To promote peace in Oakland CA

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To promote peace in Oakland CA

    1. Petition by

      Katebah A

      Oakland, CA



Life Academy Students Declare a “Season of Peace-Building”


This Monday, Martin Luther King Day, (January 16, 2012), Life Academy of Health and Bioscience

(Oakland, CA) students commenced a Season of Peace-Building, which they plan to celebrate until

Cesar Chavez Day (3/31/12).


To demonstrate their commitment to the Season of Peace-Building, Life Academy’s students and staff

members, led by the Young Men’s Circle (Be a Man – BAM) and the Young Women’s Empowerment

Group (Real Ambitious Women – RAW), will participate in a 74-day fast relay and facilitate a

community “Peace Pledge.”


The “Season” began with a “Day of Service” in honor of Dr. King’s memory, where more than 145

students, teachers, staff members, administrators, parents, and the community came together to beautify

the high school’s campus. The “Day of Service” culminated in a ceremony honoring the first day of the

fast relay. The principals of both Life Academy and United for Success Academy (the adjoining middle

school) successfully partnered with various community groups to support these efforts.


Noel Gallo, President of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Board, attended the “Day of

Service” and plans to support all of the Season of Peace-Building events.


BAM and RAW decided to lead the Season of Peace-Building in response to the senseless killings of

youth in the Oakland community. The groups understand that stopping the violence is nearly impossible;

however, they believe that encouraging the community to build peace is more proactive and ultimately

more contagious.


Supporters are invited to the Fast-breaking/passing ceremony every week day from 12-1230pm in the

school’s cafeteria courtyard. Teachers have volunteered to pass the Fast each weekend and all fasters

have promised to circulate the Peace-Builders’ pledge in their respective communities.


These two youth-led groups are taking a symbolic stand for real change in their community. Through

self-sacrifice and fearless activism, Life Academy students, staff, and parents plan to help mend

broken families and restore a positive definition of “respect” that benefits all members of the Oakland

community. The Season of Peace-Building is sure to ignite the change that Oakland needs, from the

ground up.

Recent signatures


    1. March to Build Peace" NEXT friday March 30

      Katebah A
      Petition Organizer

      It is going to close this campaign. The Mayor of Oakland and the People of the Bay area will bethere to help us celebrate the 74 days of peace building and the days that we have fasted. we will meet @9am
      in front of Life Academy /United For Success
      2101 35th Avenue
      To emphasize our point, we have been passing a 24 hour Fast since Jan 16 and we will culminate our campaign on Friday Mar 20 with a March to Build-Peace and a presentation of our pledges to city officials and the families of the victims of youth gun-violence. This march will also serve as a way to honor the living legacy of Cesar E Chavez.
      How you (your org) can participate:
      1) march with our students...we will be gathering at 9am in front of our school at 2101 35th Avenue near foothill ave. The march will conclude a couple hours later at 11am at nearby Peralta Hacienda Park located between 34th Ave and Coolidge. And there we will have speakers, presentations and performances until 1245 and break our fast until 2PM

    2. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Cassandra Chen OAKLAND, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because our youth are leading the way as we begin to build peace. And what else can we do but follow our young leaders!

      • over 2 years ago

      I cannot stress enough the importance to foster compassionate, courageous and nonviolent communities. It is a great joy to see this initiative been guided by wise youth.

      Let's keep bringing awareness of the importance to live an integral nonviolent life. Are we bravenough to be nonviolent?

      "AHIMSA (nonviolence) is not only the absence of violence, it is not simply the negation to cause harm, but it is something infinitely more: it is when one's heart is so full of love, so full of courage, forgiveness, generosity, kindness and compassion, that there is no room for hatred, resentment and violence. It is not a double negative but a SUPERLATIVE POSITIVE!

      Nonviolence it is a call to disobey inhumane laws, treaties and institutions; it is a call to obey the law of love; it is a call to not control anger (if it arises) but to express it under discipline for maximum effects; it is a positive force; it is love in action; it is the thoughts we have, the words we use, the things we do, the cloths we wear, the food we eat... it is a way of life!

      That said, it is my most profound intention that we keep the movement, no non-violent but nonviolent. The nonviolence of Gandhi, the nonviolence of King, the nonviolence of César Chávez, Dolores Huerta... the nonviolence that makes us fearless and unstoppable."

      A concerned neighbor of 36th ave.

      May all become compassionate, courageous and wise.

      Muchas gracias for all the incredible work. ¡Si se puede!

      In radical love,


      • over 2 years ago

      I do support all attempts to build peace in Oakland, I do love Oakland/CA.

    • alexis pruitt OAKLAND, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      because i support katebah and this campaign

    • Marnie Curry ALAMEDA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I am inspired by young adults who step up and claim a new reality for Oakland. The students behind this campaign are being the change that they want to see in the world! May peace reign supreme!


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