Tag Archives: Oakland Schools

Empowering Oakland Families

“Organizing makes the impossible possible.” -Pecolia Manigo If you truly want to serve the people in a culturally competent way, it helps to have an interpreter and child care. Dinner doesn’t hurt either. All three

Undeterred by the ‘Hella Storm’ 200 Oakland Students Walk out for Michael Brown

Oakland (December 15th, 2014)—Undeterred by the ‘Hella-Storm’, roughly 200 students, hailing from eight Oakland high schools staged a ‘die-in’ outside the Fruitvale BART station, disrupting business as usual for 4 minutes and 28 seconds. The

A Day in the Life of Lam Vo

By Debora Gordon Lam ended a recent letter with “Write me when you find the time. I certainly have all the time in the world to wait.” This prompted me to ask him what it

Looking at Lam & What Needs to Be Done

By Debora Gordon Lam was, and perhaps still is, a young man with a lot of potential. He could have gone on to lead a life of commonplace trials and triumphs;  having a family, a job

A Call to Lam’s Mother

By Debora Gordon Many, perhaps most, parts of this story have been hard to tell. I often imagine someone who might be personally affected by a particular part of the story looking over my shoulder.

School-to-Prison Pipeline

By Debora Gordon Every time a student does poorly in school, or drops out, there is likely a great increase in the chances he will wind up in prison. I recall in my discussion with

Going to Prison, Part II: Getting In, the Visiting Room, and Lockdown

By Debora Gordon After my visit with Lt. Smith, I had some time to kill that Friday evening in Delano, California. While there may be more than meets the tourist eye, what the casual passer-through

Going to Prison, Part I

By Debora Gordon I drove down to visit Lam in the Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP)  the weekend of December 7ththrough December 10th. I checked in by phone and email with the Public Information Officer,