Last weekend, OCO held two events to help prevent violence and promote life. On Friday, community members gathered at 17th Avenue and International Boulevard to take a walk around the neighborhood with the Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts and Oakland City Councilmember Pat Kernighan. The event was sponsored by the San Antonio Neighborhood Action Coalition, which includes the East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC), OCO and the San Antonio Business Association (SABA).
Then, on Saturday, OCO leaders from St. Columba Catholic Church held an event titled “Affirming Life.” The event was in collaboration with notable death rights advocate and International Bestselling author of “Dead Man Walking”, Sr. Helen Prejean. OCO leaders highlighted their method of affirming life thru advocating for violence prevention and intervention programs that have the potential to reduce homicides in the City of Oakland. Sr. Helen detailed her 2 decade plus fight to “Affirm Life” by fighting for the eradication of the death penalty. Over one hundred Bay Area Residents attended the event and reception afterward, where they were able to converse with Sr. Helen and purchase her book. OCO leaders also presented a “call to action”, challenging event-goers to get involved with reducing crime and violence in the community.