Youth UpRising has drafted petitions for two charter schools: Castlemont Primary Academy and Castlemont Junior Academy. The primary academy opens its doors next fall, and the other is pending school board approval.
Sitting on the steps in front of his apartment, 14-year-old Trevor Watson — the same kid from the after-school group at Castlemont — says the popping sounds of gunfire sometimes keep him up at night.
To deal with it, he tries to ignore it.
In the Castlemont neighborhood, according to county reports, homicide is the leading cause of death for young people.
Over 130 cars full of Oakland, Calif. residents lined up as early as 6 a.m. this past Saturday outside of Saint Benedict’s church to get rid of their guns in exchange for $200 cash.