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Tag: Men of Influence

News Pix: Lake Merritt Restoration, Oakland Ex-Cons Give Back, Environmental Drones

June 7, 2013 | 12:34 pm

News Pix: Lake Merritt Restoration, Oakland Ex-Cons Give Back, Environmental Drones

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Workers began demolishing parts of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge over San Pablo Bay this week in preparation for repairs on the eastbound section. The work is expected to take 90 days. (Tawanda Kanhema / Richmond Confidential) More than 10 years after Oakland residents approved the nearly $200 million Measure DD, the restoration of Lake Merritt […]

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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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‘Men of Influence’ Bring Parenting to Oakland’s Toughest Streets

April 3, 2013 | 6:20 am

‘Men of Influence’ Bring Parenting to Oakland’s Toughest Streets

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Arnoldo Garay is coming off a bad year. Last year, when he was 16, Arnoldo said he was drinking, selling drugs and hanging out with a dangerous crowd. Then he fell into a dark depression. “It was crazy,” he said. “I tried to commit suicide.” He was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Sacramento, and […]

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In Oakland, Trying to Stop Violence Before It Starts

April 2, 2013 | 6:20 am

In Oakland, Trying to Stop Violence Before It Starts

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Tange Harris found herself in the middle of a bad situation a few months ago. When she stopped by her mother’s house in East Oakland, her nephew was out front with two of his kids. Then a group of people showed up. They were there to beat up Harris’ nephew. “It was like 13 people […]

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