One commitment in the Stop the Injunctions campaign right now is to highlight the creative ways that communities are capable of addressing violence and creating real, inclusive safety every day.
Here is one analysis of the European-based legal system and why it does not serve our communities in creating inclusive or lasting safety. This chart provides some ways to think about who gets to be engaged in a community-based solutions model and what the values are behind different justice models.
Abstract: “Restorative justice has been suggested as a means to deal with disproportionate minority confinement and other social problems within communities of color, specifically the Black community. However, scholars and practitioners have pointed out cultural concerns that must be addressed in the restorative justice process. Afrocentric theory and its principles have been suggested as a way to deal with the cultural concerns within the restorative justice process. This article examines the contemporary and historical means of informal dispute resolution in the Gullah Islands of South Carolina. These strategies of dispute or conflict resolution were used to deal with crime, delinquency, civil matters, community grievances, and other social wrongs outside the traditional common and civil legal systems. Through on-site in-depth interviews, focus groups, and an analysis of archival documents, the research determined that the strategies used on the Gullah Islands fell within the Afrocentric restorative justice model.”
10am-2pm: Mural making with artists from Eastside Arts Alliance! Come check out how the Stop the Injunctions mural is going! We hope to display it in the Dover Park garden and other locations in North Oakland when it is finished.
11am: What is a gang injunction? What is happening in Oakland? Come participate in a workshop and learn more about the injunctions, the impact on our communities and the fight to stop them.
Police Complaint and Community Testimony Table (10am-2pm): Stop the Injunctions Coalition (STIC) is collecting testimony against policing in North Oakland in order to continue pushing against policing policies like injunctions. City Council is listening closely to what we have to say, and we want North Oakland’s voices heard. We will not be putting the complaints through the Community Police Review Board (CPRB) process; rather we will be collecting testimony to share with City Council allies so we can defeat the injunctions. It can remain anonymous. Please come by to give testimony, discuss more about the injunctions, how to get involved, or share strategies for real community-based solutions to violence.
10 am-2pm: “Our Oakland, Our Solutions” video making: Come stop by and share with us what you see as real community justice! Who would be involved? How do we care for each other? What do you see being real solutions for safety for us all?
AND: We’ll be joined by The Ephemory Project, an Oakland photo/story archive of loved ones lost to social, economic and related violence. The EP seeks to provide a space for contributors to memorialize their losses and a means to connect with other people facing similar issues; and to build awareness about the epidemic of loss some communities are facing due to violence, deportation, lack of health care, and other social and political problems. Read more and view, here.
STIC will hold a Police Complaint & Community Testimony table this Saturday at the market to talk with people about police complaints in North Oakland. We’re collecting testimony against policing in North Oakland in order to continue pushing against policing policies like injunctions. City Council is listening closely to what we have to say and we want North Oakland’s voices heard. We will not be putting the complaints through the Community Police Review Board (CPRB) process; rather we will be collecting testimony to share with City Council allies so we can defeat the injunctions. It can remain anonymous. Please come by to give testimony, discuss more about the injunctions, how to get involved, or share strategies for real community-based solutions to violence.
2-3pm Stop the Gang Injunctions Coalition “What are gang injunctions? What is happening in Oakland?” Gang Injunctions are a really contentious issue in our communities. Come here about what is happening in Oakland and participate in a dialog around safe communities. This is an open community dialog and there will be room for discussion from all viewpoints regarding how to reduce violence, the current North Oakland and Fruivale injunctions and the proposed expansion of injunctions to West and East Oakland.
Santi, a member of Xicana Moratorium Coalition, talks at the 8/7 Block Party about how we can unite and reclaim our communities by taking pride in our art and culture, and connecting community members to resources and information.
Sal, a Fruitvale resident that volunteered to do security during the 8/7 Block Party, talks about how a major part of creating safe spaces is building community.
A lot of times people think we need to call the police for security, but if we reach out to community members and initiate some dialogue to get on the same page, then we can definitely come together and create our own safe spaces and communities. How do YOU create safe spaces in your home/school/at work/in your neighborhood? PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!
For examples of organizations that work to create safe & healthy communites, check out some of our Community Allies.
In the wake of the shooting death of 3 year old Carlos Nava, City Council-members have begun the call for more injunctions. Overlooking the fact that many of those that organized the vigil for Carlos & his family have also been vigorously organizing against the gang injunctions for months now, Larry Reid was quoted on KTVU advocating for a new injunction (http://www.ktvu.com/news/28830897/detail.html).
As many of us know, and as Kazu from the Peace Development Fund clearly states, “There’s a difference between just preventing violence and creating peace through justice”.
As we continue to build strength and power amongst community members and organizations we are asking that you help us to realize our demand of accountability from city government and increased decision-making power for all Oakland residents.
If you are a part of an organization, please sign on to this letter reminding City Council-members of their decision on May 17th to not enact any further gang injunctions. If you are a community member interested in plugging into the work, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.