The people of Oakland suffer greater loss of life and injury from gun violence than other cities in the bay area. The unimaginable pain and loss felt by the families of every victim also echoes throughout the community each and every time it happens.

We work tirelessly at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence because we know their deaths were preventable. This is a hard truth to face in the wake of each tragedy, but one that must be faced. The issue of gun violence in Oakland is unacceptable, and while complicated, we can address this problem with intelligent, courageous action, and we will not rest until we do.

You can do something too.

Join the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, The Oakland Tribune, and the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education this Thursday where Juliet Leftwich, our Legal Director, will lend her expertise on a panel entitled:

Guns: An American tradition or community crisis?

The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 28, at Nile Hall, 668 13th St. inside Preservation Park in downtown Oakland. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel discussion will focus on:

  • How guns make their way into Oakland: A case study
  • Hurdles authorities face stemming the tide of firearms into the city
  • What Oaklanders are doing to help address the impacts of gun violence

Panelists include:

  • Sgt. Nishant Joshi — Oakland Police Department — Gangs/Guns Intelligence Task Force.
  • The Reverend Harry Williams — Minister and author
  • Juliet Leftwich — Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Cecily Burt — Oakland Tribune reporter

The discussion will be moderated by Oakland Tribune Violence Reporting Fellow Scott C. Johnson.
For more information contact Bay Area News Group Senior Editor for Community Engagement Martin G. Reynolds, at 510-208-6433 or mreynolds@bayareanewsgroup.com.