OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — Oakland leaders held a Love Life party Thursday in front of City Hall. The purpose of the evening was to honor four community leaders who have dedicated time to ending the violence in the city. It also aimed for the city to come together and overcome all the violence.
“The mission statement is to spread love, even in the midst of hate or misplaced hate,” said rapper Mistah FAB, who received a key to the city for his involvement in organizing various community outreach events throughout the year.
Mayor Libby Schaaf presented him and three others with the keys to the city. All had a message about ending the violence in the city.
“Through love, as we flaunt and exude, we continue to make a difference,” said Mistah FAB. “Even in the midst of all the violence, there are still beautiful moments. For every night after dark is a bright day.”
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The other three recipients were Bishop Yvette A. Flunder, founder of Ark of Refuge, Inc.; Marilyn Washington Harris, founder of the Khadafy Washington Foundation for Nonviolence and; Russell Jeung, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate.
Oakland has recently experienced extremely high levels of violence. Numerous shootings have resulted in more than 100 homicides this year. Community leaders hope tonight’s event leads to a city where they all come together.
“It’s a problem in the city where a lot of people don’t feel the love,” said Antoine Towers, one of the leaders of the Oakland Violence Prevention Coalition. “This is an example of how we can come together as a community and feel love. As long as there are more people who have the energy to invest in the community as these individuals do , it will bring us closer and closer to that place where we can be proud of how our city will transform.”
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