Oakland is a city where there are scores of different views on what must be done to make us safe. But if there is one thing on which we can all agree, it is this: the violence, the shootings, the killings and the status quo cannot continue.
MOBN! has long advocated that the City institute a Cease Fire program based on the Boston or Cincinnati models. A similar program — “Operation Peacekeeper” was successfully implemented in Stockton, California in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, resulting in major reductions in homicides and gang and youth-related violence:
So we are most excited that Stewart Wakeling, who oversaw the implementation of Operation Peacekeeper, will be one of the speakers at a meeting this coming Thursday. While MOBN!, like many groups, has strongly held policy views on what must happen to make a safe city, we also believe that all elements of the community must listen to each other. So we encourage all Oaklanders of all views to attend the Community Meeting to Stop Oakland’s Violence: