Debora Gordon

Debora Gordon is a writer, artist, educator and non-violence activist. She has been living in Oakland since 1991, moving here to become a teacher in the Oakland Unified School District. In all of these roles, Debora is interested in developing a life of the mind. “As a mere human living in these simultaneously thrilling and troubled times,” Debora says, “I try to tread lightly, live thoughtfully, teach peace, and not take myself too seriously.”

Stories by Debora

School to Prison to School Pipeline

Suspensions and bouncing back and forth between various schools, crack- addicted parents and grandparents, running away, physical abuse, early fatherhood (age 17), teen-age drug use,[More]

Shalita Williams, Unshackled

  Shalita Williams, recalls some early brushes with the law. “I started coming in contact with the law when I was 14, when I was[More]

Leaving the streets behind

Prospective Berkeley Law student Clarence Ford, 28, has a 360-degree perspective on the law most lawyers lack. He was first arrested for marijuana possession at[More]

Seeking Refuge, Teaching Refuge

Student panelists at the Sanctuary Education Conference at the Islamic Cultural Center described feeling isolated at school, not having any Arab or Muslim teachers or[More]

The Education of Lam Vo

  Since arriving at Kern Valley State Prison seven years ago, Lam Vo has completed his G.E.D. But his education has gone further than book[More]

Prison To School Pipeline

  The 14 graduates at the May ceremony shared an experience most college graduates couldn’t claim – they had all served time behind bars. “This[More]