Violence and Anti-Violence

Memorial Hopes To Heal Wounds

by Angela Hart
Dec 09, 2008


The third annual "Evening of Remembrance" was held at the St. Columba Catholic Church in Oakland. Service began with a candle-lighting ceremony and prayer, followed by a reception dinner at. Families came together in effort to promote peace and understanding.

We All Must Help Silence the Violence

by Nicole Lee
Feb 22, 2008


The statistics in Oakland are grim: 21 homicides in the first 42 days of 2008 (almost double the number from this time last year). In a single weekend earlier this month, 13 reported shootings in five days claimed eight lives.

In the face of this senseless violence, it's easy for a lot of us to pretend that we're removed from it all, that it has nothing to do with us as individuals. We shake our heads at the problem while keeping it at arm's length. But now more than ever, we must turn toward our young men and women caught in the crossfire, not away from them.

Emergency Silence the Violence Vigil

KPFA Weekend News
by Rose Ketabchi
Feb 16, 2008


Violence in Oakland has reached a crisis point. Already this year, there have been 21 homicides. Silence the Violence responded to 7 deaths over the weekend with a candlelight vigil Friday night to honor the victims and rally residents around changing our communities to end violence. KPFA's Rose Ketabchi interviews Nicole Lee of Silence the Violence, artist Adonis Walker, and Sean Sullivan of Covenant House.

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Hundreds mourn homicide victims

by Cecily Burt
Dec 14, 2007


Family, friends unite to cope with their grief

The Evening of Remembrance, held at First Christian Church in Oakland, is one of several events this week designed to provide support for friends and families of murder victims.

What the events all have in common is a desire to bring people together to begin the healing process and also to come up with solutions to stop the violence that has snuffed out the lives of so many Oakland youths. There have been 116 homicides in Oakland so far this year.

Turf Unity II on KTVU Channel 2 News

KTVU Channel 2 News
by Mike Mibach
Dec 01, 2007


Youth from Oakland, Richmond, and Berkeley came together for Turf Unity II, transforming the Ella Baker Center into a music studio for a weekend. They worked across neighborhood lines to write, record, and produce a complete album with a message of peace.
<a href="page.php?pageid=44&video=355">Check out the clip</a>

Gold Records on the Streets

by Madeleine Bair
May 23, 2007


Turf Unity, the compilation CD that Silence the Violence, Cov Records and Art in Action put together, is selling like hotcakes! In fact, it is the best-selling local record in the Bay Area right now. Check out this great article about the new album from

Celebrating Life in the Face of Tragedy

by Katy Murphy
May 13, 2007


Local mothers remember dead children in prayers

This year, Silence the Violence co-sponsored a Mother's Day march for the families torn apart by violence in Oakland. The Alameda Times-Star covered the event, saying, "Most of the participants wore red to symbolize life, blood and creativity. Some waved flags which, on closer inspection, were empty white shirts. They listened to one another's stories, and they meditated to the sound of African drumming."

Mourning Families March for the Dead

by Sabin Russell
May 13, 2007


RALLY OF REMEMBRANCE: Relatives and friends of children lost to violence on the streets of Oakland celebrate their lives, make tearful pleas for an end to the killing

This year, Silence the Violence co-sponsored a Mother's Day march for the families torn apart by violence in Oakland. The San Francisco Chronicle covered the event, saying, "Nearly 50 women gathered early Saturday in front of Lake Merritt to hold a vigil for the dead...By the time they walked to City Hall plaza for more prayers, and some songs and dances to celebrate the children's lives, their ranks had swelled to 100."

Silence the Violence: Oakland Youth Working for Alternatives

Oakland Post
by Post Staff
Apr 11, 2007


When young community activists and independent hip-hop recording artists noticed that too many of Oakland's 148 homicide victims last year were under the age of 24, they decided they couldn't stay silent.


by Lisa Hix
Oct 22, 2006


At a Silence the Violence concert at Mosswood Park in Oakland, the hyphy mood was put on pause as the performers opened the mike to kids who wanted to give a shout-out to friends and relatives who had been murdered this year.


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