Youth Alive, Moms Demand Action and Adamika Village are partnering to organize a “Stop the Violence” community event at Sunnyside/Verdese Carter Park in East Oakland, in District 7, Saturday, July 13, 2019,from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Our youth are tired of seeing their friends murdered, and they’re ready to do something about it. We’re finally reaching the population that can make a difference,” said Adamika Village CEO Darryl Allums. “Oakland had 10 more homicides in 2019 then this time last year and 80% have happened in deep East Oakland. The community is reeling from the effects and is saying ‘Enough! Our children and youth have organized this event and need our support.’”
The youth-led organizers’ goals include violence prevention, raising awareness as to how each individual can help bring peace to the community, and to have fun. Teens on Target students and other local groups will present information and resources on violence prevention, employment, housing, mental illness, substance abuse, re-entry issues and provide empowerment groups and health and wellness strategies including distributing gun locks.
Three non-profit organizations are partnering with Vision Quilt to facilitate a community art project honoring 2019 victims of violence. Other activities include free haircuts by local barbers, clothing giveaways, and activities for children. Free refreshments will also be served
“As always, we need community support,” Allums said. “We really hope the community supports our youth in redirecting their destiny because they’re ready to address violence in their community head-on. Please, please, please give generously to our kids as if a life depended on it because it does.”
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