Oakland Gun Violence is a Public Health Emergency

Make Oakland Better Now! supports City Council Member Treva Reid’s proposal to declare that the gun violence in Oakland is a public health emergency. Her full statement, which was released on September 16, is below. As of September 17, Oakland has had 95 homicides, compared to 70 in 2020, which was much higher than any of the previous 5 years. This horrific situation requires an all-hands-on-deck emergency response, as Council Member Reid states. We recommend supporting her resolution.

From Council Member Reid:

Dear Neighbor,

Our community is in a state of emergency.

As many of us continue to grapple with unemployment, food scarcity, housing instability, and other issues exacerbated by COVID-19, we also must contend with the emotional weight, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma of ongoing violence in our neighborhoods.

After hearing from many of you via email, during Council and community meetings, and direct calls to our office, I am bringing forth a resolution for us that aims to eliminate the disproportionate amount of gun violence we see in our community.

If adopted, my proposed resolution would officially declare gun violence a public health crisis in the City of Oakland and also endorse community advocates’ call for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to deploy funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into neighborhood violence prevention services.

With the official declaration and additional funding from the County, we can achieve including, but not limited to:

  • Deeper investments for violence prevention programs, like Ceasefire and Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland (MACRO), as well as community healing organizations
  • Funds for culturally responsive mental health services
  • Additional community clinics and providers to support holistic delivery of health services
  • Rental support, down payment assistance, homeownership retention, and affordable housing development

Here is how you can help support:

Thank you so much for your continuous partnership.

In Service,

Make Oakland Better Now!

OakTalk Here is the blog of Make Oakland Better Now!, an Oakland community grassroots group of a grass-roots group of voters, volunteers, and policy advocates committed to improving the City of Oakland by focusing on public safety, public works, and responsible budgets. Founded in 2003, we’ve researched, lobbied, and successfully campaigned for a number of new, impactful policies, including the city’s Rainy Day Fund, Measure Z and Operation Ceasefire.

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  1. Jim Z

    The anti police Mayor, Council, Police Commision,and Federal oversite are the ones responcible for the gun violance by not allowing traffic enforcement. enforce the laws…OPD not allowed to because you might offend People of Color.
    OPD has to bring in the CHP who are not constrained from traffic enforcement

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