Phillip A. Lewis (center) and a few of the volunteers from City Team.

Three East Oakland Night Walks have been organized so far by City Team and Lifelines, in support of the Oakland’s Cease Fire program. I was on the second walk, which began several weeks ago at the Israelite Missionary Baptist Church at 21st Ave and 21st Street in the San Antonio area. People began arriving at 6:30 in the evening – all committed to making a difference on the violent streets of Oakland.

Notes from an Oakland Peace March

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Two Peace Marches against gun violence snaked through through East and West Oakland last Saturday and culminated with a City Hall rally with hundreds of people asking City officials and candidates for City office to both help reduce violence in the streets and improve relations between the OPD and communities of color.