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A young African American man, Akil Riley, stands in front of a fence for a photo.

Oakland Voices: Youth activists leading the Black Lives Matter Movement

Oakland Voices interviewed five young leaders who have taken the Black Lives Matter Movement by storm and reminded us that not only are our youth the future, but they are also the present.
A red car has the window open. A hand is holding a homemade cardboard sign that says "Fund Schools Not Police BLM"

Effort to get rid of police in Oakland schools gains momentum as Black Lives Matter protests continue

A local campaign led by Black activists in Oakland to transform OUSD by expelling school police is gaining momentum.

Empowering Youth and Disrupting Cycles of Violence

“I give them all the advice that I didn’t get.” -Michael Muscadine The weather, like the multicultural crowd, was beautiful. The music was danceable, the live artwork was politically conscious, and the tacos and aguas[Read more]

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[Read more]

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.[Read more]

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[Read more]

Going to Prison, Part III: Lam Tells His Story

By Debora Gordon On Sunday, December 9th, I headed back to prison. When I arrived, I learned the previous day’s lock down had been lifted. Many of the same visitors were there again. The woman[Read more]

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[Read more]