Tonight, Oaklanders will be joining Alan's family at a rally in Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant plaza and at Oakland City Council to demand a full investigation into the murder. Join us at 6 pm if you would like to stand in solidarity with the family and friends of Alan.
As the Project Director of Heal the Streets, I work with young people who aren't that different than Alan Blueford. Youth of color who are just trying to navigate violence in their communities, a lack of opportunity in their schools, and a society that too often sees them as the problems, instead of as the solutions.
One of our youth leaders Nubia Bowe responded to the murder of Alan Blueford saying:
It's important for people to come out, and not only bring people but tell people about it. This issue needs to be made way more public because people need to be aware that the same things keep happening. We can't delude ourselves to think things have changed, because nothing will change unless we continue to be the change.
We recognize that nothing will bring Alan back to his loved ones. We hope that an investigation will bring much-needed answers to the Blueford family, and pave the way for a world where young Black men don't die on account of 'looking suspicious.' Join us tonight to stand in solidarity with the Bluefords, and connect with Heal the Streets
as we continue to promote youth-led solutions to violence and fear.
In memory of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, and now, Alan Blueford--- rest in peace.