Make Oakland Better Now! has become pretty well known for advocating for more cops; it is true that we believe the Oakland Police Department is critically understaffed, and the department needs to be grown to at least 925 officers.
But we know that there are other essential violence prevention elements besides a fully staffed police department. We continue to support a properly run Operation Ceasefire (and we’ll be posting more about this very soon) and we support those programs for which the data proves a positive effect on violence reduction.
So our board members are very excited about this upcoming day-long program at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and we encourage MOBN! members to attend:
Love Your Neighbors — Help End Gun Violence
When: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Ave., Oakland (Map available here)
RSVP: Peace, Justice & Hunger Commission, phone 510-893-8630, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Keynote speaker: Fania Davis, J.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder and Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
- Community Action: Lynnette Gibson McElhaney, Oakland City Council, District 3
- Legislation: Cody Jacobs, Staff Attorney, The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
- Public Health Policy: Dr. Randi Smith, Trauma Chief Resident, Highland Hospital
- Restorative Justice: A special guest
Workshops, Action-Planning & Resource Materials
Refreshments and Lunch will be served