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The Citizen

    Letters to the Editor — Students must rise and fight

    The outreach to students of Laney College by Cat Brooks, Asantewaa Boykin and Ashley Yates of the Anti-Police Terror Project looks to be a call to action against injustice within the city of Oakland. (“Female activists panel speaks on origins of activism”/Tower March 17.)
    In a city that values coercion over rehabilitation, the importance of activism cannot be overstated. 
    Appealing to students is important, as academic centers are inherently a community. Schools have a greater potential to rally than the fragmented environment of laborers within their individual and diverse industries. 
     Oakland is lost in a vicious cycle of crime and indictment. 
    It is currently the 9th most dangerous city in the country in violent crime per capita. The city has a poverty rate of 14.8 percent and rising (census.gov). 
    Violence initiated by officers from the Oakland Police Department are frequent and have proven difficult to challenge as unjustified. 
    Engaging large communities is more important than ever. The efforts of these members of the Anti-Police Terror Project deserve no less than our vigilant support and commendation.

    Triston Plante
    Journalism

    Letters to the Editor
    The Tower accepts letters to the editor. Letters should be 150 words or fewer. Email letters to laneytower(at)peralta.edu, with the subject line “Letters.” We sometimes edit for space and clarity.

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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