The three beats surrounding Greenleaf Elementary School and St. Bernard Catholic Church reported over 600 violent crimes in the year 2010. Children and adults report daily gun shots that cause them to live in fear of walking to school, church and neighborhood shops. Parents also report that they don’t let their children play in the yard after school.
Residents have decided to take back their community. More than 400 parents, students, teachers and church members stepped out on faith to reclaim their neighborhood and to call on the city and school district to stand with them on June 7th.
First, they conducted a 50-minute “Peace Walk” throughout their neighborhood where they chanted “We want peace!” Then, they filled the school auditorium for an action that was led by children and youth who had either attended or were currently attending the elementary school.
At the action, students asked that each official commit to working with the community to improve the neighborhood’s safety. OUSD Police Chief Peter Sarna, OUSD Director Christopher Dobbins, Assistant Chief Howard Jordan, and Mayor Jean Quan’s Represetative, Reygan Harmon, all agreed to follow up on their asks and to support the community. In exchange, they asked that the community stay vigilant and inform the Oakland Police Department of any situation and to report a complaint about trash in the neighborhood at (510) 615-5566.
Selected Media Coverage:
San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/08/BAO91JQSLI.DTL
Telemundo: “Ninos aterorizados…”http://msnlatino.telemundo.com/informacion_y_noticias/Noticiero_Telemundo/videos/