A bunch of folks met Friday to talk about the gap between people growing up and living in Oakland to other places in the US. It was said in the assembly meeting that a black boy in Oakland, on average, will die 15 years earlier than a white boy born in the hills. Crazy. I think the biggest asset is that the meeting took place and people created a space to talk about these issues. Things aren't right, so talking about them is the first step to changing them.