Blog Posts

Our Story of Eliminating Willful Defiance in Oakland

Wednesday night the Oakland Unified School Board voted unanimously on a policy to end suspensions and involuntary transfers for “willful defiance and disruption” as of July 1, 2016. This is a huge victory, but the fight for better Oakland schools is not over.

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StoryBuilders Visit New Orleans- What’s Happening 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

[VIDEO] In April, BOP staff, members and StoryBuilder interns traveled to New Orleans to explore the impact that Hurricane Katrina has had on the city. We were particularly interested in hearing from community about the intersection of mass incarceration in education and what the Black community has to say about how things have changed in New Orleans since the hurricane. Watch here!

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StoryBuilders Short Films

Our StoryBuilder interns Kayla Humphreys and Ciara Smith produced these short films to tell their stories of the Black student experience in Oakland.

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OUSD to Eliminate Willful Defiance Discipline Policy But the Fight is Not Over

For the past year, BOP and other Bay Area community organizations have been pushing the Oakland school board to eliminate willful defiance from the district’s discipline policy. Data shows that willful defiance, a very broad category that has been used as grounds to discipline students, has led to the disproportionate suspension of Black students in

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Parents Speak Out on Security Guards

By Kayla Humphreys On February 28th, I attended the Black Organizing Project’s listening session at McClymonds high school. 15-20 Black parents gathered in the game room to talk about the state of Oakland schools and how their students are being treated. There were also some students there, including myself. As I was sitting there, listening

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The Prison Industrial Complex

By Ciara Smith I have noticed that Black people in my community are incarcerated more than other people because of our status, race and our backgrounds. The prison industrial complex criminalizes minorities purposefully for profit. It is evident that it is a modern day form of slavery. The United States’ unjust system uses methods such

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When The Police Came to My House

When The Police Came to My House By Kayla Humphreys One day in the summer, my oldest brother, my cousins, my mom, and I were hanging outside of my mom’s house. While we were hanging out, outside of my mom’s house we had seen and heard the police was looking for two black men that

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Security Guards on Camera

By Ciara Smith I read about a young man that attends Fremont high school who was physically abused by two security officers. It was caught on tape. There was only little punishment done to the officers, which was that they were suspended, compared to their out of control behavior. The tape was hidden for a

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Welcome to the StoryBuilders Blog!

What is StoryBuilders? StoryBuilders is a storytelling program led by staff and members of the Black Organizing Project. StoryBuilder interns learn to deconstruct mainstream narratives while developing a variety of multimedia storytelling skills that they can use to tell a new story about Black youth. The program was developed out of the fundamental belief that

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