Moving homeless off the streets and into residency hotels, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on their programs for parolees, the Ceasefire program in Oakland, and local musician John Santos.
Last fall, I went to Fifth and King Streets in San Francisco, just under the on-ramp to I-280. A group of tents inhabited the space then. The ground around the tents was swept, and bicycles stood in neat lines. Residents, such as Jessica Prater, knew one another and felt safe there.
Oftentimes, spiritual leaders are the ones we turn to, to help solve problems in our communities. One of those leaders is Reverend George Cummings of the Imani Community Church in Oakland. For years, he has been working in the local community to cut back the violence. Recently, neighborhood advocates like Cummings have teamed up with the Oakland police to implement a violence prevention program called Ceasefire. Reverend Cummings talked to KALW’s Holly Kernan about how it works.