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Meet the Ex-Cons Who Are Now Stopping Violence on Oakland’s Streets

June 6, 2013 | 9:51 am

Meet the Ex-Cons Who Are Now Stopping Violence on Oakland’s Streets

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Every week, between 10 and 30 men meet for hours at the Rainbow Recreation Center in East Oakland. These are the Men of Influence¬†– mostly ex-convicts who have transformed themselves into respected neighborhood elders, intervening when violence is imminent on the Oakland streets. Their goal is simple: to reduce the shootings and homicides that have […]

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