San Antonio Neighborhood Meeting on Crime and Public Safety, Education and Jobs

Members the San Antonio OCO Cluster discussed safety, jobs and education at this June 21 community meeting. Seated, from left to right, John McConn, Marilyn Anderson, Rev. Marty Peters (Victory Baptist), Rev. Mary Gilmore (Faith Chapel); standing, from left to right, OCO organizer Jesus Rodriguez, OCO organizer Rev. Ken Chambers (WestSide Baptist), Sr., Rev. Dr. Phillip Lewis (Israelite Baptist), Rev. Kevin Ary (Israelite Baptist), and Rev. Gary Golden (Foothill Baptist). Photo by Stephen V. Brooks Photography, svbrooksphoto@aol.com

By Ashley Chambers Clergy and community members in the San Antonio district of East Oakland have been organizing for the past three months on critical issues of crime and public safety, education and jobs for the community, mobilized by Pastor Ken Chambers, Sr. of West Side Missionary Baptist Church and organizer with Oakland Community Organizations (OCO). A meeting for community members to discuss their concerns and seek solutions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Foothill Missionary Baptist Church, 1530 Foothill Blvd. in Oakland, Pastor Gary Golden. Oakland Councilwoman Pat Kernighan, Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan and Police Chief Howard Jordan are expected to attend. “We’re hoping to better our community and do something for the children of our community, particularly minority children, by making sure that they have some guidance in order to navigate through the educational process in a way that’s productive for them,” said. Dr. Phillip Lewis, pastor of Israelite Baptist Church. The meeting will explore solutions to rising crime, such as organizing weekly night walks, similar to those already held in the San Antonio district by Rev. Marty Peters of Victory Baptist Church. There will be musical performances by Center Street Baptist Church, Pastor Allen Langston; Imani Community Church, Pastor Dr. George Cummings; and the Allen Temple Baptist Church Male Chorus, Pastor Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr. For more information, contact Rev. Ken Chambers, Sr. at (510) 239-6969.

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