From Oakland to Atlanta. The mass shooting in Atlanta, where eight people were murdered by a real messed up dude who blamed Asian women for his sexual problems (a hate crime if there ever was one), a 21 year old white man named Robert Aaron Long, have shaken Oakland. (It also shook me too. Vlogging or blogging about it has been something I subconciously avoided, I realized. And I supposed I could have passed the vlog hat for responses – and I will do that.)
As part of the process of healing, Oakland City Council President Nikki Fortunado Bas announced an event that’s tonight at 5:30 PM at Madison Park. It’s called From Oakland To Atlanta: On Our Minds, In Our Hearts. Here’s the details of a happening that 520 people have said they will attend.
Council President Bas writes:
Join us Tuesday evening, March 23rd at 5:30pm at Madison Square Park in Oakland’s historic Chinatown neighborhood for “From Oakland to Atlanta,” a community-led vigil to mourn and honor the lives taken in the Atlanta-area spa shootings. Tuesday will mark the one week anniversary of the murders of those 8 lives lost, 6 of whom were Asian women. In addition to those 8 lives, we also carry the sorrow and grief from recent, patterned attacks on Oakland’s Asian and Pacific Islander elders. To remember each life, we invite you to bring any of the following:-candlesFrom Councilmember Bas Facebook page on the event.
-flowers (chrysanthemum or any floral)
-personal photos of those whose lives have been taken by racism and gender-based violence
-love note or drawing to share on the altar or collective art we aim to exhibit throughout the city after the event
-a spirit of unity and vision for collective healing “From the Oakland to Atlanta” vigil will include Korean folk drumming and singing, ceremonial art-making and opportunities to express and heal together, in unity, as we say goodbye and send our blessings to the families and friends of those directly impacted.This is a socially-distanced, outdoor vigil with Korean, Chinese and ASL interpretation. This is a family-friendly event. We ask that you wear masks and dress warmly and comfortably.Please also considering signing on to this letter from AAAJ-ATL on behalf of http://bit.ly/gaAAPIorgsignon or donating to a fund to support the families of the victims: http://bit.ly/SupportGeorgiaAAPICommunityWhile we are starting to see a lot of posts sharing the victims’ names being shared widely on social media, news media, and now a congressional hearing, we are following leadership from local organizations in holding off on sharing names until have full consent from the victims and families. We hope others will join us in observing this protocol.#fromTheBay2GA#fromOAK2ATL
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