Mayor of Oakland,
I am 17 years old and I want to make a difference in my community. As a long time contributing citizens of Oakland, we have seen too much violence, drug related activity, and crime that has not deterred or declined. This is a demand/plea for change.
As beautiful and unique the City of Oakland is to the Bay Area, there is a disproportionate amount of violence in many areas of our communities. This petition is to bring to the attention to the Mayor of Oakland and city council about the high need of our community to be well lit, more police patrolling in high crime areas, and more importantly community relations among city council members, politicians, police officers, and community members. Community violence does not only affect the city of Oakland, but the neighboring cities as well. Like a virus it may spread; criminals will run out of recources and go looking for new recources. Oakland should be a good neighbor to other cities we need to act together to bandage the wounds of Oakland.
Schools need to be around safe environments. Violence effects the growth of children. They do not deserve to live in violent neighborhoods. This petition is for the future generations of Oakland.
Mayor Jean Quan visited many underserved communities at the beginning of her mayoral term in the presence of many cameras and media outlets. However, her efforts have stopped there! We need to let her know that we are serious in ensuring that our community is safe not only for us but future generations as well!
“For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is the slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter. This is the breaking of a man’s spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man among other men. And this too afflicts us all”
– Bobby Kennedy