Kevin Grant knows about life on the streets. He used to be an Oakland gang member, and did time in and out of prison for robberies and selling drugs. Now he’s back on the streets at night, but in a different role. He’s breaking up fights before they escalate into violence or murder in Oakland — and he’s talking young people into putting down their guns. Grant won the California Peace Prize for his work in November. He joins us to talk about breaking the cycle of violence and retaliation in one of California’s deadliest cities.
Kevin Grant, leader of Oakland Unite Street Outreach and recipient of the California Peace Medal
Nathaniel Mansfield, parolee being mentored by Kevin Grant
Ersie Joyner, captain in the Oakland Police Department who leads Area 3, also known as East Oakland, which runs east of High Street to the City of San Leandro border