Black Lives Matter Now: Short Essays by Express Readers on Racial Injustice in America 

We invited East Bay residents to share their thoughts and words. Here's what they had to say.

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The epidemic of police violence requires vast changes in the ways police officers are recruited, trained, and supervised. But if Americans want the killings to stop we have to demand a new War on Poverty, this time combined with a War on Racial Injustice, to finally end America's legacy of slavery.

Dan Siegel


Take Action

Who am I

Do I have value?

Will I ever get a job?

Is my college degree from CSUEB enough to stand out?

Is my natural hair too much for the 21st century work place? Every day, the people who look like me are killed and no one takes action. Is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram the new media for taking action?

Take action one person at a time. Clean your own house and your kids. Grandkids. And then encourage your network of people to do the same. Live for today. Volunteer, if you see an area in your community that needs improvement. You be the change. Stop waiting for someone else to do it.

In my community there is high crime rates, according to the data reports. Low school scores. The plan I will take will include: National Night Out to get to know my neighbors. Volunteer at the East Oakland Youth Development Center and host community events for the kids. Last year my family collected and gave away 129 used bikes to kids ages 6 to 17 and we collected and gave away used coats to kids in the community where we live.

What is your plan of action?

Patricia Mitchell



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