Oakland, CA – On Friday, July 28th, 2023, Councilmember Treva Reid kicked off the 2023 Community Safety Task Force Day of Action series. This is the second year of the series where attendees were able to get resources like housing support, community safety services, adult and youth employment opportunities, nutrition and wellness, job opportunities, anti-displacement programs, gang violence intervention, and more.
“It was an honor to support the growth and safety of our residents,” said Councilmember Treva Reid, “The goal of the Community Safety Task Force is to ensure that District 7’s community has direct access to essential resources in their neighborhoods. Our Day of Action signifies the power of collaboration and fellowship across multiple sectors in the City of Oakland and the Bay Area at large.”
The Community Safety Task Force was initiated by a combination of city and county partners, private stakeholders, and community-based organizations, who hold a collective vision of supporting District 7’s most underserved (BIPOC, youth, seniors, and unhoused) residents who have been victims of violence, or are at-risk of becoming victims of and/or enacting violence.
“We love Oakland and ALL of those who live, worship and work here,” said Reverend Damita Howard, Director of the Ceasefire Strategy, “...and that’s why me and each of these providers and organizations were there that Friday afternoon. We want our City and people of East Oakland safe and taken care of. Public Safety is important to each of us and we will do what we can to improve it for East Oakland.”
Last year, over 30 partners supported four Day of Action events providing resources to over 300 residents in the area. At this year’s kickoff event, organizations in attendance included: Youth UpRising, Youth Employment Partnership, East Oakland Boxing Association, Higher Ground, East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), Oakland Private Industry Council (PIC), Youth Alive!, Young Realtist Division At Thy Word Ministries, Grid Alternatives, Oakland Public Library, Brady United, Oakland Ceasefire, OPD Victim Services Unit, KANO Special Services, Alameda County Social Services, Supervisor Nate Miley’s office, Assemblymember Mia Bonta’s team, District Attorney Pamela Price’s office, Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (B.O.S.S.), the Oakland Private Industry Council, AC Transit, Argent Materials, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Pulse Check 101, Alameda County Public Health Department, Live Life Well, Cancer Support Community, Alameda County Food Bank, Family Paths, East Oakland Collective, Black Cultural Zone, East Bay Permanent Real Estate Coop, Beyond Emancipation, The Beautification Council, Forever Oakland, and the Excess Litter Fee Team.
“UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital was proud to support Councilmember Treva Reid’s Community Day of Action,” shared Jessica Arline, Associate Director of Community & Government Relations for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, “As the largest ACS certified Pediatric Level 1 Trauma center in Northern California, we understand the importance of community and family safety. Safe communities promote community cohesion, economic development, and opportunities to be active and healthy. We commend Councilmember Reid’s efforts to mobilize our community and critical stakeholders to help bring awareness to this very important issue.”
This event will be hosted into the fall of 2023, providing a space to help residents stay connected and served so that they can thrive in their neighborhoods while the Community Safety Task Force continues working to increase their collective efforts to tackle the root causes of the public safety issues impacting this corridor.
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